Have a Nice Dog!
Jalal Maghout // Germany, Syria // 2020 // 13:14 min - International Competition 6
This film shows a man falling into depression in a country at war. The only way to escape this violence is to obtain a visa which he resists, but his mental state gets worse and worse. It is only when he sees his dog destroy his favorite toy that he decides to flee, to save himself. This story comes to life with an impressive blend of media and especially with 2D sketch drawings overlaid on exaggerated CGI models. The technique defamiliarizes the sense of movement and the editing of the film is also brilliant: The Special Mention goes to Have a Nice Dog! by Jalal Maghout from Germany, Syria.
Jing An Hung // Taiwan // 2019 // 19:00 min - International Competition 8
A tender portrayal of a man and his daughter facing the reality of climate change, living in a dying city. Addressing an urgent societal problem all over the world through the lens of a family conflict and thus making it relatable to us as an audience the Special Mention goes to Tilapia by Jing An Hung from Taiwan.
The Train Station
Lyana Patrick // Canada // 2020 // 02:08 min - International Competition 1
The importance of small acts of resistance against continuous oppression and erasing of culture. It all started with our mother tongue.
Oro Rojo /Red Gold
Carme Gomila // Spain // 2021 // 12:00 min - Documentary Competition 2
Based on the accusations of Moroccan women who pick strawberries as seasonal workers in dire conditions in the Spanish province of Huelva, a multi-voiced intersectional story is developed in a reductive papercut animation that sharpens the focus on the story. We as viewers are thus implicated as consumers, placed at the center of the field of tension and forced to think about its contexts and modes of action: Migration politics, sexism, struggles against the extractivism of the global North in the global South, racialized capitalism, and the need for situated alliances.
Hurenkind & Schusterjunge / Widow & Orphan
Niklas Pollmann // Austria, Germany, England // 2021 // 14:30 min - German Competition 1
With trembling images and quivering voices, the two interwoven and yet so distant biographies of "Hurenkind & Schusterjunge" slowly unfold. In the typography, it is punctuation errors that disturb the reader's rhythm. Each imperfect on its own page. Waiting for the next to find its counterpart. Poetically and at the same time naturalistically, Niklas Pollmann tells of two rejected people who speak into the resonanceless space of their telephones. Longing for connection, acceptance and understanding for their own so contradictory selves. And at the end there is this note. A small sign that maybe we are not so alone as we sometimes seem? The Special Mention in the German Competition goes to "Hurenkind & Schusterjunge" by Niklas Pollmann, Austria, Germany, England, 2021.