Confrontations with loneliness and the end of the world generate melancholy and resignation. Inner emptiness and isolation from the surrounding world make subjects unhappy. Old habits and behavioural patterns have to be reconsidered and ultimately cast aside, in order to enable new perspectives on life. The fear of failure is considerable in this connection and demands courage. That is why the films of this programme are characterised by falling down and the necessity of getting back up again and again and moving on. To tell stories of success, we have to believe in utopias and set out in their direction.
Zamarin Wahdat // Germany, United States // 2020 // 13:29 min
Faruk juggles his obligations as a single dad, by looking after his daughter while working in his first job in a new country. A confrontation with hidden racism puts the relationship between father and daughter to the test.
Theresa Weidmann // Germany // 2020 // 16:27 min
A journey through the night. Trapped in her world, a girl is at risk of being swallowed by the darkness. Between ecstasy, leave-taking and the fear of loneliness, she searches for acceptance and the world's last bit of light.
Jonas Riemer // Austria, Germany // 2020 // 09:31 min
Animation, Documentary, Experimental
A man escapes East Germany for the West in a folding boat via the Baltic. However, his newly gained freedom quickly turns into a lack of orientation, until he finds support and a new home in a nascent nationalist movement.
Michael Fetter Nathansky // Germany // 2021 // 10:00 min
Experimental, Live Action
A fictitious dance film that relates how the dead are conveyed to the hereafter. Spanish flamenco dance is performed in an old East German ship lift, generating an atmosphere of awakening, between movement and quietude, farewell and eternity.