Constructed by humans, cities exercise an influence on them in return and harbour contradictory currents. Cities are spaces for dissolution among the masses and for individuation, for prospects of employment, the quest for success and at the same time for a new social question, for illuminated skylines and hectic asphalt jungle. Whether it is heated exchanges behind closed apartment doors or life on the street, a lot remains hidden from our gaze here. Beyond the backdrop it provides, the city embodies the inner movements of characters in cinema. Initial elation is followed by alienation. Either these figures conform to the perpetual cycles of urban bustle, or they get dragged under by them.
// Deutschland // 2019 // 06:09 min
Animals, insects, Environmental, Fantasy, Habitat, Horror, Human Rights, Identity, Migration, Politics, Video Art
A praying mantis lives in a bourgeois rented apartment, isolated from the outside world. One day she develops a fondness for a special flavour.
Hannah Weissenborn // Frankreich, Deutschland // 2019 // 13:30 min
Coming of Age, Human Rights, Politics
Trapeze artist Plume has made it all the way to a try-out for Paris’ largest circus. As if the pressure wasn’t already intense enough, when she arrives for her audition she encounters her creepy stalker ex-boyfriend.
Leopold Pape // Deutschland // 2018 // 06:06 min
Comedy, Environmental, Human Rights, Mix-Medias
Smoking and sporting a pair of shades, a hotdog drifts through the big city, philosophising in authentic film-noir fashion about the meaninglessness of life – for in the end the question is not whether one will be devoured, but by whom.
Ben Voit // Deutschland // 2019 // 14:00 min
Habitat, Human Rights, Identity, Migration, Old age, Work
Nightshift, on call with a winter rescue van for the homeless. The check-in list is long and the scattered fates numerous on this journey through the lived realities of Berlin’s unhoused.
Christoph Hertel // Deutschland // 2019 // 19:06 min
Comedy, Environmental, Habitat
Boring, stuck in a rut, small town life at the foot of a dam gurgles away aimlessly. Even when the structure starts to exhibit first little cracks, the community can’t be stirred from their drab routine.