Pre-opening film: DIE FLASCHENPOST-INSEL
DE 2018. D: Toni Kurtin. 89 min. Fiction. OV
No age restriction. Recommended from age 8
Laini lives in Wiesbaden with her adoptive parents Anni und Henning. On her twelfth birthday, she is given an old photo album that leads her to a mysterious trace of her family’s history. With her new friends Michael and Paul, she experiences an adventurous journey to find herself a film about the power of community and the acceptance of otherness, which encourages the belief in one’s own strengths and dreams. From brainstorming to filming and postproduction, more than 300 children and teenagers from the region have worked on the participatory project.
THU, 20.9. | 10 am | Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Guests: Director Toni Kurtin, Producer Corinna van Eijk, Actor Jan Niklas Thomsen, Actor Aurelio Pokorski, Screenwriter Theresia Dittrich (tbc), Actor Philip Bender (tbc) and Actress Teanna Weiß (tbc)
Free entry | Booking necessary
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Toni Kurtin supported the assistant director in television film productions of the Bavaria Filmstudios and freelances in directing and screenwriting. He currently is undertaking his master degree in Time-based Media, specializing in film, and teaches film at the Hochschule Mainz. He also teaches “camera-acting” at the Scaramouche Academy in Wiesbaden.
2018 DIE FLASCHENPOST-INSEL | 2016 STAHLZITTERN | 2015 HARRI (short film) | 2014 WILLKÜR (short film)
MATAR A JESÚS | KILLING JESUS
CO/AR 2017. D: Laura Mora. 99 min. Fiction
Spa. OV with Eng. ST
Suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 16
Medellín, Colombia. Paula alias Lita is studying photography at the same University her father is teaching at as a professor. One day, he is taken away from her in an attack. Grief, shock, desperation and anger mix with the realization that the police won’t help. Paula throws herself into oblivion, drinks and parties in the city’s clubs. Then he stands before her: Jesús, her father’s murderer. KILLING JESUS is a disturbing work on the complex questions that arise in the face of existential experience of violence. Sometimes, one’s scars are also those of someone else. (AB)
Toronto IFF 2017, San Sebastián IFF 2017: Winner »Youth Award« & »Signis Award«, Cairo IFF 2017: Winner »FIPRESCI-Preis« & »Silberne Pyramide«
FRI, 21.9. | 6.30 pm | Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Laura Mora (*1981 in Medellín) celebrated her first successes during her studies in Melbourne with WEST and BROTHERHOOD before returning to Colombia. There she worked with Carlos Moreno on the award-winning TV series PABLO ESCOBAR. MATAR A JESÚS (KILLING JESUS) is her directing debut.
2017 MATAR A JESÚS | 2012 PABLO ESCOBAR: EL PATRÓN DEL MAL (TV series) | 2012 SALOMÉ (short film) | 2006 BROTHERHOOD (short film) | WEST (short film)
VIRÁGVÖLGY | BLOSSOM VALLEY
HU 2018. D: László Csuja. 83 min. Fiction
Hun. OV with Eng. ST
Suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 16
Seemingly on a whim, the rebellious Bianka kidnaps a baby from a park in Budapest. Shortly after, she meets the quiet, slow Laci, whose uncle is exploiting him as a wage laborer. The odd duo poses as the biological parents and try to take off in a stolen caravan. They practice family life incognito, but their playing with fire threatens to fail. In his directing debut, László Csuja shows the relationship of two people on the helpless quest for security. With its amateur actors, it begs for further scrutiny. (AB)
Karlovy Vary IFF 2018: Winner »East of the West«
SUN, 23.9. | 6.30 pm | Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Guest: Director László Csuja
László Csuja studied screenwriting at the University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest. His short film FOSZFOR was in the competitions at the film festivals Tempere, Cork and Edinburgh. Currently, Csuja is working on a documentary about the Ukranian-Rusian military conflicts. VIRÁGVÖLGY (BLOSSOM VALLEY) is his feature-length debut.
NINE MONTHS WAR (in production) | 2018 VIRÁGVÖLGY | 2009 FOSZFOR (short film)
NIGHT COMES ON
US 2018. D: Jordana Spiro. 86 min. Fiction
Suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 16
Angel was just released from juvenile detention. Without documents and estranged from old friends, she travels to her sister, who lives in a foster family. Together they take off to the Atlantic, where their father is supposed to own a house. But the gun in Angel’s purse leaves no doubts about her motives. Located in the impoverished classes of Philadelphia’s black community, NIGHT COMES ON gives an authentic view of the lives of children who fight for themselves. Fiercely played by Dominique Fishback and Tatum Marilyn Hall. (AB)
Sundance FF 2018: Winner »NEXT Innovator Award«
MON, 24.9. | 6.30 pm | Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Guest: Actress Tatum Marilyn Hall
THUR, 27.9. | 9 am | Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Guest: Actress Tatum Marilyn Hall
By prior appointment: LUCAS FILM FORUM
Jordana Spiro (*1977 in NYC) has trained at the Circle in the Square Theatre New York and studied film at Columbia University. As an actress, she is known for MY BOYS (TBS) and OZARK (Netflix). Her short film SKIN won the »Women in Film Productions« Award at Sundance. NIGHT COMES ON is her feature debut.
2018 NIGHT COMES ON | 2012 SKIN (short film) | 2010 EXIT THE CASTLE (short film) | 2009 THE OFF TRACK (short film)
IE 2017. D: Aoife McArdle. 103 min. Fiction
Suitable from age 16. Recommended from age 16
Candice refuses to listen to her father and only has contempt left for her mother. Other than that, her epilepsy is troubling her. When she is almost kidnapped and then suffers a seizure, one of the attackers stays at her side. In Jacob she recognizes the young man who has lately inexplicably been dominating her dreams. She confidently draws closer to him and causes a turmoil in his gang. In intensive plays of light and color, the rough worlds 17-year old heroine come thick and fast. (AB)
Toronto IFF 2017: Nomination »Discovery Award«, Boston Irish FF 2018: Winner »Best Breakthrough Feature«, Berlinale 2018: Nomiantion »Best Film« GENERATION 14plus
SAT, 22.9. | 6.30 pm | Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Aoife McArdle (Belfast) is a filmmaker from Northern Ireland, who has made a name for herself cross-industry with music videos such as »Open Eye Signal« (Jon Hopkins) or »Every Breaking Wave« (U2), but also award-winning short films and commercials. KISSING CANDICE is her feature-length debut.
2017 KISSING CANDICE | 2017 EQUAL LOVE (short film) | 2015 EVERY BREAKING WAVE (short film) | 2013 OPEN EYE SIGNAL (short film)
ZA/DE/NL/FR/KE/NO 2018. D: Wanuri Kahiu. 82 min. Fiction
Swa/Eng. OV with Eng. ST
Suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 15
Skateboard, football and male friends; Kena refuses to conform to other’s expectations not just visually, with her short hair and cap. Ziki, with her colorful dreads also doesn’t think about fitting into any traditional roles. How wonderful that both of them can’t keep their eyes off each other! Even though their fathers fight each other in the capital Nairobi for a ministerial post, and homophobia as well as religious bigotry are all around them, the two young women begin to bravely and independently live out their attraction. A colorful, queer-feminist statement film! (AB)
Cannes FF 2018 »Un Certain Regard«, Karlovy Vary IFF 2018
TUE, 25.9. | 6.30 pm | Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Guest: Actress Samantha Mugatsi
Wanuri Kahiu (*1980 in Nairobi) has been considered one of the most outstanding African storytellers of her generation since the award-winning FROM A WHISPER. She is a co-founder of the media company AFROBUBBLEGUM, children’s book author, »TED Fellow« 2017 and »World Economic Forum cultural leader« 2018.
GER (in production) | RUSTIES (in production) | 2017 RAFIKI | 2009 FOR OUR LAND (short film) | 2009 PUMZI (short film) | 2008 FROM A WHISPER
SHORT FILM COMPETITION 13+ PROGRAM 4 | 15+
MON, 24.9. | 9 am | CineStar Metropolis
Guest: Co-Director DARÍO Jorge A. Trujillo
WED, 26.9. | 11 am | CineStar Metropolis
Film program suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 15. With Eng. Subtitles or in Eng. OV (no German voice-over)
German premiere for all films.
ÚLTIMA ESTACIÓN | LAST STOP
MX 2017. D: Héctor Dávila Cabrera. 6 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST.
In a dark, bleak city, a man collides with the wrong bus driver on his way home. A dystopian scenario referencing BLADE RUNNER. (MW)
Héctor Dàvila studied film in Mexico City. He creates fictive and animated short films that are screened in Rotterdam, Ecuador and Cannes. In addition to his work as a director, he also works as an actor, painter and graphic designer.
2016 ULTIMA ESTACIÓN (short film) | 2010 EL GATO CON BOTOX (short film) | 2009 SILENCE AT SAD HILL | 2007 SEE HOW THAT FEELS | 2005 POLILUNGOS
LA VIE SUR MARS | LIFE ON MARS
FR 2018. D: Marie Léa Regales. 17 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST.
Maria is left alone with her pain after losing her older brother, who has died far too young. At a lake they used to visit together, time seems to stand still for a moment. But life on earth goes on. (DF)
Marie Léa Regales was born in Paris in 1993. After studying Editing, she made her first short film LES SIRÈNES, revolving around the topic of abortion, that has been screened at festivals in the USA and Europe. Her second short film LA VIE SUR MARS has been acquired by the French television channel France 2.
2018 LA VIE SUR MARS (short film) | 2016 LES SIRÈNES (short film)
NENN MICH NICHT BRUDER | DON’T CALL ME BRO
DE 2018. D: Gina Wenzel. 18 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST.
Cheyenne plays football and hangs around her boyfriend’s gang, in which drinking and bullying are on the daily order. One day, Dany shows up at training. When Cheyenne finds out his secret, she acts without thinking. (ES)
Gina Wenzel currently studies in the postgraduate program Media Arts at the Academy of Media Arts Cologne. Her short films have been screened at more than 130 national and international film festivals and won numerous film awards.
2018 NENN MICH NICHT BRUDER (short film) | 2017 Y (short film) | 2016 DER HIMMEL IST ÜBERALL BLAU (short film) | 2015 LILLY (short film) | 2014 COMING OUT (short film)
GB 2017. D: Antony Petrou. 15 min. Fiction. Eng. OV
The idyllic country life that Beth and her family lead becomes tarnished as Beth’s mother begins to hear mysterious noises from the woods, that no one else seems to hear. Beth wants to believe her mother and sets out to explore the phenomenon. (AK)
Antony Petrou is an award-winning filmmaker. He studied at the Central St. Martins College of Arts and Design. His debut feature film WE ARE MONSTERS was nominated for the »Michael Powell Award« at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. The film was screened in Great Britain and the USA and was acquired by Netflix in 2016.
2018 THE SOUND (short film) | 2014 WE ARE MONSTER | 2004 CHIP (short film)
DE 2018. D: Manuel Kinzer, Jorge A. Trujillo. 15 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST.
Darío is 17, loves carnival and really wants to be a dancer at the parade in his hometown Baranquilla. But his mother wants a man in the house who brings in money. Darío will have to choose. (JE)
Manuel Kinzer was born in 1977 in Kassel. He studied Visual Communication at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and Camera at the Deutsche Film und Fernsehakademie Berlin. In 2007 he co-founded the production company »FILMGESTALTEN« with Florian Gerstenberg – the production company through which he has produced numerous short films since. DARÍO is his directing debut.
Jorge A. Trujillo Gil was born in Colombia in 1987 and grew up in Spain. He studied Audiovisual Communication in Salamanca and Film/Politics in Barcelona. He also participated in a number of social and journalistic projects in Spain and Colombia. In addition, he worked as an assistant director on a number of films. DARÍO is his directing debut.
COMPETITON SHORT FILM 13+ PROGRAM 3 | 13+
WED, 26.9. | 12 pm | Kino im Hafen 2 (Offenbach)
THU, 27.9. | 8.30 am | CineStar Metropolis
Film program suitable from age 12. Recommended from age 13. With Eng. ST. and German voice-over
German premiere for all films.
NL 2017. D: Bibi Fadlalla. 15 min. Documentary. OV with Eng. ST and German voice-over
At eleven-years old, Kendis was in a bad accident. But the chronic pain does not stop her from taking over the largest festivals in Belgium and the Netherlands only a few years later as the youngest DJane. (MM)
The filmmaker Bibi Fadlalla studied at the New School in New York. In 2012 she had her debut with the personal documentary ZWARTE PIET EN IK. Her youth documentary DAT HAAR! was broadcast on television and screened at the Netherlands Film Festival. Her musical documentary KENDIS celebrated its premiere at the Cinekid Festival.
2017 KENDIS (short film) | 2016 DAT HAAR! (short film) | 2012 ZWARTE PIET EN IK
TIEMPO VA | TIMELESS
MX 2016. D: Raúl Rodrigo Zendejas Escandón. 13 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over
When Emilio observes the reflections of light on the water surface, sitting at the pool, memories of his childhood and shared moments with his mother reappear. How can he handle the pain and feel closer to her? (PG)
The filmmaker Raúl Rodrigo Zendejas Escandón works as a director and photographer for the production company »1987 Films«. His short film UN CAMINO was part of the competition for the Best Mexican Short Film at the Internal Film Festival in Guadalajara.
2012 ENTRE SUEÑOS Y ENTIERROS (short film) | 2010 UN CAMINO (short film) | 2010 TERRENO FAMILIAR (short film) | 2006 LLORANDO (short film)
MIJN GELUKKIGE INGEWIKKELDE FAMILIE | MY HAPPY COMPLICATED FAMILY
NL 2017. D: Tessa Louise Pope. 15 min. Documentary. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over
Isa, Dylan and Isabel have more in common than the fact that they are three teenagers in the Netherlands. They all in family constellations that cannot be explained in only one sentence. (MM)
Tessa Louise Pope is a studied documentary film director. Her graduation film at the Netherlands Filmacademy, THE ORIGIN OF TROUBLE, won a number of awards, such as the Wildcard Documentary Prize. Currently she produces advertisement films and directs a documentary series.
2017 ECHOES OF IS | 2017 MIJN GELUKKIGE INGEWIKKELDE FAMILIE (short film) | 2016 THE ORIGIN OF TROUBLE (short film)
NGITI NI NAZARENO | SMILE OF NAZARENO
PH 2018. D: Louie Ignacio. 15 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over
Nazareno’s birthday falls on a very special day: thousands of people move through the streets of Manila. When he comes back to his mother after the festival, with a piece of aluminum foil as a gift, of all things, it is touching and shaking at once. (AK)
Luisito Lagdameo Ignacio began his career as a director for music videos and also directed television series on Philippine television before starting to direct films in 2003. His film AREA has won a number of awards.
2018 NGITI NI NAZARENO (short film) | 2018 ALMOST A LOVE STORY | 2016 AREA | 2016 LAUT | 2014 ASINTADO | 2004 ANNIE B. | 2003 PANGARAP KO ANG IBIGIN KA
IL 2018. D: Gal Lin. 14 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over
Nur lives in Palestine with her father and mother. Eventually, she is supposed to take over her family’s store, but she would rather study in Israel. On her way there, she has to cross more than one boundary. (ES)
Gal Lin has completed a law degree and is currently undertaking a master program in film at the University Tel Aviv. He works in retail, but his biggest dream has always been to be a director. It is his hope to create something meaningful through life experiences.
SHORT FILM COMPETITION 8+ PROGRAM 2 | 10+
MON, 24.9. | 10.30 am | CineStar Metropolis
Guest: Director of LENNO EN DE MAANVIS Shamira Raphaëla
WED, 26.9. | 2 pm | Kino des Deutschen Filmmuseums
Film program suitable from age 6. Recommended from age 10. With Eng. ST. and German voice-over
German premiere for all films.
POLVO DE ESTRELLAS | STARDUST
MX 2017. D: Aldo Sotelo Lázaro. 14 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over
Instead of going to school, Adán works for the waste collection services. When he empties the waste in a classroom, he stumbles right into an astronomy lesson. His curiosity is awakened; Adán wants to reach for the stars. (MW)
Aldo Sotelo Lázaro was born in Mexico City. He has graduated in communication studies at the Tecnológico de Monterrey and took part in a number of film workshops in Mexico and Cuba. He mainly worked as a journalist for international media and produced documentary films. POLVO DE ESTRELLAS is his first fictive short film.
2016 POLVO DE ESTRELLAS (short film)
YĪZHÍ QÍ YA YĪZHÍ QÍ | KEEP GOING
TW 2016. D: Ya-yu Lin. 20 min. Fiction. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over
The brothers Shan and Jia are crazy about Baseball. Shan wants to impress a girl with an autographed ball, but Jia loses it. Can Shan and Jia find it again before it is too late and Shan’s crush moves to another city? (AK)
Ya-Yu Lin was born in Taiwan. After graduating school, he studied at the faculty of radio and television at the National Taiwan University of Arts. Currently he is completing his master degree in Directing at the Taipei National University of the Arts.
2015 BÙ TÍNG DE, PǍO BA (short film) | 2015 WĒN DÌ DE WǓ YUÈ SĀNSHÍ’È (short film) | 2014 DIŪ LÈSÈ (short film)
LENNO EN DE MAANVIS | LENNO AND THE ANGELFISH
NL 2017. D: Shamira Raphaëla. 18 min. Documentary. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over
Lenno is mad. At everyone and everything, but mostly at himself. Because of a “behavioral disorder”, he can’t control his anger. Because of this, finding friends is quite hard for him. (MW)
Shamira Raphaëla, who grew up on Aruba has begun a successful career as an independent television director after completing her studies in Audiovisual Arts. Her debut film DEAL WITH IT has won a number of awards, i.a. at the Los Angeles Urban Film Festival. Today she lives and works in Amsterdam.
2018 DADDY’S GIRL | 2017 LENNO & DE MAANVIS (short film) | 2014 DEAL WITH IT
KIDS ON THE SILK ROAD: GIRL AGAINST GRAVITY
DK 2017. D: Jens Pedersen. 20 Min. Documentary. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over.
Eleven-year old Erdenchimeg wants to become a successful contortionist to free her family from poverty, who live in a yurt on the outskirts of the Mongolian capital. She patiently keeps her goal in sight. (DF)
Jens Pedersen studied at the Roskilde University and the San Francisco State University and directed a number of documentaries. One episode of his documentary series FAITH HOPE AFGHANISTAN won the audience award as well as the award for Best Documentary at the Buster Film Festival 2014.
2014 SEEDS OF DEBT | 2013 FAITH HOPE AFGHANISTAN | 2010 AFGHANISTAN AT WORK & EDUCATING AFGHANISTAN
A GRUTA DE DARWIN | DARWINS CAVE
PT 2017. D: Joana Toste. 13 min. Animated film. OV with Eng. ST. and German voice-over
When a young girl finds someone else’s diary, the thoughts of the unknown person help her to orient herself in a difficult situation. A plea for the exchange between generations. (MM)
Joana Toste, born in 1970, studied Industry Design and Fine Arts. She worked as a web designer, graphic designer and is active in the animation field. In 2004 she founded her own production company »Gomtch Gomtch«.
2017 A GRUTA DE DARWIN (short film) | 2013 ANA-UM PALÍNDROMO (short film) | 2010 R-XYZ (short film) | 2008 GUISADO DE GALINHA (short film) | 2004 PIU-TOC-NHAM