Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen


This programme includes almost all the important prizewinners from the International and German Competitions in 2019. The selection opens with the essay “ma nouvelle vie européene”, which reflects on Europe's invisible borders from the point of view of Abou, a Malian refugee in Germany, and uses the camera as a medium for self-empowerment. In the film “IO”, three directors give imaginative accounts of three protagonists in St Petersburg and their lives full of intensity and aggressiveness. Mark Oliver has Elvis compete against Elvis and sets the scene for a clash between the public's conflicting desires for humiliation and idolisation of the star. And in the impressive “I Got My Things and Left” by Philbert Aimé Mbabazi, a grieving process triggers self-reflection and transformation. This meditation on loss and impermanence, alternating between poetry, performance, diary and music, becomes a celebration of inner freedom. The film was awarded the Grand Prize of the City of Oberhausen.




running time 70'

ma nouvelle vie européenne

Abou Bakar Sidibé/Moritz Siebert, Germany, 2019, 22'

When Abou from Mali finally made it to Europe, it felt like a new life had started for him. A life with a future. But while his film about his voyage to Europe is...


Art Union Marmelade/Egor Sevastyanov, Russia, 2018, 20'

Youth, power and thirst of love connect three characters. Each of them loves his own and his own way. They are ready to do anything for love so their love is holy.

Elvis: Strung Out

Mark Oliver, Canada, 2018, 4'

Disguised as a straightforward promotional music video, an iconic 1970 performance by a messianic Elvis Presley is transformed by editing and music into a dark...

I Got My Things and Left

Mbabazi Sharangabo Philbert Aimé, Rwanda/Switzerland, 2018, 22'

A group of young people in Kigali meet at the home of their deceased friend for a wake. Though he died at a young age, he had led a singular life in a conformist...