Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen

Made in Germany 2: Inner City Life

“Made in Germany 2: Inner City Life” the second part of our series with the best German short films of the past ten years, takes a fresh look at the city and its architecture. At the centre of this programme is the winner of the 2015 German competition, “Shift”, which weaves together the director’s personal family history with a portrait of the city of Salzgitter. The film combines analysis and imagination as it follows the stream of revealed histories. Kerstin Honeit invites construction workers to a coffee party among the skeleton construction work of the Berlin City Palace for a grotesque staging of the demolition and reconstruction of nationalistic myths. Marian Mayland, on the other hand, recalls a demolished apartment block in Manchester by furiously combining documentary material with excerpts from cultural counterprojects of the early techno and acid house scene. And Maximilian Villwock shows us how love in nocturnal Berlin turns into a power struggle when the ego takes the upper hand. Finally, “Please Say Something” animates the city in a way you have never seen and sets off an enigmatic and futuristic fireworks display of images about the relationship between a cat and a mouse in the internet era. All these works were festival favourites in Oberhausen and elsewhere.




running time 87'


Maximilian Villwock, Germany, 2016, 13'

You against me. Us against the world. We do not get along anymore, but we long for each other.

u_08-1 (future past perfect pt.3)

Carsten Nicolai/Simon Meyer, Germany, 2009, 3'


Alex Gerbaulet, Germany, 2015, 28'

"SHIFT" is both reckoning and search for traces of the (own) past. Layer by layer the film exposes the portrait of a family and embarks on a dizzying trip through...

my castle your castle

Kerstin Honeit, Germany, 2017, 14'

"My Castle Your Castle" investigates the construction site of the rebuilt Berliner Stadtschloss as a place where national hegemonies supposedly transform into...

Driving Around Where the Crescents Used To Be. A Script

Marian Mayland, Germany/Switzerland, 2015, 15'

A short, essayistic pastiche, which meanders through the history of a neighborhood in Manchester, UK.

Please Say Something

David OReilly, Germany, 2009, 10'

A story about a troubled relationship between a cat and mouse set in the distant future.