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Made in Germany: A New Home

This compilation is the first part of a series with the best German short films from the past 10 years. The films in the programme take a fresh look at family and home in Germany. While Helena Wittmann’s camera slowly surveys living rooms, her protagonists hardly ever leave their home. Demons lurk everywhere. This is also the case with Bjørn Melhus, who cleverly interrogates the way a society that is waging war treats its veterans. Susann Maria Hempel on the other hand recalls with unerring acuity an experience unique to East Germany after 1989, portrayed as an exploded doll’s house. The associative animation “Däwit”, which has already been shown at more than 200 festivals, relates how a boy is forced to grow up among wolves. And at the end, Eva Könnemann tries to capture a rural village at the edge of the Ruhr area on camera, with the lack of production means leading her to develop an innovative artistic form and working method. All these works were not only festival favourites in Oberhausen; they also won important awards at many other festivals or received the German Short Film Award in Gold.

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running time 92'

Wildnis

Helena Wittmann, Germany, 2013, 12'

Potatoes have to be peeled, dried flower leaves have to be pulled from orchids. Then everything is fine.

you and me

Karsten Krause, Germany, 2009, 4'

A woman has been moving towards her husband's camera for four decades. A love story on narrow-gauge film.

I'm Not the Enemy

Bjørn Melhus, Germany, 2011, 13'

From the perspective of a PTSD-suffering veteran, notions of home and family become perverted. This work questions how a society engaged in war deals with the...

Sieben mal am Tag beklagen wir unser Los und nachts stehen wir auf, um nicht zu träumen

Susann Maria Hempel, Germany, 2014, 18'

A cinematic devotional book. Based on interviews with an unemployable sufferer (and her fellows), living in the East German countryside. Who lost her memory in...

Däwit

David Jansen, Germany, 2015, 15'

Däwit is rescued from his violent father and grows up among wolves in a remote location. He is released into a world in which he turns from a child into a man....

Das offenbare Geheimnis

Eva Könnemann, Germany, 2015, 29'

A fictitious film essay portraying a place without character. During the search for the contents of the narrative, the reciprocal relationship between the ideas of...