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Voodoo © Sandro Aguilar

I'm Not the Enemy © Bjørn Melhus

Nation Estate © Larissa Sansour

Far From © Barbara Sternberg

Armulaud © Jaan Toomik

Girlfriends © Nina Yuen

Apart from the major subject-related THEME, the Festival has presented through the years also PROFILES of important filmmakers and institutions, some of whom have dealt with the short form for decades.  


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Sandro Aguilar, Portugal

12 + 13 May


In his short films, the Portuguese director Sandro Aguilar often experiments with narrative structures, breaking with classic patterns. Visually fascinating and often award-winning, his works make full use of all available cinematic means, such as light and sound. In 2011, his Mercúrio won the Principal Prize at Oberhausen. He has worked as a producer on films by authors including Miguel Gomes and Manuel Oliveira.

Bjørn Melhus, Germany

13, 14 + 15 May


Melhus’s works are shown at film festivals as well as museums and galleries. Oberhausen has been featuring his short films since the early 1990s, and in 2003 he won the German Competition with Auto Center Drive. Melhus, who always appears in his films, works with familiar characters and themes, which he deconstructs through fragmentation, repetition and recontextualization. This retrospective reveals cross-connections and other strategies.

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Larissa Sansour, Palestinian Territories

14 May


The Palestinian filmmaker is regarded as one of the most promising young artists of her generation. Her films are at once artistic and political, approaching the complexity of life in the Middle East with the help of humorous references to genres such as science fiction, spaghetti westerns and horror films. Her work Nation Estate won an award at Oberhausen in 2013.

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Barbara Sternberg, Canada

12 + 13 May


Sternberg, who comes from Canada, has been making films since the mid-1970s but is still awaiting discovery in Europe. Oberhausen is now redressing this omission with a retrospective. Sternberg combines classic avant-garde film with personal themes, questioning how we perceive reality and how people position themselves in the world. In addition to films, she also does performances, installations and videos.

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Jaan Toomik, Estonia

15 May


Toomik is one of Estonia’s best-known painters as well as a video and performance artist. His cinematic oeuvre is comparatively small and has rarely been presented in full. The relentlessly bleak films plumb the depths of the human psyche, often with a personal background but going far beyond it. He won the Principal Prize at Oberhausen in 2008 for his film Communion.

Nina Yuen, USA

15 + 16 May


Born in 1981, Nina Yuen belongs to a younger generation of experimental filmmakers active in both film and art contexts. Her works are performative and personal. She almost always appears in them and she often focuses on characters on the margins of society. Oberhausen has presented the works of the queer Hispanic filmmaker on several occasions, most recently Narcissus in 2016.

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A list of previous profiles:

Eija-Lisa Ahtila (2000), Victor Alimpiev/Olga Stolpovskaya (2006), Wojciech Bakowski (2014), Craig Baldwin (2000), Guy Ben-Ner (2007), Majoleine Boonstra (2007), Linda Christanell (2012), Raquel Chalfi (2016), Jem Cohen (2001), Josef Dabernig (2016), Amit Dutta (2010), Nicolás Echevarría (2009), Heinz Emigholz (2001), Factory of Found Clothes (2009), Helga Fanderl (2013), Jeanne Faust (2016), Herbert Fritsch (2009), Karpo Godina/Želimir Žilnik (2002), Marina Grižnić/Aina Šmid (2003), Bert Haanstra (1998), Anne Haugsgjerd (2016), Stefan Hayn (2005), James Herbert (1999), Yamada Isao (2004), Ito Takashi (2015), Ken Jacobs (1996), Jim Jennings (1998), William E. Jones (2011), Larry Jordan (2001), Aryan Kaganof (2014), Kanai Katsu (2007), Patrice Kirchhofer (2008), Ken Kobland (2007), Andrew Kötting (2008), Petar Krelja, Krsto Papic und Zoran Tadic (2013), Grzegorz Królikiewicz (2011), Mark Lewis (2005), Dušan Makavejev (2003), Mara Mattuschka (2014), John Maybury (2002), Deimantas Narkevicius (2014), Erkka Nissinen (2015), Matsumotu Toshio (2009), Münchner Gruppe: Klaus Lemke/Rudolf Thome/Max Zihlmann (2003), Gunvor Nelson (2010), Robert Nelson (2006), Vera Neubauer (2012), Ho Tzu Nyen (2013), No Wave (2010), Jayne Parker (2004), Miranda Pennell (2006), Ilppo Pohjola (2012), Luther Price (2013), Laure Prouvost (2013), William Raban(2015), Lis Rhodes  (2008), Jennifer Reeder (2015), Jósef Robakowski (2005), Roee Rosen (2012), Roter Hahn 1907 (2011), Sarajevo Documentary School (2009), Boris Schafgans (2006), John Smith (2002), Sun Xun (2016), Robert Van Ackeren (2001), Vipin Vijay (2015), Laura Waddington (2005), Orson Welles (2000), Joyce Wieland (2002), Charles Wilp (2001), John Wood & Paul Harrison (1999), Fred Worden (2010) und Akram Zaatari (2008).