Films

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Who am I Who Am I – No System Is Safe Germany, 2014 // 106 mins // English Subtitles

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Gifted hacker Benjamin is an outsider who only feels at home in the virtual reality. When he makes the acquaintance of charismatic Max, he gets the chance to demonstrate his talent to a wider audience: Max introduces Benjamin to the hacker collective CLAY (Clowns Laughing At You), which he runs with his friends Stephan and Paul. Eschewing political goals, they want to grab attention with fun guerilla actions. Yet as they increasingly gain popularity in the web community, the young hackers become more and more daring. Eventually, they are targeted by the authorities – and suddenly Benjamin is the most-wanted hacker in the world.

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WHO AM I ist ein völlig ungewöhnlicher, deutscher Film und ja das stimmt, vielleicht ist er ein bisschen zu cool. Endlich mal! (Artechock)

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Baran bo Odar, Director
Baran bo Odar was born in Olten, Switzerland on April 18 1978. From 1998 to 2005, he studied film at the renowned HFF Munich, followed by a one year master class. In 2003, he participated in Berlinale Talent Campus, and two years later, his short "Quietsch" premiered at the 55th Berlinale and went on to win several awards at international festivals. His 60-mintute graduation film "Unter der Sonne" was screened at over 40 festivals and also won several awards, including the prize for Best Camera at the 2006 Slamdance Festival. Also in 2006, Baran bo Odar was contracted by the Neue Sentimental Film Ag as a director for advertisements. He helmed several ads, including spots for Panasonic and Sony. His ad for the Mini Cooper, titled "Hadi Mini", won several prizes and was nominated for the 2006 First Steps Award. Along with his filmmaking career, he began teaching classes at the University Sankt Gallen and the HFF. Featuring a prominent cast, the psychological thriller "Das letzte Schweigen" (2010) marked his feature film debut as director.

24 Weeks 24 Weeks Germany, 2016 // 102 mins // English Subtitles

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“A brave, important, emotionally charged drama”. The Hollywood News. Astrid is a comedian who makes people laugh for a living; her husband Markus is her manager and the two of them work well together. They have a nine-year-old daughter and are expecting their second child. When they learn that their child will not be born healthy, they are at first optimistic that they will be able to meet this challenge – although they have no idea what awaits them. But the closer it gets to the due date, the more Astrid begins to worry about the future of her unborn child as well as that of her family and her career. After many discussions and arguments Astrid realises that the decision that will affect all their lives must be made by her alone. What complicates matters further is the fact that, as a successful entertainer, she is in the eye of the public and the media. As in her first film "Zwei Mütter" ("Two Mothers") which screened in Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2013, Erfurt-born director Anne Zohra Berrached’s second feature also explores the way in which women choose to live their lives, delivering a powerful portrait of a woman who finds herself caught up in a major moral dilemma for which there are no easy solutions.

Source: 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

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Anne Zohra Berrached, Director
As in her first film “Zwei Mütter” (“Two Mothers”) which screened in Perspektive Deutsches Kino in 2013, Erfurt-born director Anne Zohra Berrached’s second feature also explores the way in which women choose to live their lives, delivering a powerful portrait of a woman who finds herself caught up in a major moral dilemma for which there are no easy solutions.

As we were dreaming As We Were Dreaming Germany, 2015 // 117 mins // English Subtitles

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Berlinale 2015 The Leipzig suburbs, shortly after the collapse of East Germany. Rico, Daniel, Paul and Mark, until recently still Pioneers in their red neckerchiefs, are growing up in the maelstrom of the newly reunited country. Yesterday's rules no longer count today. They turn night into day and the streets into an adventure playground. The boys run wild and hang out in the neighbourhood, steal cars, experiment with drugs and try out the new swingers' club. They open their own disco which is soon besieged by neo-Nazi skinheads. Everything is in a state of flux and decay, everyone is overflowing with dreams: Rico longs for a boxing career; Daniel yearns to have a grand love affair with Little Star, the most beautiful girl Leipzig has ever known ...

Screenwriter Wolfgang Kohlhaase and director Andreas Dresen have condensed the 2006 multi-award-winning debut novel from Leipzig author Clemens Meyer into a cinematic parable about friendship and betrayal, hope and illusion, brutality and tenderness. They tell the story of a lost youth and at the same time present a tale of rebellion and the perpetual Utopian dream of great happiness.

Source: 65. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)
“Als wir träumten” würde jedes Festival der Welt zieren. Weil es sich um Weltklassekino handelt“ FAZ (Germany)

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Andreas Dresen, Director
Andreas Dresen was born August 16, 1968, in Gera. His features for TV and cinema have won him several awards. His debut movie "Stilles Land" ("Silent Country", 1992) earned him both the Hessen Film and Cinema Prize and the German Critics' Award. His breakthrough came with the episodic film "Nachtgestalten" ("Night Shapes"), which ran at the Berlinale in 1999. The movie won several awards, including the German Film Award in Silver and the German Critics' Award. Two years later, "Halbe Treppe" ("Grill Point") turned out to be a great success, winning him the Silver Bear at the Berlinale, the German Film Award in Silver and directing awards at the festivals in Ghent and Chicago. In 2005, the movie version of Christoph Hein's novel "Willenbrock" was awarded the "Internationaler Literaturfilmpreis" as Best International Literature Adaption. Dresen celebrated his greatest popular success so far when "Sommer vorm Balkon" ("Summer in Berlin") was released in 2006. Amongst other awards, the movie received an Ernst Lubitsch Award and the Bavarian Film Prize for Best Director. Dresen also shoots documentary films ("Herr Wichmann von der CDU"/"Vote For Henryk!", 2003) and continues to work at theatres such as the Schauspiel in Leipzig and the German Theater in Berlin ("Kasimir und Karoline" by Ödön von Horváth, 2006). In February 2006, he made his successful debut as an opera director at the Theater Basel with Mozart's "Don Giovanni". His next film project after "Sommer vorm Balkon", the drama "Wolke 9" ("Cloud Nine", 2008) about the late love affair of a 69 year old married woman and the dramatic consequences also won several prices, among them the German Film Award in three categories. With "Whisky mit Wodka" ("Whisky with Wodka") which opened in autumn 2009, Dresen presented a comical portrait of the film business. Henry Hübchen stars in the lead role as an aging film star. At the Cannes film festival 2011 Dresen showcased his drama "Halt auf freier Strecke" ("Stopped on Track") in the section "Un Certain Regard". The film that explores how a family's life is changed when the father is diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, received rave reviews from the audience and critics alike and was awarded the section's top prize. More prizes and a huge box office success followed. "Halt auf freier Strecke" was nominated seven times in the German Film Awards competition in 2012 and won in the category "Best Director".

Labyrinth Of Lies Labyrinth Of Lies Germany, 2014 // 123 mins // English Subtitles

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Germany 1958. Reconstruction, economic miracle. Johann Radmann has just recently been appointed Public Prosecutor and, like all beginners, he has to content himself with boring traffic offenses. When the journalist Thomas Gnielka causes a ruckus in the courthouse, Radmann pricks up his ears: a friend of Gnielka's identified a teacher as a former Auschwitz guard, but no one is interested in prosecuting him. Against the will of his immediate superior, Radmann begins to examine the case – and lands in a web of repression and denial, but also of idealization. Radmann oversteps boundaries, falls out with friends, colleagues and allies, and is sucked deeper and deeper into a labyrinth of lies and guilt in his search for the truth. But what he ultimately brings to light will change the country forever…

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Take a tissue: this is a film whose impact creeps up on you. Urban Cinefile (Australia)

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Giulio Ricciarelli, Director
Giulio Ricciarelli was born in 1965 in Milan. He studied Acting at the renowned Otto-Falckenberg-Schule in Munich from 1985-1987 and since then has performed at various German theaters and in numerous TV movies and feature films. Together with Sabine Lamby, he founded Naked Eye Filmproduction in 2000, producing such acclaimed feature films as "Birthday" (2001), "Mardrid" (2003), and "The Friend" (2003). His debut short "Vincent" (2005) screened at numerous festivals, winning the Golden Sparrow Award at Erfurt, among others, and was nominated for the European Film Award. He also directed the short films "Love It Like This" (2008) and "Lights" (2009), which earned him another nomination for the European Film Award and invitations to more than 50 international film festivals. "Labyrinth of Lies" (2014) is his feature debut.

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Stations of the cross Stations Of The Cross Germany, 2014 // 110 mins // English Subtitles

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Maria finds herself caught between two worlds. At school this 14-year-old girl has all the typical teenage interests, but when she’s at home with her family she follows the teachings of the Society of St. Pius XII and their traditionalist interpretation of Catholicism. Everything that Maria thinks and does must be examined before God. And since the Lord is a strict shepherd, she lives in constant fear of committing some misconduct. Whilst Maria’s mother takes a tough line in compelling her daughter to stay on the path of righteousness, her father is often reticent and stands back during critical moments. Conflicts intensify as arguments erupt with teachers and doctors. Desperate to please everyone, Maria soon finds herself trapped in the crossfire. How can she reconcile her feelings for a fellow pupil with her vow to maintain purity of heart in her love for God? Will the Lord demand a tremendous sacrifice so that her brother can be healed from his sickness? Dietrich Brüggemann unfolds his young protagonist’s emotional ordeal in fourteen images based on the Stations of the Cross, from ‘Jesus is condemned to death’ to ‘Jesus’ body is laid in the tomb’.

Source: 64. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)
“a film far more subtle, funny, beautiful, damning, and transcendental film that it might initially appear. CineVue (United Kingdom)

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Dietrich Brüggemann, Director
He was born in Munich on 23.2.1976 and is the brother of actress Anna Brüggemann. After growing up in Germany and South Africa, he worked in the film industry in various capacities from 1997-2000 and subsequently enrolled in the directing class at the College of Film and Television at Potsdam-Babelsberg. In 2003 one of his first short films "Warum läuft Herr K. Amok?" was shown at the Berlinale. Brüggemann also works as an assistant director and director of a number of music videos, which he manages to realize besides his studies; he is also known as a regular contributor to the German film magazine, "Der Schnitt". "Neun Szenen", being his feature film debut, screened 2006 at the Berlinale in the Perspektive Deutsches Kino section.

The dark side of the moon The Dark Side Of The Moon Germany, 2015 // 97 mins // English Subtitles

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Berlinale 2016 Urs Blank's job as a high finance attorney negotiating corporate mergers has made him a prestigious member of society. But a life devoid of all conventions is just a short trip away on hallucinogenic mushrooms. The experience unexpectedly brings his dark side to the fore - and thus calls into question everything Blank previously stood for. The film is an adaptation of Martin Suter's eponymous bestselling book.

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Der Mensch ist dem Menschen ein Wolf. Badische Zeitung (Germany)

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Stephan Rick, Director
He was born in Rosenheim in 1974. After training as an assistant DoP at the Bayerische Akademie für Fernsehen, he studied drama, film and art history at the Ruhr-Universität in Bochum. In 1998, he enrolled at the Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg, and while studying there, he directed several award-winning shorts. His graduation project "Richtung Leben" (2005) garnered the Studio Hamburg Newcomer Award and the Producer's Award at the Sehsüchte Festival.

He developed the real-time TV show "Allein gegen die Zeit" ("13 Hours", 2010), and also wrote and directed some of the 26 episodes. The show was nominated for an Emmy Award and the German Television Award for Best Series, and it eventually won awards at the Kinder- und Jugendfilmfestival Goldener Spatz and the Munich Film Festival.

Rick, who also directed several episodes of the TV show "Die Pfefferkörner" ("The Peppercorns"), presented his feature film debut "Unter Nachbarn" ("The Good Neighbour") at the 2011 Shanghai Film Festival. In 2014, he wrote and directed the TV thriller "Eine mörderische Idee" for the popular "Polizeiruf 110" series, and also helmed two episodes of the crime drama "Der Kriminalist". Later that year, he began to work on his sophomore feature release "Die dunkle Seite des Mondes" ("The Dark Side of the Moon"). The film premiered at the 2015 Zurich Film Festival and opened in Germany in January 2016.

Rough road ahead Rough Road Ahead Germany, 2014 // 109 mins // English Subtitles

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Martin and Ruby have burned their bridges. They are on the run. Ruby’s father is an irredeemable tyrant, strictly Catholic, stamped by his wartime experiences and the prevalent morality of the post-war period of reconstruction. Ruby, for obvious reasons, does not dare reveal her love for Martin. For her father he, Martin, embodies everything that he wants to keep away from his daughter. Martin is rebellious, long-haired and has "dumb ideas" in his head. Martin loves Rimbaud and dreams of being an author, an author whose literary works will move and change the world. Ruby is passionately into music. She is taken especially with Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane. Anybody who has heard Ruby sing, just once even, knows she has nothing to fear from comparison with her idol. She and Martin meet secretly as often as they can, but every passing day makes their situation only more intolerable.

The noose around their necks starts slowly to tighten. They make a run for it but the dream is short. Ruby lands in a closed Catholic home run by the Sisters of Mercy, about whom there is very little that is merciful. Martin is sent to the notorious religious educational institute in Freistatt. Separated from one another, they now have to fight for their mental survival – in a world designed to break them.

The year is 1977. Ruby looks back over the previous decade and draws a bitter balance. She now earns her living singing anodyne pop songs about a "perfect world". But this evening in Baden, near Vienna, just before she is due to take the stage, she is visited by the ghosts of the past.

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Blick zurück im Zorn auf die Jahre '68 bis '77. Epd Film (Germany)

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Christian Frosch, Director
He was born 1966 in Waidhofen an der Thaya, Austria, at first became a photographer and subsequently went to Vienna's Filmakademie and later to Deutsche Film- und Fernsehakademie (dffb) in Berlin, where he successfully graduated in 1995. He won the Carl Meyer prize of the city of Graz for the screen play of his movie debut, the psychological thriller "Die totale Therapie" (1996), starring Blixa Bargeld. The film was also successfully shown at several international festivals. Frosch's second movie, the semi-documentary film essay "k.af.ka fragment" (2001), won the "Pearl of the World Award" at the Rotterdam film festival as well as the "Special Jury Award" at the international film festival in Sochi, Russia. In the following years, Frosch worked as an author, producer, and documentary filmmaker in Austria and in Switzerland. In 2002, he set up the production company weltfilm together with Kristina Konrad and Ursula Scribano. And in 2008, Frosch finally returned to the big screen with the psychological thriller "Weisse Lilien" ("Silent Resident"). During the following years, Frosch co-produced the feature "Dougs Deutschland" (2011) and the documentary "The Place We Left" (D/AT/BIH 2012). Frosch returned as writer and director with the romantic drama "Von jetzt an kein Zurück" ("Rough Road Ahead"), which tells a tragic love story set between 1969 and 1977. The film premiered at the 2014 Filmfest Oldenburg, where it won the award for Best Female Actor (Victoria Schulz). It was released theatrically in Germany in March 2015.

Head full of honey Head Full Of Honey Germany, 2014 // 139 mins // English Subtitles

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Pensioner Amandus lives together with his grown-up son Niko and his eleven-year-old granddaughter Tilda. The three get along perfectly, and especially lively Tilda and her benevolent granddad have a special bond. But then Amandus begins to show signs of dementia, and when his condition continues to get worse, Niko realizes that he can't take care of his father alone anymore and decides to move Amandus into a nursing home. When she learns of this decision, Tilda is devastated. On the top of her head, she kidnaps her beloved granddad and takes him on an eventful trip in order to fulfill his biggest dream: to visit Venice once more in his lifetime.

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“ein warmherziger Film ueber das Thema Alzheimer”. EpdFilm (Germany)

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Til Schweiger, Director
Born December 19, 1963, he was raised along with his two brothers in his hometown Giessen. In his early years, Schweiger began studying German and Medicine. He decided to drop out of university to pursue his career as an actor and went to drama school from 1986-1989. After graduation, he played at several theaters as a stage actor to gain more experience.

In 1991, Schweiger landed his first lead role in Manta, Manta following his big breakthrough role on Maybe…Maybe not (1994) with the support of Germany’s renowned film producer and mentor Bernd Eichinger. In 1996, Til Schweiger founded his first film production company Mr. Brown Entertainment together with business partner and film producer Tom Zickler. Schweiger debuted as producer with Knockin' on Heaven's Door (1997) winning several Festival Awards. The road movie remains a cult favorite with audiences worldwide. Within the same year, Schweiger was the first foreign actor to win the "Polish Oscar" at the International Warsaw Film festival for his performance in Bandyta (1997). He has since built up acting credits in dozens of German movies including The Polar Bear (1998) where Schweiger made his debut as director.

Judas Kiss (1998) was Schweiger’s first role in an international film. He then appeared in several internationally acclaimed movies including SLC Punk (1998), The Replacement Killers (1998), Driven (2001), Investigating Sex (2001), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life (2004), King Arthur (2004), New Year’s Eve (2011), and many more.

To this day, Schweiger has delivered a series of German-language hits and won numerous Awards as actor/writer/director/producer: Barefoot (2005) grossed about $7,7 million with 1,5 million admissions, Rabbit Without Ears (2007) was up to 2014 Schweiger’s most successful film and earned some $74 million locally, followed by the sequel Rabbit Without Ears 2 (2009). In 2011, Schweiger wrote, produced and directed Kokowääh, which grossed $43 million, starring alongside his youngest daughter Emma. A sequel hit theaters in 2013.

As an actor, he received widespread critical acclaim and further recognition for his portrayal as the legendary Hugo Stieglitz in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds (2009).

In December 2014, Til Schweiger released the family-friendly dramedy Head full of Honey, which he co-wrote, directed, produced and starred in. It is his most successful film to date breaking the 6,3 million admissions barrier of his 2007 hit Rabbit without Ears.

Schweiger, who started his career in German TV, plays the lead role on hit local crimes series Tatort (Hamburg) (Scene of the Crime). His debut generated the best ratings for the long-running procedural in 20 years.

Wild Wild Germany, 2015 // 97 mins // English Subtitles

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Official selection SUNDANCE Film Festival A woman has a strange encounter on her way to work: She finds herself gazing into a wild pair of eyes, and it seems that her entire life hitherto has been a joke. She can’t forget that instant and becomes a hunter who indeed finally manages to lock a wild wolf in her high-rise apartment. Now she herself begins to assume a new identity, one that breaks with all the fetters of bourgeois life. Strangely, this pleases the people around her, particularly her boss… It seems they all share her secret yearning.

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“radikal, sinnlich, frei”. Wild Film

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Nicolette Krebitz, Director
Nicolette Krebitz, born September 2, 1972, in Berlin, started her acting career at the age of eleven with a leading role in the TV movie "Ich wette, es wird ein Junge". Later she became the host of "Disney-Club" and attended actor's training at the Fritz Kirchhoff drama school. In 1995, Krebitz won the Grimme award for her part as an AIDS victim in Markus Imboden's film "Ausgerechnet Zoé". Krebitz also appeared in several unconventional parts in niche films such as "Long Hello and Short Goodbye" (1998), "Fandango" ("Fandango - Members Only ", 2000), and "Die Männer ihrer Majestät" ("All the Queen's Men", 2001). In 2001, Krebitz made her directing debut with "Jeans". Furthermore, she won a Goldene Schallplatte for her soundtrack to the film "Bandits" and sang with the club music band Terranova. Also Hamburg-based rock band Tocotronic paid homage to her in their song "Nicolette Krebitz wartet".

I’m Off Then I’m Off ThenLosing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago
Germany, 2015 // 92 mins // English Subtitles

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Overweight, overworked, and disenchanted, German comedian and TV star Hape realizes he can't keep on this way. He takes a six-month sabbatical, and embarks on a pilgrimage on the St. James' Way, the famed path to Santiago de Compostela. He sets out in search of... what, exactly? God? Truth? Peace? Himself? A film about finding and seeking – sometimes hilariously funny, sometimes moving and emotional.

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“Sucht Gott, findet Blasen an Füßen” Outnow.CH (Suisse)

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Julia von Heinz, Director
Julia von Heinz was born in Berlin in 1976. She was trained as a media designer at the WDR TV network in Cologne, and then studied audio-visual media at the TFH Berlin, graduating as a DoP. During her studies, she completed the award-winning shorts "Dienstags" (2001), "Doris" (2002) and "Lucie und Vera" (2003).

From 2005 to 2006, Julia von Heinz worked as creative assistant of Rosa von Praunheim at the HFF Potsdam-Babelsberg. Her feature film debut "Was am Ende zählt" premiered in the section "Perspektive deutsches Kino" at the 2007 IFF Berlin. The drama about a young runaway whose life is in downward spiral won the German Film Award for Best Children Film and was lauded at several international festivals. This was followed by her documentary "Standesgemäß" (2008), which depicted the everyday worries of single noblewomen and went on to win the Bavarian Television Awards. Julia von Heinz then directed "Hanni und Nanni 2", the sequel to the box-office hit about twin teenage sisters and their adventures at a boarding school. In the same year von Heinz graduated as Ph.D.

After the multiple award-winning "Hanni & Nanni 2", Julia von Heinz focused on more "mature" themes in her next feature film "Hannas Reise" ("Love Israel", DE/IL 2013) which she also co-authored. The story is about a young German woman who tries to use a social work project in Israel to advance her own career but is unexpectedly confronted with her own responsibility as a German born after the Holocaust.

A more lowbrow work then followed with the comedy "Ich bin dann mal weg" ("I'm Off Then: Losing and Finding Myself on the Camino de Santiago", 2015). Based on the eponymous best-selling novel, the film depicts the adventures of comedian Hape Kerkeling hiking the Camino de Santiago.

Hördur Hördur Germany, 2015 // 84 mins // English Subtitles

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German Turkish girl Aylin is 16 years old and lives in a socially deprived borough of Mannheim. Again and again she stands out with aggressive behaviour. When she comes into conflict with the law, she is sentenced to community work at a riding school. At first the teenager shows very little interest in the work, but the handling of the stubborn iceland horse "Hördur" changes her attitude gradually. Gaining confidence she seems willing to start over her life. But then her strict father prohibits the riding and announces the return of the whole family to Turkey...

„Feinfuehlige Geschichte ueber Freundschaft und Zusammenhalt“. Filmstarts.de (Germany)

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Ekrem Ergün, Director
Ekrem Ergün initially studied Media Science at the University of Potsdam, followed by studies in Acting in Berlin and Directing at the New York Film Academy. In 2012, he co-founded Storming Donkey Productions with Stefanie Plattner and directed the company’s first short film "Patchwork". "Hördur - Zwischen den Welten" is his feature debut.
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Meteor street Meteor Street Germany, 2016 // 84 mins // English Subtitles

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Award: Berlinale 2016 Mohammed is 18. Having fled from the war in Lebanon to Germany, he is now trying to find his way in a world of men: there is the gruff boss of the motorbike garage where he helps out; the co-worker who tells stories of his experiences in the Foreign Legion; and above all Lakhdar (27), his eccentric and reckless brother. The two live without their parents in the dilapidated former family home in Berlin Tegel. Planes constantly thunder overhead.

Between a precarious work situation and the hope for an apprenticeship, between heroic stories about comradeship from his co-workers and his own memories of war, between the good and increasingly mad ravings and words of advice from his brother, the young Palestinian has to ask himself the question: what does it actually mean to be a man?

Source: 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

“ein Stueck aktueller Realitaet”. Zeit online (Germany)

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Aline Fischer, Director
Born in Alsace, France in 1981, she studied political sciences, sociology and documentary filmmaking in Lussas, France. In 2010, she made her documentary film debut with "L'ouest sauvage". She is currently completing her degree in directing at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Her essay film "Der grüne Stern" received the development award at the film schools' reception during the 2012 Berlinale and screened at the Max Ophüls Prize Film Festival in 2014. Her films address gender construction and its borders and focus on countries that were shaped by communism.

Source: 66. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)

Colonia Colonia Germany, 2015 // 110 mins // English

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Politthriller, der in der berüchtigten, von einem deutschen Aussiedler gegründeten chilenischen Sekte angesiedelt ist. epdFilm (Germany) The Chilean coup of 1973. The masses are out on the street, pro¬testing against General Pinochet. Amongst them, Daniel and Lena, a young couple, which, like many others, gets arrested by Pinochet’s secret police. Shortly thereafter, Daniel finds himself trapped in a secret interrogation camp lo¬cated underground, beneath the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a German sect following the leadership of the notorious Paul Schäfer. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission but, in fact, it is a place nobody ever escaped from. Desperate to rescue her boyfriend, Lena joins the mysterious cult, hoping to find Daniel there and make their way out. They eventually embark on a dramatic escape. Based on true events. Source: German Films Service & Marketing GmbH

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Florian Gallenberger, Director
Born in Munich in 1972, Florian Gallenberger was a child actor and youth performer. He took up studies in philosophy, psychology and Russian in 1991 and subsequently studied at Munich College of Television and Film from 1992 to 1999. In the year 2000 he won a Student Oscar and in 2001 he received an Oscar for his short graduation film, "Quiero Ser", about children living on the streets in Mexico. He won a Bavarian Film Award For "Schatten der Zeit", which was presented at the Berlinale in 2005. Source: 59. Internationale Filmfestspiele Berlin (Catalogue)