21st Festival Films


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Tue. Feb. 7, 2017 5:00 p.m.
Goethe-Institut, San Francisco

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Déjà vu: German film schools ruled the Foreign Language categories of The Academy’s 43rd Student Academy Awards® in 2016. As in 2015, works from German film schools won three medals again: the gold and silver in the Foreign Narrative category and the very first medal of the newly created Foreign Animation category. This is a vivid example of the promise of German cinema’s future. Another great example links to the director of this year’s Berlin & Beyond Opening Night Film: Max Zähle’s short film Raju won the 2011 Student Academy Award – Foreign Narrative Bronze, and in 2012, it was nominated for the Academy Award in the Live Action Short category. Now, we are thrilled to celebrate the International Premiere of his first cinema feature film, Scrappin’. ―Sophoan Sorn

Director: Ahmad Saleh of the Academy of Media Arts Cologne
11 mins. Germany, Jordan, Palestine (2016).
Arabic w/ English subtitles.

Winner of the 2016 Student Academy Award – Foreign Animation Gold. A cruel war has taken two brothers’ home. Their mother protects them under her arms, anxious that her sons could be in danger if they leave the house. But the boys chase their dream to play a music instrument they’ve fallen in love with. A beautiful Oud. They collect scrap metal to earn the money and must find out that their mother’s fear was for a good reason. But as strong birds will always fly, the two boys become one to overcome their trauma.

Director: Alex Schaad, University of Television and Film Munich
Starring: Dimitrij Schaad, Ulrich Wessel, Petra M. Nerette, Patrick Finger, Sierk Radzei
30 mins. Germany (2016).
German w/ English subtitles.

Winner of the 2016 Student Academy Award – Foreign Narrative Gold. The young teacher Michael Gewa receives a mysterious message – the personal rating service "b.good" has bought his online and mobile data to evaluate his professional skills and his personality in several categories. After neglecting the consequences, he finds himself in a moral fight for trust in the midst of students, colleagues and friends.

Director: Felix Ahrens of the Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF
Starring: Henrike v. Kuick, Tom Keune, Anna Schinz, Justus Carrière
30 mins. Germany (2016).
German w/ English subtitles.

Winner of the 2016 Student Academy Award – Foreign Narrative Silver. Elke, a young police officer, and her colleague Armin are on patrol close to the Czech border. During a routine stop and search operation a young Czech man resists their police orders and in the heat of the moment gets shot by Elke. As a result, Elke gets suspended while the police investigate internally. She sinks into a deep sense of guilt, and makes her way to the Czech Republic in order to find the family of the man she killed.

Photo Credit Notes:

  • © KHM/Ahmad Saleh
  • © S. Buske/S. Pannossian/Filmuniversität/MDR
  • © HFF München/Richard Lamprecht