New Short Films from Germany, Austria and Switzerland
With an introduction by Joe Bilancio, Director of Programming for DC Shorts
The Bathtub (Die Badewanne)
Germany/Austria, 2016, drama/comedy, color, 13 min., German with English subtitles, Director/Screenplay: Tim Ellrich, Dominik Huber, World Sales: KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg e.V.
Three brothers are preparing an original present for their mother. But the idea to re-enact an old bathtub picture from their childhood is way too stupid for the oldest one. Little by little they bare all until three brothers remain who have grown apart over time.
- Special Jury Award (38th Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival)
Who Will Pay the Bill? (Wer trägt die Kosten?)
Germany, 2015, animation, color, 4 min., German with English subtitles, Director/Screenplay: Daniel Nocke, World Rights: Studio FILM BILDER GmbH
In this talk show satire moderated by a hyena, two lions, a vulture and a lonely zebra debate about justice in a society of eating and being eaten.
- Short Tiger Award 2016
- FBW-rating: “exceptionally valuable”
Dokument: Hoyerswerda| Frontex
Germany, 2014, documentary, color, 16 min., German with English subtitles, Director/Screenplay: Thomas Kaske, Sales: Thomas Kaske
Four contract workers from Mozambique report on racial attacks in Hoyerswerda in 1991. These previously unpublished records and drone footage from Frontex tell us what happened at that time - incidents which repeat themselves at Europe’s borders today. Could the stories the Mozambique contract workers tell also have taken place at the Greek-Turkish border in 2015?
- Soirée Allemande screening (Clermont-Ferrand 2016)
Austria/USA/Iran, 2014, documentary, color, 9 min., with English subtitles, Director/Screenplay: Lisa Truttmann, Behrouz Rae, World Sales Rights: Lisa Truttmann, Behrouz Rae
Babash is a parrot. He lives in Los Angeles and speaks mostly Farsi because his keepers are an Iranian family, although he sometimes mixes snatches of English and Aserbaidschani into his conversations. Photographer Behrouz Rae made friends with Babash over the years. Babash is an associative portrait about this special relationship and the domestic surroundings in which it emerged.
- The No Violence Award (Ann Arbor Film Festival 2015)
Tristes Déserts – A Robot’s Tale
Austria, 2015, science-fiction/drama, color, 8 min., without dialogue, Director/Screenplay: Stephanie Winter, World Sales: sixpackfilm, World Sales Rights: Sixpack Films
Originating in the idea of an audiovisual realization of M.A. Charpentier's lyrical song "Tristes Déserts" and motivated by the constant interaction of image and sound, this baroque-intergalactic musical short film was developed in which the boundaries between human and machine, between baroque music and electronic sounds, become blurred. It’s a collaboration between artist Stephanie Winter, tenor August Schram and electronic duo Austrian Apparel.
- Best National Music Video (VIS Vienna Independent Shorts 2015)
Austria, 2014, animation, color, 2 min., without dialogue, Director/Screenplay: Anna Vasof, World Sales Rights: Not for sale, all rights are reserved by Anna Vasof
A video camera continuously follows and films a progression of dominoes falling, creating the illusion of the movement in an imaginary space. Domino is a video which combines the mechanism of a progression of dominoes falling with stop-motion animation technique and introduces a new animation technique, the “Non-stop stop motion”.
- Best Austrian Animation (ASIFA AUSTRIA 2014)
Austria, 2015, animation, color, 13 min., without dialogue, Director/Screenplay: Paul Wenninger, World Sales Rights: Sixpack Films
In Uncanny Valley, we are immediately bombarded by the psychological and physical intensity of a battle fought between desperate soldiers during the First World War. Within the scope of a physiological apparatus looking in the direction of war, Uncanny Valley develops a dramaturgy of interrupted images - stuttering pictures that interrupt the narrative structure of a sequence of scenes.
- Public Award and Best Austrian Animation (ASIFA AUSTRIA 2015)
Sparrows and Snorkels (Von Faltbooten und Heringen)
Switzerland, 2014, fiction, color, 15 min., German, English and French with German, English and French subtitles, Director/Screenplay: Elena Brotschi, World Rights: Zürcher Hochschule der Künste ZHdK
Ivan meets Paolo, little Jonas meets Ida, another Jonas meets Sandra and Annina meets Jonas – in July, at a campsite by the river.
- Prix de la Ville de Vannes 2015
Switzerland, 2015, animation, color, 6min., without dialogue, Director/Screenplay: Rahel Gerber, World Sales: Interfilm Berlin Management GmbH
Dreams woven from airy fabrics make wishes tangible. Walter is a loner. Hanging up his laundry the resident sees how easily his shirt contacts his neighbor’s dress. Might he be closer than ever to his own happiness?
- Berner Filmpreis 2015 Category Animation
Whatever the Weather (Bei Wind und Wetter)
Switzerland, 2016, animation, black & white, 11 min., German and French with English subtitles, English, Director/Screenplay: Remo Scherrer, World Sales: Interfilm Berlin Management GmbH
Wally’s life is increasingly turned upside down by her mother's alcohol addiction. Helplessness, excessive demands and desperation shape her childhood.
- Official Selection Cinéfondation Cannes 2016