Berlinale Shorts I
Utopia Unplugged

Berlinale Spotlights I: Utopia Unplugged © Bárbara Wagner / Benjamin de Burca



Argentinia | 2016 | Nicolás Suárez | 14 min

In Spanish with English and Chinese subtitles

The drama occurs when the brother falls from a horse and man and horse become one, suddenly violating the idyll by creating a fight between man and beast, the mythical realm overflows into the realm of reality.

Call of Cuteness

Germany | 2017 | Brenda Lien | 4 min

Without Dialogue

“While we watch the ‘cat fail’ of the day in cheerful safety, all that remains invisible in this neoliberal nightmare catches up with us. The cat’s body is consumed, exploited and controlled. In the end, the bodies reveal the causes and effects of power, lust and hate.” (Brenda Lien)

The Boy from H2 

Israel / Palestine | 2017 | Helen Yanovsky | 21 min

In Arabic with English and Chinese subtitles

Since the Hebron Agreement in 1997, Hebron, the biggest city in the West Bank, is divided into two sectors: H1 and H2, which leads to a limitation of freedom movement for Palestinians and influences the life of children, who come into conflict with the military

Altas Cidades de Ossadas

Portugal | 2017 | João Salaviza | 19 min

In Creole with English and Chinese subtitles

Born in a slum on the edge of Lisbon, Karlon played a significantly influential role in Cape Verdean Creole rap. In this fictional film, he withdraws from the place that society assigned him to and disappears into the surrounding sugarcane fields. Karlon puts up a resistance against a system that does not leave room for those who do not wish to comply.

Estás vendo coisas

Brazil | 2017 | Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca | 18 min

In Portuguese with English and Chinese subtitles

Tecno brega is the name of a music style from the north of Brazil: The music is produced and distributed at low cost and without any regard for copyright law. Characterised by kitsch texts and depict unattainable dream worlds, Tecno brega gives  the region that is shaped by poverty and restructuring a new and sexy self-confidence.


USA / Ireland | 2017 | David Oreilly | 11 min

In English with Chinese subtitles

“Whoever you are. Where you are. And whatever you are. You are in the middle. That's the game.” Everything is a video game. The game is a simulation of the world, seen from the perspective of everyone and everything: Atoms, plants, animals, planets and galaxies. The English philosopher Alan Watts accompanies this journey as narrator.

Screening Schedule


03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Goethe-Institut China (GI)
Originality Square, 798 Art District, No. 2 Jiuxianqiao Lu, Chaoyang District
Free Admission


02:30 PM - 04:00 PM
Guest: Sun Haoran (Film director)
Cinematheque of Nanjing University of the Arts (CNUA)
Nanjing University of the Arts (Huju North Road No. 15)
Free Admission


03:00 PM - 04:30 PM
Yanjiyou Bookstore (YB)
IFS, LG223, Hongxing Rd. 3-1, Jinjiang District, Chengdu
Free Admission