Berlinale Shorts II
From the Rising of the Sun

Berlinale Spotlights II: From the Rising of the Sun © Florian Kunert


Cidade Pequena

Portugal | 2016 | Diogo Costa Amarante | 16 min

In Portuguese with English and Chinese subtitles

When six-year-old Frederico finds out at school that people die when their hearts stop beating, he is unable to sleep that night. The next day, his mother asks the teacher once again: Must children always be told the truth? Always? In great, colourful tableaux, Diogo Costa Amarante illustrates the emotional world of Frederico and his mother.

Street of Death

Libanon / Germany | 2017 | Karam Ghossein | 22 min

In Arabic with English and Chinese subtitles

On the outskirts of the city, right by the water, lies an arterial road that leads to Beirut’s international airport. Most of the houses standing there are illegal constructions, quickly erected for a life alongside the road that leads to a kaleidoscope of stories, which merge to become a new life.

Martin Pleure

France | 2016 | Jonathan Vinel | 16 min

In French with English and Chinese subtitles

Martin cries. He is alone. He woke up in the morning and all his friends were gone. Disappeared. And he searches everywhere, in the city, in the mountains, in the rivers, but doesn’t find them. Rage, violence, longing, loneliness. Without fear of great feelings, without fear of one's own courage and without fear of violence, Jonathan Vinel tells a story of love and loss.

Avant l'envol

Switzerland | 2016 | Laurence Bonvin | 20 min

Without Dialogue

In 1960, the so-called Year of Africa, many African countries liberate themselves from European colonial powers and become independent, including the Ivory Coast. Independence leads to a real boom in architecture. In Abidjan, the then-capital, buildings must be constructed for the parliament, university, banks and conference centres. Laurence Bonvin visits these buildings and is particularly interested in the work of the French architect Henri Chomette.

Oh Brother Octopus

Germany | 2017 | Florian Kunert | 27 min

In Indonesian with English and Chinese subtitles

The sea nomads of Indonesia believe that every newborn child has a twin brother in the form of an octopus. Various rituals are carried out in order to live in peace with the twin and prevent misfortune. The apocalypse comes in the form of a new artificial world about to be constructed on the water, which threatens the livelihood of the sea nomads.

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 (Programme I)
06:30 PM - 08:00 PM (Programme II)
Guest: Sun Haoran (Film director)
Theater of Nanjing University of the Arts (TNUA)
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 (Programme I)
07:30 PM - 09:00 PM (Programme II)
Yanjiyou Bookstore (YB)
IFS, LG223, Hongxing Rd. 3-1, Jinjiang District, Chengdu
Free Admission