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Short Films from Germany, Austria, and Switzerland

Noctuidae © Alexandra Mauritz
Noctuidae © Alexandra Mauritz

Presented in partnership with JxJ & the Edlavitch Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

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The short film showcase will screen in Cafritz Hall from 12:00-2:00 at the EDCJCC:

1529 16th St. NW
Washington, DC 20034

A reception [ < text is hyperlinked!] at the Goethe-Institut will follow at 2:30-4:30:

1377 R St. NW, Ste. 300
Washington, DC 20009

Tickets for Short Film Showcase: $10
Tickets for Reception at Goethe-Institut: $10
Combined Ticket for Short Film Showcase & Reception: $15

Short Films

Noctuidae, dir. Alexandra Mauritz (2021, Germany, 23 min.)
A lonely seamstress receives a strange request: to sew a cloak made only from the wings of moths. A work of delicate beauty is painstakingly crafted, and with it a fragile bond between two lost souls. But as soon as the work is finished, her client disappears. Searching for him, she discovers his secret. The cloak holds his final hope to escape a hostile world of lights. Is it possible to reach the freedom of moonlight? Or is her client a lunatic, crazy enough to jump to his death for a fantasy? The seamstress finds no peace. She answers the call of his dream and sews a new cloak - for herself.

The Best Orchestra in the World, dir. Henning Backhaus (2021, Austria, 14 min.)
Ingbert applies for a position as a double bass player at the Vienna State Orchestra. There's just one problem: Ingbert is a sock.

Your Street, dir. Güzin Kar (2020, Switzerland, 7 min.)
A featureless street on an industrial estate in Bonn – desolate, unfinished and inconspicuous. The street bears the name of a child. It is meant to commemorate the racially motivated terrorist attack that this child did not survive. A public memorial, consigned to no man’s land. A film against collective amnesia.

The One Who Crossed the Sea, dir. Jonas Riemer (2020, Germany, 10 min.)
This animated documentary tells the story of a GDR refugee who joins the new radical right. In a folding boat, he flees via Denmark to Western Germany, where his story tips into the dark. His newly acquired freedom turns into disorientation. Only in a burgeoning nationalist movement does the main character find a new home. The film poses the elementary question: Where does the fear of the foreign and the desire for isolation really come from?

The Washing Machine, dir. Dominik Hartl (2020, Austria, 24 min.)
A young couple needs to get rid of their broken washing machine. When they decide to sell it online instead of taking it to the dump, an entertaining observational study about prejudice, false pride, and guilty conscience is set into motion.

This program is appropriate for audiences over 18. The program is subtitled in English.

Refunds & Vaccination/Masking Statement:
Anyone (above age 12) coming into the EDCJCC or Goethe-Institut will be required to show proof of vaccination at the point of entry into the building either by displaying digital documentation of vaccination on a smartphone or by presenting a physical copy of a vaccination card. For people with a medical condition or religious belief that prevents vaccination, in lieu of proof of vaccination those individuals must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (taken within 72 hours of their arrival at the JCC) upon entry to the building.

Following CDC guidance, and DC law, masking is required for everyone at all times once within these venues.

There will be no exceptions made to these rules for anyone, and no refunds.