Film Short Export: Made in Germany

Halmaspiel © Betina Kuntzsch

Thu, 11/21/2019

Goethe-Institut Chicago

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New Short Films from Germany

In its 14th edition seven outstanding short films have been selected out of more than 500 German submissions at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival 2019. This years' 95-minute SHORT EXPORT - Made in Germany program ranges from bizarre and exciting to warm-hearted and hilarious stories, told as fiction, documentary or animation short films.

Biotop © Paul Scholten BIOTOP
Paul Scholten | documentary | 12'
Life in the Munich suburb and safe neighborhood Neuperlach is tranquil: people greet each other and everything is nicely groomed. However, this peaceful existence has been troubled for some time – refugees are set to move in.

Neko No Hi © Jon Frickey NEKO NO HI ねこ の ひ CAT DAYS
Jon Frickey | animation | 11'
Der kleine Jiro fühlt sich krank. Sein Vater bringt ihn zur Ärztin. Ihre Diagnose ist zwar harmlos, rüttelt aber an der Identität des Jungen.

Tracing Addai © Esther Niemeier TRACING ADDAI
Esther Niemeier | animated documentary | 30'
The story of a young man who leaves his life in Germany behind and sets off to help people. In2013, Addai joins a Salafist group in Syria. A few years later, his mother meets Ilias, a returnee from Syria. Their personal stories paint a clear picture of Addai’s story.

Am Cu Ce © Hannah Weissenborn AM CU CE (PRIDE)
Hannah Weissenborn | fiction | 19'
Romanian trucker Stancu has given his nephew Dargan a second driver card which enables him to stretch his legal driving time. But when Dargan falls into micro-sleep at the wheel and almost causes an accident, Stancu suddenly feels responsible.

Halmaspiel © Betina Kuntzsch HALMASPIEL (CHINESE CHECKERS)
Betina Kuntzsch | animated documentary | 15'
Animated objects from the family archive recount my mother’s life. It’s a 20th century biography: growing up in the Nazi era, adolescence in post-war Germany, the building of the Wall and life in the GDR and then reunified Germany. A story of escaping and adapting, challenging and doubts.

Fest © Nikita Diakur FEST
Nikita Diakur | experimental animation | 3'
Footage from a suburban block party. Rave, drone, BBQ and ice cream. Then a stunt. Youtube inspired and simulated.

Carlotta's Face © Frederic Schuld & Valentin Riedl CARLOTTA'S FACE
Frédéric Schuld, Valentin Riedl | animated documentary | 5'
As a child, Carlotta didn’t expect the people around her to have faces. She doesn’t even recognize her own face. Years later, she learns about a rare, untreatable deficiency in her brain. In the end, it is art that gives her the chance to finally recognize herself.