Germany

Ron Holloway – Paradjanov: A Requiem (1994)

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The film shows the unique world of artist Sergei Parajanov, whose brilliant images in films and collages aroused the suspicion of Soviet authorities. Unexpectedly, this last all-embracing interview, given at the 1988 München Film Festival, has become a film legacy.

Sergei Parajanov was born an Armenian in Georgia. He studied at the Moscow Film School and worked as a director in the Ukraine. His stylistic vitality and “plasticism” – a term he used to describe his films – enabled him to creative universal images. Read More »

Werner Nekes – Makimono (1974)

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Werner Nekes filmed a Finnish landscape from a fixed point of view and just panned steady and slow around. What becomes of these experimental shots is a wonderful, universal, gigantic wall of pictures.

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Makimono is an Asian roll painting depicting a landscape. The subject of the film is the language of film itself, its mutability and its influence on the viewer’s vision and thinking. While the film gradually progresses the viewer is gently invited to reflect on the development of the film in its expressive potential. Read More »

Herrmann Zschoche – Sieben Sommersprossen AKA Seven Freckles (1978)

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SYNOPSIS: Having once lived in the same house as young children, Caroline and Robby meet again at summer camp years later. Now 15-years-old, a relationship begins to build between the two old friends, but there are many obstacles getting in the way of their love. The other camp counselors disapprove of the love affair between Caroline and Robby and try everything to keep them apart. At camp, their regiment is strict and the camp director’s only interest is in keeping his campers in tip-top shape through serious exercise routines, and leaving no time for the youngsters to get acquainted. The campers choose to perform a play, Romeo and Juliet, and it is soon discovered that Caroline has competition for Robby’s love after he is chosen for the role of Romeo. Read More »

Werner Nekes – Diwan (1974)

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“Diwan, a lyric anthology, an outdoor movie with people. With people living in the surrounding precious and very beautifully photographed nature, are neither more nor less than one part of it. What Nekes manages there with landscape, as a cunning and quote many fine artist in a medium that runs in time, as he defeated the time changed, by themselves for change of scenery uses, as it interferes with the laws of chronology through the rewind ability of the camera or destroyed, which is a compelling and highly aesthetic experimental company.” Read More »

Jan Speckenbach – Die Vermissten (2012)

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All of a sudden, 16-year-old Martha vanishes. Her father Lothar, who for years has had no contact with her or his ex-wife, sets off unwilling to find her. He soon realises other young people are also vanishing from the city inexplicably. Lothar follows their trail across the country. He meets the occasional young person but the trail goes cold. In the next city he encounters militia groups and a reinforced police presence. Children are forbidden to be on the streets unless accompanied by adults. The world has changed… Read More »

Werner Schroeter – Eika Katappa (1969)

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Collage of dramatic scenes, some exaggerated to comic effect, with asynchronous sound from well known classic, operatic, and rock and roll music – with different approaches to love, suffering, and death. Read More »

Angela Schanelec – Der traumhafte Weg (2016)

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Angela Schanelec’s first feature since 2010 is the much-anticipated Der traumhafte Weg, a serious work that is deliberately constructed image upon image and allows the viewer to read a seemingly realistic, yet artificially created world as it is being experienced, yet ultimately works against any simple narrative comprehension. The best way to tackle Der traumhafte Weg is to proceed, scene by scene, with a description of the shots, of how within the shots the characters are framed, how the characters gaze, how they hold their bodies… In other words, it is an Angela Schanelec film, where attention is required and rewarded, and the characters are at the mercy of the elements of chance. Read More »