Month: February 2021

Ger­man Film Crit­ics’ Award 2020 for NACKTE TIERE and GIRAFFE

Yes­ter­day evening, the Ger­man Film Crit­ics Asso­ci­a­tion announced the 2020 award win­ners. The award-win­ning films also include pro­duc­tions by two DFFB grad­u­ates:

Melanie Waelde was pre­sent­ed with the Best First Fea­ture Award for her film NAKED ANIMALS. The jury explained its deci­sion with warm words: “Mean­while, the film itself takes off and dares itself to be a cin­e­ma that refrains from explain­ing away its char­ac­ters. The film takes an undog­mat­i­cal approach to its dra­matur­gies and gen­der images (…). The cam­era throws itself into the fray with rel­ish, want­i­ng to play along with the vio­lent hus­tle and bus­tle of a world with­out parental super­vi­sion, in which it is impor­tant nev­er to let your guard down. This debut film shows no stand­still. Rather, it cel­e­brates move­ment, flaunt­ing it by let­ting the char­ac­ters col­lide.”

With GIRAFFE, anoth­er alum­na, Anna Sofie Hart­mann, was thrilled to receive the Best Fea­ture Film Award of the year. “On all lev­els, this film, which oscil­lates between essay, doc­u­men­tary and fic­tion, is skill­ful­ly direct­ed and is con­sis­tent­ly sur­pris­ing and fresh. (…) Down to the last, fad­ing moment, Anna Sofie Hart­mann suc­ceeds in con­dens­ing Euro­pean labour mar­ket real­i­ty and myth into a whole, which could not be more sober, top­i­cal, and enchant­i­ng,” said the jury.

The Ger­man Crit­ics’ Prize is award­ed annu­al­ly by crit­ics to Ger­man film pro­duc­tions that “are not judged accord­ing to eco­nom­ic, coun­try-spe­cif­ic, or polit­i­cal cri­te­ria, but exclu­sive­ly accord­ing to artis­tic ones,” explains the VdFk.

We con­grat­u­late both teams on their awards!

GIRAFFE by DFFB Alum­na Anna Sofie Hart­mann avail­able on Video on Demand

Demand. The Ger­man-Dan­ish film was pro­duced by Kom­plizen Film in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Pro­file Pic­tures and rbb.

Sev­er­al DFFB stu­dents and alum­ni worked on the project, which cel­e­brat­ed its world pre­miere at the Locarno Film Fes­ti­val in 2019 and has since expe­ri­enced a suc­cess­ful film fes­ti­val tour. The team com­pris­es Jen­ny Lou Ziegel as cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er, Jonas Dorn­bach on the pro­duc­er team, Ben von Dobe­neck in pro­duc­tion man­age­ment, Daria Wich­mann in pro­duc­tion man­age­ment, as well as Bor­bála Nagy, Faraz Fes­hara­ki, Lisa Rol­ing, and Oliv­er Göbel.

The film is about “A tun­nel is to be built to con­nect Den­mark and Ger­many; the present moves towards the future, change is in the air. (…) A Dan­ish sum­mer: long days turn into blue nights. Peo­ple meet, then part ways again.”

Worth a look!


Pho­to Cred­its: GRANDFILM Dis­tri­b­u­tion



Doc­u­men­tary | 2018 | Israel/​Germany | 28 min­utes



On some pale blue dot in the Milky Way Galaxy – every day — bread is made – you will see how!



Direc­tor: Alexan­dre Koberidze
Pro­duc­er: Dana Gal
Cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Mei­dan Ara­ma

News 23/​​06/​​2016 – ZEIT DER UNRUHE


Short Film | 2017 | Ger­many | 11 min­utes



It’s the 23rd of June 2016. In the UK, a crit­i­cal ref­er­en­dum is well under­way, and across the Atlantic, an omi­nous Amer­i­can pres­i­den­tial cam­paign is gath­er­ing force. In Swe­den, news broad­cast­ing is car­ry­ing on as usu­al. In Ger­many, how­ev­er, an iden­ti­cal, yet dis­tort­ed, news broad­cast is simul­ta­ne­ous­ly being con­struct­ed by the cit­i­zens them­selves. In the height of the Berlin sum­mer, the Zeit der Unruhe starts to unfold.



Direc­tor: Elsa Rosen­gren
Author: Elsa Rosen­gren
Cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Katha­ri­na Wahl
Pro­duc­er: Nad­ja Rothkirch



Short Film | 2018 | Ger­many | 5 min­utes



CHAOS is a sto­ry about greed and time. It’s a decon­struc­tion of known gen­res and form.



Direc­tor: Samuel Auer
Author: Samuel Auer
Cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Lukas Eylandt
Pro­duc­er: Samuel Auer


Direc­tors State­ment

“There are only a hand­ful of sto­ries that we film­mak­ers tell over and over again. There­fore, as a direc­tor, I am always on the look­out for oth­er forms to tell. For a long time, I want­ed to cre­ate a film that can be seen both for­ward and back­ward and only unfolds com­plete­ly when seen sev­er­al times. CHAOS is our attempt to under­stand time dif­fer­ent­ly and ques­tion its lin­ear­i­ty. My DOP, Lukas Eylandt, and I want­ed to shoot a genre film for a long time and saw this as an oppor­tu­ni­ty to decon­struct film gen­res, tell a bank rob­bery with­out ever see­ing it and mix fairy tales with gang­ster noir.” — Samuel Auer



Short Doc­u­men­tary | 2017 | Germany/​Israel | 24 min­utes



EXIT is a film about two women who left the ultra-ortho­dox com­mu­ni­ty. Sara Mur­ray became ultra-ortho­dox at the age of 17 when she moved to Israel from the US and met her future hus­band. She lived a strong­ly reli­gious and ded­i­cat­ed life until she could­n’t han­dle the rigid­ness of her faith any­more. Leav­ing the ultra-oth­o­dox world, she lost all her chil­dren who she can now only meet 2 hours a week in a day care cen­ter watched by Rab­bini­cal social work­ers.



Direc­tor: Katha­ri­na Woll
Author: Katha­ri­na Woll
Cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Daniel Bin­st­ed
Pro­duc­er: Markus Kaatsch, Dana Gal



Short Film | 2014 | Ger­many | 22 min­utes



Thir­teen- year-old LIA is in love with the four­teen year-old, per­fect, Adam and actu­al­ly there is no prob­lem at all. Adam is cute, super intel­lec­tu­al, sporty and is inter­est­ed only in her. Why, she does not know. Something’s very wrong with her, or at least she seems to think so. When Adams par­ents give the two tick­ets to their favorite opera and insist that Lias par­ents come along, trou­bles begin. Although love­ly and warm, Lias par­ents are ani­mals! Lia is con­vinced that Adam will sep­a­rate from her as soon as he finds out. And so Lia just rents new par­ents. They are per­fect just like Adam, or at least she seems to think so.



Direc­tor: Rebe­ca Ofek
Author: Ines Berwing
Cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Albrecht von Grün­hagen
Pro­duc­er: Rebe­ca Ofek



Short Film | 2017 | Ger­many | 12 min­utes



From a play­ground oppo­site a dark, mys­ti­cal for­est, a young girl peers between the trees in search of the spir­it of her recent­ly deceased moth­er. Feel­ing a sud­den force of attrac­tion, she wan­ders out alone hop­ing to find solace. With­in, she com­mu­ni­cates with the sur­round­ing nature while slow­ly bring­ing it to life. She exceeds the bor­ders of real­i­ty, mak­ing her way into the super­nat­ur­al. Deep into the for­est she finds com­fort in an old tree, and by lay­ing down next to it, she feels the warmth of her moth­er.



Direc­tor: Lasse Hold­hus
Author: Josef Ulbig
Cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Anto­nia Lang
Pro­duc­er: Hen­ning Wag­n­er, Nad­ja Rothkirch



Short Doc­u­men­tary | 2017 | Ger­many | 5 min­utes



LUCKY FELLOW is a brief por­trait of the Berlin-based artist Kol­ja Kugler who builds sculp­tures and robots out of trash.



Direc­tor: Samuel Auer
Author: Samuel Auer
Cin­e­matog­ra­ph­er: Tobias Gaede
Pro­duc­er: Tobias Gaede