Country: Germany

32-RBIT

My grandmother was convinced that the only animal that made the same mistake twice is the human being. A short essay film about my very own Internet, a parallel world where memory loss, errors, surveillance, and addiction taint everything and everyone.

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SYMBOLIC THREATS

On the night of 22 July 2014, two filmmakers hoist two white American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City. They take the US flags down and fold them in the prescribed orderly fashion. Poetry or threat? An act of surrender or perhaps art? What happens when threatened freedom reinstates art with the element of danger? Who or what makes it into a threat?

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I SIGNED THE PETITION

Immediately after a Palestinian man signs an online petition, he is thrown into a panic-inducing spiral of self-doubt. Over the course of a conversation with an understanding friend, he analyses, deconstructs, and interprets the meaning of his choice to publicly support the cultural boycott of Israel.

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CONTAINER

Maryna and Tava are working shifts on a milk farm in eastern Germany. In the village, they are known as ’the two Poles’. They themselves ignore each other’s existence. When the farm manager goes on a business trip, Tava does not show up at work and seems to have disappeared. The next night a disturbing encounter takes place. Maryna wakes up in her container realizing that she is not alone: Tava is lying next to her, fast asleep, firmly clinging to her. But during the night shift Maryna withholds the news of her compatriot’s return. When she returns to her container, Tava has disappeared again.

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BURKINA BRANDENBURG KOMPLEX

A presumably African village, inhabited by Germans. This film describes a geographical construction that makes use of ‘our’ medial and collective image of Africa and puts it to the test through inaccuracies. An archaeological find is made in a mine: a Ferrari. We tag along with Joachim on his everyday rounds. He has his heart set on realising a common energy project. The Museum of Prussian Cultural Heritage is run by a black woman. She presents artefacts from Western consumer culture with a special emphasis on German products. Joachim is involved in the ritualistic production of energy in the village but gets excluded when the ceremony is nearing its finale, finally catapulting himself out of the ‘story/history’.

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IMPERIAL VALLEY (CULTIVATED RUN-OFF)

The Imperial Valley represents one of California´s most important regions of industrial agriculture. Corporate agricultural production interests have been able to successfully cultivate and exploit this geological part of the Sonora desert.

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WISHING WELL

Gushing colors. A time disjointed, yet synchronous. A transcendent turn, a quest for agency, a reunion with currents of the forest.

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RICK

Rick is gay and deaf. And he works as a porn actor. This short documentary follows a young man who is able to overcome his impediment and go beyond his boundaries. He is able to live outside of himself and his body and ultimately finds personal liberation in the film studio’s lights.

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CAT DAYS

Jiro, a little boy, feels sick. His father takes him to the doctor. She diagnoses him with a harmless condition, but it shakes the core of the boy’s identity.

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GIANT

One day the little girl Ola, sitting high above the city looking at the sea, she sees a giant washing himself in the bay. He uses the bay as a bathtub, with ships gliding through the waves like rubber ducks. Through a series of winks and grimaces, Ola and the giant begin to communicate.

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ANT

The ants are working together perfectly. But there is one ant who is doing everything differently

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CALL OF COMFORT

“Please agree to terms and conditions to be a part of the Community,” says the Big Data crystal ball as it bathes you in positive affirmations and hyper-personalized ads, “All for your own benefit, of course.” Feel your body becoming heavy and relaxed, and just say, “Yes!”

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SCREEN

“While he mused on the effect of the flowing sands, he was seized from time to time by hallucinations in which he himself began to move with the flow.“ – Kōbō Abe

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PAPER POLYMALS

A story about a dachshund who is going through five different feelings. The paper-folded dog is looking for a suitable friend, because not everyone is suitable, as he has to find out. He gets in touch with four other animals; a tortoise, a runner duck, a lion and a fox.

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NOT HERE, NOT THERE

Matti is 15. He really wants to make out with his girlfriend Paula or to go to the lake with his mates. But again he has to stay at home. The reason why should be kept secret. A short film about growing older and about love.

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GRAND MASQUERADE

Have you ever had to mask your true self from your family, friends or peers? In ”Grand Masquerade”, The Trouble Notes soundtrack the plight of the individual in a world filled with tradition and taboo.

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PRINCESS

When gang leader Ole and his buddies Marco and Milan nicked Davie’s school bag, Ole would never in his wildest dreams have imagined that a short time later he would appear on stage with Davie at a school karaoke contest dressed as a princess with makeup on…

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CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO

Chika the dog and the five-year old Mikasch are the heroes of this story which is set in a Jewish ghetto in an unnamed Polish city. The little dog helps Mikasch to develop as a child despite the persecution of the Jews and the threats of the 2nd World War.

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PAPER POLYMALS

A story about a dachshund who is going through five different feelings. The paper-folded dog is looking for a suitable friend, because not everyone is suitable, as he has to find out. He gets in touch with four other animals, a tortoise, a runner duck, a lion and a fox.

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CHIKA, THE DOG IN THE GHETTO

Chika the dog and the five-year old boy Mikasch are the heroes of this story set in a Jewish ghetto in an
unnamed Polish city. The little dog helps Mikasch to develop as a child despite the persecution of the Jews
and the threats of the 2nd World War.

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DISSONANCE

A genius musician lives a lonely life in a surreal floating world. He plays the piano every day in a gigantic concert hall without an audience. One day, his animated world collapses and he must face reality. He only has one wish: to share his music with his daughter, but her mother won’t allow it.

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SYMBOLIC THREATS

Inspired by the heated debate over the two ”White American Flags” that appeared on the towers of New York City’s iconic Brooklyn Bridge, the film asks what kind of societal scope art has in the present day. Poetry or threat?

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BALANCE

A few men are balancing on the edge of a platform in the middle of nowhere. The relationship between them is of utmost importance for maintaining the balance. This film has received a multitude of awards worldwide, including an Academy Award and a Film Jackdaw here in Uppsala.

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SOMETHING ABOUT SILENCE

”You are here because you are boring. Let the audio-visual experience sink into your subconscious so you can become more exciting and fashionable.” This journey leads through streets, clothing stores, forests, and strange abstract worlds.

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PERSONNE

Personne – this is somebody, nobody, anyone. This is us in the course of time. Persistently, in vain. The self is the need for permanent self-assertion.

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ELPINIKI PLAYS THE ACCORDION

Elpiniki tries to fill her days with a meaningful activity. She is learning the accordion. In the street below, Maryana is dissatisfied. She calls up to Elpiniki until she comes to her window. They start an everyday conversation which takes on new dimensions as it is completely carried out in screams.

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KINGDOM COME: RITUALS

Detta första av tre verk är en storbildsprojektion av flygfoton som tagits genom att montera kameror på duvor. De nervöst fladdrande vingarna och den hårda vinden gör att åskådare får ett fragmentariskt intryck som ändå är direkt identifierbart som en politisk demonstration.

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PLEASE RELAX NOW

Från duken talar konstnären direkt till dig som åskådare och söker ditt förtroende. Med det förföriska och förhäxande tonfallet hos ett reklamplakat eller en tv-sändning, ber hon åskådaren att luta sig tillbaka och slappna av, med löftet att hon, konstnären, ska iscensätta en minnesvärd händelse som förvandlar åskådaren till en vital del av konstverket – eller t o m till själva konstverket!

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YOU ARE BORING!

En diskussion kring hur de problematiska företeelserna ”att titta” och ”att bli tittad på” är beskaffad i vidare sammanhang, inklusive upplevelseindustrins arbetskraft, relationen mellan aktör och åskådare, deltagarkultur, hur modern konst ställs ut, och queer representativ politik.

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SPIRIT AWAY

The film evolved from my interest in the biographies of psychiatric patients, whose creative works are represented in the Prinzhorn Collection. Spirit Away uses 36 original 35 mm animated film loops for laterna magica from the period around 1900 – i.e. hand-drawn films dating from the artists’ lifetime.

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WOLF

The wolf is wandering through the woods, trying to find a peaceful spot to practise his secret hobby. But then a spectator shows up in the bushes.

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SOME THING

Oil, gold and fire are the treasures inside the proud giant mountains. For the little mountain it is impossible to keep up with that. He is just in possession of this tiny, strange and useless ”some thing”.

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TIGER

A happy little tiger is imprinted on a food plate. But if you leave him alone, and he can’t find anything to eat on his plate, he will leave it and travel the lunch table to satisfy his appetite.

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AUTUMN

The noise of the last leaves falling from the crowns of trees. The sound of water from a bathroom. A window towards autumn and leaves on the ground, a desperate question. A film about approaching ends – the last years, weeks, seconds.

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PRINCESS OF EVERYDAY LIFE

By combining the sensual activity of cooking and a love poem, Dan Dansen gives us an insight into his relationship with his partner Fabian using the calm narrative of long camera shots. What seemed to be clear suddenly becomes fragile, ambiguous, and queer: A coming-out-story from another perspective.

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NO FACE

We are surrounded by commercial images. An economic value is attached to everything we touch, everywhere we look. An experimental film on gay iconographies in a commercial age.

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CRAVING FOR NARRATIVE

Why is nostalgia so appealing? Is there some kind of post-ideological media use today? Was my stepfather a proper hippie even though he wore white Adidas High Top Sneakers? And how weird is it to download a recording of a Bob Dylan concert that you attended as a seven-month-old fetus?

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