SND Films
By Marcel Barelli
Website director
2021
LGBTQI - animation
5 min.
Switzerland
Available in French/Spanish/Italian/German/English V.O.
Produced by Nadasdy Film
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In nature, a couple is a male and a female. Well, not always! A couple is also a female and a female. Or a male and a male. You may not know it, but LGBTQI+  isn’t just a human story. This is a celebration of diversity in the animal kingdom.

AWARDS

  • Swiss Film Prize 2022 – Best Short Animation
  • The Special Distinction of the Jury, Insomnia International Open-Air 2021 – Russie
  • Best LGBT – Animation Film – Colors of Love International Queer Film Festival 2021 Penjab – Inde
  • Best animation – Festival of Nations 2021, Lenzing – Autriche
  • Honorable mention – ANIMASYROS International Animation Festival 2021 Syros island – Grèce
  • Special mention – Rising of Lusitania – AnimaDoc Film Festiva 2021 Gdansk – Pologne
  • Special mention – Scream Queer – Eros and Thanatos 2021 Rome – Italie
  • Best Animated Short Film for Young – ANIMAPHIX 2021 Bagheria – Italie
  • Grand Prix des P’tits Loups – Montreal Festival du nouveau cinema 2021 Montreal – Canada
  • Meilleur Film Thématique- Crossroads International Short Film Festival 2021 Istambul – Turquie
  • Bronze octopus award – TAF Thessaloniki Animation Festival 2021 – Grèce
  • best short – prémio del publico – International Film Festival of Lanzarote 2021 – Espagne
  • prix du public – Good Natured: A Conservation Optimism Short Film Festival 2021 Oxford – UK
  • runner up (2nd place) – Good Natured: A Conservation Optimism Short Film Festival 2021 – UK
  • best picture – Global Assembly on Everyday Life, Gender and Sexuality Film 2021 – Philippines
  • best script – Filmambiente Film Festival 2021 Rio de Janeiro – Brésil
  • people’s choice award – Filmambiente Film Festival 2021 Rio de Janeiro – Brésil
  • Rosa Brille Award – QUEERSICHT queer film festival 2021 Bern – Suisse
  • Sparks award (jury jeune) – Winterthur Internationale Kurzfilmtage 2021 – Suisse
  • Best Foreign Short Festival Mix Brasil de Cultura da Diversidade 2021– Brésil
  • Prix public (under 35) Sedicicorto International Film Festival 2021 Forlí – Italie
  • best short – Global Scientific Film Festival 2021 Zurich – 2021
  • JUDGE’S SPECIAL MENTIONS London International Animation Festival 2021 – UK
  • Guido Manuli Award for its powerful comedy – Sardinia Film Festival 2021 Sassari – Italie
  • prix du public pour un film d’anim – Festival int. du film de montagne d’Autrans 2021 – France
  • Best Animation Film Award, International queer film festival Merlinka 2021 Serbie

World Premiere – 2021 International Animation Film Festival Annecy
2021 Guanajuato

2021 Ottawa International Animation Festival
2021 Animatou – Geneva
2021 Cinekid – Amsterdam
2021 Dok-Leipzig
etc. etc.

 

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SND Films
By Jascha Hannover
2020
Documentary
52 min.
Germany
English
Produced by Florian Film GmbH
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Film classics like “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Doctor Zhivago” made Omar Sharif a world star. He was an actor, bridge player, nomad, womanizer and loved life. This portrait shows a man full of contradictions, who loved playing bridge more than the film business and who lived half of his life in hotels.

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SND Films
By Robert Schinkel
2014
Documentary
53 min.
The Netherlands
Various languages
Produced by The Media Brothers
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Rain or shine, storm or chill; all year long the world is queuing up to see the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam. Who are all these visitors? Where are they from? And why are they here? This film watches the queue through the course of the four seasons, in search of stories from all over the globe.

Interviews with people from the line – both before and after their visit to the Secret Annex show how repression, discrimination, and dehumanization transcend the boundaries of time. We also learn that everyone in his own way feels connected to this extraordinary place. Personal stories are interspersed with passages from Anne Frank’s diary, read in many different languages by girls about the same age as Anne at the time.

Meanwhile we get an impression of everyday life as it unfolds around those waiting in line the canal boats, the street musicians, the ticket seller, the homeless man – For all its poignancy ”In Line for Anne Frank” is a document that also inspires hope.

Nominee Rockie Awards (History & Biography)

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SND Films
By Lasse Linder
Website director
2019
Documentary
18 min.
Switzerland
German
Produced by Hochschule Luzern
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He calls himself „Catman“. Christian lives with his two cats Marmelade and Katjuscha.
They are inseparable. As he is yearning to become a father, he decides to fertilize his beloved cat Marmelade by an exquisite tomcat from abroad. “All Cats Are Grey In The Dark” is a melodrama that portrays an unconventional relationship between animal and human.

 

44th Toronto Int. Film Festival – IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film
52th Festival Dei Popoli Best Short Film
38th Uppsala International Short FD  Audience Award
37th  Sulmona Film Festival  Best Short Documentary
27th  Hamptons International Film Festival Special Jury Prize for Originality
72th Locarno Filmfestival Mention Special Premio Giuria dei Giovani

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SND Films
By Frank van Osch
2019
Documentary
52 & 60 min.
The Netherlands
English
Produced by Van Osch Films
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A recently discovered archive reveals the story of the extraordinary life of the model agent Emmeline Snively, who ran the Blue Book Model Agency in Hollywood in post-war America. Many famous models, including Marilyn Monroe and Jane Mansfield, started out at this modeling agency. Emmeline Snively was a Mother of Beauty for hundreds of models. She taught them how to walk and talk and even sent them out to get platinum blond hair or plastic surgery. The need to be pretty in post-war Hollywood was a phenomenon, and Emmeline Snively understood that.

This documentary reconstructs the way Emmeline created beauty and shows what’s left of it after all these years. The theme throughout the entire film is the meaning of beauty. Memories of youth, experience, aging and mortality create a history of time and place filled with humor, sadness and everything in-between, as these men and women navigated Hollywood and all its promises. A film about dignity, beauty and getting old.

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SND Films
By Christine Jezior
2018
Documentary
52 & 73 min.
Germany
English / Polish
Produced by MAAM.TV
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Ida Haendel is considered a legend among professional musicians and listeners of classical music alike. This documentary utilizes footage that was shot between 2009 and 2017, showing the life and work of British-Polish violinist Ida Haendel.

After having given her final performance, her everyday life oscillates between nostalgia and joy of living, between loneliness and hopefulness. Ida Haendel is a person of wisdom and humor, whole-heartedly accepting the challenge of spending her remaining years in a self-determined way. Though at some point she has to accept she can’t play the violin anymore, she refuses to stop singing.

“The Haendel Variations” is not an ordinary music documentary, it is not just another portrait of a world-renowned classical musician. Its rather restrained, more intimate approach focuses on the inner life of an extraordinary woman and on the two things that still give her life meaning: her love for music and for her fellow human beings.

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SND Films
By Eva Gerberding
& André Schäfer
2018
Documentary
52 & 90 min.
Germany
English / German / Spanish
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In the 1920s, Jewish businessman Max Emden made a fortune with department stores such as KaDeWe or Oberpollinger and was one of Hamburg’s most important patrons. On Lake Maggiore he led a glamorous life with speedy boats and beautiful women, but the long arm of the Nazis reached him there too – Emden lost everything. To this day, his heirs are fighting in vain for adequate compensation.

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SND Films
By Tamara Shogaolu
2017
Animation
12 min.
NL/USA/Egypt
English/Arabic
Produced by Tamara Shogaolu
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After a traumatic encounter, a young, gay Egyptian joins the LGBT rights movement. When his safety is jeopardized, he must choose whether to stay in the country he loves or seek asylum elsewhere as a refugee. HALF A LIFE is a timely story of activism and hope, set in the increasingly dangerous, oppressive, and unstable social climate of Egypt today.

Film Festivals & Screenings

*2017 MOMA
*2017 Docfest Sheffield
*2017 International Animation Film Festival Annecy
*2017 Frameline
*2017 Outfest

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SND Films
By André Schäfer
& Jascha Hannover
2017
documentary
52 & 90 min.
Germany / Netherlands
English / German
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
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He was one of Hollywood’s greatest writers and directors. Original footage of Wilder, conversations with his colleagues, archive and new film material document an eventful century in history and present a portrait of a man who was anything but boring.

Born Samuel Wilder in Galicia, Billy Wilder fled from Berlin as a young reporter via Paris and New York when the Nazis rose to power. He lived in many places; but it is in Hollywood that he ultimately settled. “NEVER BE BORING: BILLY WILDER” offers the viewer an intimate portrait of the star director and invites to take a glimpse at the machinery of the dream factory and Billy Wilder’s films, at their inner workings and mechanisms.

The Film offers insight into the life and mindset of a cinematic genius. Billy Wilder speaks for himself in countless original recordings and in exclusive newly filmed interviews his companions and contemporaries such as director Volker Schlöndorff, actor Mario Adorf, Swiss actress Marthe Keller and Paul Diamond, himself a script writer, son of Wilder’s most important writing partner, I.A.L. Diamond, reminisce about Wilder.

Via trailers and film extracts from his masterpieces the film documents and analyses Wilder’s cinematographic works; his tremendous standing in the industry is attested by conversations with his companions. His quotes, sometimes full of sarcasm, sometimes full of endearing humour, reveal much about the life of the famous writer and director. NEVER BE BORING: BILLY WILDER The film takes us to the places where these memories were formed.

 

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SND Films
By Dennis Alink
2016
Documentary
58 min.
The Netherlands
Dutch / English
Produced by Molenwiek BV

& Dennis Alink Films
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The life story of Dutch filmmaker George Sluizer, who passed away in 2014, as told by the director himself. The documentary was made at the time when Sluizer was finally finishing his film Dark Blood. While the director is struggling with his health and his movie, he looks back on his life and talks about his love of cinema, his sources of inspiration and his at times bizarre experiences with people like Klaus Kinski, Stanley Kubrick, Steven Spielberg, Werner Herzog, Michelangelo Antonioni and John F. Kennedy.  With a great mix of interviews and footage of his films.

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SND Films
By André Schäfer
2015
documentary
90 min.
Germany
German
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
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The last offspring of a powerful German family: Arndt von Bohlen und Halbach – the last Krupp.

Unwilling to fulfill the expectations of both his family and their company, this homosexual industrialist’s son waived his inheritance of around 3,5 billion D-Mark. With an annual settlement of two million D-Mark Arndt withdrew into another world. He remained a lonely man his whole life. His lifestyle became legendary in the 1960s and 70s, degenerated into a ridiculed outsider. Neither a documentary nor a feature film and set in the late 70s.

Best Documentary Feature Film at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival

2016 Nomination for the European Film Academy Docunentary Competition

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SND Films
By Dee Hibbert-Jones
& Nomi Talisman
2015
Documentary
32' & 28' min.
USA
English
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2016 Academy Award ® nomination – Best Documentary Short Subject

When Bill Babbitt realizes his brother Manny has committed a crime he agonizes over his decision — should he call the police? Last Day of Freedom is a richly animated personal narrative that tells the story of Bill’s decision to stand by his brother, a Veteran returning from war, as he faces criminal charges, racism, and ultimately the death penalty. The film is a portrait of a man at the nexus of the most pressing social issues of our day- racial bias, veteran’s rights, mental health care and criminal justice.

Created from over 32,000 hand-drawn images, the film has garnered international film attention and won numerous awards since its premiere at Full Frame Film Festival in April 2015 where it won Best Short Documentary. Last Day of Freedom recently won the IDA Award for Best Short Documentary.

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SND Films
By Anne-Marieke Graafmans
2015
Human Interest
50 min.
The Netherlands
Dutch
Produced by Baldr Film
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According to Protocol shows the responsible but also emotional work of the dispatchers of the emergency services 112. They are expected to adjust their way of assistance to the new protocol that took effect recently. For the optimization of health care the dispatchers have to follow a tight schedule of questionnaires. The one dispatcher is coping better to this commercial change in work than the other.

Director Anne-Marieke Graafmans shows us the dilemma employees in the care increasingly have to face: realize the best possible care for the clients versus the commercialization in health care.

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SND Films
By Thomas G. Miller
2014 / 2015
documentary
55 & 76 min.
USA
English
Produced by Tesseract Films

& Tree House Moving Images
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LIMITED PARTNERSHIP is the 40-year love story between Filipino-American Richard Adams and Australian Tony Sullivan, who, in 1975, became one of the first same-sex couples to be legally married. After applying for a green card for Tony based on their marriage, the couple received a denial letter from the Immigration and Naturalization Service stating, “You have failed to establish that a bona fide marital relationship can exist between two faggots.” Outraged at the tone, tenor and politics of this letter and to prevent Tony’s impending deportation, the couple sued the U.S. government, filing the first federal lawsuit seeking equal treatment for a same-sex marriage in U.S. history.

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SND Films
By Pim Zwiers
2014
documentary
58 & 90 min.
Netherlands
Dutch
Produced by Serious Film
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Told in amazing archival footage only, showing the turbulent life of the jewish Sam Waagenaar, a bon-vivant, who many times changed the course of his life in the 20th century.
Successfully moving from being a publicity manager for MGM in the thirties, actor in Hollywood, to operetta singer in France and war correspondent, finally ending up as a photographer travelling the world after the war. The film is based on Waagenaar’s unpublished autobiography. With a voice-over he reflects on his life, and on a tendency towards optimism that was severely tested more than once.

A life filled with surprising turns by a bon-vivant who loved travelling and who – apparently without planning in advance – successfully rolled from one job to another. In the 1930s and 1940s, he was publicity manager for MGM, operetta singer in France and correspondent and actor in Hollywood. As war correspondent, he was present at the liberation of Paris and Auschwitz. From those years on, he developed in photography and from 1946 he travelled the whole world as a journalist/photographer.

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SND Films
By Angel Esteban
& Elena Goatelli
2014
Music documentary
59 & 80' min.
Spain / Italy
Various languages
Produced by Kottom Films
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A special look into a week-long, nerve-wracking competition in which about 130 young people from all over the world, take part and of which one is to be crowned best conductor.

We see the preparations of five finalists, their love of music and the complex art of conducting. The beady-eyed jury follows every participant’s gesture and movement, who panics about blackouts, or a poorly rehearsed piece of music. Interviews are intercut with footage of the competition. The calm, soothing sounds of the classical compositions contrast more and more starkly with the rising tensions in the run-up to the final.

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SND Films
By Zane Whittingham
2014
51' & 58' & 6 x 9' min.
U.K.
English
Produced by Fettle Animation
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Six remarkable stories of survival from eyewitnesses of Nazi atrocities during World War 2, brought to life for a young audience through animation and a series of follow on interviews to camera.

Ruth, Martin, Trude, Heinz, Arek and Suzanne. All well spoken elderly survivors who recount their childhood experiences of Nazi atrocities; their escape from occupied mainland Europe to Britain; adapting to life in the UK; and the impact on their lives subsequently.

We also get a chance to meet the real-life survivors today in short, on-camera interviews, which reflect on the effect these experiences have had on their adult lives. They discuss why it is important to keep alive the memory of those who were murdered by the Nazis and the need for Holocaust education, and they appeal for humanity to stay vigilant so that the world may never see these horrific events repeated.

The program works as a one hour program, as well as individual shorts, combined (or not) with the live action interviews.

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By André Schäfer
& Oliver Bätz
2014
LGBTQ - Documentary
52 min.
Germany
English
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
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On June 28th 1969 the New York Police Department conducted a raid on the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village. To the surprise of the policemen, the partying bar patrons decided to defend themselves and fought back.
Today, this incident is celebrated in a series of colourful and flamboyant parties in cities all over the world. Everywhere, people are remembering the pioneers of the gay and lesbian movement 45 years ago. Five Days in New York takes the viewers back to the origins of the gay pride movement in New York City.

During the 1960s ID controls at known gay and lesbian bars were conducted all the time, and names were often released to shame the patrons. But the 28th of June 1969 changed the social awareness of the public. From that day on, gays were no longer victims and started to fight back. The Stonewall riots lasted for five days and nights. Five days in New York, that changed the life of gays and lesbians across the world.

In Five Days in New York Stonewall veterans, comrades from the earliest days, as well as activists and allies of the LGBT community talk about their personal experiences. They describe the social climate of the late 1960s, both in New York and the rest of the US, and they proudly talk about how far the equal rights movement of the LGBT community has come today. At the same time, Five Days in New York takes a closer look at what goes on behind the scenes of the New York Pride March, which commemorates the Stonewall riots and is one of the cities greatest parties as well as one of the largest political events in New York City.

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SND Films
By Emile van Rouveroy
2013
Human Interest
58 min.
NL
Dutch
Produced by Maarten van Rouveroy
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Does God Love Women? portrays Hilligje Kok, a deeply religious but free spirited woman in Staphorst, a village located in the Dutch “Bible Belt”.

With passion and humor, Hilligje seeks to improve the position of women within her church as well as in the orthodox Christian political party SGP.

But a visit by Hilligje’s gay son Willem brings her off balance. Why did she not show up at his wedding? Hilligje’s well-intended struggle for equality is now putting at risk her friendships, family relationships as well as her position within the congregation.

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SND Films
By Rieke Brendel
& Andrew Davies
2013
Portrait / Cultural
58 min.
Germany
English
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
HD
Format: 16:9

Margaret Rutherford’s true life story is in fact much more eccentric than the most famous fictional role she ever played: Miss Jane Marple – Agatha Christie’s amateur sleuth. Rutherford’s version was the very first appearance of Miss Marple on the big screen and it was far removed though from the petite, upper middle-class lady in the detective novels. Rutherford’s Marple was the personification of an English spinster, a bumbling hobby snooper, a know-it-all with an imposing jaunty stature.

Margaret Rutherford made her grand stage debut at 33. But it was in the role of Miss Prism in Oscar Wilde’s camp social commentary “The Importance Of Being Earnest“ that Rutherford was taken seriously by the critics. Her first cinema success was in “Blithe Spirit“ in 1945, where she plays Madame Arcati, an eccentric medium. In 1963 she won an Oscar and a Golden Globe for her role in “The V.I.P.s” – one of the best ever performances by Margaret Rutherford. In more than 40 films and over 100 stage plays, Margaret Rutherford’s magic lay in her incredible talent for perfect comic timing together with her completely idiosyncratic and unique looks. Today the Miss Marple films are constantly repeated on television worldwide seems to make clear that there is still a huge interest in this eccentric character actress.

Margaret Rutherford’s private life and family history is even more colourful, tragic and stranger than any filmwriter could possibly imagine. It is almost identical to an Agatha Christie crime novel with a murder, suicide, madness, changes of identity, dark hidden secrets and fraud.

The films follows clues and unearth new evidence in not only London but in Chalfont St. Peter, Denham and Amersham in Buckinghamshire – sleepy villages where there is plenty to hide. Interview partners are Andy Merriman, biographer, 95 year old Gwen Robyns, ghost-writer of Margaret’s autobiography (1972), Tony Benn, her cousin and left-wing Labour politician, actress and comedian June Whitfield, painter Michael Noakes, famous for his royal portraits and character actress and best friend, Damaris Hayman.

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SND Films
By Susan Muska
& Greta Olafsdottir
1998
Gay / Human Interest
57 min.
USA
English
Produced by Bless Bless Productions
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The Brandon Teena Story is a documentary about hatred and homophobia in the heartland of America. The film focuses on the last few weeks of Brandon Teena’s life in a small town in Nebraska. When 20 year old Brandon arrived in rural Fall City, Nebraska in late 1993, his handsome looks and boyish charm won him several friends and a pretty young girlfriend.

On Christmas Eve Brandon was brutally raped and beaten by two of his friends who became enraged when they found out that Brandon was in fact a woman passing as a guy. A week later, on New Year’s Eve, the same men murdered Brandon along with two of his friends, Lisa Lambert and Philip Devine. All were shot twice at a close range and Brandon was stabbed several times as well.

The far-reaching effects of ingrained homophobia and misguided loyalty under a veneer of revealing the truth, and how this led to Brandon’s destruction are unravelled in this film.

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SND Films
By Susan Muska
& Greta Olafsdottir
2009
Cultural / Human Interest
60 min.
USA
English
Produced by Bless Bless Productions
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THE LOVE STORY THAT BROUGHT DOWN DOMA

After 42 years, feisty and delightful lesbian couple Edie and Thea are finally getting married. From the early ’60s to the present day, the tireless community activists persevere through many battles, both personal and political. These two compassionate and brave women are a model of courage and strength that speaks to everyone, of any age. Through this film audiences will recognize that dancing, like loving, can continue at any age, and rediscover the timeless message “Don’t postpone joy”. Susan Muska and Greta Olafsdottir (The Brandon Teena Story) return with a love story of two remarkable women whose commitment to each other is an inspiration to us all.

Audience Award for Best Documentary Outfest
Audience Award for Best Feature Documentary Skeive Filme
Audience & Director’s Club Award for Best Documentary Reel Pride
Audience Award for Best Independent Feature Documentary Image Out
Docula-Award for Best Documentary Hamburg Gay & Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Choice Award for Best Documentary, Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Australia
Audience Award for Best Documentary and over all Audiences Favorite Film of the Roze Film Dagen Festival, Amsterdam.
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Internationales Frauen Film Festival Dortmund/Köln
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Pink Apple Film Festival in Zürich, Switzerland.
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festival – presented by HBO
Audience Award for Best Documentary, Connecticut Gay and Lesbian Film Festival
Audience Award and the Jury Award for Best Documentary, QFest, Philadelphia

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SND Films
By Hasko Baumann
2007
Portrait/Cultural
52 & 70 min.
Germany/Canada
French/English
Produced by Avanti Media
HD
Format: 16:9

French artist and author Jean Giraud is one of the most influential comic strip illustrators and authors of all time – and also one of its best kept secret. He achieved his greatest fame as Moebius – not so much a pseudonym as an alter ego. As Moebius, he revolutionized the world of comics. Giraud’s artistic influence extends far beyond Europe, all the way to the USA and Japan.
MOEBIUS REDUX is a stunning HD trip that takes the viewer inside the visionary mind of a legend. Building on Girauds’s compelling pictorial language and featuring a stellar cast of participants including the artist himself but also Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, American comic book artists Jim Lee (X-Men) and Mike Mignolla (Hellboy) as well as Alejandro Jodorowsky, Enki Bilal and Dan O’Bannon (Dark Star, Alien), the film goes on a mind-bending tour pf imagination past, present and future. Ex-Kraftwerk legend Karl Bartos created the soundscape for the film.

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“The brilliant camera work and the fast-paced editing make you feel like you’re watching Errol Morris on methamphetamines. This flick just plain ROCKS.”
(Ain’t It Cool News)

“What makes Moebius Redux extraordinary, especially on a big theater screen, is the way in which director Hasko Baumann integrated artwork into the movie. The movie is filled with layers of eye-popping art. (…) The film has something to offer for comic-book geeks, sf/fantasy film buffs or fans of well-crafted documentaries … and it is a visual treat.”
(Cinematical.com)

“When was the last time you were actually “transported” by a film–taken to another world for an hour and a half, and you weren’t ready to leave when the trip was done? Director Hasko Baumann has created such a film.”
(WordPress.com)

“I’ll disregard the technical merits of this film (stunning HD, score by Karl
Bartos, etc etc) and just say it was a treat.”
(Harry Knowles)

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By Andrea Weiss
& Wieland Speck
2000
Cultural
56 min.
UK
English
Produced by Jezebel Productions
35mm
Format: 4:3

Chronicling the extraordinary lives of Erika and Klaus Mann, children of author Thomas Mann, Escape to Life presents two talented artists who challenged both social standards and the fascist Nazi government through their outrageous performances. Forced to flee their native Germany, only Erika later returned home.

The voices of Corin and Vanessa Redgrave give this brother-and-sister pair the liveliness for which they were so well known.

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By Jörg Buttgereit
2008
Cultural
59 min.
Germany
English/Japanese
Produced by Avanti Media
35mm
Format: 16:9

Nothing is more unsettling than the fear that just below the ordered surface of our world something lies slumbering which could suddenly awaken to unleash chaos on us. Such nightmarish visions haunt the last untouched wilderness, descend upon us from outer space, or lurk within us, waiting to arise from the depths of our psyche.

Monsterland journeys through time and around the world, exploring diverse monster types, from the origins of the latex monster in devastated postwar Japan to the aliens and serial murderers of 1980s American cinema, and on to the rise of King Kong’s digital descendants in the face of 21st-century terrors. One after another, a broad spectrum of monsters emerges that mirrors the range of our fears and longings.

With the nostalgic gaze of a monster fan, Monsterland traces the history of the genre while probing the deep-seated human fear of, and longing for, violence and destruction. From this kaleidoscope of terror comes the sweet chill that only a true monster can send down one’s spine.

With: John Carpenter, Greg Nicotero, Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Teruyoshi Nakano, Kenpachiro Satsuma, H.R. Giger, Shinya Tsukamoto, Joe Coleman

And clips from: Halloween, King Kong, Godzilla, Alien, Tetsuo, Frankenstein, Virus Undead, The Howling, Monster X Strikes Back.

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By Various
2008
Cultural
4 x 26 min.
Germany
Various
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
Digital
Format: 16:9

FOUR EPISODES, FOUR AIRPORTS

It seems that almost a hundred years after the era of the great railway stations, the vast and lofty architecture of the age of steam was reincarnated in the form of streamlined cathedrals of flight at the end of last century. The series FLIGHTS OF FANCY shows – by means of four international major airports – contemporary architecture of the superlative.

Kansai International Airport – Osaka

It was opened in 1988 and was designed by the Italian architectural star Renzo Piano. Within the seemingly monumental terminal, silver support beams deliquesce upwards to form a framework which – when looked upon from the outside – looks like the wings of a gigantic bird.

Denver International Airport

Designed by Curtis Fentress, this is one of the most renowned architects of the United States. Fentress and his office are situated in Denver, and for his design he let himself be inspired by the snow-covered peaks of the Rocky Mountains nearby. The snow-white roof of the main creates the impression of an icy mountainscape with 34 peaks by day, whilst by night it conveys the image of a glowing ridge which promises the passengers looking out of their plane’s windows, a near arrival.

Pudong International Airport of Shanghai

Opened in time for the 50th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China on the 1st of October 1999. The design of China’s new calling card was taken over by no-one other than the French architectural legend Paul Andréu. With its monochrome structure the Shanghai Pudong Airport appears almost sacral. The grand floor space made of polished grey granite reflects the roof’s structure, which is seemingly interspersed by long white cylinders.

Barajas Airport, Madrid

The new terminal belongs amongst the most ambitious projects of the British master-builder and Pritzker-Award-winner Richard Rogers. Embedded in an artificial valley, the terminal picks up the composition of the Spanish plateau and melts, at the same time, via the separate roof with the surrounding mountainscape.

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By Alexa Karolinski
2012
Human Interest
80 min.
USA/Germany
Yiddish/German
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Format: 16:9

berlinalelogoOma & Bella is an intimate glimpse into the world of Regina Karolinski (Oma) and Bella Katz, two friends who live together in Berlin. Having survived the Holocaust and then stayed in Germany after the war, it is through the food they cook together that they remember their childhoods, maintain a bond to each other and answer questions of heritage, memory and identity. As the film follows them through their daily lives, a portrait emerges of two women with with a light sense of humor, vivid stories, and a deep fondness for good food. Created by Oma’s granddaughter Alexa, the film captures their ongoing struggle to retain a part of their past while remaining very much engaged in the present.

Selected for Berlin 2012, HotDocs 2012, Silverdocs 2012

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By Tim den Besten
& Nicolaas Veul
2012
Human Interest
48 min.
NL
Dutch/English/Ukrain
Produced by VPRO
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A special coverage, by two dutch journalists, of Ukraine’s very first Gay Pride (during the Euro 2012 Championship) that never happened due to extremist threats. The secret route had been leaked and hundreds of members of dangerous anti-gay groups chased gays who were on their way to the Pride. Two of the organizers were hospitalized.

With the world’s gaze fixed upon Ukraine, gays – who have no rights there – felt encouraged to stand up for their rights. It might get even worse when a law against ‘gay propaganda’ passes: (positive) media coverage, support and education of homosexuality will be punishable.

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SND Films
By Greta Schiller
1996
Cultural
55 min.
UK
English
Produced by Jezebel Films
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Format: 16:9

In the first quarter of the 20th century Paris was the undisputed cultural capital of the world. It was also the meeting place for a new generation of independent women, who literally flocked to the West Bank of Paris and made it their home. Authors Colette, Djuna Barnes and Getrude Stein joined painters Romaine Brookes and Marie Laurencin, photographers Bernice Abbot and Gilsele Freund, publishers and booksellers Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier and journalist Janet Flanner and together they created a now legendary community.

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SND Films
SND Films
By Tim den Besten
& Nicolaas Veul
2013
Human Interest
50 min.
NL
Dutch/English
Produced by VPRO
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In the documentary ‘Gay meets Girl’ friends and creators Tim (26) and Nicolaas (29) go in search of the boundaries of their own sexuality. They’re both gay, at least, they think so. But how sure are they? What would it be like to experiment with the other sex? Is their sexual identity really as fixed as they think?

‘Gay,’ ‘straight’ or ‘bi’: aren’t these really just labels we use to pigeonhole ourselves, because society expects us to make a choice? Tim decides to step outside his box and tries, for the first time in his life, to have sex with a woman. Through this experiment Tim wants to find out what the boundaries of his sexuality are. Is he as gay as he thinks or are things slightly more complicated?

In the documentary Tim is followed by Nicolaas as he prepares to lose his straight virginity. Tim takes part in a workshop with a sex coach, who introduces him to female sexuality. According to her it’s all about making real contact with the other person, and an emotional connection trumps sexual preference. Science writer Asha ten Broeke also has an unconventional view of sexuality: Referring to the animal world, she states that everyone is bi.

Nicolaas and Tim ponder their own sexuality in the documentary, and how it is defined. When they find a girl who’s willing to participate in Tim’s experiment, the guys travel to Paris, where she lives. Are the boundaries of Tim’s sexuality really as fixed as he always assumed?

 

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