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 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 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 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 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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SND Films
By Rieke Brendel
& Andrew Davies
2013
Portrait / Cultural
58 min.
Germany
English
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
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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 Andrew Davies
& André Schäfer
2009
Portrait / Cultural
52 & 90 min.
Germany
English/German
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
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Format: 16:9

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MADE, DORIS DAY SUPERSTAR is an endearing account of Doris Day’s life and career delivered in a quirky and fun way. It’s as cute and as wholesome as the lady it is about – offering a fascinating insight into Doris’s distant Germanic roots, her hardworking days in Hollywood and twilight years retired with her dogs in a picturesque and pet-friendly town. Covering serious and respectful journalism which actually enables Joe Public to impartially appraise the woman who is a cultural icon of the 20th and 21st century.

With a healthy dose of movie, television and song clips which represent all facets of Doris Day the entertainer; unique material from private archives; all-new interviews with actors Philip Brown, Peter Graves, Jackie Joseph and Noah Keen, biographers Pierre Patrick and Tom Santopietro, Doris Day fans, childhood acquaintances and even distant relatives from Germany.

This is all wrapped up with some fascinating on-location filming of historical landmarks and buildings relevant to Doris Day’s family, career and life from her birth place of Cincinnati, her current home town of Carmel-by-the-Sea to the German province. A 2008 telephone conversation between Doris and the film’s makers is also notably contained which occurred during Doris’s annual “birthday” call-in on her local radio station with DJ Ed Dickinson [where the production team were visiting].

A timely reminder of what a difference having Doris Day has made to the world.

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SND Films
By Laurie Kahn-Leavitt
2003
Cultural/History
59 min.
USA
English
Produced by Blue Berry Hill Productions
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Format: 16:9

Tupperware: it’s a plastic product, a company, a marketing phenomenon, an enduring icon. A Tupperware party takes place somewhere in the world every 2.5 seconds. Where did it all begin?

Tupperware! tells the remarkable story of Earl Silas Tupper, an ambitious but reclusive small-town inventor, and Brownie Wise, the self-taught saleswoman who built him an empire out of bowls that burped. Brownie was an intuitive marketing genius who trained a small army of Tupperware Ladies to put on Tupperware parties in living rooms across America in the 1950s. She rewarded her sales force with minks and modern appliances at extravagant annual jubilees which the company filmed. Her saleswomen earned thousands, even millions, selling Tupperware. And the experience changed their lives.

The film includes rare footage collected from basements, attics, and back rooms: color home movies taken by Tupperware Ladies and Jubilee footage shot by Tupperware Home Parties, as well as ads and television excerpts from the period. The footage is interwoven with fabulous and funny stories told by Tupperware Ladies who witnessed the company’s early years.

Major Funding Provided by: National Endowment for the HumanitiesThe American Experience and WGBHMassachusetts Foundation for the HumanitiesMorgan Stanley,Lemelson Center of the Smithsonian Institution.

Selected for Montreal 2003, Valladolid 2003, IDFA 2003 and many others!

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SND Films
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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SND Films
By Sue Willams
2004
Portrait/Cultural
59 min.
USA
English
Produced by Ambrica Productions
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Format: 4:3

Narrated by Laura Linney

In the early days of silent film, Mary Pickford soared to global fame, becoming the world’s first international superstar. An actress of extraordinary talent, she was also a sophisticated businesswoman who helped shape a culture of celebrity that defines America today.

She began her career in 1900 when she was just six years old. By 1914 she was the most popular woman in the world. Her films and her private life, especially her “romance of the century” with Hollywood heartthrob, Douglas Fairbanks, thrilled fans around the world. Pickford was also immensely successful in the business side of her career.

Together with Fairbanks, Charlie Chaplin and director D.W. Griffith, she founded United Artists to give the partners complete artistic and commercial control of their films. Audiences eagerly awaited new UA films and in the 1920s — the glory days of silent film — their movies raised production standards for all of Hollywood.

But when talking pictures made their appearance, Pickford’s golden touch faltered. Her world began to collapse around her and she became the first to pay the price of extravagant fame.

Using home movies, archive footage, photographs, atmospheric shooting and, of course, her own films, ‘Mary Pickford’ builds a poignant, complex portrait of the most powerful and adored woman in the history of movies, “America’s Sweetheart.”

Major funding provided by: the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Additional funding was provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Major funding for American Experience provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. National corporate funding provided by The Scotts Company and Liberty Mutual. Additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers.

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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
By Greta Schiller
1993
Cultural
USA/UK
English
Produced by Jezebel Productions
35mm
Format: 16:9

A sumptuous fairy-tale in which two opposing versions of the same story are told: one recounted verbally by a male guest at a dinner party, and one enacted visually by the elusive woman he meets on a fantasy cargo boat. Starring Alex Kingston as the Woman of the Wolf. Produced in association with Channel Four, PBS (US), and London Production Fund.

Premiere: Berlin International Film Festival, 1994.

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SND Films
By Various directors
2002 - 2014
Cultural / Human Interest
115 episodes x 54' min.
Germany
various
Produced by Avanti Media
HD
Format: 16:9

“Into the night with…” is an award winning, 60-minute series produced for ZDF/ARTE since 2002. The series matches artists from different fields to spend an evening together in a city of their choice. The idea is to create a forum for artists to exchange ideas and also show them as “real people”. Various locations and surprises evoke spontaneous reactions and interactions between the artists, cameras that operate “fly-on-the-wall”-like add to the unusual high level of authenticity and realness. “Into the night with.” has been awarded the Adolf Grimme Preis “Spezial”, Germany’s most renowned TV-award.

Among those who met on “Into the Night” are Francesco Vezzoli & Rufus Wainwright; Boris Becker & Jamie Cullum,  Torie Amos & Hauscka, James Franco & Frank Bidart, Liza Minelli & Fritz Wepper; William Friedkin & Uli Edel; Harmony Korine & Gaspar Noé; Juliette Lewis & Crispin Glover; Wolfgang Joop & Bill Kaulitz; Garry Kasparov & Peter Thiel; Melissa Auf der Mauer & Jennifer Lynch; Christopher Doyle & Nonzee Nimibutr and many others!!! They met in cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, Berlin, Vienna, Budapest, Stockholm, Istanbul and Zurich.

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SND Films
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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SND Films
By Walter Stokman
2006
Human Interest / Arts
50 min.
NL
English/Afrikaans
Produced by VPRO TV
35mm
Format: 16:9

South African poet and singer Gert Vlok Nel lives in Beaufort West, a village in Big Karoo, an empty stretch of land between Cape Town and Johannesburg.The village forms the inspiration for Gert Vlok Nel’s work.

Beaufort West has obtained an almost mythical status: critics refer to it as the “real” South Africa, far away from the big Westernized cities.

Accompanied by his poems and songs we travel through the village and meet Gert, his father, Beaufort West and its inhabitants.

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SND Films
By Andrew Davies
& André Schäfer
2010
Portrait/Cultural
58 & 90 min.
Germany
English
Produced by Florianfilm Gmbh
35mm
Format: 16:9

There are two reasons to revive interest in the Hollywood star Rock Hudson in 2010: If he had not died of AIDS 25 years ago, it would have been his 85th birthday in November 2010. The film portrays a very male looking gay leading man who had to perform a secret balancing act between the heterosexual Hollywood world and the dark side of closeted sexuality. In fact he was someone who always needed to tell lies. He had to become a very good actor even in real life.

The film includes interviews with his French doctor Dr. Philippe Siou and Dr. Michael Gottlieb, Rock’s American doctor who became the first physician to describe a new disease that would later become known as AIDS, friends like Stockton Briggle and his personal secretary Mark Miller, Yanou Collart, his French PR manager, Armistead Maupin, bestselling author, Richard Dyer, film historian, Robert Hofler, author of the book “The Man Who Invented Rock Hudson”, Richard Anderson and Salome Jens, co-stars of “SECONDS”, Leonard Stern, producer of Hudson’s TV series “McMillan&Wife” and Hollywood reporter Rona Barrett.

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SND Films
By Tony Boumans
1998
Portrait
59 min.
NL
English / Dutch
35mm
Format: 4:3

…..but I was a girl The story of Frieda Belinfante This film tells the story of Frieda Belinfante (1904-1995), a remarkable woman who was the first female conductor to have her own symphony orchestra in Holland and later in Orange County, United States. Controversial, because of her homosexuality she shows a remarkably strong and positive will in everything she does.

Born in a family of musicians in Amsterdam, she joins the resistance during WW II and flees to Switzerland. After the war she moves to the U.S. where she proceeds with her musical career in the Hollywood studios and forms her own symphony orchestra with only Hollywood musicians. The story of her life is told by herself, her older sister Renee, old students and friends, and illustrated by the places where she lived, archive material of her orchestra and some of her most beautiful music.

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By Joseph Lovett
2005
Cultural
72 min.
USA
English
Produced by Lovett Productions
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Video
Format: 4:3

Documentary producer/director Joseph Lovett focuses his lens on the unbridled sexual passion and exploration that marked the twelve years from Stonewall (1969) to the first reported cases of AIDS (1981). With access to a filmic and photographic treasure trove of erotic life on New York’s West Side Piers, trucks, bars, dance clubs, baths and beaches, Lovett’s cast of Storytellers (including AIDS activist and writer Larry Kramer and erotic photographer Tom Bianchi, and others) takes us from the remarkably repressed pre-Stonewall period to an era of sexual excess unparalleled since ancient Rome.

Straightforward, funny and titillating at the same time, they tell their stories with remarkable wit, humor and perspective. For younger people – those who became sexually active after the age of AIDS – this film may be a startling revelation of what everyday life was like when American youth were cutting loose from Puritanical values and ascribing to the watchword of the time “if it feels good, do it.”

 

 

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SND Films
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 Edda Baumann-Von Broen
2011
Cultural / Human Interest
58 min.
Germany
English/German
Produced by Avanti Media
35mm
Format: 16:9

It doesn’t matter if you’re a model or basketball player or if you lead a very normal existence, life above 1.85m (6’) is different. Other rules apply up here. Tiiu and Michelle are successful models and are too tall for their jobs. Arianne’s mother doesn’t like her daughter’s height. Sarah is undergoing surgery to prevent her from becoming an estimated 1.90m (6’3“). Lea is taking hormones which are prohibited for children to stop her from growing. Lisa is 1,99m (6’6“) and could become a professional basketball player if she tried hard enough, but she would rather be a proper girl.

The Internet is full of girls who are distressed about their growth and willing to do anything to finally stop it. Every pediatrician has a growth chart on the wall where even young children can see whether they are normal or not.

But what’s normal? Every norm is an average statistic of many human beings. The chances of fulfilling precisely this norm are very slim. Nevertheless, we live in a society in which those around us are continually letting us know whether or not we fit in, especially when you’re a girl. Big, loud and self-confident – who wants that?

Often we become what others see in our bodies. In this film, Tiiu, Michelle, Arianne, Sarah, Lea and Lisa show how they live and feel, and how they’re coming to terms with their height. And also, what their size has made them into.

Between cries and laughter, one can’t help but fall in love with these tall girls, who bare their souls to show how difficult yet liberating living outside the norm can be.

 

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By Walter Stokman
2004
Gay /Human Interest/Cultural
59 & 75 min.
NL
English
Produced by Kasander Film
35mm
Format: 16:9

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One hot August afternoon in 1972 John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn branch of the Chase Manhattan bank. An unexpectedly rapid police response prompted Wojtowicz to take eight hostages. Once Wojtowicz revealed that he had committed the robbery to finance the sex change operation of his lover, there was no turning back. A 10 minute robbery degenerated into a 14 hour stand off. Cops, crowds and cameras – the robbery was a spectacle that eventually served as the basis for Sidney Lumet’s 1975 film DOG DAY AFTERNOON.

Of all the accounts as to what took place during those 14 hours, Wojtowicz’s testimonial is the only one missing. After serving time in prison, Wojtowicz was released, taking up residence several blocks from the bank, leading his life in the illuminated shadow of cinematic memories that were not his own.

‘Based on a true story’ is a remarkable journey back in time reconstructing this day in August 1972. Whereas John Wojtowicz wants to star in his own memories, his control over the story slips away when other accounts come to light. With stunning original news footage, clips of the film Dog Day Afternoon, and recollections of both the hostages, the Police, the FBI and John Wojtowicz, this becomes a story of many faces.

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By André Schäfer
2007
Cultural
52 & 90 min.
Germany
Various
Produced by Florian Film GmbH
Digital
Format: 16:9

SELECTED FOR THE 2007 BERLIN FILM FESTIVAL

HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU, BOY tells the story of the coming-out of gay and lesbian cinema and the slowly developing self-confidence of its makers and their audience – a self-confidence which has been characterised in recent times by films which have received awards at renowned film festivals like Berlin and Venice or even the Academy Awards in Hollywood. Gay and lesbian films have had to break through sociological barriers in order to assert themselves and to eventually realise their own coming-out to a broader audience. This film will deal with these and many other important films of the last few decades. Plenty of clips form international productions and behind the scenes footage will complement the interviews with the talent from behind and in front of the camera – with Stephen Frears, Gus Van Sant, Rosa von Praunheim, Tilda Swinton, John Waters, Geneviere Turner and many others!

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