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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