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 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 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 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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