10.05. ‐ 15.05.2022

Regional Film Program 2022

The REGIONAL LONG AND SHORT FILM COMPETITIONS give the wide range of filmmaking from Kassel to Marburg and Giessen to the Rhine-Main region its well-deserved publicity and strengthen it, especially in the exchange with the national and international competition. Two juries, always staffed with renowned personalities, annually award the coveted LICHTER-Bembel in both large and small versions.

All venues can be found here.

Location

WED, 11. MayLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

20:00 h

Als Susan Sontag im Publikum saß

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: RP Kahl

Documentary, 2021

Language: Original language

Playtime: 86 min

Opening film - achtung berlin Filmfestival

(In presence of the director)

Wednesday, 11. May 2022, 20:00, Mal Seh'n Kino

“The aim of all commentary on art now should be to make works of art - and, by analogy, our own experience - more, rather than less, real to us.” writes the great intellectual Susan Sontag in her famous essay “Against Interpretation”. While not art, RP Jahl makes a meaningful landmark of “feminism” more real to us in his re-enactment-film by transposing the legendary New York Townhall debate of feminist scholars into our present.

22:00 h

Demnächst auf VHS

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: André Rößler

Documentary, 2022

Language: Original language

Playtime: ca. 90 min

World premiere

(In presence of the director)

Wednesday, 11. May 2022, 22:00, Mal Seh'n Kino

André Rößler’s documentary takes us on a video journey through time back to the 80s. Back then, cult video stores and VHS were still important and terms like “late fees” made us break out in sweat. This film is a humorous tribute to rip-off and trash films that never made it to any medium other than video. "Demnächst auf VHS" addresses everything that made the video store era of the 70s and 80s and is now celebrating its premiere.

THU, 12. MayLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

18:00 h

Fritz Bauers Erbe – Gerechtigkeit verjährt nicht

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: Isabel Gathof, Sabine Lamby, Cornelia Partmann; Co-Regie/Dramaturgische Beratung: Jens Schanze

Documentary, 2021

Language: Original with German Subtitles

Playtime: 98 min

World premiere

(In presence of the directors)

Thursday, 12. May 2022, 18:00, Cantate-Saal – Volksbühne Im Großen Hirschgraben

In November 2018, 95-year-old Johann R. stands trial for accessory to murder in hundreds of cases. He is said to have been part of the camp supervision as an SS-man in the concentration camp Stutthof. Why did so many years pass until the start of the trial? What does the trial mean for the survivors of the Shoah and the (legal) reprocessing?

18:00 h

We Chechens

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: José Costa

Documentary, 2021

Language: Original with German Subtitles

Playtime: 78 min

World premiere

(In presence of the directors)

Thursday, 12. May 2022, 18:00, Pupille Kino

Between 1994 and 2009, two wars shook the North Caucasus region to the core. The documentary "We Chechens" accompanies five refugees in their homeland of exile in Germany and sheds light on the consequences of war and uprooting, which are omnipresent in their everyday lives.

20:30 h

Regional short films II

Section: Regional short film program

Playtime: 97 min

Thursday, 12. May 2022, 20:30, Pupille Kino

ZOOMS FROM MY BALCONY (2021, Director: Paul Pietrek, Length: 11 Min.) // DER LOKFÜHRER (2021, Director: Christian Wittmoser & Zuniel Kim, Length: 6 Min.) // KLABAUTERMANN (2021, Director: Anke Sevenich, Length: 17 Min.) // MAHLZEIT! (2021, Director: Youngbin Noh, Length: 2 Min.) // IRGENDWANN – UMA HORA OU OUTRA (2022, Director: Christiane Muñoz, Length: 22 Min.) // FRACHT (2022, Director: Finn Ole Weigt, Length: 10 Min.) // EIN SONNTAG AUF DEM MOND (2022, Director: Finn Ole Weigt, Length: 3 Min.) // LUKE_LONG (2021, Director: Leonard Mink, Length: 5 Min.) // MAIN CHARACTER (2021, Director: Marie Bauer, Length: 3 Min.) // WEIL ICH LEO BIN (2021, Director: Tajo Hurrle, Length: 18 Min.)

FRI, 13. MayLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

17:30 h

Wettermacher

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: Stanislaw Mucha

Documentary, 2021

Language: Original with German Subtitles

Playtime: 90 min

Premiere at 55th International Hofer Filmfestival 2021

Hessian premiere

Friday, 13. May 2022, 17:30, Mal Seh'n Kino

In his new documentary Stanislaw Mucha accompanies three meteorologists not far from the Siberian polar sea. At the local weather station “Chodovaricha” they observe the weather, and we observe them: a professional soldier traumatised in the Chechen war, who retained himself as a meteorologist, his wife, who turned her back on her failed life as well as their little daughter and their ominous boss, suffering from cancer and already retired.

18:00 h

Regional short films I

Section: Regional short film program

Playtime: 100 min

Friday, 13. May 2022, 18:00, Pupille Kino

FUGUE (Germany 2021, Director: Jonas Daniels, Length: 42:50 Min.) // A ROOM OF OUR OWN (Germany 2021, Director: Swoosh Lieu, Length: 34:13 Min.) // NEMESIS (Germany 2022, Director: Philipp Mehler & Dominik Hilfenhaus, Length: 23:14 Min.)

20:30 h

Ach du Scheisse! (Holy Shit!)

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: Lukas Rinker

Feature film, 2022

Language: Original language

Playtime: 90 min

(In presence of the Team)

Friday, 13. May 2022, 20:30, Eldorado Filmtheater

The real-time thriller straight outta Offenbach is not for the faint of heart! Architect Frank wakes up covered in blood in a locked Dixi toilet. Outside, the countdown to a demolition has begun. Resourceful like MacGyver, Frank leaves no stone unturned to escape the shithouse in time. A black humour film somewhere between splatter and thriller, as iconic as the Dixi toilet itself.

20:30 h

Regional short films III

Section: Regional short film program

Playtime: 99 min

Friday, 13. May 2022, 20:30, Pupille Kino

SALUTE (2021, Director: Michael Schwarz, Length: 2 Min.) // 90 DAYS (2022, Director: Lisa Martin, Length: 5 Min.) // AM TAG SEH ICH STERNE (2020, Director: Mila Elois Holl, Length: 6 Min.) // 21:71 UHR (2021, Director: Joey Arand, Length: 11 Min.) // KÖNIG (2021, Director: Emily Ufken & Alexander Conrads, Length: 5 Min.) // PAPA ANRUF (2020, Director: Veronika Bolotina, Length: 5 Min.) // FUCHSKIND (2021, Director: Jan apar, Length: 13 Min.) // UNTER DIE HAUT (2021, Director: Leve Kühl, Length: 4 Min.) // RUMREBELLIEREN (2021, Director: Janina Lutter, Length: 16 Min.) // GETRENNTE GEWALTEN (2022, Director: Joschua Keßler, Length: 25 Min.) // WEISSE AUF DEM MOND (2021, Director: Daniel Knußmann & Daniel Sax, Length: 6 Min.)

SAT, 14. MayLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

16:00 h

Brennesselbad

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: Janina Lutter

Feature film, 2021

Language: Original language

Playtime: 86 min

World premiere

(In presence of the director)

Saturday, 14. May 2022, 16:00, Cantate-Saal – Volksbühne Im Großen Hirschgraben

Kim cannot take it anymore. Frustrated by problems at school and trouble with her mother, she walks to her father. She is not well prepared for this long hike, which is why she soon finds herself confronted not only with her thoughts, but with all sorts of small and large obstacles.

17:00 h

Keine Startbahn West

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: Thomas Frickel, Regine Heuser, Gunter Oehme, Rolf Silber, Michael Smeaton, Wolfgang Schneider

Documentary, 1982

Language: Original language with English subtitles

Premiere of the restored Version

(In presence of the directors)

Saturday, 14. May 2022, 17:00, Kino im DFF

Nuclear expansion, large-scale industrial projects, peace, alternative life models: the 1970s and 80s were marked by political movements of the people. An important role, giving both meaning and identity, was taken on by the Rhein-Main region’s protests against the plans of the county Hessen and the FAG (today: FRAPORT). The expansion of the airport by Runway 18 West was supposed to be prevented. Over 100.000 people from the whole region took part in the protests. The film shows in sometimes grotesquely humorous shots that not everything could remain peaceful with a group of this size.

17:30 h

Modell Olimpia

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: Frédéric Hambalek

Feature film, 2020

Language: Original language

Playtime: 90 min

(In presence of the director)

Saturday, 14. May 2022, 17:30, Mal Seh'n Kino

A young man is suffering from obsessive fantasies of violence and death. His desperate mother is trying to help him: she submits him to a strict, made-up therapy programme and hopes to heal him that way. But when a young neighbour joins, everything collapses. Modell Olimpia is the first feature-length film by the Hessian director Frédéric Hambalek.

SUN, 15. MayLichter FilmfestLichter Filmfest

10:30 h

Gemeinsam Nüchtern

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: Fabian Schmalenbach

Documentary, 2021

Language: Original language

Playtime: 118 min

World premiere

(In presence of the director)

Sunday, 15. May 2022, 10:30, Kino im DFF

The community that has come together on an idyllic estate near Marburg may well be described as extraordinary. All members share a history of experiences of violence, drugs and addiction. Yet here at Hof Fleckenbühl, they are all starting a new life – without professional therapeutic help, but with strict rules and mutual supervision.

15:30 h

Bauten, Bürger und ein Bembel

Section: Regional feature film program

Documentary, 1923-1968

Language: Original language with English subtitles

Playtime: ca. 90 min

(In presence of the curator: Felix Fischl)

Sunday, 15. May 2022, 15:30, Cantate-Saal – Volksbühne Im Großen Hirschgraben

Guidance on the historical exhibition grounds, babbling local big fish and dolls driving trains - not long ago, publicity of the city Frankfurt am Main was mostly taking place at the cinema. The image films, republished by the Filmkollektiv Frankfurt on DVD and at the cinema, guide through historical Frankfurt and present rare, formerly unseen footage of a city changing.

17:30 h

Youth Topia

Section: Regional feature film program

Direction: Dennis Stormer

Feature film, 2021

Language: Original language

Playtime: 85 min

Zürich Film Festival - Audience Award

Sunday, 15. May 2022, 17:30, Mal Seh'n Kino

Wanja and her friends rebel against a society that strictly separates youth and adults. But one day, Wanja gets an opportunity to grow up and start a job in an architectural office. She spontaneously accepts, catapulting herself into an entirely new everyday reality. But Soon the longing for her old life germinates in her. "Youth Topia" is a trans-medial project that is dominated by videos that were partially made or livestreamed during production by the cast on smartphones.