Section „Zukunft Deutscher Film“ - Program 2019
Director: Max Linz
The climate scientist Phoebe Phaidon is new at the Institute for Cybernetics of the Berlin university. But her workplace is soon in danger: the turbo-capitalist university administration wants to close the institution. Only the successful evaluation of a project funded by a third party on the virtual simulation of climate change can avert the saving measures. Soon, Phoebe is torn between the established teachers and the rebelling students.
Is an academic career still viable these days? To answer this question, the director Max Linz from Frankfurt has made the film for decision making. Subversive, absurdly comic and almost ending as a musical, the satire on the university apparatus, debunks the neo-liberal machinery of research sciences.
After the art scene parody Ich will mich nicht künstlich aufregen, Max Linz‘ new film celebrated its world premiere at the Forum of the Berlinale 2019.
Friday, 29 March 2019 // 20 Uhr // Naxos.Kino
Das melancholische Mädchen
Director: Susanne Heinrich
A young woman walks past a pastel-coloured, artificial studio backdrop with a vacant expression on her face. But she is mostly one thing: bored. Mostly of the men she uses for a place to sleep, but also has boring, and far too professional sex with from time to time. She waits for the end of capitalism at a bar and identifies her depression as a structural problem while her therapist only draws circles on paper. She never jokes, but still has humour.
In 14 episodes, in which every word is in exactly the right place, no story is told or character is drawn. Much more, the absurdity of a world filled with self-optimizing and self-fulfilling individuals is exhibited. At the end of the film, no releasing, cleansing catharsis is waiting.
Das melancholische Mädchen is formally unique and original, highly political and incredibly funny. The director Susanne Heinrichhas searched and found a new filmic language in her first film. The result is Brechtian alienation through a postmodern, wildly colourful lens.
For that, she already received the prize for the Best Film and the prize by the ecumenical jury at the 40th Filmfestival Max-Ophüls-Preis.
Friday, 29 March 2019 // 18 Uhr // Naxos.Kino
Director: Simona Kostova
„In letzter Zeit passiert es mir voll oft, dass ich aufwache und nicht weiß, warum ich lebe.“ (Recently it often happens that I wake up and I don't know what I am living for).
Quarterlife crisis hitting hard: Six friends roam through Berlin and, despite countless possibilities, seem to go nowhere. Instead, there is emptiness. Övunç has writer's block. Raha waits for her breakthrough as actress. Her workwise successful ex-boyfriend Pascal yearns for a different life. Interpersonal conflicts or political discussions are being avoided. They rather seek the next bar, the next club, where everything revolves around themselves.
In Dreissig, Simona Kostova portrays a group of friends in their early thirties, who – between hedonistic nights full of parties and their fear of being alone – ask the existential question: how should, how can one live his/her live?
Dreissig is premiered at International Film Festival Rotterdam. In Simona Kostova´s debut, she roams the streets and bars of Berlin-Neukölln.
Saturday, 30 March 2019 // 22 Uhr // Naxos.Kino
Wintermärchen // Short film: Stiller Löwe
Director: Jan Bonny
“It´s time for another big bang!” The relationship of Becky and Tommi is dominated by self-eroding boredom. In their grimy apartment, they make big plans: they want to murder foreigners and attract nationwide attention as a terror cell. Suddenly, Maik turns up in their kitchen and soon, the passive duo becomes an explosive threesome. Due to their increasing disorientation, the alleged values they used to preach hitherto become bogged down. Honour, pride, and loyalty aren´t of importance anymore.
Jan Bonny´s drama Wintermärchen is explicitly political. The harsh and drastic camera shots show right-wing violence, dysfunctional sexuality, and social abysses.
Once per month, film series “Was tut sich – im deutschen Film?“ provides a platform for the current events in German cinema. In March Jan Bonny is showing his radical and controversial drama Wintermärchen, which broaches the issue of the NSU, and which has already shaken up the Film Festival Cologne as it was awarded for best feature film. With his cinema debut Gegenüber (2007), Jan was directly invited into the Quinzaine des Réalisateurs at the Filmfestival in Cannes. After a bit of television work, Wintermärchen is his second cinema feature film.
Supporting film: Stiller Löwe
Length: 6 min.
Director: Sven Philipp Pohl
Friday, 29 March 2019 // 20:15 Uhr // DFF - Deutsches Filminstitut & Filmmuseum
Director: Max Gleschinski
“Do you know why I love the forest so much? Everything here is in balance. But with people, so you and me, everything is shit somehow, isn’t it?“
Since their childhood, the friends Eric and Martin have been in love with the same woman. Today, 20 years later, Martin lives with Frenni in a tranquil one-family home. After Frenni decided on Martin, Eric is on their doorstep many years later to have a heart-to-heart with Martin.
Kahlschlag handles the notorious topics love, jealousy and violence with new imaged and new intensity. The meeting of both men in the forest quickly leaves the civilized facade behind. Accompanied by gripping music and told through multiple timelines, Max Gleschinski manages a complex structure of human relationships and emotions one cannot separate from.
Awarded with the “Förderpreis Neues Deutsches Kino“ at the Hofer Filmtage 2018.
Friday, 29 March 2019 // 22:30 Uhr // Mal Seh´n Kino