Franka. Dir. Mitry Semenov-Aleynikov. Belarus, 2018.
Fiction film, 29 min 21 sec.
Franka. Belarus, the year of 1943. A
shell-shocked German soldier comes to farmstead where women shelter from the
war. The women are scared of him, and nearly finish him off. But they take pity
on the soldier at the last minute and let him stay. Would they be able to get
on with the foe?
Slaughter. Dir. Saman Hosseinpuor, Ako Zandkarimi. Islamic
Republic of Iran, 2019. Fiction film, 13 min 3 sec.
Ghasem is forced to sell their cow to spend a
hard winter in their village, but his son fled out the cow.
Three days of Klava Gracheva. Dir. Ivan Grigolunas. Russia,
2018 Fiction film, 34 min.
It’s 1951. Klava Grachyova comes to take her
husband home from a penal colony where he spent the last 9 years. He is not
eager to come back home. Klava has only 3 days to sort everything out and take
her husband back.
My Name is Makhaz. Dir. Inar Narmania. Russia,
Abkhazia, 2018. Fiction film, 14 min 24 sec.
The plot unwinds in the Soviet 70s in Sukhumi. A
young guy Makhaz comes over to the city, and thanks to his brilliant drawing
skills easily enters the Sukhumi School of Art. However, as the character himself
claims, he couldn’t make it to graduation because of he felt in love. The movie
tells a story of the hardship he goes through after meeting his flame.
“Russia – my history” Museum
Planetary Alignment. Dir. Vera Smolina. Russia, 2018. Fiction short film, 27 min 11 sec.
After an accident at the museum, our once simple young heroine Anna
breaks not only an exhibit but her relationship with her mother. She must
endure a series of never-ending mishaps with no money, no idea how to get back
to the hotel and very unhelpful companions,while making up with one’s mother
has never been this hard.
Menuett. Dir. Felix Karolus. Germany, 2018. Fiction
film, 10 min 45 sec.
For Charlotte (Senta Berger) it is like any
other Sunday, until the doorbell rings and a stranger (Thomas Thieme) surprises
her with an extraodinary request.
Asya. Dir. Daniella Rybakyan. Russia, 2018. Fiction film,
29 min 30 sec.
Asya is a successful juvenile justice police
officer. Her forever-young mother named Nadya bursts into the girl’s life to
restore their relationship. Warm memories are being replaced by old grudges.
Nadia is still the same. All Asya’s left to do is to accept the mother as she
The Last Embrace. Dir. Saman Hosseinpuor. Islamic Republic of
Iran, 2018. Fiction film, 4 min.
A little girl wants to show a picture she has
drawn to her family, but everybody is busy with their cell phones. She goes to
her grandpa who has just past away a few minutes ago with nobody havng noticed
Milestone. Dir. Aviv
Kaufman. Israel, 2018. Fiction film, 13 min.
( Second screening).
“Russia – my history” Museum
Trip to Paris. Dir. Maria Polyakova. Russia, 2018. Fiction film, 16 min.
“Trip to Paris” is a story of complex relations
between young prisoners of Kolpino Penal colony and the administration and the
guard, based on a true story, shot with the strong documental influence. This
is a story about a teenage boy, who’s about to go for parole and leave the
colony. He wants to get back to his normal life and family. But no one is
waiting for him and no one is coming for him. Administration, inmates and
workers know about it. But Max believes that his mother will wait for him at
the gates of the prison. This story is about coming of age, accepting
unpleasant truth, about help, understanding and faith.
Lobster Dinner. Dir. Gregorio Franchetti. Italy, 2017. Fiction
film, 14 min.
Left home alone one evening, a 12-year-old boy
steals some live lobsters from his parents’ fridge and takes them as a gift to
the single working class mother of his school friend, only to claim in her
house a place that goes well beyond that of a dinner seat.
628. Dir. Anna Kuznetsova. Russia, 2018. Fiction film, 25
18-year old Sacha is in love with her roommate
and she fiearsly hates her roommate’s boyfriend, who lives in their room
illegally. Sacha’s greatest dream is to get rid of Yegor, no matter how. She
doesn’t know yet that sometimes a dream come true is the worst thing that can happen.
Picture. Dir. Asatur Avagian. Russia, 2018. Fiction short film, 14 min.
Misha is a young man who comes from a suburban
town and relocates into a big city to pursue a degree at the university. But
his mother is sick and in need of an expensive surgery. It is up to her only
son to find the money. Facing rejections wherever he turns to he is forced to
take a deal offered by some very shady people. They tell him to rob a
bookmaker’s office, whose owners are high up up with the mob.
Dream/Life. Dir. David Aufdembrinke. Germany, 2018. Fiction
film, 22 min 22 sec.
Ridden by thoughts of death and failing his
life, a young man tries out what happens if he assumes that everything was
possible … and goes far beyond anything he ever imagined.
Snow White. Dir. Thadeusz Tischbein. Germany, 2017.
Documental, experimental short film, 19 min 40 sec.
What role can culture play, when dead bodies are
not burried after death, but being used for other purposes? „Snow White“
examines this question, using stalinist Mausoleums, preparated animals in
Natural History Museums and relics in churches. What form of story telling is
being used to hide actions and translate them?
Verarbeitet (Processed). Dir. Filmgroup Chaos.
Germany, 2016. Experimental film, 4 min 34 sec.
Workers. Part of the machinery. Working class
heroes. Victims of exploitition, deprived of their rights.
Humans as animals. Dir. Alexei Pryakhin. Russia,
2018. Fiction short film, 14 min.
An oddish, unfortunate guy leads a passive life, gets more and more apathetic
to reality. Meanwhile, his cat, staying in the same small flat, finds lots of
amazing and meaningful things around him.
One day the cat and the guy exchange their social roles without leaving initial
The cat stand up on his hind legs, puts on a business suite and turns to a
creative and productive work. At the same time, the guy tries the carefree
lifestyle of a fluffy pet.
takes place in their self-conscience?
In Dog Years I’m Dead. Dir. Kenji Ouellet. Germany,
2018. Experimental film, 13 min 11 sec.
Young ballet dancers – not necessarily the
typical poster children of ballet school – comment on their training with
quotes from known personalities ranging from Kim Kardashian or Therese of Avila
to Mikhail Baryschnikov. Taking the body politics and the fate of children in
ballet as a starting point, the film raises issues going beyond the dance
Keine Geister, die er rief / No Ghosts He Called. Dir. Evy Schubert. Germany – Russia, 2019. Experimental film, 39 min.
Sibirian Eastern. In „No Ghosts He Called,“
someone goes to Siberia for a necromancy. However, the incantation is not quite
according to plan, evidently he has called the wrong spirit and so a lot of
strange events unfold until even the director appears in the film itself. The question
of whether the actor, the character or the whole movie itself has been
enchanted thereby triggers further, curious associations.
Parvaz mahiha / Flying fishes. Dir. Mohammad Towrivarian.
Iran, 2018. Fiction film, 14 min. 38 sec.
A new teacher in the village realizes that one
of his student who is the only girl in the class don’t talk and a cigarette
burn is visible on her hand.
Zweite Haut / Secons Skin. Dir. Ismet Ergün, Kerem
Ergün. Germany, 2019. Fiction film, 10 min.
What would you do, if you are approached in a
racist or sexist manner? A woman finds a way to protect herself with neither
words nor fists.
Mit im Bund / Morale. Dir. Lukas Nathrath. Germany,
2018. Fiction film, 13 min 27 sec
Mara takes part in a highly demanding training
course of the German armed forces. When her fellow soldier Weber humiliates her
in front of her troop, Mara understands that she has to defend herself — even
if that puts her integrity to the test.
Nothing Personal. Dir. Evgeny Milykh. Russia, 2018.
Evgeniy is a specialist in lockpicking and
safe-cracking. For the last ten years as a hobby, he tries to pick one stubborn
lock that hasn’t surrendered to him yet.
Andrew is an employee of a bank, who’s job is to seize real estate for debts.
In his spare time he reflects “whether or not he lives according to the
God’s law” …
Every once in a whiel the men are brought together through the job, where
everyone diligently performs one’s duties…
Greenkeeper. Dir. Lisa Pozo Nunez. Germany, 2019. Fiction
film, 3 min.
Guenther is a greenkeeper with body and soul.
Unfortunately his soccer club stays far behind his ambitions. Since they are
about to relegate again, it is on him to save the honor of his team.
Starvation. Dir. Zahra Rostampour. Islamic Republic of
Iran, 2018. Animation film, 7 min 12 sec.
A hungry wolf gets stuck in stereotypes about
being the big bad wolf of the story. She has to flee when everybody accuses her
of violence and murder, and faces the danger of getting killed.
“Russia – my history” Museum
Love Me, Fear Me. Dir. Veronica Solomon. Germany, 2018. Animation
short, 6 min.
“What would you be willing to do for them
to love you?” Love Me, Fear Me is a dance metaphor about the roles
we play and the shapes we take, about the stages we chose, the audience we try
to impress and the price of acceptance.
The Rules. Dir. Evgeniy Zverev. Russia, 2018. Fiction
short film, 20 min.
Сertain rules are set in Sascha’s family. So he invented his own ones which
at first glance may seem absurd. But these rules must be followed or something
dreadful can happen. Once, Sascha’s mother cancel the rules and Sascha’s father
dies. But who is to
blame for this?
About our astronauts. Galina
Golubeva. Russia, 2018. Animation 7 min 20 sec.(( Second screening).Planet 42. Dir. Oleg Khristolyubsky.
Russia, 2018. Fiction film, 20 min.
Once upon a time there lived Ivan Ivanovich, but oops, tough luck… Did he
really exist? Yes, he did. Was he or was he not – that is a question. He could
find himself nowhere. He did not find himself in love, profession, anywhere in
general. By chance, Ivan Ivanovich heard on TV that there was an opportunity to
go and try to find oneself somewhere on another planet… Ivan Ivanovich thought
a bit, and took on.
This touching story narrates about the purposelessness of our existence. We
are roaming round, making the same mistakes over and over again, not realizing
that we are dragging an inordinate load of ourselves everywhere. I want the
viewers of the movie to experience the perception of the deadlock the main
character gets in, to fall to the abyss of inactivity and apathy together with
him, to ask themselves: What Am I doing with my life? Where Am I going to? What
Should I do with myself to find what Ivan Ivanovich is looking for on every
next planet. It is tremendously important for
me.The Tree. Dir. Hava Mukhiyeva. Russia, 2018. Fiction
film, 21 min 42 sec.
North Causacus, 1994. Hava and Adam live next
door and are friends like their parents. The children write letters to each
other and exchange them through hiedeout a tree hollow. They love the tree and
confide their secrets to it. They are dreamers living in their fantasies.
Aslan, Adam’s farther, runs business in town and comes back to the village one
day. Sultan, Hava’s farther, like many other of their neighbours, is happy for
his success and celebrates his coming home. Unfortunately not all of the villagers share these
Lola the Living Potato. Dir. Leonid Shmelkov. Russai, 2018. 17 min 18 sec.
The little Lola’s family is forced to leave
their’s old house for good, although there is a lot of memories in it.
Sometimes you part with things that you love so much. And Lola will make it
easily because she’s grown older.
14.04, 15:30 Volgograd PlanetariumThe Update. Dir. Mor Hanay. Israel, 2018. Fiction film, 23
min 34 sec.
Adam has the perfect girlfriend, Alex, which was
custom-made for him. Alex is separated from him for 24 hours during the annual
‘Update Day’ and he finds himself spending the time with Yuli, a human being
like him, who makes him question everything he thought was perfect.
Mitya’s Love. Dir. Svetlana Filippova. Russa, 2018. Animation
film, 14 min.
By Boris Shergin’s short story “Mitya’s
love”. This is a story of Mitya looking for love. The film utilizes images
by Russian avant-gardist Mikhail Larionov and Natalya Goncharova, as well as as
the naïve art masters Pavel Leonov and Lyobov Maykova.
Engineer Fedorovich. Dir. Elena Murganova. Russia, 2018. Documentary, 20 min.
My grandmother is 96 years old. She dreamed of
becoming a ballerina, and became an engineer. I made this film because I wanted
to understand who she really is, but instead I understood myself a little
My Branch so Thin. Dir. Dinara Droukarova. Russia-France, 2018.
Fiction film, 14 min 11 sec.
A young woman nurses her mother’s lifeless body.
Beside her there’s an elderly woman, a babushka, as Russians would say. The two
of them wash the body, the young woman feeling her way, the elderly woman with
a sure hand. They accompany the defunct woman, rock and console her with a
Piano Terra. Dir. Natalino Zangaro. Italy, 2018. Fiction
film, 15 min.
Gloria, a young pregnant lady from a Roman suburb, helped by her friend, organizes to escape from prison. While in hospital, preparing to labour, she is constantly supervised as she must go to the jail soon after giving birth. In those circumstances, she meets a very different woman from her.