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In 2007 Before the Tracks are Lost on the Wind, director Renate Günter-Greene's tracking camera surveys remnants of the Dusseldorf train station where Jews were deported to concentration camps. | Read MoreFemale Director(s) and Documentary
In the fairytale retold, the most famous bachelors in history, the Seven Dwarves, live deep within a female-free-zone of the Enchanted Forest, but they cannot resist the innocent charms of Snow White when she enters their world. So when the evil queen (Nina Hagen) abducts her, it is up to the dwarves to save her life. One of the highest-grossing German films of all time. | Read More
Wrapping the audience in waves of sound, Alberi takes us on a circular journey through the countryside of Southern Italy, to the village of Satriano. Historically, men of the town would cover themselves with ivy, transforming into strange, ghost-like walking trees. This ancestral arboreal rite, nearly forgotten as newer generations gradually lost interest, celebrated the connection between man and nature while costuming the men for Carnevale. In a triumphant reclamation of the old ways, director Michelangelo Frammartino (Le quattro volte) captures the majesty of this ceremony via his singular cinematic artistry. This dynamic installation is both a mesmerizing homage to nature and breathtaking union of sound and image. | Read MoreDocumentary and Nature
A serial killing pederast is caught after a violent shoot out with police. But there is still an unsolved murder of a young girl in a small town. Could he have done it? Or could he be the key to finding out who did? A mind game ensues between the cop from the girl's town and the deranged serial killer in this intense psychological thriller. | Read More
Ibro takes his 13-year-old son Armin from their small Bosnian village to Croatia to audition for a German film about the Balkan conflict. A skeptical take on the promises of the "New Europe," Armin is also the story of a growing relationship between a father and a son. In Croatian, German, Bosnian and English.
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Junior, a nine-year-old living in Caracas, wants nothing more than to straighten his unruly hair—a fixation that stirs homophobic panic in his overtaxed mother. Each effort Junior makes to alter his appearance and gain his mother’s love is brushed off with abrasive avoidance until he’s ultimately faced with a heartbreaking decision. With a painfully tender performance by Samuel Lange, Bad Hair captures the search for identity as it clashes with intolerance. | Read MoreDrama, Female Director(s), Female Screenwriter(s)
Director Hisham Zaman brings the moral crisis of honor killing front and center in this dazzling, international drama. When his older sister Nermin flees an arranged marriage, Siyar must atone for the slight. He tracks her from Kurdistan to Istanbul, where a fateful encounter with a street girl creates cracks in his resolve. Then Nermin escapes into Europe, and Siyar must continue a search that will forever change his notions of loyalty, dignity, honor and love. | Read MoreDrama
At age 98, director Arnon Goldfinger's grandmother passed away, leaving him the task of clearing out the Tel Aviv flat that she and her husband shared since immigrating to Palestine from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. In this emotionally riveting documentary, Goldfinger follows the hints they left behind in a lifetime's collection of documents to investigate long-buried family secrets and uncover the mystery of his grandparents' painful past. | Read MoreDocumentary
Poetry, politics, madness, and desire collide in the true story of the woman hailed as South Africa's Sylvia Plath. In 1960s Cape Town, as Apartheid steals the expressive rights of blacks and whites alike, young Ingrid Jonker (Carice van Houten, Black Book) finds her freedom scrawling verse while frittering through a series of stormy affairs. Amid escalating quarrels with her lovers and her government-censor father (Rutger Hauer), the poet witnesses an unconscionable event that will alter her life's course. | Read MoreDrama and Female Director(s)
The African-American barbershop aesthetic is given a German twist in Bob’s Place, as it charts the daily happenings of Bob, his international customers, and his hair salon located near Frankfurt’s main train station. The entertaining male bonding and camaraderie that ensue are proof that the customer’s identification with their barber transcends cultures. A double winner at the 2004 Regensburg Short Film Festival: for Best Political Film and runner-up for the Audience Award. | Read More