Film Program 2013
2013-11-04 | 19.00 | Weltspiegel Cottbus
Cottbus Film Show
The Cottbus FilmShow has been a welcome addition to FilmFestival Cottbus since 2003. In line with the motto of “we show everything”, the FilmShow provides an open screen for the presentation of work by anybody interested in filmmaking and experimentation. The FilmShow offers a specific and individual perspective on the town and the surrounding region, together with the people who live there.
(11. Cottbuser FilmSchau)
2013-11-05 | 17.00 | Kammerbühne
U18 - German-Polish Competition Youth Film
A nihilistic misfit and everyday legal temp, Roman is confronted by an unfathomable case: A schoolboy goes on a shooting spree, killing fellow pupils, teachers and himself in the process. On collecting further documents related to the case at the local police station, Roman gains greater insight into the background of the case; the dry facts of the crime dossier are given a new dimension, first and foremost thanks to the schoolgirl Laura, who confides personal memories of the crime to him. STAUDAMM is an evocative film that sensitively deals with the issue of mourning.
2013-11-05 | 17.00 | Weltspiegel Cottbus
In the midst of the Second World War two thirteen-year-old twin brothers have to relocate to their grandmother´s house in the country, where she´s known locally as the witch. The boys are in fact yet to encounter her as mother and grandmother have long broken ties with one another. They are forced to work hard and suffer beatings in return for food. All of this they note in the notebook given to them by their father before he departed for the front. Despite a promise that they would carry on learning the twins soon learn that you have to be flexible in times of war, and thus battled-hardened by beatings and mutual insults they learn to thieve and kill without, in the process, losing a sense of justice.
(A nagy fuzet)
2013-11-05 | 20.00 | Glad-House Saal
Specials/ Location Lausitz
EXIT AREA || Donald Saischowa | Germany 2001 || Saischowa describes the painter, graphic designer and conceptual artist Hans Scheuerecker as a "dreamer in paradise". Constantly following his tracks camera in hand, the result is a highly spirited, powerful portrait of an artist. ................................................................................................................ BALANCING ACT | Donald Saischowa | Germany 2009 || A visit to Komptendorf to pay a visit to Eberhard Krüger. The film shows the painter and earthwork artist in action at exhibitions and working on sculptures at his open air studio. ............................................................................................................... … JUST LIKE WITH OTHERS || Donald Saischowa | Germany 1993 The Sorbian artist Fred Pötschke lives and works in the Spreewald. An international workshop dedicated to monument conser-vation in the Spreewald UNESCO biosphere reserve provided the impulse for this film. ............................................................................................................... ONE TIME PAINTER ONE TIME BRUSH Donald Saischowa | GDR 1987 || Alongside film Saischowa was also interested in painting. Thus, as the camera explores his paintings, indulging in details and colours, do we come to appreciate the artist´s evolution from the static to the moving image, overcoming both space and time.
(AUSTRITT AUS DER FLÄCHE)
2013-11-05 | 20.00 | Weltspiegel Cottbus
During the winter of 1942 nine-year-old Srulik escapes from the Warsaw Ghetto of occupied Poland and wanders through the snow-covered, freezing cold woodlands. Hunger and the cold drive him back towards the villages, where he begs for food in the guise of Jurek, a Catholic orphan. Some people, such as a mother whose husband and son have left for the woods to join the resistance, help him whilst others denounce him to the authorities as a Jew in order to pocket the reward money. Time and again Jurek is forced to run for his life, hunted by the SS, German soldiers and Polish anti-Semites.
2013-11-06 | 10.00 | Stadthalle Cottbus
In 1934 a group of Prague children learn that the SS Chelyuskin has become ice-bound in Arctic Ocean. They resolve to help those shipwrecked and though they never reach Arctic waters, the young expedition members nevertheless gain a great deal of experience along the way. The film is given an added level of depth by genuine documentary footage from the rescue of the Chelyuskin. Based on Alex Wedding´s book of the same title, on the event of its première the film was praised by the film magazine Filmdienst as an "ode to tolerance and dreams".
(DAS EISMEER RUFT)
2013-11-06 | 10.00 | Kammerbühne
LOLI KALI SHUBA || Aleksandr Balagura | Ukraine 2013 || "Loli Kali Shuba" is a Romani nursery rhyme about the ladybird. Twenty years on Ukrainian filmmaker Aleksandr Balagura returns to the Romani settlement where a twelve-year-old girl once sang this song to him. The children of back then have now grown up. The director depicts a way of life where the locals celebrate All Saints´ Day and Christmas, children and dogs roam the streets and religious ceremonies are complemented by contemporary music, all the while comparing his old black-andwhite footage with the reality of today.
(Kurzfilmprogramm I | Tabir (Loli Kali Shuba))
2013-11-06 | 11.30 | Weltspiegel Cottbus
Back in 2009 Vlado Sendrei ran for office in local elections in Slovakia, the first ever Rom to do so. In his home town of Kokava nad Rimavicou he hopes to conquer the hearts not only of `his´ community, but also the local `whites´. The commitment of the popular musician and activist doesn´t meet with the approval of his wife Jana however. The erstwhile singer, who traded in a promising career for the calm family life, is forever complaining about Vlado´s minor experiments with politics. A study on the marriage and election campaign of an unconventional politician rich in ironic insight.
(CIGÁNI IDÚ DO VOLIEB)
2013-11-06 | 12.00 | Stadthalle Cottbus
Sixteen-year-old Wolf lives together with his mother in a Bucharest high-rise apartment building. He doesn´t speak much, preferring to silently observe the goings-on around him. Only when he enters the basketball court does his life spin into action. His mother has started dating again for the first time since the death of his father, and it´s an elderly, recently widowed neighbour who helps Wolf when the television stops working. He also occasionally pays a visit to the cool guy downstairs. On meeting the latter´s girlfriend Clara in the lift he´s immediately fascinated by her, with her short skirt and red hair.
2013-11-06 | 12.00 | Kammerbühne
Loyiso, a young black African, lives (or as he prefers to say, survives) in a South African township named Gugulethu. Valon, a young Rom, lives in post-war Kosovo, in Peja. Filmed over seven years, the documentary simultaneously follows the lives of these two youths, both striving for a better future against the hurdles of poverty and racist prejudice. Loyiso doggedly dedicates himself to his studies so he can go to university, Valon leaves Kosovo together with a young American and today lives in Washington.
(THE WHITE PICKET FENCE PROJECT)