With the SHORT EXPORT – MADE IN GERMANY 2021 program once again and for the 16th time, outstanding German short films travel the world.
In an unconventional yet authentic manner, they deal with change and challenges, home, arrival and overcoming trauma. They are powerful, loud and calm – and sometimes humorous. The six current films were selected from 455 German submissions to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and illustrate the artistic, stylistic and thematic diversity of German short film making.
Michael Schwarz | documentary | 17′
Corona lockdown 2020. All hotels, guest houses and youth hostels are closed –
except one business hotel, which is housing 29 homeless people.
However, their stay is only temporary…
● WOCHENBETT – POSTPARTUM
Henriette Rietz | animation | 5′
POSTPARTUM describes the chaotic phase the protagonist enters when she becomes a mother for the first time. Pumped full of hormones and lacking sleep, this intense time has burned itself deep into her heart.
● DER ÜBERS MEER KAM – THE ONE WHO CROSSED THE SEA
Jonas Riemer| animated documentary | 11′
A refugee from the GDR crosses the Baltic Sea in a folding boat. Years later, he finds a new home in a burgeoning nationalist movement.
● SEEPFERDCHEN – SEAHORSE
Nele Dehnenkamp | documentary | 16′
Amid the prosaicness of a swimming course, a young Yezidi woman wrestles quietly with her terrifying memories of the Mediterranean Sea.
● DER SCHORNSTEINSEGLER – THE CHIMNEY SWIFT
Frédéric Schuld | animation | 5′
19th-century Europe: A child climbs up a chimney while a bird glides down into it to build a nest. An encounter with no way back.
● MASEL TOV COCKTAIL
Arkadij Khaet, Mickey Paatzsch | fiction | 30′
Ingredients: 1 Jew, 12 Germans, 50 ml culture of remembrance, 30 ml stereotypes, 2 tsp of patriotism, 1 tsp of Israel, 1 falafel, 5 Stolpersteine, a dash of antisemitism, 100% kosher!