Fiction & Documentary 2Tales of Love and Loss

, Stadtkino im Künstlerhaus 88 min

Searching, doubting, fighting; finding one another, falling in love, breaking up. In the second programme in the Fiction & Documentary competition, six films deal with the topic of love and loss, demonstrating how imaginatively short films can approach this primeval topic of cinema. Sometimes we feel like two bulls facing their deciding fight. Then again we seem to float, like fish in an aquarium or newly enamoured couples. Or we quite literally let ourselves be led around by the nose and experience a whole partnership in fast forward mode in just one night. More often though, our thoughts spin round; we are in a big city, however, instead of diversion we dwell on worries, longings and memories – until we finally lose ourselves in the Mangrove forests in China.

TERRA

TERRA

United KingdomPortugal2013 13 min No dialogue

A seemingly endless, barren landscape. A close up of a bull’s hide, a relief like a mountain range. Mighty, red letters seem ominous: every year in Portugal’s Northwest, one of Europe’s roughest regions, the strongest bull in the village is elected in a fight. With imposing images, Terra shows the meeting of the mighty animals in the arena. When their horns meet it seems as energetic and elegant as a couple dancing the waltz, as if it were made for the big screen.

Director
Pedro Lino
Screenplay
Pedro Lino
Camera
Fernando Vasquez, Mariana Pestana, Pedro Lino, Tiago Couto, Tomas Valle
Music
Norberto Lobo
Sound
Sound Recording: Rodrigo Cardoso // Sound Design: Pedro Lino

BLUR BLUE

Germany2013 14 min No dialogue

Two young people meet at an aquarium, shyly approaching one another, it looks like love at first sight. They text each other, want to meet again, talk about the things lovers usually talk about. We follow their moves, thoughts and feelings in blue, blurry images, seemingly floating like the fishes in the aquarium. And just as mute, for all that is said and thought is conveyed by voiceovers: atmosphere, dialogue, action – “Blur Blue” is a variation on “boy meets girl” that is reduced to the quintessence of cinema, in a state of total weightlessness.

Director
Sonja Polligkeit
Screenplay
Sonja Polligkeit
Camera
Fee Scherer
Cast
Marius Flucht
Sonja Polligkeit
Music
Julian Terbuyken alias Nutia
Sound
Jan Pasemann

How do you like my hair?

How do you like my hair?

Norway2013 10 min 22 sec Norwegian

What is beauty? Young Emily ponders this question, sometimes feeling too male, at other times too fat. Then she meets Adam at a concert – smaller than her, twice her age, but with a beautiful, large nose – and spends the night with him. What starts out as a documentation quickly develops into a playful experiment between fiction and reality. A very personal love story about beauty that goes way beyond the usual standards and norms.

Director
Emilie Blichfeldt
Screenplay
Emilie Blichfeldt
Camera
Jonas Rand Haukeland
Cast
Emilie Blichfeldt, Håkon Mathias Vassvik, Daniele Pinto
Sound
Emilie Blichfeldt

La Femme de Rio

La Femme de Rio

France2013 19 min 50 sec French

A love story in fast forward mode: Gabriel, a reformed alcoholic since three months, has locked himself into his apartment and doesn’t want to know anything about the world outside. But then a young woman turns up by coincidence and manages to break into his Alcatraz. The two get on immediately, but don’t want anything serious – so they decide to live their love story for the duration of one night only. La Femme de Rio is a quirky romance about love’s possibilities, with all its highs and lows, full of comedy, curious ideas and ever new surprises.

Director
Emma Luchini & Nicolas Rey

Gün ve Gece

Day and Night

TurkeyAustria2013 08 min 04 sec Turkish

Images of modern Istanbul, an intimate insight into an apartment, the hustle and bustle of the streets and alleyways, captured in long shots. We hear the voice of a young girl, she talks, tells stories, whispers about “him”, days gone by, her yearnings and worries – drawing the audience in like an undertow. Siegmund Skalar translates a short story by the young Turkish author Helin Celik into a poetic Essay about a girl in the changing Turkish society. A calm, hypnotic film.

Director
Siegmund Skalar
Screenplay
Helin Celik
Camera
Martin Klingenböck, Matthias Gritsch

This film screening has been made possible in part thanks to the support of the European Commission in the context of its awareness-raising campaign on EU enlargement.

巴比伦少年

The Rivers of Babylon

China2013 24 min Chinese (Traditional)

19-year-old Lily returns to her home town for a few days and stays longer than planned, because a Typhoon prevents her departure. By coincidence she bumps into her school friend Howe and the two spend a lot of time together, visiting haunts of days gone by – until their journey leads them into a mysterious mangrove forest. Chinese director Zhou Yan creates a short drama between approach and rejection, memory and lust, framed with magical landscapes and locations. A reserved, visually impressive film with a mysterious finale.

Director
Zhou Yan
Screenplay
yan zhou
Camera
Han Yan
Cast
Lily by Huang Huan
Howe by Adrian Xiang
Music
Soichiro Arai
Sound
Yang Xiaoyi