Berlinale Shorts 2014

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2009, in the high plateau of the Peruvian jungle, near the border to Ecuador. The Canadian mining company, Dorato Resource Inc. forces their way into the depths of the primeval forest to search for mineral resources, without any regard for damage. They do this with the government's permission, but without consent from the indigenous people, the Awajún natives who live there. Known for their fearlessness and courage, the Awajún stand up to the invaders. They know that they have international law on their side. But in the fight for their land they are brutally struck down by the ultraliberal government. Violence breeds counter-violence.

Solo te puedo mostrar el color

01:06
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Damaris and Alberto live in rural Cuba. Four months ago, their 12 year old son, Ramon, died. Whilst looking to family and a new found religion, an even more perturbing issue is revealed, one that affects not only them but also their community.

A Paradise

00:42
40
Several pregnant women needing particular attention live in the Cuban Maternal Waiting Home 'La Casona' ('The Big House'). Yudi, a 15-years old girl tries, just as the others, to maintain a distant and dysfunctional relationship with the father of her future child.

La Casona

01:05
56
A group of people dance at a sports ground to the music of Supertramp. The siblings take flowers to a grave in the deep snow, wearing floral wreaths in their hair. The father directs them. They embrace one another. Memories are invoked by pictures enclosed inside Gabriel's, the brother's, amulet. The mother is dead – how will they fill the void she left behind? Each individual family member tries to find their way, is obliged to redefine their course. Calm are the images and gestures that lead us through this film. The colours of night are also the colours of mourning. Mystical imagery and thoughts tangibly resound in the here and now. Who has the stronger powers of recollection – the horse or the elephant? Of the utmost importance however, is the question of how to proceed with the mother inside one's heart. ‘There are times, when all the world's asleep, the questions run too deep for such a simple man, won't you please, please tell me what we've learned, I know it sounds absurd, but please tell me who I am.’ (Supertramp)

As Rosas Brancas (The White Roses)

01:22
80
Interior, day. Oncological Research Center in Berlin, January 2011. A film team meets with researchers. Using analogue filming methods, the film team records experiments performed on mice. The mice are forced to undergo diverse measures. Whether the film deals with one or several tests, one or several mice is difficult to ascertain -- the tests and the naked animals are too similar. Parallel to this, the film team documents their own activities, necessary to make the recordings. In LABORAT, filmmaker Guillaume Cailleau interweaves the levels. He documents examinations performed on the object with great precision, while simultaneously reflecting on the process of the documentation itself. Distance to the object becomes suspended. The object becomes the subject, the spectator an accomplice. A tapestry of images. Unease sets in.

LABORAT

01:25
130
A snow-covered house is situated in the middle of a rice field. What should one do, in a space of white and quietude? By spring, the snowy hut melts and loses its appearance. The Japanese MA, the inbetween state of time and space – an animation, a haiku

Kamakura

00:37
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Halima Mohamed Ahmed, Om Amira, lives with her family in Cairo. Her oldest daughter Amira suffers from a serious heart condition and needs constant care. Her husband is too sick to work. All responsibility rests on Om Amira's shoulders alone. At night on the streets near Tahrir Square, she sells the best fried potatoes in the neighbourhood. At night she is forced to deal with threats and other problems. At night she can speak of the things that make up her life.

Om Amira

00:46
53
Nine year old Soufyane, son of a Moroccan father and Dutch mother, lives in an apartment with his mother and sister in a typical big city high-rise estate. His father, whom he never sees, invites him on a journey. A journey to the country of his ancestors – Morocco. Soufyane is thrilled and prepares for the trip fastidiously, as it is also a kind of initiation. His friends insist that he should get a pair of Ray Ban sunglasses, but Soufyane would rather wear Marc Jacobs. But doesn't he want to be a soldier, they ask. He remains silent and doesn't let himself be swayed. Among the various blackmarket dealers in his neighbourhood he eventually finds someone who has the right glasses. Instead of 200 he only has to pay 30, and he's ready to go. Utilising calm and sober framing, the director gives the amateur actors ample room to explore and express their ideas of manhood and male rituals. Concepts that come up against hard realities in the suburbs. Something that Soufyane also painfully learns, as the sun goes down and he calls after his father.

Marc Jacobs

01:12
39
The film documents one winter’s night at the al-Haddad home in Hebron. A group of soldiers arrives for a routine night search there, for reasons unknown to the family. Diaa and Shatha al-Hadaad, brother and sister, pick up the home video camera and record the events as they unfold throughout the night. The soldiers force Diaa to stand facing a wall, saying they won’t leave unless he stops smiling.

Smile, and the World Will Smile Back

01:14
214
There's a candy bubble gum, there's a swing, so there must be love as well - somewhere.

Do serca Twego / To Thy Heart

00:19
154
In 2014, Ulu Braun, winner of the German Short Film Prize 2013 for Best Experimental Film (FORST, Berlinale Shorts 2013), will present his new work, BIRDS. His poetic approach unites nature and urban life, enabling us to see parallels that would otherwise be lost in the momentum of our lives.

BIRDS trailer

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‘Washingtonia’ is an alternative name for Athens. Washingtonia robusta is considered one of the world's most elegant palm varieties, which is why it was imported to Greece for the Olympic Games in 2004 as the majority of indigenous palms had fallen prey to the red palm weevil, who eat the heart of the palm. The pests however, do not like to eat the hearts of the Washingtonia as they are too narrow. Giraffes have the biggest hearts in the world, and their heartbeat dominates the world. In the midst of summer, when the heat is at its greatest, other animals are no longer able to hear the giraffe's heart beating and confusion sets in. They search for the beat; that is the moment when strange things occur. In the urban jungle of Athens, people encounter one another, forever searching. They are creatures enveloped by tranquility. Fairy-like, they traverse the urban landscape, without knowing where they want to go. Their behaviour is influenced by yearning alone. A film about love.

Washingtonia trailer // Mamadou Diallo

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‘Washingtonia’ is an alternative name for Athens. Washingtonia robusta is considered one of the world's most elegant palm varieties, which is why it was imported to Greece for the Olympic Games in 2004 as the majority of indigenous palms had fallen prey to the red palm weevil, who eat the heart of the palm. The pests however, do not like to eat the hearts of the Washingtonia as they are too narrow. Giraffes have the biggest hearts in the world, and their heartbeat dominates the world. In the midst of summer, when the heat is at its greatest, other animals are no longer able to hear the giraffe's heart beating and confusion sets in. They search for the beat; that is the moment when strange things occur. In the urban jungle of Athens, people encounter one another, forever searching. They are creatures enveloped by tranquility. Fairy-like, they traverse the urban landscape, without knowing where they want to go. Their behaviour is influenced by yearning alone. A film about love.

Washingtonia trailer // Sally

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Washingtonia’ is an alternative name for Athens. Washingtonia robusta is considered one of the world's most elegant palm varieties, which is why it was imported to Greece for the Olympic Games in 2004 as the majority of indigenous palms had fallen prey to the red palm weevil, who eat the heart of the palm. The pests however, do not like to eat the hearts of the Washingtonia as they are too narrow. Giraffes have the biggest hearts in the world, and their heartbeat dominates the world. In the midst of summer, when the heat is at its greatest, other animals are no longer able to hear the giraffe's heart beating and confusion sets in. They search for the beat; that is the moment when strange things occur. In the urban jungle of Athens, people encounter one another, forever searching. They are creatures enveloped by tranquility. Fairy-like, they traverse the urban landscape, without knowing where they want to go. Their behaviour is influenced by yearning alone. A film about love.

Washingtonia trailer // Madame Elli

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Washingtonia’ is an alternative name for Athens. Washingtonia robusta is considered one of the world's most elegant palm varieties, which is why it was imported to Greece for the Olympic Games in 2004 as the majority of indigenous palms had fallen prey to the red palm weevil, who eat the heart of the palm. The pests however, do not like to eat the hearts of the Washingtonia as they are too narrow. Giraffes have the biggest hearts in the world, and their heartbeat dominates the world. In the midst of summer, when the heat is at its greatest, other animals are no longer able to hear the giraffe's heart beating and confusion sets in. They search for the beat; that is the moment when strange things occur. In the urban jungle of Athens, people encounter one another, forever searching. They are creatures enveloped by tranquility. Fairy-like, they traverse the urban landscape, without knowing where they want to go. Their behaviour is influenced by yearning alone. A film about love.

Washingtonia trailer // Mother and Son

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‘Washingtonia’ is an alternative name for Athens. Washingtonia robusta is considered one of the world's most elegant palm varieties, which is why it was imported to Greece for the Olympic Games in 2004 as the majority of indigenous palms had fallen prey to the red palm weevil, who eat the heart of the palm. The pests however, do not like to eat the hearts of the Washingtonia as they are too narrow. Giraffes have the biggest hearts in the world, and their heartbeat dominates the world. In the midst of summer, when the heat is at its greatest, other animals are no longer able to hear the giraffe's heart beating and confusion sets in. They search for the beat; that is the moment when strange things occur. In the urban jungle of Athens, people encounter one another, forever searching. They are creatures enveloped by tranquility. Fairy-like, they traverse the urban landscape, without knowing where they want to go. Their behaviour is influenced by yearning alone. A film about love. Greece 2013, 24 min

Washingtonia trailer

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It's damned hot. Streets are oddly empty. Palms are suffering and shot guns crying. Joshua wants to die but doesn't want to leave his brother Maël alone. Meanwhile he meets with a gang : the Icebergs.

Tant qu'il nous reste des fusils à pompe (As long as shotguns remains)

00:59
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Xenos (Greek: ξένος, xénos) stranger, enemy, alien In 2010, Abu Eyad and other young Palestinian men from the Ain el-Helweh refugee camp in Lebanon travelled with smugglers through Syria and Turkey into Greece. Like so many other migrants, they came looking for a way into Europe but found themselves trapped in a country undergoing economic, political, and social collapse.

XENOS trailer

01:26
42
Symphony no. 42 will have its premier at Berlinale Shorts Competition. Very happy, looking forward! berlinale.de/en/HomePage.html

Symphony no. 42 goes Berlin

00:27
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The film presents 47 observations in the irrational connections between human and nature. You can keep up with screenings and news here: facebook.com/SymphonyNo42

Symphony no. 42 - teaser

00:46
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In 2014, 25 films from 21 countries will be competing for the Golden Bear for Best Short Film and the Silver Bear Jury Prize: fictional, documentary, experimental, essayistic and animated films all have an equal chance.

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