Berlinale Shorts 2014

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Berlinale Shorts 2014

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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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‘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.
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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.
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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.
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