Films awarded at the 2019 International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen

Screening of films + a meeting with Lars Henrik Gass, the festival director (English friendly)

The International Short Film Festival in Oberhausen [Kurzfilmtage], which had its 65th edition this year, is the most important short film festival in the world. Every year, its organizers show hundreds of films, focusing on the interface between cinema and visual arts, but also closely monitoring political phenomena in the region as well as the world. The programme includes many experimental films, animations and documentaries from around the world.

Attending the screening as its special guest is Dr. Lars Henrik Gass, the festival director.

The set presents almost all the awarded films of this year's festival within the frames of the International Competition and the German Competition. The first film is the essay ma nouvelle vie européene about invisible borders in Europe, told from the perspective of Abou, a Malian refugee living in Germany, for whom the film camera is a tool of empowerment. In the film IO, three directors bring to life three characters who lead an intense, aggressive life in St. Petersburg. Mark Oliver uses the infamous Elvis Presley concert to portray how his audience possessed a clash of conflicting fantasies wanting to humiliate and idealize the star at the same time. I Got My Things and Left is a touching meditation on the subject of lamentation, which is illustrated using poetry, performance, music as well as a documentary style.

  • My New European Life
  • [ma nouvelle vie européenne] directed by Abou Bakar Sidibé and Moritz Siebert, Germany 2019, 22'
    • When Abou, from Mali, finally arrives in Europe, he believes that a bright future lays ahead of him...
  • Syndrome IO  
  • directed by Art Union Marmelade, Russia 2018, 20'
    • Youth, power and thirst of love connect three characters. Each of them loves in their own way. They are ready to do anything in the name of love.
  • Elvis: Strung Out  
  • directed by Mark Oliver, Canada 2018, 4' 

    • The iconic Elvis Presley performance of 1970, in which the king talks with as well as teases the audience, is transformed through editing and music into a dismal study of addiction and the emptiness of celebrity culture.

  • I Got My Things and Left  
  • directed by Philbert Aimé Mbabazi Sharangabo, Rwanda/Switzerland 2018, 22'  
    • After Eric's death, friends spend the night at his home, talk about life, support each other. By telling anecdotes, they bring him back to life through their memories.
  • Language
    • Meeting in English
    • Films with subtitles in Polish and English
  • Tickets
    • 16 zł regular
    • 14 zł reduced
    • 10 zł for visitor card holders
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