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Was will der Lama mit dem Gewehr?

Was will der Lama mit dem Gewehr?

A film by Pawo Choyning Dorji. Starts August 1st at the fsk. In Dzongkha and English with German subtitles.

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Kingdom of Bhutan, 2006. Modernization has final­ly arri­ved. Bhutan beco­mes the last coun­try in the world to con­nect to the inter­net and tele­vi­si­on, and now the big­gest chan­ge of all: demo­cra­cy. To teach the peo­p­le how to vote, the aut­ho­ri­ties orga­ni­ze a mock elec­tion, but the locals seem uncon­vin­ced. Traveling to rural Bhutan whe­re reli­gi­on is more popu­lar than poli­tics, the elec­tion super­vi­sor dis­co­vers that a monk is plan­ning a mys­te­rious cerem­o­ny for the elec­tion day.

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The Monk and the Gun
BT 2023, 107 Min., Dzongkha, Englisch OmU
Regie: Pawo Choyning Dorji

Kamera: Jigme Tenzing
Schnitt: Hsiao-Yun Ku

mit: Tandin Wangchuk, Deki Lhamo, Pema Zangmo Sherpa, Tandin Sonam, Harry Einhorn, Choeying Jatsho, Tandin Phubz, Yuphel Lhendup Selden, Kelsang Choejay

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Am I OK?

A film by Stephanie Allynne & Tig Notaro. In English.

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Lucy is a 32-year-old woman living in Los Angeles with her best fri­end Jane and working as a recep­tio­nist at a spa. She finds litt­le satis­fac­tion in her roman­tic life, inclu­ding with her fri­end Ben, who beco­mes frus­tra­ted at her con­tin­ued avo­id­ance of his advan­ces. Jane recei­ves a work pro­mo­ti­on that will requi­re her to relo­ca­te to London, and goes out for drinks with Lucy and Jane’s boy­fri­end Danny to cele­bra­te. After Jane con­fes­ses to kis­sing a fema­le fri­end as a teen­ager, Lucy drun­ken­ly tells her that she thinks she might be a les­bi­an. Jane encou­ra­ges her to explo­re her fee­lings, sug­gest­ing that Lucy should pur­sue her flir­ta­tious mas­sa­ge the­ra­pist co-worker Brittany.

Lucy invi­tes Brittany to her house for din­ner, but recei­ves mixed signals as Brittany shares about her ex-boy­fri­end, but also decla­res her sexua­li­ty to be „on the spec­trum” and kis­ses her befo­re lea­ving. Jane brings Lucy to a les­bi­an bar, but Lucy is shy and soon lea­ves after see­ing Jane kis­sing other women on the dance flo­or; the two fight and stop spea­king. Lucy meets up with Brittany again. The two have sex, but Brittany quick­ly lea­ves the fol­lo­wing mor­ning and beco­mes distant, later recon­ci­ling with her ex-boy­fri­end. Meanwhile, Jane deals with the pres­su­res of her upco­ming move, inclu­ding her self-absor­bed co-worker Kat and Danny’s con­fes­si­on that he does not want to join Jane in London as she assu­med he would.

Lucy quits her job to return to her pas­si­on of pain­ting, and beg­ins mee­ting other women on dating apps. She comes out to Ben, and the two recon­ci­le as fri­ends. After going on a „ham­mock retre­at” with Kat, Jane makes up with Lucy, exci­ted­ly offe­ring sup­port for the chan­ges in her life. Lucy offers to dri­ve Jane to the air­port as she heads to London, only to reve­al that she will be joi­ning her on the trip to help ease her transition.

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US 2022, 86 Min., engl., OV
Regie & Schnitt: Stephanie Allynne & Tig Notaro
Kamera: Cristina Dunlap
Schnitt: Kayla Emter · Glen Scantlebury
mit: Dakota Johnson, Sonoya Mizuno, Jermaine Fowler, Kiersey Clemons, Molly Gordon

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Verbrannte Erde

A film by Thomas Arslan. In German with English subtitles.

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Following In the Shadows, the film Scorched Earth is the second part of Thomas Arslan’s Trojan tri­lo­gy. Twelve years after care­er cri­mi­nal Trojan was forced to flee Berlin, the search for con­tracts leads him back to the city. Trojan is bro­ke and urgen­tly needs a new job. But Berlin has chan­ged and his old cont­acts are no lon­ger of much use. Plus, Trojan’s maxim of only ever working for cash is hard to fol­low in an incre­asing­ly digi­ta­li­sed world. So it takes some time befo­re the midd­le­wo­man Rebecca final­ly offers him the pro­s­pect of a lucra­ti­ve con­tract: a pain­ting by Caspar David Friedrich is to be sto­len from a muse­um. The heist unites Trojan with geta­way dri­ver Diana, his for­mer mate Luca and the young Chris. Everything looks pro­mi­sing, but the shadowy cli­ent and his hench­man Victor have their own plans for the pain­ting. Soon it beco­mes less about the money and more about get­ting out alive.

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DE 2024, 101 Min., dt. OmeU
Regie: Thomas Arslan
Kamera: Reinhold Vorschneider
Schnitt: Reinaldo Pinto Almeida
mit Mišel Matičević, Marie Leuenberger, Alexander Fehling, Tim Seyfi, Bilge Bingül, Marie-Lou Sellem, Katrin Röver, Anja Schneider, Tamer Yiğit

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Einhundertvier

A Film by Jonathan Schörnig. On July 20th an 21st at the fsk. In German and English with German subtitles.

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How a sea res­cue can take place is bey­ond ima­gi­na­ti­on. The real-time docu­men­ta­ry “One Hundred Four” (German ori­gi­nal title: “Einhundertvier“) brings this dra­ma­tic situa­ti­on clo­ser. The film shows how ago­ni­s­in­gly long it takes to res­cue 104 peo­p­le from a sin­king rub­ber ding­hy. Person by per­son, step by step, the action is accom­pa­nied by seve­ral par­al­lel came­ras. The situa­ti­on comes to a head when the Libyan coast­guard appears. The res­cued peo­p­le and the crew wait for days on the high seas, as no Mediterranean coun­try allows them to dock. Only after a ter­ri­ble storm does the ship reach a European harbour.

Every year, the world’s most dan­ge­rous escape rou­te claims thou­sands of lives. In the first half of 2023 alo­ne, almost 2,000 peo­p­le died in the Mediterranean becau­se the European Union‘s bor­der poli­cy sys­te­ma­ti­cal­ly vio­la­tes exis­ting rights. Instead of hel­ping the ship­w­re­cked, Frontex car­ri­es out ille­gal push­backs, sup­ports the vio­lent actions of the Libyan coast­guard and mas­si­ve­ly com­bats pri­va­te sea res­cue mis­si­ons that inter­ve­ne whe­re the EU fails. Despite media evi­dence, it remains incom­pre­hen­si­ble to tho­se who have not expe­ri­en­ced this situa­ti­on them­sel­ves: why are hundreds of peo­p­le in mor­tal dan­ger being denied help and the civi­li­an hel­pers even threa­ten­ed and criminalised?

Jonathan Schörnig was affec­ted by the dilem­ma of lack of awa­re­ness and deci­ded to bring a sea res­cue to the screen as a real-time docu­men­ta­ry to show how ago­ni­s­in­gly long it takes to res­cue 104 peo­p­le from a sin­king rub­ber boat. The film accom­pa­nies the action per­son by per­son, step by step, with seve­ral par­al­lel cameras.

The situa­ti­on comes to a head when the Libyan coast­guard turns up. The res­cued peo­p­le and the crew wait for days on the high seas, as no Mediterranean coun­try allows them to dock. Only after a ter­ri­ble storm does a har­bour grant them ent­ry. What sounds like a bad film script is actual­ly the dai­ly reality.

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DE 2023, 93 Min., engl., dt. OmU
Regie & Schnitt
: Jonathan Schörnig
Kamera
: Jonathan Schörnig, Johannes Filous

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Einhundertvier | Kinotrailer ᴴᴰ | NONFY Documentaries
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Averroès & Rosa Parks

Averroès & Rosa Parks

A film by Nicolas Philibert. In French with German subtitles.

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Averroès” and “Rosa Parks” are two psych­ia­tric units at the Esquirol Hospital in Paris. They belong to the same net­work as the “Adamant”, the floa­ting day cli­nic on the river Seine at the heart of Nicolas Philibert’s film Sur l’Adamant, win­ner of the Golden Bear at the 2023 Berlinale. In Averroès & Rosa Parks, Philibert con­ti­nues his explo­ra­ti­on of this topic. From indi­vi­du­al inter­views to mee­tings bet­ween pati­ents and carers, the film­ma­ker focu­ses on show­ing a form of psych­ia­try that con­ti­nu­al­ly stri­ves to make room for and reha­bi­li­ta­te the pati­ents’ words. Little by litt­le, each one eases open the door to their world. But within an incre­asing­ly worn-out health sys­tem, how can the for­sa­ken be given a place in socie­ty among the rest?

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FR 2024, 143 Min., franz. OmU
Regie & Kamera: Nicolas Philibert
Schnitt: Nicolas Philibert, Janusz Baranek

mit: den Patient:innen und den Betreuer:innen der Averroès und Rosa Parks Krankenhauseinheiten im Esquirol Krankenhaus, Charenton-le-Pont, Paris.

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Ein kleines Stück vom Kuchen

A film by Maryam Moghaddam & Behtash Sanaeeha. In Farsi with German subtitles.

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The 70-year-old Mahin has been living alo­ne in Tehran sin­ce her hus­band died and her daugh­ter left for Europe. One after­noon, tea with fri­ends leads her to break her soli­ta­ry rou­ti­ne and revi­ta­li­se her love life. But as Mahin opens hers­elf up to a new romance, what beg­ins as an unex­pec­ted encoun­ter quick­ly evol­ves into an unpre­dic­ta­ble, unfor­gettable evening.

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Keyke mah­boo­be man / My favou­ri­te cake
IR/FR/SE/DE 2024, 97 Min., far­si OmU
Regie: Maryam Moghaddam, Behtash Sanaeeha
Kamera: Mohammad Haddadi
Schnitt: Ata Mehrad, Behtash Sanaeeha, Ricardo Saraiva
mit: Lily Farhadpour, Esmail Mehrabi, 

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Exile never ends

A film by Bahar Bektaş. In German and Turkish with German subtitles.

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The lon­ging for your home­land never goes away,” says the film­ma­ker Bahar Bektaş. Her brot­her is in pri­son in Germany. He is sup­po­sed to be depor­ted and is wai­ting for the ear­ly trans­fer to Turkey he has reques­ted. Because the­re seems to be no end to the wai­ting, Bahar turns her came­ra on her Alevi Kurdish fami­ly and exami­nes the con­se­quen­ces of being uproo­ted. Ina Borrmann

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DE 2024, 100 Min., Deutsch, Türkisch mit deut­schen Untertiteln
Regie: Bahar Bektaş.
Kamera: Antonia Kilian und Meret Madörin
Schnitt: Arash Asadi

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Exile never ends | offi­zi­el­ler deut­scher Trailer
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Crossing – Auf der Suche nach Tekla

A film by Levan Akin. In Georgian, Turkish and English with German subtitles.

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Lia, a reti­red tea­cher, has made a pro­mi­se to find out what hap­pen­ed to her long-lost nie­ce, Tekla. When Lia lear­ns from a neigh­bour, Achi, that Tekla might have left their Georgian home­land and be living in Turkey, Lia and Achi set off tog­e­ther to find her. Arriving in Istanbul, they dis­co­ver a beau­tiful city full of con­nec­tions and pos­si­bi­li­ties. But sear­ching for someone who never inten­ded to be found is har­der than they expec­ted – until they meet Evrim, a lawy­er fight­ing for trans rights. As Lia and Achi wea­ve their way through the city’s back­streets, Tekla starts to feel clo­ser than ever.
Levan Akin’s fourth fea­ture film is fil­led with an impres­si­ve emo­tio­nal imme­dia­cy. Two initi­al­ly hesi­tant stran­gers over­co­me not only ideo­lo­gi­cal but also inter­nal boun­da­ries on their mis­si­on and join forces. The topo­gra­phy of the city plays just as important a role in this ode to huma­ni­ty as the array of cha­rac­ters that live within it.

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SE/DK/FR/TR/GE 2023, 105 Min., geor­gisch, tür­kisch, engl. OmU
Regie: Levan Akin
Kamera: Lisabi Fridell
Schnitt: Emma Lagrelius, Levan Akin
mit: Mzia Arabuli, Lucas Kankava, Deniz Dumanlı 

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Lacci - Was uns hält

Was uns hält

A film by Daniele Luchetti. In Italian with German subtitles.

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Naples, ear­ly 1980s: Aldo and Vanda’s mar­ria­ge finds its­elf on the rocks when Aldo falls in love with the young Lidia. Thirty years later, Aldo and Vanda are still mar­ried. A thril­ler about emo­ti­ons, a sto­ry of loyal­ty and infi­de­li­ty, of ran­cor and shame. A betra­y­al, suf­fe­ring, a secret box, a devas­ta­ted home, a cat, the voice of the lovers and that of the estranged.

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Lacci
IT 2020, 100 Min., ital. OmU
Regie: Daniele Luchetti
Kamera: Ivan Casalgrandi
Schnitt: Aël Dallier Vega · Daniele Luchetti
mit Alba Rohrwacher, Luigi Lo Cascio, Laura Morante, Silvio Orlando, Giovanna Mezzogiorno

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Ivo

Ivo

A film by Eva Trobisch. In German with English subtitles.

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Ivo works as a pal­lia­ti­ve home-care nur­se. Every day, she visits fami­lies, cou­ples and sin­gle peo­p­le. They live in small flats and lar­ge hou­ses. They all have dif­fe­rent lives and deaths. They all have dif­fe­rent ways of deal­ing with the time that remains. At home, Ivo’s teenage daugh­ter has long sin­ce beco­me inde­pen­dent. From mor­ning to night, Ivo dri­ves around in her old Skoda which she has made into her per­so­nal living space. Here, she eats her meals, works, sings, swears and dreams. One of her pati­ents, Solveigh, has beco­me a clo­se fri­end. Ivo has also for­med a rela­ti­onship with Solveigh’s hus­band, Franz. Day after day, the two work tog­e­ther to care for Solveigh. And they sleep with each other. Solveigh’s strength is dimi­nis­hing and she soon has to rely on sup­port for the simp­lest tasks. She wants the final decis­i­on to be her own: she wants Ivo to help her die.

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DE 2024, 104 Min., deut­sche OmeU
Regie: Eva Trobisch
Kamera: Adrian Campean
Schnitt: Laura Lauzemis
mit Minna Wündrich, Pia Hierzegger, Lukas Turtur

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