Berlin Lift-Off 2018 – Local Filmmakers Showcase

Local Filmmakers Showcase

Friday 9th February, 8.45pm - 10.45pm
@ Union Filmtheater, Bölschestraße 69, 12587 Berlin, Germany


King Grandpa
Dir. Martin Grau
Germany | 15 mins
Clemens lives and breathes his grandfather's stories. When his grandfather passes away, it is difficult for him to understand that it is now his turn to continue telling his stories. Story-telling becomes a way for him to not only keep the stories but also the memory of his grandfather alive.


Get Used To It
Dir. Bemo Lundgren
Germany/South Africa | 21 mins
Oliver Percovich's first street skateboarding sessions with Afghani kids in war-torn Kabul lead to the creation of Skateistan. If the disparity in treatment between boys and girls was extremely clear from the get-go, so was skateboarding’s power to shatter prejudice and expectations.


Dirs.Ido Hagin, Amit Hagin
Germany | 10 mins
An German-Israeli film in the German language describes the relationship between a mother and a child. Lea lives alone with her mother. But her mom's new boyfriend is not aware of her existence. Being a secret, every time he comes to visit Lea is sent by her mother to hide in a small attic, where she spends her nights only with her fish, Oliver. While her mother has to share her time between her parenting life and her love life, Lea delves, together with Oliver, into her own childlike world of mystery, recording a story of her invention to an old recording-machine.


Pooma - Soldier
Dir. Harun Güler
Germany | 4 mins


Dir. Joschka Laukeninks
Germany | 8 mins
As a young child our protagonist is left by his mother and has to live with his violent father. He fights his way through adolescence and falls in love with the woman of his dreams and just as everything seems to be finally working out for him, a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. A story about how everything we love, everything we learn, everything we build, everything we fear, will one day be gone.


Dir. Andreas Feix
Germany | 7 mins
After being subjected to a cataclysmic meteorite impact, a small dinosaur attempts to battle the horrific aftermath both physically & psychologically. A tale about life, death & rebirth, told from a unique, prehistoric perspective.


The Peculiar Abilities of Mr. Mahler
Dir. Paul Philipp
Germany | 29 mins
East Germany, 1987: The special investigator Mahler is said to have paranormal abilities. The police assigns him to solve the case of the 6-year-old Henry Kiefer, who is missing for weeks now, before this issue leads to political tensions with the West. But then he brings something to light that makes this family tragedy especially political...

After each film there will be a 2 minute break, during which we invite the audience to complete score cards. The cards go towards the scoring of the films and are sent directly to the filmmakers to provide insight into the audiences response.

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