Berlin Lift-Off 2018 – Shorts programme 1

Shorts programme 1

Wednesday 7th February, 8.45pm - 10.45pm
@ Union Filmtheater, Bölschestraße 69, 12587 Berlin, Germany


Dirs. Lauri Randla
Estonia | 26 mins
Lauri Randla’s short film tells a dark satire of the pathologist Aleksei Abrikosov who embalmed Lenin’s body and in theory managed to overcome death… so his further existence will be permanently attached to caretaking of the Lenin’s corpse. The story follows Abrikosov’s and his apprentice’s critical night, when they have to solve a problem with Lenin's body, just prior to the holy celebration of the First of May. Welcome to Moscow of 1936 and into the world of Stalinist terror where a human is less worthy than a fly.


The Human Face
Dir. Aline Pimentel
USA | 14 mins
By giving meaning to each and every mark on his sculptures, artist Kazuhiro gives meaning to his own life. Experiencing what is behind every wrinkle of time on the human face, transforms a superficial mask into a window to the soul.


Dir. Sydney O'Haire
USA | 8 mins
After her engagement collapses, Mags’ mourning is interrupted by her little sister, recently out and seeking Mags’ support at a Pride protest. With every day a reminder of her own failed relationship, Mags must decide what it means to support the people she loves.


Dirs. Julian Friedrich, Katharina Potratz
Germany | 7 mins
Sergam is a little boy. A refugee. His boat's stranded on the coast. His mother didn't survive. Instead, a young woman takes care of him and they both set off on their way through a nightmare.


Dir. Ella Brolly
UK | 9 mins
After the death of her father Eva returns home to attend to his life’s work, his automata. They had a shared a passion for these mechanical figurines but his was one so all-consuming he lost sight of the most human parts of himself. In search of forgiveness, Eva must rediscover the man she no longer knows.


The Happy Genius
Dir. Hannah McKibbin
UK | 5 mins
Late one night, while his perfect family sleep upstairs, an ageing businessman struggles with the suppressed tensions of his day. Longing to break out, he is drawn to his garden shed, where he finds his own particular form of release, locked away from prying eyes.


The Wall
Dir. Nick Baker, Tristan Klein
Australia | 6 mins
Fleeing their city, a grandmother and her grandson reach a tall, endless wall.


Bad Sheriff
Dir. Ben Bernschneider
Germany | 15 mins
A killer comes into a bar... What sounds like a joke isn't funny at all for an ex-police alumni turned vigilante-killer who planned to pick up his girl and then leave town forever.

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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