German Language Poetry Films
The program presents a selection of films in German and underscores the importance that poetry film has gained in the short film genre.
Direction & Text: Joanna Maxellon
Germany 2023, 3:40 min
“S.he” is based on a poem by Claudia Spanhel and deals with memories of a future that has not yet happened, a story of dystopian future plans and lost utopias. A report from the ages of the Anthropocene.
My Roots and I
Direction: Adrian Lindenthal
Austria 2022, 9:59 min
The documentary short film “My roots and I” is an attempt to portray the author Hamed Abboud and accompanies him in his thoughts, which are expressed through spontaneous conversations and excerpts from a poem written by him.
A Curbstone Rendezvouz
Direction: Daniel Simair
Text: Daniel Simair & Michael Fritsch
Austria 2023, 5:00 min
Two curbstones watch the world go by.
Spoken by Judith Altenberger and Michael Fritsch.
Everything is in the right place
Direction & Text: Kevin Schulzbus
Germany 2023, 2:05 min
Everything is in the right place is an attempt to visualize my feelings and experiences that I have had throughout my life on the streets of Berlin.
the other day on the bus
Direction: Beate Gördes
Text: Adrienne Brehmer
A poetry-film based on the text “the other day on the bus” from “Larks outside the window” by Adrienne Brehmer
There's Always Something
Direction: Philipp Johann
Text: Micha Kunze
Germany 2021, 4:52 min
„There’s Always Something“ is a poem about getting lost in the own head. About missing understanding, about inner struggles, about pain that hits so hard, that the lyrical I almost drowns in it. A poem about depression. It’s like an inventory of the feelings of a person who just hit rock bottom – and doesn’t even know it yet.
When was the last time you looked at flowers
Animation: Mariola Brillowska
Germany 2022, 2:03 min
When did you last look at flowers | When did you watch your cat in peace | As it disappears behind the red and green chequered ceiling | From Miami | When did you think of the parties in Miami Beach| About the carcass of the baby shark | That you saw lying on the beach | After the swimming at dawn |
Blätter aus einer Sturmnacht
Direction: Holger Mohaupt
Text: inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke
UK 2021, 3:30 min
I carried Rilke and his poems in my mind since I first came across him in my German classes at High School. I enjoy being engulfed by his often sadly melancholic descriptions and his dreamlike observations. My film is a tribute to the the spoken and written word, which often doesn’t require any images.
Spoken by Anna Lehr.
Direction & Text: Lucas Dülligen
Germany 2022, 5:00 min
As a child, we live in a carefree timelessness. But this, too, passes, and the person who grows up is increasingly confronted with temporal limitations.
Direction: Lisa Reutelsterz
Text: Rainer Maria Rilke
Germany 2022, 3:53min
A shadowy figure returns home from a desolate cityscape. The television is blaring, a collapse into the bottomless pit. A new interpretation of Rilke’s “Mir ist als ob ich alles Licht verlöre”.
Direction: Serge Goldwicht
Belgium 2022, 1:40 min
A panther, in a cage. It looks at the world behind bars and the bars become his world. Everything dissolves, disappears… its strength, its will and finally even its being.