German Language Poetry Films

We can only enter a few of the many outstanding into the competition each year. The program shows an additional selection of German movies and underscores the importance poetry film has gained in the short film world.


Director: Binbin Zhang

Germany, 5:38 min

The film is narrated by a House, which has memories like a human. All the moments that happened in the space would be contained. Some moments happened only once; some of them happened like in a time loop. The house tells us what it saw and felt. It keeps all the traces left by its residents. All these traces may have drifted or landed anywhere or even have mixed with each other.

Eigentlich ist das kein Film

Director: Patrick Müller

Author: Marco Kerler

Germany 2018, 4:42 min

A poem, a kaleidoscope, and life itself.


Director & Author: Silke Körber

Germany 2019, 10:23 min

„When boundaries get crossed – how do you notice that?“ The essayistic short film “schmelzen” (Engl. “melting”) deals with scars, traumas, and tomato sauce, raising many of these questions without providing answers. I look for images and words for what is not immediate, often hidden, although it escapes and crosses lines.

Revision of Evidence

Director: Sophie Salzer

Germany 2019, 7:51 min

An independent narrative carved from fluid movements, jump cuts, gestures and still images. Within a space of sculpted light, desire and disdain, attraction and repulsion, intertwine to form the film‘s sparse choreographed economy.


liedvoll, deutschyzno moja

Director: Lukas Beier

Author: Dagmara Kraus

Germany 2018, 4 min

“A million words could just be silent”, the feeling when you slide into the depths of the hate comments on social media. The film “liedvoll, deutschyzno moja” was presented at the 2018 Zebra Festival and created by Lukas Beier in the seminar “between words and images” from Reiner Nachtwey and Dr. Kathrin Tillmanns. The narrator fights his way through the word worlds of “liedvoll, deutschyzno moja”, accompanied by echoes and music. The verses by Dagmara Kraus are found in a social media look, supplemented by gifs.

Im Toten Park

Director: Moritz Liewerscheidt

Author: Dieter Liewerscheidt

Germany 2019, 8 min

“In the Dead Park” tells the story of a poet in a small town in former West Germany – by reference to some of his poems.


Director: Sascha Conrad

Author: Ulrike A. Sandig

Germany 2018, 3:23 min

This short film is based on a poem about female identity in German poetry. How does landscape shape language? How does the story go? Does language have a gender when it is poetry? A reflection in verse, sound, and beats by the poetry band Landschaft, based in Lviv (Ukraine) and Berlin (Germany).

Aus Gold modelliert die Nacht

Director & Author: Marion Brillowska

Germany 1998-2018, 3:05 min

Out of gold forms the night
I draw myself / With straight lines / My nose is the entrance / My eyes are windows / My face is a wall / My forehead is the carpet / My ears are labyrinths / My mouth is a tunnel / My hair is a forest / My shoulder is a church / My belly is the dessert / My breasts are the mountains / My pelvis is the bush / My back is the ocean / My legs are snakes / My feet are kids

dieses regionale Getreide

Director: Holger Mohaupt

Author: Daniel Falb

Germany 2019, 01:40 min

When writing becomes reading and reading turns into an experience. ‘das regionale getreide’ (This Local Crop) is a phonetic adventure of the unknown complemented by the vocal cords of an 11-year-old girl in Scotland.

Geschichte aus blauer hand

Animation: Alma Weber

Author: Olaf Weber

Germany 2020, 1:30 min

“A story from a blue hand” is a quick visit to Anna, the flower, the whole. Overdrawn with a black felt-tip pen and underlined with a cello bow.


Director: Marina L. Kanzian

Author: Heinrich Heine

Germany 2019, 2min

A melancholy poetry film about the seductive power of nature and the enchanting aura of old legends.


Director: Claus Wagner

Author: Heinrich Heine

Germany 2019, 8:13 min

In Heinrich Heine’s great ballad “Waldeinsamkeit,” published in 1851 in “Romanzero,” perhaps one of the poet’s most personal volumes of poetry, the narrator recognizes that it has lost the “wreath” on its head, thus its former playmates in the forest, the animals and creatures no longer recognizing it as one of their own. Youth has protected it from understanding and cognition. […] In collaboration with musician and experimental filmmaker Claus Wagner, a film version of “Waldeinsamkeit” was created, which focuses on face and voice. Together, they are the transmitters of expression, but also face-value of the lyrical I’s encounter with the animals in the forest.

Nora Gomringer, April 2019

Warum, warum ist die Banane krumm (How many beans make five?)

Director & Author: Kuesti Fraun

Germany 2018, 02:13 min

The question for all the answers