GERMAN FILMS IN SUNDANCE 2021 (28 January – 3 February 2021)
WORLD CINEMA DRAMATIC COMPETITION
To escape mounting tensions at the advertising agency they co-own, French-German couple Nina and Jan whisk their kids, Max and Emma, away to their seaside vacation home. The couple has signed a new politically charged client, forcing them to confront their clashing priorities. But what’s meant to be an idyllic off-season retreat turns sinister when burglars tear through the house, unseen by anyone except Nina. Though at first the aftermath brings the family closer, it’s short-lived. As the police investigate and the evidence doesn’t add up, the account of what took place begins to unravel alongside the couple’s faith in each other.
Peeling back layers of truth and perception with a finely calibrated eye, director Ronny Trocker drops us inside the sordid remains of an exemplary middle-class family as it begins to rot from within. Balancing phenomenal performances and effortlessly inventing its own rules, Human Factors reminds us even the closest family members may be only intimate strangers.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Ronny Trocker was born in Bolzano, Italy, and grew up in a small village in the Northern Italian Alps. After graduating from high school he moved to Berlin, where he worked for several years as a sound engineer and collaborated with various radio and sound artists. In 2006 he went to Argentina to study at the Universidad del Cine in Buenos Aires. Back in Europe four years later, he was admitted to the French art school Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains in Lille. He lives and works mainly in Brussels. His works include documentary, fictional and experimental short films as well as video installations, which have been shown at various festivals worldwide. In 2016, his first feature film The Eremites premiered in Venice Film Festival’s Orizzonti section. The film was nominated for the FIPRESCI Prize at the European Film Awards 2017.
Original Language: German, French
Running Time: 102 min
Germany, Italy, Denmark 2021
World Sales: Heretic Outreach
World Cinema Documentary Competition
The film is an ode dedicated to the rivalry between men and nature. A powerful man buys some 100-year-old trees, as tall as 15-floor buildings to excavate them along the Georgian coastline and collect them in his rivate garden. The route to the garden lies through villages, over hills and the Black Sea. As the film accompanies this unique process, it portrays the needs and values of today's Georgian society and reflects on the theme of forced migration, where "uprooting" is more than a metaphor.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Salomé Jashi directs and produces films with an artistic signature. She completed an MA in documentary filmmaking at Royal Holloway, University of London. Jashi's film The Dazzling Light of Sunset (2016) received awards at Visions du Réel and other festivals, and Bakhmaro (2011) was nominated for an Asia Pacific Screen Award. Jashi is affiliated with two production companies, Sakdoc Film and Microcosmoss. She was a fellow at DAAD Artists-in-Berlin Program in 2020.
Original Language: Georgian
Running Time: 90 min
World Sales: Syndicado
When 8-year-old Kati from Afghanistan stows away in her fathers truck, Faruk must juggle his responsibilities as a single dad while holding down his first job in a new country. As their relationship deepens, a brush with covert racism tests the bond between a father and daughter.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Born in Afghanistan and raised in Germany, Zamarin Wahdat attended NYU Tisch School of the Arts as a Dean's fellow. Her work as a cinematographer screened at Sundance, Berlinale, SXSW and Tribeca. She recently received an Oscar for her work in LEARNING HOW TO SKATE IN A WARZONE (IF YOU'RE A GIRL) where she worked as a 2nd unit camera and interviewer. This experience led her to write and direct her first short film BAMBIRAK, exploring themes of identity, belonging and childhood and supported by the Hollywood Int. Press Association Fund. Zamarin's work is based on subtle and intimate storytelling with a fascination for youth and magical realism. Zamarin is currently an ASC Vision Mentorship program participant.
Original Language: German/ Afghan
Running Time: 14 min
USA/ Germany, 2019
World Sales: Killjoy Films
by Topaz Jones, rubberband (USA/DE/FR/IT, BWGTBLD)
by Jay Rosenblatt (USA/DE, Jay Rosenblatt Films)
Indie Series Program
by Lise Akoka, Romane Guéret (FR/DE, Superstructure)
KINO GERMANY NOW! DISCOVER NEW TALENT (31 JANUARY - 31 JULY)
In a time of uncertainty and new challenges for our film community, the German Film Office is pleased to offer an opportunity for theaters across the United States to present a curated selection of new, award-winning films from Germany. KINO! Germany NOW! 2021 Discover New Talent showcases recent films fresh from the international festival circuit for both virtual and in-person screenings at film festivals and arthouse cinemas.
From January 31 through July 31, 2021, the KINO! Germany NOW! program is available for booking by theaters, art house cinemas, regional and local film festivals, film societies, and campus theatres throughout the United States. The full package as well as individual films may be booked for physical and virtual cinema screenings from our partner in this project, Kino Lorber. The German Film Office offers promotional support to venues presenting KINO! Germany NOW! and connects them with German talent for virtual and in-person Q&A sessions.
GERMAN FILMS & CO-PRODUCTIONS AT ROTTERDAM 2021 (1 – 7 February 2021)
LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE
by Marta Popivoda (SRB/DE/FR, Theory at Work, Bocalupo Films)
In LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE, 97-year-old anti-fascist fighter Sonja tells her biography. She was one of the first female partisans in Serbia and was one of the leaders of the resistance in Auschwitz-Birkenau. As we travel through the landscapes from her revolutionary past, the memories merge slowly with the filmmakers' personal concerns about the rise of Fascism in Europe Today.
WHO IS AFRAID OF IDEOLOGY? PART 3 MICRO RESISTANCES
by Marwa Arsanios (Marwa Arsanios)