A German-French collaboration
When President Charles de Gaulle and Chancellor Konrad Adenauer signed the Élysée Treaty 51 years ago, on January 22nd, 1963, they laid the political, legal and symbolic foundations for an exemplary European cooperation between France and Germany.
Created in 2005, Soirée Allemande: A Crush on German Short Films, is the successful German-French collaborative project of the Goethe-Institute Lyon, the International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand, the AG Kurzfilm – German Short Film Association, German Films, and the KurzFilmAgentur Hamburg.
This collaboration, now in its eigth edition, presents an exceptional and multi-facetted selection from recent German short film productions.
The 8th edition of the "Soirée Allemande" premiered on February 4, 2013. The Goethe-Institut Los Angeles screens these films in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Élysée Treaty.
Thanks to AG Kurzfilm, Filmförderung Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, German Films, the International Shortfilm Festival Clermont-Ferrand and the Goethe-Institut Lyon.
Special thanks to Antje Buchholz.
Dir. Alexandra Kardinar, Volker Schlecht, 2012, Germany, 3 minutes
Emotions become chains, love becomes lust to kill. Addiction and possession. Relation and separation. Cheetahs and speedy cars.
The Conference or Shooting for the Moon
Dir. Franz Winzentsen, 2012, Germany, 6 minutes
Handbrushes, collected from the rubble in the ruins of a former ship propeller factory, have grown beaks.
At a conference they connect built-in obsolescence and the belief in economic growth with shooting for the moon.
Dir. Carolina Hellsgaard, 2013, Germany, 14 minutes
Amal, a 13-year-old refugee from Lebanon, deals drugs in the Hannover subway system. He lives an isolated life in a home for asylum seekers outside the city.
One day he meets a young German girl named Clara, who might be able to rescue him.
Dir. Philipp Artus, 2012, Germany, 3 minutes
A snail invents the wheel and experiences a cultural evolution to finally return to its origins.
Dir. Moritz Mayerhofer, 2012, Germany, Bulgaria, Croatia, 16 minutes
When did you last talk with your father? Will you ever ask him about those things that hurt you?
Dir. Christian Meyerholz, Andreas Melcher; 2012, Germany, 3 minutes
A self-destructive society fueled by its constant need for growth.
In a fashion similar to vanitas still life paintings, continuous shifts throughout the course of time draw attention to transience of life and the permanent evolution of “ending” and “renewal.”
Through Dir. Florian Dietrich, 2012, Germany, 9 minutes
When Vicky, an inmate at a Berlin correctional facility, tries to end her relationship with longtime boyfriend Wolf, her jilted lover overreacts. When the guards kick him out of the visiting room, he finds himself out on the street with only one chance to save his love for Vicky…
Dir. Dennis Stein-Schomburg, 2011, Germany, 5 minutes
One child is different than the others. Because of her dreamy and sportive nature she doesn’t match the generally accepted behavior of other kids. Being different makes her more and more lonely. But in the end, it is her loneliness that saves her.
Dir. Sylvie Hohlbaum, 2012, Germany, 14 minutes
There seems to be a clandestine dress code for German senior citizens, or “best agers”: they all wear beige!
Is there a connection between wearing beige and getting old? And, will we all beige-ify one day?!?
Girls’ Night Out
Dir. Timo Becker, 2011, Germany, 17 minutes
Christine (75) is tired of life. When her retirement home roommate Eva (74) abducts her for a night in the Hamburg red-light district she is confronted with a flashy and entertaining world she feels way too old for.
All films with dialogue are subtitled in English.
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