The Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg is widely regarded as one of the best film schools not only in Germany, but also globally. This retrospective – co-organized with Goethe-Institut – presents an overview of some of its successful films from the past ten years. The selections consist of films made in the basic studies (“Olgastr. 18”, “It’s me. Helmut”, “Mayday Relay”, “Blind Audition”) as well as films from the project-based studies in the 3rd year (“Blue Summer Symphony”, “The Fantastic Love of Beeboy & Flowergirl”, “The Captain”).

SATURDAY (9 November 2019) 15.00

KINOTEKA cinema (pl. Defilad 1)

Ich bin’s Helmut / It’s me. Helmut
dir. Nicolas Steiner, 2009, 11 min

Helmut celebrates his 60th birthday on the day he is actually turning 57 (his wife miscalculated). As a facade of petit-bourgeois domesticity peels away, old friends drop by to offer some well-meaning advice through bizarre declarations of love and transience…

Olgastr. 18
dir. Jörg Rambaum, Liv Scharbatke, 2011, 4 min

The story of a flat and its inhabitants…

Mayday Relay
dir. Florian Tscharf, 2016, 15 min

When the sailor Max and his daughter receive a mayday call on the Mediterranean sea, they act immediately and change the course of their little sailing-boat. But soon they find out, that there are over hundred people on board.

Freibadsinfonie / Blue Summer Symphony
dir. Sinje Köhler, 2017, 30 min

A public pool, a sociotope. A scene of daydreaming and gentle snoozing. It is a place where everything is fine, or at least it feels like it. The smells of summer are in the air: sun milk lawn and flower fries, beach ball melon and chlorine lemonade. In the tightest of spaces half-naked people share an afternoon, some hours with each other while time flies by so quickly. That is where you find the poetic banality of everyday life.

The Fantastic Love of Beeboy & Flowergirl
dir. Clemens Roth, 2015, 15 min

The fantastic love story of Beeboy and Flowergirl, whom are falling in love hopelessly. A life together requires them to face the hard reality, which soon threatens to break them apart as well as their love.

Blind Audition
dir. Andreas Kessler, 2017, 18 min

Since a few years the violinists Ari and Ron are a couple. As they both get the invitation of an orchestra to audition for the solo part they get into direct competition. Their mutual trust is put on a hard test when Ron gets a tempting offer from the conductor of the orchestra.

Der Käp’tn / The Captain
dir. Steve Bache, 2019, 14 min

Two months ago lifeguard Frank lost half of his lung due to an accident. Now his old life seems to fall apart. Especially his relationship to his son Oskar becomes more and more difficult when Frank desperately tries to maintain the image of a strong father in order to hide his weakness.