65th International Short Film Days

01.05.2019 to 06.05.2019
Još jedan odlazak (Yet Another Departure)

From the International Competition: "Još jedan odlazak" (Yet Another Departure), directed by Renata Poljak, Croatia (© Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen)

The Ecumenical Jury awarded their prize of 1500 € to the dance film "NoirBLUE" by Ana Pi and gave a Commendation to "amelina" by Rubén Guzmán from Argentina. The Grand Prix of the City of Oberhausen went to "I Got My Things and Left" by the Rwandan-born director Philbert Aimé Mbubazi Sharangabo. The Main Prize of the International Festival Jury was awarded to "ZOMBIES", directed by the Congolese-Belgian rapper Bajoli. The jury of the International Association of Film Critics (Fipresci) awarded their prize to "Student Bodies" by Ho Rui An from Singapore.

The Ecumenical Jury's distribution recommendation for a film from the Children's and Youth Film Competition was presented to "La gita" (The School Trip, Italy 2018) by Salvatore Allocca.

On May 1, 2019, the 65th International Short Film Festival Oberhausen opened. Over the following days, the festival presented more than 500 films, including 139 in the five competition sections (International Competition, German Competition, NRW Competition, MuVi Prize and Children's and Youth Film Competition.) The Ecumenical Jury awards a prize in the International Competition and a recommendation for a film from the Children's and Youth Film Competition.

The section "Theme" with the title "The Language of Temptation" was dedicated to trailers as short film genre, both in their commercial form and in their artistic appropriation by individual filmmakers. In the section "Profiles" the festival presented the short films by Aleksandr Sokurov from the years 1980-1996 in six programs, as well as his six-and-a-half-hour documentary "Duchovnye golosa" (Spiritual Voices) about a Russian military base on the northern border of Afghanistan in 1995. Further programs of the the section were dedicated to Filipino filmmaker Kiri Dalena, Japanese Kayako Oki and Greek Eva Stefani.

Link: Festival-Website


NoirBLUE - Displacements of a Dance
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The radiance of the sky that transcends all borders, the longing and melancholy of the space of night and day, and everything in between, are narrated by the bright blue: the physical challenge, beauty, elegance and suppression of the transformations by the blue dance; identity, home, home and tears by the voice from the blue depth of the heart. The film "NoirBLUE - Displacements of a Dance" varies the poetic engagement with differences and variabilities by the phrase "I'm from all these places", never moralising, always crossing bridges and connecting: leave the pain and injury of your ancestors behind, hope for the blessing of those who come after you; the blueness of love will transcend all boundaries when we are what we will be.

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The deeper Amelina "Coca" San Martín gets on her way through and look at life, the more light and darkness and mountains and heritage and gentleness she discovers. But interpreting would be limiting, explaining would be blurring, instead of preserving what has been given: "What it means? We will never know." Full of dignity and tranquillity, the film "amelina" engages with a history thousands of years old and rich in years, with the past in the present, with the dignity of man in the portrait of a woman, with the dignity of a life in view of the art of the ancestors. A film about how we came into being, how small our life is – and therefore so big. (Photo: Internationale Kurzfilmtage/Rubén Guzmán)

The School Trip
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Music versus immersion, diversity versus everyday racism, feeling versus loneliness: "La gita" tells in an emotional, harmonious, italo- and franko-jazzy, touching way of the immigrant daughter Magalie and her tutoring for the math-weak swarm like the diversity-weak passer-by. In the end, the courage of the film will be worthwhile, in the plot, because instead of the school trip a heart waits for magic, and in the echo of the film, because to young people over 14 years in all openness a small, fine hope will be given. (Photo: Internationale Kurzfilmtage/Salvatore Alloca)