A showcase of four striking examples of short-form cinema emerging from contemporary Germany.
Tracing a mesmerising path through explorations and reinventions of self provoked by tumultuous circumstances, each of these works features individuals for whom a climate of transition or unrest characterises their present state. We observe the witty unpicking of the subtext behind the language of flirtation, a small child adrift in an alien city she approaches as a playground and the rebellious subversion of social norms, variously moving and provocative. 
Sonja Polligkeit/Germany/2013/16 min
A bold and witty exploration of the veiled linguistic and emotional subtext nestling behind the language and physical gestures of flirtation.
Katharina Woll/Germany/2013/19 min
A slowly unfurling cinematic sketch of attraction and chemistry, beautifully evoked through the electrifying combination of textural and atmospheric elements.
Bahar in Wonderland (Bahar im Wunderland)
Behrooz Karamizade/Germany/2013/16 min
An evocation of the sensory experience presented by an unfamiliar landscape, as perceived by a small girl. Yet the riot of sounds, shapes, and colours do not faze Bahar; indeed the city symbolises a playground.
Pavel Vesnakov/Bulgaria, Germany/2013/30 min
A patriarch discovers that his grandson is gay, resulting in a protracted confrontation, pitting his poisonous homophobia and shame against the youth’s steely resolve.
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