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TALKING ABOUT TREES

Documentary, 90 minutes, written & directed by, DoP: Suhaib Gasmelbari Mustafa, editor: Nelly Quettier, Gladys Joujou, sound: ElSadig Kamal, Katharina von Schroeder
Co-production with AGAT Films & Cie & GOI GOI Productions, funding by Film- & Media Fund NRW and World Cinema Fund, world distribution: Wide House

Ibrahim, Soliman, Manar, and Altayeb, filmmakers and friends for more than 45 years, idealists and intensely humane. They were reunited again after long years of distance and exile, to bring their old dream back to life: to make cinema a reality in the Sudan. They are determined to leave a trace of their passage and to inspire the love of films. Throughout the images they created, the ones they lost and the ones that remain a desire, the beautiful and horrific faces of their country appear.

GLOBAL FAMILY

Documentary, 88 minutes, written & directed by: Melanie Andernach & Andreas Köhler, DoP: Andreas Köhler, editor: Nicole Kortlüke, Carina Mergens, music: Stefan Will
Story development funding by Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, funding by Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, Film Fund Hamburg Schleswig-Holstein, in co-production with ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel and ZDF Arte

Due to the Civil War in Somalia, the Shaash family lives scattered across the globe. Now the eldest, Imra (88), has to leave her Ethiopian exile. But where should she go? And where is she allowed to go? This question fuels a transnational family drama, in which the Shaash clan, from their worldwide diaspora, tries everything to find a new home for Imra.

 

 

DIFFERENT KINDS OF RAIN

Feature film, 90 min, directed by: Isabel Prahl, written by: Karin Kaci, editor: Daniel Scheuch, sound: Siddho Varza, music: Hauschka
Script-funding by BKM, story development funding by Film- & Media Fund NRW
Co-production with WDR and Arte, funding by Film- & Media Fund NRW, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, DFFF

With Bibiana Beglau, Bjarne Mädel, Emma Bading, Louis Hofmann

The door has been closed for many weeks. A teenager has locked himself in - shutting out a helpless father, mother and sister. All they can do is stand in front of the locked door and ask, beg, implore, throw tantrums, despair, accuse, ignore and hope. All the while, the door increasingly becomes a mirror of their own lives.

DARK EDEN

Documentary feature, 80 min., written & directed by Jasmin Herold, DoP: Andreas Köhler, in coproduction with 3sat, funded by Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Film & Media Fund NRW, MDM Fund, DFFF, Culture Fund Sachsen

On her journey to answer the question of "What is the price for a better life?", the director explores Fort McMurray in the far North of Canada, home of the largest industrial project and the third largest oil reserve on the planet. People from all over the world come here to earn enormous salaries - at the sacrifice of the environment. Film and reality collide as the director finds herself in her own personal nightmare.

 

NOTHINGWOOD

Feature documentary, 90 min., written & directed by Sonia Kronlund, funded by FFA, Eurimages, Film and Media Fund NRW, in coproduction with Gloria Films, World Sales: Pyramide

Salim Shaheen has shot 109 films. Inspired by Hollywood, but produced in Kabul, in Nothingwood. An actor, director and producer, he is the most popular and most prolific filmmaker in Afghanistan. Cinema in his veins. The film will show how Saleem Shaheen and his crew have managed to overcome all forms of resistance, the pressure of their families, survive the Soviet occupation, the civil war, the Taliban and the weight of tradition, the most powerful obstacle to their desire to make movies.The same time, the film tells the history of Afghanistan of the past 30 years and its violent and sometimes peotic presence.

 

 

SEE YOU IN CHECHNYA

Feature documentary, 90 min., written & directed by: Alexander Kvatashidze, funded by Film- and Media Fund NRW, in coproduction with WDR Arte, Petit à petit, Lokokina, EXIT, MEDIA development, ARTE prize and Open Doors Prize at Locarno Film Festival, HBO Europe Award

1999, Georgia. As a fine-arts young student in Tbilisi, I fall in love with a french woman I met by chance. She is a war photographer and I decide to go with her on the Chechnya front. Parachuted in the middle of the fights, I bond myself with a group of reporters risking their lives to cover this brutal conflict. My life will be deeply moved by this experience.Ten years later, I take the same path, but the other way. See you in Chechnya is a deeply personal film on war and what war does to men who watch it.

 

CENSORED VOICES

Feature documentary, 90 min., written & directed by: Mor Loushy, producers: Hilla Medalia, Neta Zwebner-Zaibert, Melanie Andernach, editor: Daniel Sivan, in co-production with kNow Productions, RBB Arte, BBC, Yes Docu, production funded by Film-und Medienstiftung NRW, Distributor: Real Fiction, World Sales: Dogwoof

The 1967 war ended with Israel's victory; colonizing Jerusalem, Gaza and West Bank. One month after the war, author Amos Oz recorded soldiers were talking about what really happened. The recordings were deleted from Israel's history - censored by the army...until now

 

THE LAST GIGOLOS

Feature length documentary, 86 min, written & directed by: Stephan Bergmnann, DoP: Janis Mazuch, Sound: Peter Rösner, Music: The Embassadors, Editors: Gesa Marten, Martin Kayser Landwehr, in co-production with ZDF - Das kleine Fernsehspiel, production fund by Film- and Media Fund NRW, BKM, FFA and DFFF, Distributor: Neue Visionen, World Sales: Rise & Shine

A racy tango at the tea room, a promenade on deck or deep discussions on trips to exotic destinations. The Last Gigolos are greying, but nonethless suave, gentlemen. They spend their golden years on cruise ships - as dancers or entertainers for solvent, lonely and amusement-hungry women of 60 years an over. Organised by agencies and employed by shipping companies, they sail the seven seas. Their reward: the adventure of going cruising and escaping the monotony of being pensioners. A documentary about old age, love and sexuality.

 

THE DEAL

Feature film, 90 min., written & directed by: Peter Bösenberg, co-written by: Melanie Andernach, DoP: Reinhold Vorschneider, Jürgen Jürges, editor: Renata Salazar Ivancan, Andreas Wodraschke, Gerrit Lucas, screenplay funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, in coproduction with the WDR (editor: Andrea Hanke), production funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW

One year after her husband`s death CAROLA feels like her dilapidated villa: both are in need of repair. She meets the young-at-heart, charming craftsman ROGER, who offers to help her house and who only wants payment, once she has means. Instead, he merely asks for a warm meal, an occasional shower and, at some point, to spend the night. Carola accepts the deal, even though this may jeopardise her relationship with her daughter STEPHANIE...

 

FAREWELL, HERR SCHWARZ

Feature documentary, 96 min., HD, written & directed by: Yael Reuveny, DoP: Andreas Köhler, sound: César Fernandez, editor: Nicole Kortlüke & Assaf Lapid, in coproduction with Black Sheep Film Productions Ltd, Channel 8 and Westdeutscher Rundfunk, Development Programme IDFAcademy 2009, MEDIA Development Programme Greenhouse 2009, DEFA-Förderpreis 2011, production fund by Film and Media Fund NRW, BKM, Kuratorium junger deutscher Film, Filmwerkstatt der Filmförderung Schleswig-Holstein and Rabinovich Film Fund, Distributor: Film Kino Text, World distributor: Rush Lake Media

The epic documentary FAREWELL, HERR SCHWARZ shows how family stories can - like the colour of your eyes - be passed on, how a decision made in 1945 can influence the life of two generations and how, after decades apart, two families become one again.

1 missed meeting, 2 families, 3 generations.

14 WAYS TO DESCRIBE THE RAIN

Feature documentary, 79 min., HD, written & directed by: Marcel Ahrenholz, DoP: Andreas Köhler, editor: Dirk Seliger, Phoenix-Förderpreis 2009, funded by the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW and the MDM Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung

14 WAYS OF DESCRIBING THE RAIN is a documentary about the mother of a mentally ill boy and her battle against the psychiatric ward, against society and, ultimately, against herself.

I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK - THE TEA PARTY

Feature documentary, 82 min, a documentary by Astrid Schult, in coproduction with the EIKON Südwest GmbH, Südwest Rundfunk and Arte, funded by the MFG Filmförderung Baden-Württemberg and the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, worldwide distribution: Rise & Shine World Sales

They are discontent, they are disappointed. They follow simple political slogans. They America`s new anger front: the archconservative Tea Party movement. As a general rule, they are male, white, over 50, in work and part of the upper middle class. But not all members of the Tea Party fit this cliché. Many Americans are scared of unemployment and feel powerless against the huge budget deficit and growing poverty. The documentary I WANT MY COUNTRY BACK accompaines the members of this movement to gain a deeper insight into their fears and despair in particular and into political life in America in general.


ZECHE IS NICH - 7 glimpses at the Ruhr region

Feature film, 90 min, HD, written & directed by: various people, in coproduction with the ZDF Das kleine Fernsehspiel, KHM and ifs, funded by the Filmstiftung NRW

We soul of the Ruhr region? Seven directors take a fresh look at the area - sometimes documental, sometimes fictional, sometimes in between. They are to explore the things that don´t quite fit, that sick out, the diversity of place. At the heart of every film lies the change that this region has been undergoing for years.

www.zeche-is-nich.de

TALES OF THE DEFEATED

Documentary, 30 min, HD directed by: Yael Reuveny, DoP: Andreas Köhler, editor: Nicole Kortlüke & Assaf Lapid, sound design: Luiz Melo di Paiva
Co-production with Sam Spiegel School Jerusalem

"Peter Schwarz" lies buried in East Germany. A communist without a religious confession. "Feiy`ke Schwarz" was killed in the Holocaust. An Eastern European Jew. All of a sudden, Feiy`ke Schwarz is supposed to be Peter Schwarz. A man who, after the end of WWII, decided to return to the village in which he was held in a concentration camp, who married a German woman and who played football with the former camp guards.

 

A TRIANGLE DIALOGUE

Documentary, 110 min., HD, directed by: Pawel Ferdek, Yael Reuveny, Matthias vom Schemm, Otto Dietrich, Ruth Litan, DoP: Monika Kotecka, Andreas Köhler, Ziv Berkovic, Itamar Mendes Slor, cut: Peter Przgoda, Rafal, Samborski, Nicole Kortlüke, Ruben Bürgam, Huynh Trang Lam / Cecila Gray, Tamar Zinger, in coproduction with the ifs internationale filmschule köln, the Andrzej Wajda School Warsaw and the Sam Spiegel School Jerusalem, WDR/arte, funded by the Filmstiftung NRW

A TRIANGLE DIALOGUE is a compilation of five documentaries from Israel, Poland and Germany that tell of the clash of various cultures in society and politics.

PRIVATE PARTY

Documentary, 23 min, HD, directed by: Matthias vom Schemm, DOP: Andreas Köhler, editor: Ruben Bürgam, sounddesign: Peter Aufderhaar
Co-production with international filmschool Cologne and WDR/arte, funding by Film- & Media Fund NRW

Day-to-day life of a homosexual couple in Warsaw - between anti-gay marches, weddings and a picture of the pope. 


THE THINGS BETWEEN US

Feature film, 90 min, HD, written & directed by: Iris Janssen, DOP: Andreas Köhler, production design: Stefan Westerwelle, costume design: Renate Janevski, Kristina Bille, make-up: Janina Straessle, Christine Hiss, sound: Sven Sydow, editor: Nicola Undritz
In co-production with Academy Of Media Arts Cologne, funding by von Film- & Media Fund NRW

With Daniela Wutte, Christoph Jacobi, Antje Widdra, Piet Fuchs

Myriam and her husband Bernd, new mayor of their small home town on the Lower Rhine, have just moved into a lovingly refurbished house. All they need to make their life complete is a child. But then Myriam finds out that Bernd goes to visit a Dutch brothel - regularly. She embarks on a quest to understand his fascination and, in the process, succumbs to her own. 

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KADO

TV movie, episode, 12 min, HD, written & directed by: Melanie Andernach und Andreas Köhler, DOP: Andreas Köhler, production design: Anke Mergler, costume design: Michaela Schmid, sound: Karl-Ludwig Toel, editor: Christine Zupfer, music/sounddesign: Peter Aufderhaar
In co-production with WDR, Wettbewerb Code 21

With Jenny Deimling, Martin Glade

Tina and Jan are in their way to their first-ever flat together. At the bus stop, they unexpectedly receive a 2-Euro-coin from a foreign-looking young man, which sends them on an odyssey through the city...

AMOR FATI

short film, 15 minutes, 35mm, Dolby Digital, directed by: Dennis Todorovic, written by: Melanie Andernach & Dennis Todorovic, Kamera: Andreas Köhler, production design: Daniel Chour, costume design: Diana Güven, Ramona Petersen, Ton: Jan Blömeke, Dragan Nikolic, make-up: Sarah Wirtz, editor: Martina Pille, sounddesign: Peter Aufderhaar, music: Schäl Sick Brass Band, Peter Aufderhaar
Produkcion: Amor Fati GbR, ifs und FH Dortmund, funding by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Filmbüro Baden-Württemberg

With Branko Tomovic, Pedja Bjelac, Sandra Kouba u.a.

"You cannot escape fate“ - these are the first words that Nenad hers following the horrific accident, in which, on his wedding night, his bride was killed. And that from Branko, the bride`s father, who caused the accident. Together, Nenad and Branko drive to her funeral in Montenegro. But in the snow-covered mountains, Nenad tempts fate.


STILL LIFE

short film, 30 Minuten, S 16mm, directed by: Marcel Ahrenholz, written by: Marcel Ahrenholz, Melanie Andernach, Karin Kaci, Andreas Köhler, DOP: Andreas Köhler, production design: Konstanze Müller, costume design: Vera Freckmann, sound: Sven Sydow, make-up: CISEL, editor: Rudi Heinen, music/sounddesign: Emil Klotzsch
Production: Stillleben GbR, ifs und FH Dortmund, funding by Film & Media Fund NRW Production 2

With Olivia Gräser, Monika Praxmarer, Krista Posch

The two sisters Johanna and Alexandra return to their home after their father taken his own life following a long illness. But on arrival, they are faced with a mother, who also long to die.

 


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