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Beauty and Decay

Famed for guarding the doors of legendary Berlin techno club Berghain, stone-faced bouncer Sven Marquardt is also a gifted and expressive photographer who captured East Berlin's '80s punk scene in striking black-and-white portraiture.
Film Info
Runtime:79
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:German
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Music & Musicians
Popular Culture
Visual Artists, Art & Photography
Western & Central Europe
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Annekatrin Hendel
Producer(s):Annekatrin Hendel
Editor(s):Gudrun Steinbrück
Writer(s):Annekatrin Hendel
Cinematography:Martin Farkas
Thomas Plenert
Johann Feindt
Composer:Robert Lippok
Sound:Nic Nagel
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Beyond the Visible – Hilma af Klint

Over a century after her first boldly colourful painting, Swedish artist Hilma af Klint is finally taking her rightful place in history as a pioneer of abstract art—but why has the art world been so reluctant to recognize her?
Film Info
Runtime:93
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
German
Swedish
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Artscapes
Film Subjects:Visual Artists, Art & Photography
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Northern Europe
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Halina Dyrschka
Producer(s):Eva Illmer
Halina Dyrschka
Executive Producer(s):Alex Dewart
Editor(s):Antje Lass
Mario Orias
Writer(s):Halina Dyrschka
Cinematography:Luana Knipfer
Alicja Pahl
Composer:Damian Scholl
Sound:Niklas Kammertöns
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Big Ideas presented by Scotia Wealth Management: The Rest

Ai Weiwei, celebrated contemporary artist, activist and director of The Rest, discusses the plight of refugees in Europe trapped between a disintegrating humanitarian aid system and intensifying nationalism, and his mission to ensure their stories be heard.
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Runtime:78
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
French
German
Turkish
Arabic
Kurdish
Farsi
Italian
Greek
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Special Events & Big Ideas Series
Film Subjects:Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
War, Conflict & the Military
Western & Central Europe
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ai Weiwei
Producer(s):Ai Weiwei
Editor(s):Fen Wang
Cinematography:Niels Benoist
Christopher Doyle
Wenhai Huang
Konstantinos Koukoulis
Renaat Lambeets
Dongxu Li
Hengzhong Lv
Yan Ma
Johannes Waltermann
Zanbo Zhang
Zhenwei Xie
Composer:Karsten Fundal
Sound:Srdjan Bajski
Stelios Bouziotis
Yves Goossens Bara
Tasos Karededos
Oguz Kaynak
Zenon Panosiflis
Kiriakos Poukamisas
Lajos Wienkamp Marques
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Born in Evin

After discovering she was born in one of Iran's most notorious torture prisons, and with her mother refusing to speak, the filmmaker sets off to find answers from anyone willing to break decades of silence.
Film Info
Runtime:98
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Germany
Austria
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
French
Persian
German
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:Personal Histories
Survivor Stories
Middle East
Women & Women's Stories
Website:http://syndicadofs.com/films/born-in-evin
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Maryam Zaree
Producer(s):Alex Tondowski
Ira Tondowski
Editor(s):Dieter Pichler
Writer(s):Maryam Zaree
Cinematography:Siri Klug
Sound:Rudolf Gottsberger
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Dear Brother

After a tragic car crash leaves his brother catatonic, a man strives to tether his sibling to life through a one-sided dialogue of music, videos and touch that deepens their bond and reveals the profound mutual value of caregiving.
Film Info
Runtime:106
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:German
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:People with Disabilities & Disability Issues
Families & Family Relationships
Health & Healthcare
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Director(s):Julia Horn
Producer(s):Erik Winker
Martin Roelly
Editor(s):Alexandra Karaoulis
Johannes Hiroshi Nakajima
Writer(s):Julia Horn
Cinematography:Timm Lange
Composer:Jörg Follert
Sound:Filipp Forberg
Michael Arens
Michael Ciesla
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DocX at Autodesk

DocX is an interdisciplinary section of the Festival celebrating documentary work that lives outside the traditional format. This year, there are a number of free virtual reality and interactive experiences available at Autodesk Technology Centre.
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Runtime:3-21
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Various
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Various
Program Category:DocX
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#Female Pleasure

In this rousing feminist primer, five women from around the world risk their lives to question the patriarchal barriers oppressing female sexual pleasure. From porn to art to advertising to religion, the true culprit of shame—misogyny—is exposed in all its forms.
Film Info
Runtime:97
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Switzerland
Germany
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
Japanese
German
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Gender & Sexuality
Love & Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Women Trailblazers & Rule Breakers
Website:http://www.femalepleasure.org
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Barbara Miller
Producer(s):Philip Delaquis
Editor(s):Isabel Meier
Cinematography:Anne Misselwitz
Gabriela Betschart
Akiba Jiro
Composer:Peter Scherer
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Gaza

Fully blockaded and home to almost two million people, the Gaza Strip is portrayed in the news as the world's largest open-air prison—but this rare immersion into everyday Palestinian life reveals the pressures of occupation and the humanity straining to flourish.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Ireland
Canada
Germany
Premiere Status:Canadian Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Arabic
English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Poverty
War, Conflict & the Military
Middle East
Website:http://www.gazadocumentary.com
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Garry Keane
Andrew McConnell
Producer(s):Paul Cadieux
Brendan J. Byrne
Executive Producer(s):Trevor Birney
Maryse Rouillard
Co-Producer(s):Christian Beetz
Editor(s):Mick Mahon
Cinematography:Andrew McConnell
Composer:Ray Fabi
Sound:Benoi^t Dame
Catherine Van Der Donckt
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Hi, AI

With artificial intelligence already in our homes and androids at our doorsteps, this poetic contemplation offers a challenging look at the new normal: robots that transcend gadgetry to assume intimate and indispensable roles in the everyday.
Film Info
Runtime:85
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
German
Japanese
Italian
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Technology & Culture
Science & Technology
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Isa Willinger
Producer(s):Stefan Kloos
Editor(s):Stephan Krumbiegel
Olaf Voigtlaender
Writer(s):Isa Willinger
Cinematography:Julian Krubasik
Composer:Ralf Pilgram
Sound:Clemens Becker
Tim Hofer
Philipp Sellier
Yoshitake Hashimoto
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Home After War

What if your home becomes the place you fear? In this nerve-wracking first-person experience, join an Iraqi father as he returns to his house in Fallujah to check for hidden explosive devices.
Film Info
Runtime:20
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:USA
Germany
Iraq
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:Not rated
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Arabic
Program Category:DocX
Website:https://www.homeafterwar.net/
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Gayatri Parameswaran
Producer(s):Felix Gaedtke
Sandra Bialystok
Lauren Burmaster
Paula Cuneo
Executive Producer(s):Amy Seidenwurm
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ISIS, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul

Renowned journalists return to Mosul in search of the most dangerous weapon created by three years of ISIS occupation: children. Chilling interviews with radicalized and traumatized youths reveal how deeply the seeds of war are sown.
Film Info
Runtime:80
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Italy
Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Arabic
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Made In Italy
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Middle East
Religion & Spirituality
War, Conflict & the Military
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Francesca Mannocchi
Alessio Romenzi
Producer(s):Gabriele Immirzi
Martina Haubrich
Lorenzo Gangarossa
Executive Producer(s):Silvia Bonanni
Editor(s):Emanuele Svezia
Sara Zavarise
Cinematography:Alessio Romenzi
Francesca Mannocchi
Composer:Andrea Ciccarelli
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Lord of the Toys

A 20-year-old in Germany collects hundreds of thousands of YouTube followers by way of cracking offensive jokes, getting drunk and humiliating others on video in this dystopian sketch of a generation who never knew the world without social media.
Film Info
Runtime:95
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:German
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:The Changing Face of Europe
Film Subjects:Children & Youth
Technology & Culture
Western & Central Europe
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Website:http://www.lordofthetoys.com
Highlight:Highlight
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Pablo Ben Yakov
Producer(s):Pablo Ben Yakov
Editor(s):Pablo Ben Yakov
André Krummel
Writer(s):André Krummel
Pablo Ben Yakov
Cinematography:André Krummel
Composer:Kat Kaufmann
Sound:Tobias Adam
Simon Peter
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Marek Edelman... and There Was Love in the Ghetto

Tragically short lives grasp at fleeting love in this artful recreation of the engrossing Holocaust memoir of the leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, offering a moving testament to the power of the heart.
Film Info
Runtime:79
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Poland
Germany
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Polish
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:International Spectrum
Film Subjects:Jewish Interest
Love & Relationships
War, Conflict & the Military
Russia & Eastern Europe
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Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Jolanta Dylewska
Andrzej Wajda (co-director)
Producer(s):Anna Wydra
Editor(s):Izabela Pajak
Writer(s):Jolanta Dylewska
Agnieszka Holland (co-writer)
Cinematography:Kuba Kijowski
Jolanta Dylewska
Composer:Raphael Roginski
Sound:Marcin Lenarczyk
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Persister Shorts Program

Women speak out from both sides of the camera against a culture that accepts men's abuse of power, patriarchy's control over female bodies, and the racist, sexist, sizeist and ableist beauty standards imposed on them.
Film Info
Runtime:77
Country Listing:Various
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Various Languages
Program Category:Persister
Film Subjects:Women & Women's Stories
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Various
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Propaganda: The Art of Selling Lies

Artists Kent Monkman, Shepard Fairey and Ai Weiwei highlight this cautionary tale about the power of persuasion. As the roots of indoctrination are traced from cave drawings through to presidential tweets, potent lies have never been better disguised.
Film Info
Runtime:90
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Canada
Germany
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:G
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
French
German
Italian
Chinese
Rohingya
Korean
Arabic
Russian
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Making Believe
Film Subjects:Journalism & The Media
Politics & Political Intrigue
Technology & Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Larry Weinstein
Producer(s):Aeschylus Poulos
Bernd Wilting
Sonya Di Rienzo
Mathias von der Heide
Executive Producer(s):Jane Jankovic
Wolfgang Bergmann
Natasha Negrea
Martin Pieper
Michael Robson
Neil Tabatznik
Editor(s):David New
Writer(s):David Mortin
Andrew Edmonds
Cinematography:John Minh Tran
Composer:Raffael Seyfried
Andreas Schäfer
Sound:Adam Burke
Sanjay Mehta
David McCallum
Ian Rankin
Jane Tattersall
David Caporale
David Rose
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The Rest

From Chinese artist and political activist Ai Weiwei comes a powerful work that follows the daily lives of refugees in Europe as they hang in limbo between a disintegrating humanitarian aid system and intensifying nationalism.
Film Info
Runtime:78
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:14A
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
French
German
Turkish
Arabic
Kurdish
Farsi
Italian
Greek
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Immigration, Multiculturalism & Refugees
War, Conflict & the Military
Western & Central Europe
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ai Weiwei
Producer(s):Ai Weiwei
Editor(s):Fen Wang
Cinematography:Niels Benoist
Christopher Doyle
Wenhai Huang
Konstantinos Koukoulis
Renaat Lambeets
Dongxu Li
Hengzhong Lv
Yan Ma
Johannes Waltermann
Zanbo Zhang
Zhenwei Xie
Composer:Karsten Fundal
Sound:Srdjan Bajski
Stelios Bouziotis
Yves Goossens Bara
Tasos Karededos
Oguz Kaynak
Zenon Panosiflis
Kiriakos Poukamisas
Lajos Wienkamp Marques
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RIOT NOT DIET

Outdated patriarchal notions of beauty, size and conformity are overthrown by a group of women who present a new and inclusive paradigm, embodied by the rallying cry "RIOT NOT DIET." Shame is shunned, and instead, size, feminism and queer modalities are celebrated and unleashed. Coming soon to a public space near you!
Film Info
Runtime:17
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:German
English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Shorts
Website:https://juliafuhrmann.com/portfolio_page/riotnotdiet/
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Julia Fuhr Mann
Producer(s):Andreas Günther
Editor(s):Andi Pek
Writer(s):Julia Fuhr Mann
Anna Christ
Cinematography:Julia Swoboda
Composer:Zdrada Palki
Sound:Cornelia Böhm
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Searching Eva

Refusing to fix her own identity and career in permanence, the enigmatic protagonist of this thoroughly millennial character study proves through selfies, sex scenes and social media that online, you can be everything and nothing at once.
Film Info
Runtime:84
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Germany
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:R
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:English
German
Italian
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:World Showcase
Film Subjects:Gender & Sexuality
Technology & Culture
Women & Women's Stories
By Program - Sort:Formally Adventurous
Website:http://syndicadofs.com/films/searching-eva
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Pia Hellenthal
Producer(s):Daniela Dieterich
Erik Winker
Editor(s):Yana Höhnerbach
Writer(s):Giorgia Malatrasi
Pia Hellenthal
Cinematography:Janis Mazuch
Sound:Marcus Zilz
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Touching from a Distance II: Transmediations in the Digital Age

This exhibition presents recent digital works immersed into the bookshelves and media hardware at the Goethe Media Space, exploring the theme of transmediation: the process of translating a work into a different medium—analog or digital, written or visual.
Film Info
Copyright:2019
Country Listing:Germany
Canada
UK
Premiere Status:World Premiere
Rating:Not rated
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:German
English
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:DocX
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Tina Sauerlaender (Curator)
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Una Primavera

When a woman finally leaves her 40-year abusive marriage, her filmmaker daughter begins a video diary of her emancipation. What emerges is a startling image of modern Italy, where cultural machismo still privileges "the family" above women.
Film Info
Runtime:80
Copyright:2018
Country Listing:Austria
Germany
Italy
Premiere Status:North American Premiere
Rating:PG
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Language:Italian
Accessibility:Full Subtitles
Program Category:Made In Italy
Film Subjects:Italy
Personal Histories
Women & Women's Stories
By Program - Sort:Closed Captions & Full Subtitles
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Valentina Primavera
Producer(s):Johannes Schubert
Editor(s):Federico Neri
Writer(s):Valentina Primavera
Federico Neri
Cinematography:Valentina Primavera
Composer:Macarena Solervicens
Sound:Macarena Solervicens
Azadeh Zandieh
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