Portrait

The German short film scene encompasses a large number of innovative filmmakers who have deliberately chosen to go the independent route or who, in addition to feature film projects, continue to shoot short films as well. In the “Portrait” section, shortfilm.de will feature reguarly a cameo of one of these filmmakers.

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Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf

In response to the question of how best to call the art made by Matthias Wermke and Mischa Leinkauf, after a lengthy discussion both reply: sculpture. (In German, the word for sculpture is Bildhauerei, which literally translates as “image-hewing”). While not meant entirely seriously, it sounds funny and nails it surprisingly well. Firstly, the description contains the kind of dry humour that is quintessential to the Berlin artist-duo’s work. Read More

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Jan Soldat

When writing about the depiction of pain in the world, Susan Sontag once spoke about “regarding”. In “Regarding the Pain of Others”, she focused thematically on reactions to images, the responsibility when seeing, as well as on philosophical positions on a realpolitik geographical map. Read More

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Ulu Braun

Ulu Braun is based in Berlin and his work is represented at both film festivals and in the art world. He perceives this double-track approach as a privilege, allowing him the freedom to experiment and broaden his own horizons by regularly traversing boundaries. Read More

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Ute Aurand

Her films possess a particular consistency: They are comprised of light and colour, even when black/white. The camera feels surfaces and allows us to share in their texture and materiality, take pleasure in them, perceive them differently. Read More

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Till Nowak

Ein kauziger alter Mann steht auf dem Balkon. Die Aussicht ist trist, der Rauch unzähliger Fabrikschlote verdunkelt den Himmel. Fürsorglich wässert der Mann eine einzelne Blume, die in einem rostigen Kasten den schlechten Bedingungen trotzt. Read More

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Susann Maria Hempel

Alltägliche Szenen des menschlichen Zusammenlebens surreal inszeniert, fast schon eine Art performative Installation zwischen Traum und Wirklichkeit – so wirken die aneinander gereihten bizarren Sequenzen in Susann Maria Hempels Film WIE IST DIE WELT SO STILLE (2012). Read More

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Olaf Held

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Great art doesn’t need many words – Olaf Held and his short films What might a filmmaker have in mind when he chooses to call a three-minute work SHORT FILM?… Read More

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Veit Helmer

Veit Helmer is one of the few German filmmakers who, as a wanderer between the genres, is able to cross what are regarded as the hermetically sealed boundaries between the… Read More

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Joerg Wagner

After focusing in past editions of our Filmmaker Portrait primarily on artistic achievements, today we would like to introduce Germany’s most commercially successful short-film maker, Jörg Wagner. With STAPLERFAHRER KLAUS… Read More

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Stephan-Flint Müller

Films to chase away boredom: Stephan-Flint Müller «Fliegenpflicht f«r Quadratk«pfe« («Bow Tie Duty for Squareheads«) was without question one of the most popular and successful German short films of recent… Read More

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Corinna Schnitt

Our filmmaker portrait for this issue is devoted to Corinna Schnitt. Born in 1964 in Duisburg and now living in Cologne, Schnitt has been intriguing audiences at international festivals with… Read More