II Grandmother Film Festival
This Film Festival screens personal films and animations about grandmothers. In some films, the grandmother has already past away but is present through her objects and the memories of the grandchild. Vulnerability and death are also present.
Friday. Day 1
Mountain of the Strong, Proud Women (Hanna Wildow, 2014, SE) 45 min
Live Video Performance
In a collage made up of interviews with Wildow’s grandmother, Inga Svensson, the archive she constructed around the mountain Omberg, a sound piece by Imri Sandström, and a video of the mountain, a work in four voices unfolds.
Granny Project (Balint Revesz, 2017, HU/GB) 90 min Three grandsons embark with their grannies on an anarchistic journey into the past – a complex road movie about inter-generational dialogue in Great Britain, Hungary and Germany.
Saturday. Day 2
A Roof in Common (Fan Wu, 2018, PT/TW) 17 min
Inacio and Francisca have shared the same roof, since they both lost their life partners. Now, during the final season of their life, they face a new challenge, sharing life - and affections, with one another.
The Singer Who Fell (Lana Parshina, 2016, RU/ FR) 24 min
Meet grandma Olga, a 105-year-old student of Konstantin Stanislavski, who still teaches vocals in her Moscow apartment.
Hello Sea! (María Grazia Goya, 2016, HU) 24 min
Driven by the Ecuadorian director’s own relation to the sea, the film explores what the sea means to people in a landlocked country.
Grandmother's Rice (Lun Lee, 2010, PL) 16 min
Grandma’s Rice follows an 83-year-old woman in South Korea who is left adrift within her own family. Without a place to call her own, Sun-Ok You wanders between different residences.
Cafe Nagler (Mor Kaplansky, 2015, IL/ DE) 59 min
During the 1920’s, Café Nagler was the hottest place in Berlin. The director embarks on a journey to find out what is left of the legendary café previously owned by her family.
Marusia (Vyacheslav Slavik Bihun, 2016, UA) 30 min
A 15-year-old girl is urged to marry in order to escape her family's persecution by a new regime. The story also reflects the challenges of the last one-hundred years in one of the most beautiful regions in the world.
The Grandmother (David Lynch, 1970, USA) 34 min
An imaginative lad of about ten finds a bag of seeds, which he plants in soil that he's placed in the middle of a single bed. The seed sprouts and grows into a grandmother, who's loving and approving.
Adgilis deda (Goderdzi Tschocheli, 1976, USSR) 21 min
The sound of cattle calling awakens an old, lonely woman from her bitter thoughts and makes her realize - she has no right to die. As long as she is alive, the village will be a village; only with her death will the last sign of life disappear.
Sunday. Day 3
Heiratsanträge an meine Oma (Nossa Schäfer, 2017, DE) 22 min
The director’s grandma talks self-confidently about her many male suitors and her pursuit of independence. She finds herself caught in a contradiction when face to face with her granddaughter’s perspective.
O moarte în familia mea (Andra Tarara, 2017, RO) 13 min
The filmmaker always thought the world would stop spinning when a loved one dies. But it did not. Grandma is terminally ill, while the rest of the family frets with Easter preparations.
Olivia (Anna Magdalena Silva and Atsushi Kuwayama, 2016, PT) 11 min
Olivia spends her days in the house that used to be a busy restaurant, and her life is constantly filled with sparkling stories of the past.
Lola (Roberth Fuentes, 2016, PHL) 2 min
Every day the director/ grandchild hears his grandma singing. Even though she can't see the brightness of her life she has never lost hope for herself.
Cobwebs (Wiep Teeuwisse, 2012, NL) 2 min
Animation with the grandmother’s voice-over. The director’s Grandma remembers what happened when she was young, then she forgets and then she remembers again. Graphical lines follow the mood of the story.
Manou, La Seyne sur Mer (Maya Schweizer, 2011, DE) 10 min
To the question; "Do you have friends in the retirement home?" Maya Schweizer's grandmother answers in a sometimes very lucid and then sometimes very dreamy monolog about how she feels in her new home.
Sara (Ronit Hammer, 2017, IA) 2 min
Animation of an ageing woman who comes to terms with herself as she gets ready for her 70th birthday.
Leda mit dem Schwan (Lilli Kuschel and Lola Göller, 2006, DE) 1 min
This film is a re-enactment of the eponymous renaissance painting by Antonio da Corregio, originally from 1532, but now the scenery has been relocated to a beer garden in Berlin, Kreuzberg.
Ik was pas 14 (Froukje van Wengerden, 2016, NL) 12 min
In 1944, the grandmother of the director, then a fourteen-year-old girl, saw how her father, along with 658 other men, was deported by train from their village in the Netherlands. He never came back.
Alte Sachen (Tom Prezman, 2018, IL) 3 min
The film tells the story of the grandmother’s trauma from the holocaust. It is in stop-motion, the filmmaker recreated his grandmother and her living room.
Modern Family vol. 1 (Anna-Maria Pinaka, 2016 NL/ GR) 3 min
The filmmaker has been videoing her grandmother whenever she visited her in Greece, she juxtaposed that footage with recordings of similarly uneventful, yet more consciously performance-like recordings of herself.
Learning to Milk a Cow (Juli Saragosa, 2016, CA/ DE) 65 min
Hand-processed black & white film, color film, photographs and official documents create a montage of three generations of reflections on politics, longing, feelings of displacement and loss.
Kiki the War Dog / Kiki der Kriegshund (Clemens Wilhelm, 2013, NO/ DE) 24 min
Kiki was a black-and-white fox-terrier who lived during World War 2. A born Parisian, Kiki is adopted by the German Army and travels through Europe all the way to Russia in the winter of 1942.
A Gift for a Centenarian (Yamil Rodriguez, 2017, HU) 23 min The train ride becomes an inner journey as the filmmaker recollects the memories of his grandmother who turns 100, the film becomes a gift.
Grandma Has a Video Camera (Tania Cypriano, 2007, USA) 56 min
This documentary is about the use of home video by a family of Brazilian immigrants, which portrays their lives in the United States for over twenty years.