Kammerspiel

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    If there was ever a right time to revive the Kammerspielfilm, 2020 must be the year. The films in this pathway all take place in a limited space: a house, or even only a room. They show us that if one looks closely around, drama is never far away. For more thoughts on this Pathway, read the long read by Ela Bittencourt.

    Titles in this Pathway

    The Ark

    • Dan Wei
    • 2020

      Observation of a crisis in restrained black-and-white, at micro and macro level. With the Covid-19 pandemic unfolding across the globe, an elderly woman fights for her life in a hospital in China. The family refuses to budge from her side, no matter what.

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      Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets

      • Bill Ross IV, Turner Ross
      • 2020

        In a dark neighborhood bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas, the regulars drop by one final time to seek refuge in alcohol and in each other. This cinéma vérité-style ode to the American dive bar evokes unexpected feelings of nostalgia.

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        The Earth Is Blue as an Orange

        • Iryna Tsilyk
        • 2020

          With bombs falling all around their home in Ukraine, Anna and her four children manage to keep the chaos of war at bay by making a film about their experiences.

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          Facunda

          • Marta Romero
          • 2020

            Distinctly untypical portrait of an elderly Spanish woman who calmly does what the director, her grandniece, tells her to do. In between all the instructions, disarming and true-to-life moments arise that are beyond anyone’s control.

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            The Filmmaker’s House

            • Marc Isaacs
            • 2020

              In protest against sensationalism in the documentary industry, Marc Isaacs makes a film in his own home. Blending fact and fiction, he explores the theme of hospitality and indirectly asks questions about authorship.

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              Hello Grandma

              • Kamila Chojnacka
              • 2020

                The intimate record of a family’s life in lockdown. Filmmaker Kamila Chojnacka lives with her toddler and husband in their small home. News reports and telephone conversations with her grandmother form fragile connections to the outside world.

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                The Mole Agent

                • Maite Alberdi
                • 2020

                  In this blend of spy flick and observational documentary, 83-year-old Sergio goes undercover in an old folks’ home. Starting out as a wryly comical detective yarn, the film ultimately offers us an intimate look at affection and loneliness in old age.

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                  Nemesis

                  • Thomas Imbach
                  • 2020

                    Zurich’s old railway station is making way for a giant prison, soon to be filled with rejected refugees. Their testimonies turn the spectacle of transformation, shot entirely from the filmmaker’s window, into a vision for our times.

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                    The Perfect Picture

                    • Hala El Kouch
                    • 2020

                      Filmmaker Hala El Kouch creates a therapy session setting to confront her parents about a traumatic event. Photos of a happy family accompany a conversation that takes an unexpected turn. Has permanent damage been done to the perfect picture?

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                      Le temps perdu

                      • Maria Alvarez
                      • 2020

                        At a cafe in Buenos Aires, a group of aging Marcel Proust fans have been getting together for years to read In Search of Lost Time, the author’s seven-part classic novel. This black-and-white film celebrates writing, reading, and bygone times.

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                        Storgetnya

                        • Hovig Hagopian
                        • 2020

                          The tunnels of an Armenian salt mine, 230 meters below the Earth’s surface, are home to an unusual kind of health center: a speleotherapy clinic. This magical-realistic graduation film follows the perpetual goings-on here without commentary.

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                          Visitors

                          • David Rosenberg, Glen Neath
                          • 2020

                            No news, no music, and no opinions—that’s what Darkfield Radio promises. Instead it provides an immersive two-person audio experience that takes you into a fantastic imaginary world where hearing is the nerve center of feeling and imagination.

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