Stephan Bergmann, Germany, 2014, color, DCP, 91 min.
- Die Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW), 2015:
– Outstanding quality: especially valuable
The last gigolos are greying, but nonetheless suave, gentlemen. They spend their golden years on cruise ships – as dancers and entertainers for solvent, lonely and amusement-hungry women of 60 years and over. Slowly, the film reveals that happiness is mainly down to everybody’s individual skill and luck. But nevertheless, they will never give up trying.
Director: Stephan Bergmann / Production: Melanie Andernach for Made in Germany Filmproduktion / Co-Production: ZDF / Cinematography: Janis Mazuch / Screenplay: Stephan Bergmann / Editing: Gesa Marten, Martin Kayser-Landwehr / Involved TV Channel: ZDF
David Wants to Fly
David Sieveking, Germany / Austria / Switzerland / USA, 2010, color, video, 96 min.
- Die Deutsche Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW), 2010:
– Outstanding quality: especially valuable
- Hessischer Filmpreis, 2010: Best Documentary
- Message to Man – Saint Petersburg, 2010:
– The International Federation of Film Critics Prize
- Internationales Filmfestival Warschau, 2010: Honorable Mention
- Viennale, Wien, 2011: Honorable Mention
David is a filmmaker who lives with his girlfriend Marie in Berlin. David’s parents still pay the rent, as he is not the most successful filmmaker in the business. He looks with envy upon his idol, the renowned experimental filmmaker David Lynch. Then David gets the chance to attend a seminar given by Lynch in the States, in which the more famous David expounds on his fascination for transcendental meditation and levitation. The “flying monk” phenomenon is a component in a religious movement led by the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, who inspired the Beatles as well. Lynch manages to persuade David to meditate, and David visits adherents in India, Switzerland and the Netherlands. He also joins a pilgrimage to the source of the Ganges high in the Himalayas. In a continual tone of surprise, a style somewhat reminiscent of Michael Moore’s, David discovers how the Maharishi’s followers struggle for power after his death and learns how much money is flowing through the organization. The Indian village that supposedly houses 10,000 followers meditating for world peace turns out to be inhabited by only eight Hindus. This amusing documentary blends a personal focus with journalistic detective work. Lynch and the Maharishi’s followers sought to prevent publication of this film and have announced that they will release their own film in response.rs for solvent, lonely and amusement-hungry women of 60 years and over. Slowly, the film reveals that happiness is mainly down to everybody’s individual skill and luck. But nevertheless, they will never give up trying.
Director: David Sieveking / Production: Carl-Ludwig Rettinger for Lichtblick Filmproduktion, Martin Heisler for Lichtblick Media / Co-Production: Dschoint Ventschr Filmproduktion, Navigator Film / Cinematography: Adrian Staehli / Screenplay: David Sieveking / Editing: Martin Kayser-Landwehr / Sound: Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer / Music: Karl Stirner
Out of Cordoba
AVERROES AND MAIMONIDES IN THEIR TIME AND OURS
Jacob Bender, USA / Spain / Israel / Italy, 2010, 82 min.
- Int. Festival of Cinema, Religion and Society Italy, 2010: Special Mention
A journey of hope, impeccably researched, in which we accompany an American Jew who is searching for historical examples of societies that have tolerated the coexistence of Muslims, Jews and Christians and encouraged intellectual and artistic collaboration.
This, in the wake of September 11th 2001 and the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. It explores how the Muslim and Jewish philosophers/scientists Averroes and Maimonedes developed interpretations of their faiths which welcomed interfaith dialogue and closed the doors to fundamentalists. A timely message for sure.
Postcard to Daddy
Michael Stock, Germany / Thailand, 2010, color, video, 85 min.
- Berlin IFF, 2010, Siegessäulen Readers Award
- Outfest Athens LGBT IFF, 2010, Best Documentary/Best Film Awards
- IDFA, 2010, Best Personal Narrative Van Gogh Award
- Frameline LGBT IFF, 2010, Special Mention
- Tel Aviv LGBT IFF, 2010, Best Documentary Award
- Los Angeles IFF, 2010, Honored Mention, Best Directing Award
- Los Angeles Reel FF, 2010, Honored Mention
- Skeive Filmer Gay & Lesbian FF, 2010, Honorable Mention
- Kiev Molodist IFF, 2010, Sunny Bunny Jury Prize
- Perlen FF Hannover, 2010, Broncene Perle Award
- Image + Nation, Festival de Cinéma LGBT de Montréal, 2010, Best Documentary
As a child, Michael Stock was sexually abused – by his own father. 25 years later he is still looking for inner peace. In conversations with his family and friends and his own reflections, he paints an ever clearer, if contradictory picture of what happened and of the consequences for each of the family members. Old family films seem to show a happy family – excerpts from Michael’s first feature film hint at his extreme adult life, overshadowed by his lifelong trauma. Yet in spite of the intense drama, the film doesn’t have an atmosphere of anger and hatred but rather a surprising air of hope and love of life. Michael’s aim is not to accuse the “perpetrator” but to understand. In the end, he takes his video “Postcard” to his father. With the camera running, he confronts him with his past.
Director: Michael Stock / Production: Michael Stock, Ralf Eifridt, Hubert Schäfer / Cinematography: Guido Diek, Michael Stock / Screenplay: Michael Stock / Editing: Michael Stock, Martin Kayser-Landwehr
Gier – Ablösung der Toten
Arne Duppler, Germany, 2005, color, 18 min.
- Festival of Nations, Austria, 2006, Silver Bear
- International Youth Film Festival Tirol, 2006, Special Price for Outstanding Drama Work
- Guernsey Lily Film Festival, UK, 2007, Best Sound Effects
Western Front 1916. During World War I, a german sergeant tells other soldiers about a treasure he owns. A young corporal is keen to get the key for this treasure. He dares everything to get rich…
Director: Arne Duppler / Production: Arne Duppler, Jörg Duppler, Rita Duppler, Margot Kempe-Sauer, Hannes Sauer, Johan Sauer / Cinematography: Guido Kilbert, / Screenplay: Arne Duppler / Editing: Martin Kayser-Landwehr / Music Lars Duppler
Traumjob bei VIVA?
Das Geschäft mit dem Musikkanal
Martin Uhrmeister, Germany, 2000, color, 45 min
- Deutscher Wirtschafts Filmpreis, 2001, Best Documentary
The young Simone is one of many applicants for a job as a presenter at the still trendy music channel VIVA in Cologne. Together with the ZDF, VIVA has announced a casting, which is appealing to many young people. The film follows the presented Simone not only in idea and casting, but takes a look behind the scenes of the music business, which is essentially determined by VIVA and the major record companies. Simones application via self-shot video resonates and is the pre-selection of an advertising agency, which oversees this casting. What is needed? What indicates special charm or skill of the candidates? – Answers give a young employee of the advertising agency and the competent VIVA program director. First are determined 80 candidates who have to deal with now gradually casting samples. The film also includes interviews with small candidate Simone, dedicated also the VIVA-production studio and the process of the video selection that is the focus of the transmitter work and for operation as transparent as possible. Here are of course the record companies contacts who want to see the pieces played their bands and artists. This “Airplay” guarantees good sales. A spontaneous moderation for the program “Chart Attack” is to bring the decision and determine three candidates. Now they get the great opportunity to be on the show.
Director: Martin Uhrmeister / Production: Faction!TV / Editing: Martin Kayser-Landwehr
Bad Boy of Music – The George Antheil Story
Michael Meert, Germany, 2000, color, 46 min.
- PRIXITALIA 2000: TV Programmes – Performing Arts – Nomination
George Antheil (1900-1959), American, composer, pianist, was an “enfant terrible” of music. In the 1920’s he created a furore, particularly in Paris and Berlin, as a burgher-scaring piano virtuoso who supported difficult, loud and aggressive music by young composers. He had the habit of laying a revolver demonstratively on the grand piano at the beginning of his recitals as a warning to those who were toying with the idea of leaving the concert hall prematurely. He wrote operas, chamber and orchestra music, ballet, stage and film music, for Fernand Legèr amongst others. He wrote a crime novel and invented a firing device for torpedoes. As a composer he was greatly influenced by Stravinsky and jazz and in Paris he belonged to the circle of the avant-garde in music, literature and painting. Even today his autobiography “Bad Boy of Music” written in 1945, is still a sarcastic and critical document of the period, which is well worth reading.
Director: Michael Meert / Script: Michael Meert / Music: George Antheil / Photography: Alfonso Sanz / Editing: Martin Kayser-Landwehr / Sound: Krzysztof Suchodolski / Producing organization: TV 2000, WDR, ARTE