"They named a brandy after Napoleon, they made a herring out of Bismarck,and Hitler is going to end up as a piece of cheese."

 

 

Doc.Berlin 2020 (Documentary Film Festival): American Express, DE 2019, R: Häly Heinecker, 7 min, OV; Pacific, LBN 2019, R: Angie Obeid, 23 min, OmeU; Forgive And Not To Forgive, HK 2019, R: Elysa Wendi, 6 min, OmeU; Neighbors, HR 2018, R: Tomislav Zaja, 74 min, OmeU, Total length: 110 min

Synopsis:

AMERICAN EXPRESS (GERMANY) BY HÄLY HEINECKER
Following the filmmaker through the aftermath of a long-distance relationship, spaces which were once relevant points of connection are revisited as part of an individual journey. Superposition of distance and proximity creates a cathartic expercience. An experimental exploration of anxious attachment, removing projection and resolving in clarity.

PACIFIC (LEBANON) BY ANGIE OBEID
Whenever I walk through the dark reddish hallways to reach my apartment, whenever I would look out of my windows and dive into that expended view of the city of Brussels, unusual feelings would emerge... until the day I read an article about my building PACIFIC, entitled "the suicide tower".

FORGIVE AND NOT TO FORGIVE (HONG KONG) BY ELYSA WENDI
Shared dialogues between Chang Yan and Chen Jun about their childhood trauma, contemplating the hatred they feel towards their fathers. The film juxtaposes the body movements and memories in the intimacy of an unknown space. One of them chooses to forgive and another one chooses not to.

NEIGHBORS (CROATIA) BY TOMISLAV ZAJA
'Neighbors'' is an observational documentary about people with mental illness who are leaving their institution after decades spent in isolation and once they get out trying to put their shattered lives back together.

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