César’s Grill

In order to rescue his father‘s ramshackle grill restaurant, film-maker and vegetarian Darío Aguirre is traveling back to his homeland Ecuador. What starts out as a strange debate about opening times, chips and Excel spread sheets, develops into a moving family drama.

CH/GR 2013
Regie: Darío Aguirre
90 min, Colour, DCP, OmdU

Coming of Age

For two years, Teboho Edkin has been following the daily lives of four teenagers who live in a remote village in the mountainous kingdom of Lesotho in southern Africa.  And as the title indicates – it is about coming of age, of life between traditions and awakenings, duty and obstinacy. For all the small and large questions which are dealt with in COMING OF AGE, Teboho Edkins finds impressive pictures. Archaic, yet strangely familiar.  



SA/DE 2015
Regie: Teboho Edkins
63 min, Colour/DCP/Original with English subtitles
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Four lives that could not be more different and a single passion that unites them: the unconditional love for their cinemas, somewhere at the end of the world. The film follows cinema makers from North Korea, USA, India and Africa at their efforts to make their audiences dream every night. In doing so, the film dives into a set of fascinating lives where stories from the everyday and from the silver screen frequently merge into something magical.

Germany 2007
Regie: Uli Gaulke
100 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./frz. UT
Fespaco 2007, In Kooperation mit Institut Français d’Innsbruck
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Crazy Doc’s Short Film Collection

MAN WOLLTE MARX Christine Mansfeld, Äthiopien/Deutschland 2010, 30 min Der ostdeutsche Künstler Jo Jastram hat das Karl-Marx-Denkmal in Addis Abeba gefertigt, das Erich Honecker 1984 dem äthiopischen Staatsführer Haile Mariam Mengistu zur Gründung der äthiopischen Arbeiterpartei schenkte. In Anwesenheit des Koproduzenten Friedrich Engelhardt (Goethe-Institut).

1717 KILOMETERS Jurij Meden, Slowenien 2010, 27 min Eine kleine Hommage an die Balkan-Halbinsel.

BIRRI Melanie Hollaus, Daniel Dlouhy, Österreich 2010, 12 min Portrait Fernando Birri entstanden während des 19. IFFI 2010. read more


A strong international cast is set against a Portuguese backdrop to explore the mysterious death of a young archaeologist and his last known contacts. Somewhere along the Portuguese coast, a man’s body washes ashore. Meanwhile, police detective Pinto finds a video camera in a nearby parked car with a tape of a young woman apparently unaware of being filmed. Like in one of Rivette’s films this work is an intellectual ball game in which the balls are lifted but also dropped. The ending? There are many truths! Beautiful pictures (camera: Christian Berger) and intellectual pleasure. read more


Cinema for ever. The filmmakers visit Martin Kaufmann, founder of Bozner Filmtage, and son of a restaurant owner, in his hometown Welschnofen (South Tyrol), follow him at Bozner Filmtage and Berlinale. Friends remember the times without the possibility to see good films in Bozen/Bolzano. Famous filmmakers tell about their meetings with Martin Kaufmann, the cinema man from Bozen. The film is the portrait of a real film enthusiast.

Italy/Germany 2012
Regie: Evi Oberkofler, Edith Eisenstecken
45 min, DCP, deutsche OF
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A bull-headed Bavarian who just got released from prison wants to have his former life back. Achternbusch himself plays a filmmaker in a film he is making. He wants to win the hostess of an inn called “Zum Neger Erwin” for his planned production. In order to convince her for his film he claims that he is the famous filmmaker Herbert Achternbusch. He is a master of masquerade who dares to show the business of filmmaking in a wickedly funny manner.

Germany 1980
Regie: Herbert Achternbusch
92 min, 35mm, Farbe
Gabi Geist in der Rolle der Reporterin
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Andreas Pichler documents the life of his school day friend: Michael Nothdurfter, a prospective catholic priest from Bolzano, impressed by the Jesuits who got tortured and killed in the name of the truth in Latin America. In 1982 Michael, now a Jesuit missionary himself, went to Bolivia, where he 7 years later blew up a Kennedy monument and assaulted a casern of the Marines. ‘Comandante Miguel’ remains unforgotten as the kidnapper of the Bolivian Coca Cola Boss.

Germany/I 2007
Regie: Andreas Pichler
90 min, 35mm, Farbe, dt. OF
Publikumspreis Bozner Filmtage 2008
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Der rote Punkt

“What is important to me personally, is to depict the cultural difference. The Japanese girl meets people whose lifestyle is completely different … The thread running through THE RED SPOT is silence … The Weber family have forgotten to talk to each other … Aki lands on them like a typhoon out of the blue. It is her stoic and relaxed nature that finally has the father revealing the secret that is burdening him.” (Marie Miyayama)

Germany 2008
Regie: Marie Miyayama
82 min, 35mm, Farbe, OF mit dt./engl. UT
Förderpreis Deutscher Film Hof 2008 read more

DESEMBARCOS – Es gibt kein Vergessen

Tens of thousands of people were captured, tortured and murdered in Argentina between 1976 and 1982. How to deal with these facts? What effect can a film have against the horror of the past? Is it enough to document crime and to commemorate the victims, or can a film contribute to the rehabilitation of the past in other ways? DESEMBARCOS, which is the result of a workshop with film students, tries to answer these questions and documents the development of a culture of remembrance.

Germany/Argentina 1989
Regie: Jeanine Meerapfel, Alcides Chiesa
74 min, DCP, OmU
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The widowed Serb Danica has to raise her two sons in a Serbian- Albanian settlement by the river during the Kosovo War of the 1990s. One day the injured UÇK soldier Ramiz escapes into her house and during constant air strikes she nurses him back to health. The war, the hide-and-seek and the situation in the family makes them get closer. However, should she, out of her feelings for the man, risk her family’s life and hand him over to the military? Finally her neighbor makes the decision… read more


DIE FÜNF HIMMELSRICHTUNGEN (five points of direction) tells the story of the residents of the Mexican Village Tres Valles (Veracruz), following the two protagonists María Esther and Miguel. The film portrays the two lonely Mexicans, who live in Kansas City and work there as migrant workers without legal status hoping to be able to give their families at home a better life.

Mexico/AT 2009
Regie: Fridolin Schönwiese


The integration debate in Germany in 1985: Melek, a 38-year-old Turkish woman, is fed up. After fourteen years she leaves Berlin and returns back home. Even though she does not fulfill any of the expected clichés of “the Turks” that there were back then, she has never really felt accepted in Germany. Jeanine Meerapfel portraits a strong woman and analyses stereotypical ideas and racist attributions. Definitely a document of the time. But more up to date than ever.

Germany 1985
Regie: Jeanine Meerapfel
88 min, DCP, dt. OF
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DIE LEIDEN DES HERRN KARPF is the title of a successful short film-trilogy by Lola Randl and Rainer Egger. Each episode pictures a short scene from Herrn Karpf’s life and takes place in the living room of this Tyrolean neurotic. Whether he is suffering from an imaginary disease, expecting a lady visitor or has to deal with a „broken“ telephone on his birthday – Karpf shows his significant talent for putting up obstacles in his own way.

Austria/DE 2009
Regie: Lola Randl, Rainer Egger
31 min, Video, Farbe, dt. OF
Hommage Rainer Egger
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A career woman with Yugoslavian roots and a sophisticated musician, whose father was stationed in the Balkans during World War II, meet in Yugoslavia. She feels like a stranger and feels damned to be homeless, and he finds it hard to deal with his father’s Nazi past. They pretend to be in love in front of their parents and go on a journey through Montenegro: a touching love story. DIE VERLIEBTEN shows damaged identities and broken existences, but on top of all it opens a look at a landscape of aspiration that very soon got torn to catastrophe by fanaticism and profiteering. read more


South Tyrol in the 1980ies: the complicated struggle between Italians and Germans and Left and Right is still escalating violently. In the middle of this political fight a beautiful woman lives her independent life in the city. She loves an Italian and in their bilingual arguments, the two cannot separate themselves from the politics around them. When the outcast woman returns to her native village to attend her father’s funeral, we feel the twofold conservativism of the taciturn men there. The cruelty of this opposition becomes a strong plea in Werner Masten’s adaptation of Josef Zoderer’s story. read more

DIRECTOR’S EDITION – Shorts selected by Helmut Groschup

JEAN ROUCH IM CINEMATOGRAPH (Otto Licha, AT 2003) 10 min Eines der letzten Dokumente vor Jean Rouchs Tod durch einen Verkehrsunfall. Ein Gespräch mit StudentInnen der Vergleichenden Literaturwissenschaft im Cinematograph. 

HABITAT (Maix Mayer, DE 2008) 22 min Fortführung eines mit CANYON (2006) und ABG (2007) begonnenen Filmzyklus, der städtisches Leben und Wahrnehmung konfrontiert. Die Handlung spielt parallel auf zwei Inseln in zwei Kulturkreisen. Sie werden durch reale und imaginäre Reisen des filmischen Protagonisten miteinander verknüpft. read more

El Amigo Alemán

Jeanine Meerapfel tells us the story of Sulamit and Friedrich. She is Jewish, he is German, and both are the children of post-war immigrants in Argentina. Trying to come to terms with their parents’ past, they separately go to Germany and find each other amidst the political turmoil of the 1970ies. Meanwhile in Argentina the military dictatorship takes over the country and Friedrich wants to go back to join the revolutionary left. It is a tale about how the political takes over the private in a time when some think it is the same. A love story between two people in which history is the third party. read more