DOWN UNDER BERLIN – AUSTRALIAN FILM FESTIVAL  2013

Kino Moviemento Berlin, Kottbusser Damm 22, 10967 Berlin

 

NEW ZEALAND

Welcome to the second year of New Zealand cinema at Down Under Berlin Australian Film Festival. This edition will introduce you to new talents and well known filmmakers, whose stories you will not forget. Meet director Florian Habicht in this year’s spotlight and fall in love with his unique and fresh way of filmmaking. Step into the universe of Susan, an autistic artist who is using her drawings as a powerful way to communicate, and join a group of Maori actors on their way to perform Shakespeare in London.

 

Spotlight Florian Habicht

This year’s spotlight is on German born and New Zealand raised filmmaker Florian Habicht, a sharp and funny observer of daily life absurdities. He is responsible for some of New Zealand’s most original and innovative films. His debut feature “Woodenhead” a Grimm inspired musical fairytale, became a cult hit in New Zealand. Since then, Florian has directed several documentaries such as “Kaikohe Demolition” and “Land of the Long White Cloud ”.  He is currently working on a feature documentary about the British band Pulp.

 

DOCUFICTION
Friday, 13.09., 20.30 h, Kino 1

 

Love Story

Florian Habicht
2010, 92 min., English and German
Berlin Premiere

A short encounter with a Russian model on the Subway is the starting point of this Love Story, where the people on the streets of New York become the scriptwriters, with Florian Habicht and model Masha as the main cast. The filmmaker takes us on a fast and hilarious rollercoaster ride through human emotions, where lines between reality and fiction blur.

 

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DOCUMENTARY
Friday, 13.09., 19.15 h, Kino 2

 

Pictures of Susan

Dan Salmon
2012, 86 min., English
German Premiere

Susan King, an artist from Auckland, was unable to express herself for most of her life with words. Her family supported Susan's creative artistic talents and now her works of art are internationally sought after. An ethical dilemma has arisen as to whether these artworks should be sold or not, as Susan cannot communicate her wishes on this matter.

 

Dan Salmon

Director Dan Salmon is a multi-award winning director and producer of documentary and drama. His directing credits include Made in Taiwan, which won the Grand Prix du Jury at the Festival International de Film Documentaire Oceanien, and the docu-drama series 2050-What if? awarded Best Director and Best Documentary Series in 2002. His recent documentary Dirty Bloody Hippies played to full houses and great reviews in the 2011 Documentary Edge festival.

 

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DOCUMENTARY
Sunday, 15.09., 15.00 h, Kino 1

 

Day Trip

Zoe McIntosh
2010, 11 min., English
European Premiere

A gang member wakes up one morning and decides he needs a day off. A short voyage between islands changes his outlook on life.

 

Zoe McIntosh

Zoe McIntosh is a graduate of Canterbury University School of Fine Arts, where she majored in film theory and practical film. Her graduation work Mail Order was selected for the Chicago International Film Festival, NZ Media Peace Awards and DOCNZ 06, where she was awarded special mention for Best Emerging Filmmaker. Her collaboration film with Costa Botes Lost in Wonderland premiered at the NZ International Film Festival and has subsequently been seen around the country in theatres.

 

 

Road to the Globe: Troilus and Cressida

Mike Jonathan
2012, 52 min., English/Māori with English subtitles
German Premiere

In 2010, the Globe Theatre in London invited international theatrical groups to participate in the world's biggest Shakespearean festival. In New Zealand, Rawiri Paratene took up the challenge to present Troilus and Cressida for the opening of the festival, to be performed in a traditional Maori language.

 

Mike Jonathan

Mike Jonathan is a freelance director based in Rotorua, New Zealand. Jonathan has worked in the TV and Film industries for 20 years as a cameraman, editor and director. His short films Nga Taumaru – Shadows and Hawaikii have been screened around the world. Hawaikii won best film and best overall film at Magma Film Festival and was also a finalist at New Zealand's Screen Awards 2007. His passion to tell Maori stories to the world is evident in everything he does.

 

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