BERLINALE SPOTLIGHT SHORTS GO ABROAD 2015
Curated by Maike Mia Höhne
A selection of short films of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 is travelling to Asia as part of the “Berlinale Spotlight” series of events. The Berlinale Spotlight films are uncompromising and complex, and offer an undisguised image of the present. For Berlinale Spotlight curator Maike Mia Höhne, the value of these short films lies in their connection of fiction and reality. They open up space for interpretation and communication, going beyond the events that actually take place.
This year’s edition features many different styles of film, from documentaries to fictional stories and animated movies. Central themes are personal life stories and rituals portraying longing, love, cruelty and the absurd. Some of the films provide food for thought, others open up a whole new world to the viewer. They show life on another planet, but also the earthly dangers emanating from humans and the power of nature. One movie, shot in a Syrian refugee camp, critically examines the position of the filmmaker: an outside observer, eager to tell a story, he is at the same time forced to encounter the refugees’ reality.
The Berlin International Film Festival, more commonly known as Berlinale, ranks among the most important film festivals in the world. Movies of all genres, lengths and formats are awarded. Since 2007, the Berlinale Shorts also awards prizes to short films, mostly works of talented young artists. (Goethe Institut Hanoi)