Berlin! 03. – 07.04.2019 – Visionär Film Festival is back with exciting surprises!
Save the date – Visionär Film Festival is thrilled to announce its third edition taking place from the 3rd to the 7th of April at ACUDkino.
The program offers an international selection of nine first or second feature films in Competition for the Audience and Jury Awards (all Berlin or German premieres), one movie Out of Competition, a selection of Short Films made by Berlin filmmakers for the Audience Award, a Homage to a well-established director and a Film Concert under the name of Kino Sonico.
The festival pursues an international as well as local orientation: The aim is to support and connect emerging young filmmakers from all over the world and young filmmakers from Berlin and to promote an exchange between them and the public. Visionär sees itself as an interdisciplinary, transnational platform for the encounter of actors in the fields of visual art, film and music. FIND OUT MORE: FACEBOOK EVENT
Visionär believes and respects gender equality and gender inclusivity in its selection. This year it actually presents more female* and
non-binary directors than male ones. In an industry that doesn’t always
make it so easy for women, in a world in which it’s still necessary to
impose the “pro film quote” in order to assure their presence, Visionär
is very proud to contribute support to women.
seeks to reach filmmakers and film lovers of all generations, to
assemble a wide range of experiences, stories and aesthetics without
being tied to specific thematic selection criteria. On the contrary, the
chosen films generate points of friction that are both aesthetically
and content conscious: they are diverse, heterogeneous, sometimes
contradictory, always surprising and therefore very exciting. Once
again, they show the diversity of the medium of film.
“This year’s edition takes on different topics, including: Social classes clashes and the dis-illusion of a new possible society; the loss of our beloved ones, that might take someone to move and make a film on it, and someone else to create an uncertain kind of family; the role of women and the exploration of femininity in a still patriarchal society which doesn’t deny its stereotypes and abuses; the lucha of a queer body fiercely opposing his own farewell and farewells that a city like Berlin paves the way of… and much more! Stories and images will take the audience on a journey through Argentina, Canada, Chile, Finland, France, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Italy and Spain.
On duty call to judge our nine feature films and assign the Jury Award are: Love Enqvist (Artist), Jürgen Brüning (Producer), Beatrice Fiorentino (Film Critic, part of the selection committee for the International Critics’ Week in Venice). Also, the audience is called to serve as a judge for both the full-length and short film selections.”
The opening night this year will be rich of events.
With the support of the Embassy of Canada, this year Visionär will pay homage to the Canadian underground director Bruce LaBruce. As one of the fathers of queercore, a cultural and social movement that began in the mid-1980s (as an offshoot of punk), he stated his discontent with society’s disapproval of the gay, bisexual, lesbian and transgender communities.
His first and seminal film No Skin Off My Ass will kick off the festival, at the presence of his producer Jürgen Brüning. No Skin Off My Ass is a low-rent semi-remake of Robert Altman’s That Cold Day in the Park – with LaBruce himself taking the Sandy Dennis role. It’s shot on
grainy Super 8 blown up to 16mm, with LaBruce’s exaggeratedly emotive
voiceover scoring the action. It already contains what would become the
basic LaBrucian template, explicit sex and offbeat comedy intertwine
with radical politics.
Under the name of Kino Sonico, Visionär present one of Stan Brakhage’s short films on a live performance by Frau W.
Brakhage was an American non-narrative filmmaker, one of the most
important figures in 20th-century experimental film. He explored a
variety of formats, approaches and techniques that included handheld
camerawork, painting directly onto celluloid, fast cutting, in-camera
editing, scratching on film, collage film and the use of multiple
exposures. Themes of birth, mortality, sexuality and innocence were very
much investigated by him. Marion Wörle aka Frau W is a computer
musician and graphic designer based in Berlin. She plays solo, in ad-hoc
ensembles and co-founded the ensemble gamut inc.,
consisting of a growing number of autonomous music robots, which are
controlled from computer. She writes music for film, music theatre and
“Furthermore, in collaboration with the 21. Semana del Cortometraje and Film Madrid, three short films supported by the Madrid Region Government will be presented to the Berlin audience, while three of our short films will be shown in Madrid: Cerdita (Piggy) by Carlota Pereda (Best Live-Action Short Ffilm at the 2019 Goya Awards), Ato San Nen by Pedro Collantes, Domesticado (Domesticated) by Juan Francisco Viruega.”
A special event will close Visionär: the film La Lucina directed by Jonny Costantino and Fabio Badolato and inspired by the homonymous novel by Antonio Moresco. Moresco, also acting in the film, is one of the founding fathers of a new line of Italian literature that moves beyond post-modernity, and likened to Don DeLillo and Thomas Pynchon. He has been described by Roberto Saviano as “a literary patrimony”. The screening will be introduced by Hanna Schygulla (Berlin Silver Bear for Best Actress for The Marriage of Maria Braun by R. W. Fassbinder, Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress for the Marco Ferreri film The Story of Piera) with the reading of some pages of the book La Lucina in German. After the screening, Etta Scollo, a Sicilian Berlin-based singer and songwriter who combines traditional Sicilian music, pop and jazz, will perform live.
No Skin Off My Ass by Bruce LaBruce (Canada, 1991) | Opening Ceremony – Out of Competition
Bad Bad Winter by Olga Korotko (Kazakhstan, France, 2018)
Cassandro The Exotico! by Marie Losier (France, 2018)
Distances (Las Distancias) by Elena Trapé (Spain, 2018)
Impetus by Jennifer Alleyn (Canada, 2018)
Julia and the Fox (Julia y el Zorro) by Inés María Barrionuevo (Argentina, 2018)
M by Anna Eriksson (Finland, 2018)
One Day (Egy Nap) by Zsofia Szilagyi (Hungary, 2018)
Potential Victim (Victima Potencial) by Nicolás Guzmán (Chile, 2018)
Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) by Dominga Sotomayor (Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Netherlands, Qatar, 2018)
La Lucina by Fabio Badolato and Jonny Costantino (Italy, 2018) | Closing Ceremony – Out of Competition
Short Films by Berlin filmmakers:
A Mythology of Pleasure (Una mitología placentera) by Lara Rodríguez Cruz
A true story by Marlies Pahlenberg
Accepdance by Mayté Richter
Anniversary (Salveger) by Angelica Germanà Bozza
C(h)at (Chat) by Clementine Decremps
Comments by Jannis Alexander Kiefer
Eau De Toilette by Arman Grigoryan
Happy Birthday by Savio Debernardis
Home? By Elliot Blue
In Dog Years I’m Dead by Kenji Ouellet
Man on Blue (Mann Auf Blau) by Friedrich Tiedtke
Monday – A German Love Story by Sophie Linnenbaum
Rumours by Nicole Aebersold
Summer Saturn (Verão Saturno) by Mónica Lima
Sweet discomfort of missed connections ( سلسلة اختفات وعلاقات غير مريحة ) by Hussen Ibraheem
The most peculiar and human of all expressions (Wenn Angst die Arme vor deinem Verstand verschlägt) by Scarlett Nimz
The Players (Die Spieler) by Samuel Auer
Tracing Addai by Esther Niemeier
Ugly Butterflies (Nachtfalter) by Lasse Holdhus