Founded in 1951, the Berlin International Film Festival, also known as Berlinale, is one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. Along with the Cannes International Film Festival and the Venice International Film Festival, Berlinale is considered one of the three major European international film festivals, established with the hopes of transforming Berlin into an arena for cultural exchange, and drawing film industry figures from all around the world.
In the wake of the 68th Berlinale, UCCA collaborates with Goethe-Institut China and Institut Français to present the second edition of “EYES ON BERLIN,” showcasing eleven German, French, and Chinese films screened during past editions of the Berlinale. Six films will be screened at UCCA, focusing on topics ranging from family to education. The Siren of Faso Fani was selected for the Forum section at the 65th Berlinale, Tito´s Glasses was screened within the LOLA program at the 65th Berlinale, Alphabet was selected for “Docs Spotlight” at the 64th Berlinale, Baden Baden shown at the 66th Berlinale under the Forum section, Babai was chosen for the LOLA program at the 67th Berlinale, and Have a Nice Day was selected for the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, making it the first Chinese short film to enter the main competition for one of the three major European international film festivals, and also won Best Feature Animation at the 54th Golden Horse Awards.
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3.3 (Sat) 13:00-14:30 The Siren of Faso Fani
3.3 (Sat) 15:00-16:30 Tito’s Glasses
3.3 (Sat) 18:00-20:00 Alphabet
3.4 (Sun) 13:00-14:30 Baden Baden
3.4 (Sun) 15:00-16:30 Babai
3.4 (Sun) 18:00-19:20 Have a Nice Day
The Siren of Faso Fani
Director: Michel K. Zongo
Duration: 90 minutes
Selected for the Forum section at the 65th Berlinale
In 2001 the government of Burkina Faso finished liquidating the Faso Fani textile factory in Koudougou, the country’s third largest city. This was the inevitable endpoint of a process that began in the early 1990s, when the Burkinabe government agreed to implement Structural Adjustment Programs (SAPs) in return for loans provided by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. Among other stipulations, the SAPs required the privatization of many state-owned companies, and the Faso Fani factory, once the pride of Koudougou, was forced to lay off most of its workers. Michel K. Zongo’s 2015 documentary, La Sirène de Faso Fani, explores the impact of the factory’s closure on its former employees.
Director: Regina Schilling
Duration: 90 minutes
Selected for the LOLA program at the 65th Berlinale
Adriana Altaras comes from a country that no longer exists: Yugoslavia. The daughter of Jewish partisans who fought for Tito and who began a new life in post-war Germany, this is the tale of her “stressful family.” Today she is a director, actor, writer, mother of two children, and wife of a German Catholic. As unusual as Adriana’s family life may seem at first glance, it is exemplary for most of the post-war generation of children—despite full lives, they are haunted by their parents’ pasts, and obsessed with their own roots.
Director: Erwin Wagenhofer
Duration: 113 minutes
Selected for “Docs Spotlights” at the 64th Berlinale
98% of all children are born gifted, but as soon as they enter school, the number drops to 2%. “Performance” has become the criterion of all competitive societies. But the one-sided focus on technocratic learning goals and flawless reproduction of isolated knowledge makes it difficult to find new solutions without fear of failure. Erwin Wagenhofer has a radically different conception of “education,” one that is based on searching for the structures of thought underlying our obsession with “performance.” What we learn shapes our stock of knowledge, but how we learn determines our thinking.
Director: Rachel Lang
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Duration: 96 minutes
Selected for the Forum section at the 66th Berlinale
When Ana finishes a job she hates as runner on a big film shoot in Belgium, she makes an impulse decision to change her plans. Over the course of a summer, during which a broken love affair briefly blossoms again and Ana’s grandmother falls ill, Ana does her best to cope with life.
Director: Visar Morina
Duration: 103 minutes
Selected for the LOLA program at the 66th Berlinale
Ten-year-old Nori (Val Maloku) and his father Gezim (Astrit Kabashi) roam the streets of Kosovo selling cigarettes to eke out a living. Only a few years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Gezim goes west to Germany in search of a new life, leaving his son behind. Desperate to reclaim some sense of stability, Nori embarks on a dangerous journey to Germany in search for his father. His tenacity, resilience, and sheer grit must be enough to guide him.
Have a Nice Day
Director: Liu Jian
Screenwriter: Liu Jian
Duration: 77 minutes
In a city in southern China, a bag containing a million RMB draws several people with different motives into a bloody conflict. Philosophizing gangster bosses, aging hitmen, men and women struggling to survive—anyone who happens to take possession of the bag holds on for dear life. This black comedy perfectly captures the complex social realities of today’s China.
- 2018.3.3 – 2018.3.4