FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 17

Taxonomy

Karen Aqua & Ken Field USA 4min

The animal, vegetable, and mineral kingdoms reside in a state of constant flux, reflecting a world of transience, mutability, and impermanence.  Through the metaphor of transformation, this film explores the themes of malleability, instability, and interconnectedness.

RATING: G

The Goatherder and his lots + lots + lots of goats

Will Rose UK 8min

This film follows a day in the life of a goat herder and his flock of goats as they travel up and down the mountains of Spain.

RATING: G

The Intergalactic Space Adventures of Cleo and Anouk

Celest Koon Canada 14min

Combining live action and stop motion animation, this film tells the magical story of nine-year-old Cleo, an eccentric self proclaimed space adventurer, who takes it upon herself to outdo modern medicine after an accident lands her best friend Anouk in hospital, broken and shocked. The world can be a tough place; sometimes you need to escape it entirely. This is the adventure of two young girls as they travel from one galaxy to the next in their homemade washing machine box spaceship, attending alien discotheques and zoos, and descending volcanoes in search of secret medicinal berries. This age-old story of bonding through space travel is a mixture of out-of-this-world whimsy and real life drama.

Rating: G

Precedes: Moon Man

The Sardine Tin

Louise-Marie Colon Belgium 10min

Eva is a tiny mermaid who has a crush on Emile, a single fisherman. She jumps in his fishing net, and Emile finds Eva in a sardine tin…

RATING: G

Ursus

Reinier Petersons 10min

A bear working as a motorcycle acrobat in a traveling circus is tired of feeling like a buffoon. He yearns for the wilderness that should be his home. But has it disappeared? Stunning and sensitive hand-drawn animation illuminates this lovely allegory of wildlife issues.

RATING: G

Warbots

Tony Dusko USA 1min

Although built for battle, when two robots meet, they begin to wonder if there isn't a better way to relate.

RATING: G

Wunderkinder

Marcus O. Rosenmüller Germany 2011 100min

LANGUAGE: German with English Subtitles

PRECEDED BY: Breaking Bread in the Holy Land

Set in 1941 during World War II in the Ukraine, the young and highly talented violinist Abrascha Kaplan and the no less gifted pianist Larissa Brodsky are celebrated as child prodigies of classical music. They play in all of Russia's great concert halls - before the party elite and even Stalin himself. Hanna, daughter of the German brewer Max Reich, is herself a talented violinist and wishes for nothing more than to be taught with the Russian "Wunderkinder." Larissa and Abrascha are reluctant to accept the German girl until their teacher Irina Salmonova consents to teach Hanna - and a close friendship develop between the children. But when Hitler unexpectedly invades Russia, their friendship is put to a hard test.

In the tradition of The Pianist, Life Is Beautiful and The Boy in Striped Pyjamas, Wunderkinder is a triumph of human resilience, compassionately exploring a dark era of history through the innocence of youth.

Themes: World War II, Anti-Semitism, prejudice, war, music, friendship, hardship

Mature content: violence, shooting, person shot, guns, death (seen and discussed)

Rating: PG (Violence)

Recommended for ages 12 to adult

This film is offered to school groups as part of our Talent Lab program.

Awards:
Audience Award Best Narrative Feature Atlanta 2012
Audience Award San Diego 2012, Golden Romy 2012 (Best Producer)
Audience Award L.A. Jewish Film Festival 2012
Audience Award Berkshire 2012
Audience Choice Award Stony Brook NY 2012
1st Prize Sao Paulo Jewish Film Festival 2012

Avner Shalev Yad Vashem Chairman's Award Jerusalem 2011
The Presidency of the Italian Senate Award, ECFA
Award & Percorsi Creativi CGS Award Giffoni 2011
Best Screenplay Buster Copenhagen 2011

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Marcus O. Rosenmüller was born in 1963 in Duisburg and studied Communications in Munich from 1983-1988. In addition to directing advertisements for companies such as Diners Club, Microsoft and Philip Morris, he has also directed some 120 music videos as well as numerous TV programs and TV program lead-ins. His other films include: Der Tote Taucher Im Wald (1999), Sperling Und Der Stomme Schrei (TV, 2002), Die Mandantin (TV, 2004), Einsatz In Hamburg: Todliches Spiel (TV, 2008), Bis An Die Grenze (TV, 2008), Heisse Spur (TV, 2008), Gottes Machtige Deienerin (TV 2-parter, 2009), Die Minensucherin (TV, 2010), DIE FLUT (TV, 2010), and Wunderkinder (2011).

Yonalure: Moment to Moment

Ayaka Nakata and Yuki Sakitani Japan 8min

In this poem about the night, a clock goes tick-tock, and a big white globe appears in a town. It has round eyes and a pointed nose. The houses begin to move all at once, but never get past the moon because it's so far away. Or is the moon following us?

RATING: G

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