Shortcutz Berlin – Session #24 (October 13)

Short #1: “Für Lottchen” (For Charlotte) by Sebastian Matthias Weißbach
2011, 10:22 min
Synopsis: Charlotte’s heart beats faster. Nice title, too, but misleading because everyone would think: oooh her heart beats faster than usual, but that’s not it, like, at all. It means, her heart beats faster than other hearts. Charlotte’s Heart Beats Faster! But this is like so stolen from “The Sorrows of Young Werther” by Goethe anyway! Themes: Revenge, Love, Underwear, Sexism, Metalevels, Football. All of that stuff. Charlotte is a regular girl, or maybe she’s an actress and then there’s a narrator or maybe she’s narrating her own story, even though she doesn’t want to, so what’s up with that anyway. And nobody knows what it’s about or if it’s actually true and if it is, it’s really sweet, but also pretty sad… But cute and witty and charming and incomprehensibly cool and fun. Like Charlotte.

Short #2: “The Clone” by Ralf Polaczek
2010, 10:54 min
Synopsis: if you can make an omlett… you can make a clone! Peter is in love with his roommate Beatrice. But when she tells him she will leave Berlin for an internship at Amnesty International in Australia, he doesn’t know what to do. Then he meets Albert Einstein in a dream and Einstein gives him the solution: Clone her! With the help of his assistant, Kowalsky, Peter tries to clone Beatrice out of her DNA in the bathtub. In order to develop the higher faculties of the clone, Peter takes the developing brain on a journey through Berlin. Amazingly the brain quickly absorbs intelligence. But will the cloning process be a success?

This Week’s Guest Short: “Instant Companion” by Lars Jandel
Germany, 2003, 5:35 min
Synopsis: A lonely man finds company with a tiny robot.

Our Special Guest for this week is Robin CurtisRobin Curtis is a filmmaker, a curator and a film and media scholar. For us, she will come back on her experience as a curator for the 47. International Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen in 2001 and will present a couple of shorts she then co-curated.

Don’t forget: We are now at the Filmkunst BarReichenberger Straße 133 in Kreuzberg, the session starts at 8:30 pm and the screenings at 9 pm. Entrance is and will remain free, don’t hesitate to show up. We don’t give away free hugs but we love you anyway.


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