In the ordinary, Hungarian literature class of LAND OF GLORY (dir. Borbála Nagy / Germany / 2020 / 27 min / Hungarian with English subtitles), it feels like a normal day, except that the Hungarian Prime Minister is about to visit. The school secretary and mastermind of the ceremony tries to keep everything under control, especially the celebratory cake, which doesn’t fit in the fridge. While the cooks struggle to fix the problem, 17-year-old Márti, who is supposed to greet the Prime Minister on stage, hesitantly prepares her little rebellion.
In JUST A GUY (dir. Shoko Hara / Germany / 2020 / 15 min / English), an animated documentary about a certain kind of love, three women share glimpses of their affection, attraction, and relationship with Richard Ramirez, a serial killer they contacted after he was convicted and imprisoned in the 1980s. Through their perspective, we revisit exchanged letters and emotions that are as obsessive as they are hauntingly familiar.
In the award-winning MASEL TOV COCKTAIL (dirs. Arkadij Khaet, Mickey Paatzsch / Germany / 2020 / 30 min / German and Russian with English subtitles),
19-year-old Dimitrij Liebermann has punched Tobi in the face. While on his way to meet up with Tobi and apologize, Dimitrij encounters a diverse representation of German society. Again and again, he faces one struggle he needs to overcome: his German-Jewish identity.
Starting from the confusion surrounding an alleged proclamation of a socialist republic from one of its balconies in 1918, the experimental documentary TOP DOWN MEMORY (dir. Daniel Theiler / Germany / 2020 / 12 min / German with English subtitles) Theiler examines other political events that occurred on balconies. Reenactments of iconic political and cultural events on the original balcony raise questions about authenticity and manipulation: who is writing our history? How do we deal with our past? How does collective memory work? (Kino Lorber; Rebecca Fons)