|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (22)|
|Asian Spectrum: Camera Is My Heart! (3)||Polemics: To love hot or to live hard (6)|
|A Life In Front of the Camera: Actress in Re/Action, KAGAWA Kyoko (8)||Queer Rainbow: Allure & Lust over Phobia (11)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film and Video Competition (26)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Multicultural Media Academy: Herstories and Visions (12)|
|Special Screening: The Murmuring - Resolving History While Still Breathing (3)||Special Screening: Barrier Free Screening, Promise for 10 Years (2)|
Synopsis Program Note
A female documentary filmmaker who is unable to find an interesting story. A pedicurist who carefully sets aside the hard skin removed from the feet of his aged female patient. A rich couple that refuses to sit in a German-built car. A history student uninterested in a class visit to a concentration camp. A wild man training a raven in the woods. In this anthology film, all are bound by family ties or a moment of coincidence in a country where the sun always shines and everybody is beautiful, polite, successful or happy. That is until they reveal their darker side, and we discover that the step from idyll to inferno is a short one.
When people are caught using cell phones while driving by police patrol, some pay a fine while others bribe the police secretly.
Likewise, people live in between principles and anomalies. Finsterworld shows a world where anomalies work. ‘Finster’ means
black, unclear, ignorant, unpleasant, eerie, and ominous in German and is also a part of the director’s name.
In her first feature film, Frauke FINSTERWALDER, once a documentary director, examines the dense network of loose relationships
among various people in multiple generations. Within the relationships, she discovered how modern Germany is becoming
insensible to history and conscience after unification.
The only joy for an old woman in a sanatorium is getting a massage for her disabled legs. A middle class couple considers their trip
to Paris more important than visiting their mother in the sanatorium. The massage therapist’s love is as anomalous as avoiding
crackdown with bribery. A police feels rather relieved in a bear costume than in a uniform. A documentary director needs issues
more than facts. A teacher who insists on learning the accurate history is accused of being inflexible. Students have no qualms
about mocking the truth. A hermit loses his temper and shoots a gun while trying to preserve the environment. Living in the world
with these people, a kid believing in the truth drops out of the society and becomes the sacrificial lamb. It is bizarre how people live
and love in this irrational world, but at the same time very realistic. [LEE Angela]
Frauke FINSTERWALDERFrauke FINSTERWALDER
Born in Hamburg in 1975. Frauke Finsterwalder worked as assistant director at Berlin‘s Maxim-Gorki-Theater and at the Volksbuhne. From 2001, she worked as journalist for Suddeutsche Zeitung in Munich, where she began to study documentary filmmaking at the University of Television and Film in 2003. She directed several short films, ads as well as two long documentaries. FINSTERWORLD is her first feature film.