1.3. – 8.3.2012

All english films 2012 at a glance

GV/EV - german/english version
ogs/oes - original with german/english subtitles

NOTE: This list contains only films in english or with english subtitles.


Gudrun F. Widlok, Rouven Rech, Ghana/Germany 2010, 89 min, documentary, color, DVD, ogs 

This film documents an unusual cultural exchange: African extended families adopt European adults who are alienated from their families. The film follows three Europeans who go to Ghana where their new families await their arrival full of suspense.

“Adopted” tells about the expectations, the process of coming together and (un)avoidable misunderstandings.


© Alamode Österreich

Fernando León de Aranoa, Spain 2010, 112 min, feature film, color, 35mm, ogs 

Yolanda who illegally lives in Spain finds a job as the nurse of an old man: Amador. She needs the income to buy a new refrigerator for the flower shop of her boy-friend. But the old man dies before Yolanda can earn enough money. Left alone with the corpse she develops a weird plan to get her money nevertheless.

Ich heiße Ki (Ki)

Leszek Dawid, Poland 2011, 90 min, feature film, color, 35mm, oes 

A young woman – Kinga, called „Ki“ – works as a nude model to earn enough money for herself and her son Pio to get through. The father of her child neither provides for the common household nor does he fulfil his role as a father. Tensions rise and when the situation escalates Ki looks for another place to stay. She moves in with a friend who shares an apartment with other people. Within a short period of time Ki dominates the residential community with her wishes and needs. Looking for money, support and personal freedom she demands much – too much in the opinion of her fellow occupants.

At the film festival in Cottbus “Ki” won the Critics Award of the FIPRESCI jury and Roma Gasiorowska got the Best Actress Award for her role as Ki.

Just do it

„green action“

Emily James, Great Britain 2011, 90 min, documentary, Farbe, DVD, EV 

For one eventful year, Emily James was allowed unprecedented access to film the secretive world of environmental direct action. Two years later, Just Do It – a tale of modern-day outlaws hit the big screen. This is how it happened…

Emily James spent over a year embedded in activist groups such as Climate Camp and Plane Stupid to document their clandestine activities. She went over fence, through mud, in daylight and twilight, to capture over 300 hours of footage. That footage was lovingly crafted, moulded, pushed and pulled by Emily and editor James for over a year before the film you see today emerged.

The film is a story of people standing up for what they believe in and making themselves heard. But it was a story that needed to be told without the creative constraints of traditional production models or the editorial control of big investors. And so it was that Just Do It – the totally independent project – was born.

Staying true to its principles, this film has been made possible thanks to the power of the crowd; the generosity of almost 500 crowd funders, an army of over 100 volunteers, a slate of indie film giants, and a handful of foundation grants, all of whom have given generously of their time, and expertise – but they are not done yet.

Liebesgrüße aus den Kolonien

austrian premiere

Nathalie Borgers, Belgium/France 2011, 74 min, documentary, color, BetaSP, ogs 

Susanne, the daughter of a Belgian colonial civil servant and a Rwandan woman was born in 1926. At the age of four her father brought her from Africa to Europe so that she could get a good education. On a family foto film director Nathalie Borgers discovered her coloured aunt who nobody knew. This was the start of an investigation of her own family history and the colonial past of Congo and Rwanda. The film breaks the silence about Susannes birth and existence in the family.

Nathalie Borgers is known for her films “Die Kronenzeitung: Tag für Tag ein Boulevardstück“ and „Frauenkarawane“. The screening of the film “Liebesgrüße aus den Kolonien” at the FrauenFilmTage 2012 is the national premiere!

The film screening is followed by an open discussion with director Nathalie Borgers.


Maria Luisa Gambale, Gloria Bremer, Steven Lawrence, USA/Germany/ Senegal 2011, 60 min, documentary, color, DVD, oes 

The rapper and activist Sister Fa is a heroine for young women in Senegal and a courageous fighter for social change. As a child she became victim of female genital mutilation and decided to use her music and power to stop this practice. The film follows the passionate and creative artist in her native country.

The film screening is followed by an open discussion with Sister Fa (solicited).

Seed Warriors

„green action“

Mirjam von Arx, Katharina von Flotow, CH 2010, 89 min, documentary, color, DVD, ogs 

„Seed Warriors“ deals with our prospects facing the already on-going process of global warming. Two approaches regarding the threatened biodiversity and food security are presented in this film:

There is the Global Seed Vault in the Norwegian town Svalbard. Here, seeds from all over the world are stored to have a reserve in case of catastrophes. At the same time, Marianne Bänziger, an expert for maize, experiments in Nairobi with different varieties to find out which ones yield a good return even under bad conditions.

It is intriguing to watch the protagonists calmly and pragmatically searching for solutions without playing down the dramatic situation.

Sharayet – eine Liebe in Teheran

Maryam Keshavarz, Iran/USA/France 2011, 107 min, feature film, color, digital, ogs 

In public the two teenagers Atafeh and Shirin adhere to the strict rules of life in Tehran. At the same time, they meet other teenagers at secret parties. The liberal family of Atafeh always provided some protection against the morality police and its rigid rules. The situation changes when her brother Mehran comes home after a drug withdrawal and finds a hold in religious fundamentalism. The pressure on the family rises and Mehran criticises the lifestyle of Atafeh. Soon, he discovers that his sister and Shirin are more than just good friends...

“Sharayet” won the Audience Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2011.

Silent Snow

„green action“

Jan van den Berg, Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann, NL 2011, 71 min, documentary, color, DVD, ogs 

Interwoven with the polar expedition, Silent Snow follows a young Greenlandic woman (Pipaluk Knudsen-Ostermann) on her journey all around the world to find the local causes of the contamination that is quietly poisoning her people.

In three different continents she meets the people behind the sources of pollution and discovers the heartbreaking dilemmas that lie at the heart of it. For example in Africa, where some people are looking for alternatives for DDT, however its grey poisonous clouds are a cheap way of saving millions of lives in malaria prevention. The disastrous health issues that result on the long term are conveniently put aside. While the Inuit would rather deny the problem at hand, it has become her difficult task to convince them of its severity. And while the expedition members’ wellbeing is subject to the condition of their environment, it becomes increasingly clear that their lives are not the only ones at risk in the delicate entanglement of nature and mankind.

Tagaus, tagein

Richard Rossmann, Austria 2011, 80 min, documentary, color, BetaSP, gv 

Since the death of her husband in 1958 Thresl, now a hundred years old, runs the family farm. Her grandson Richard Rossmann made this film about his grandmother, about home and family, about strength of mind and the dignity of old age.

The Look – Charlotte Rampling

Angelina Maccarone, Germany 2011, 94 min, documentary, color, 35mm, ogs 

An exciting portrait of the fascinating actor Charlotte Rampling worth seeing. In nine chapters and encounters she shares her personal thoughts about death, beauty, old age, taboo, desire or love with companions and close friends like Peter Lindbergh, Paul Auster, her son Barnaby Southcombe or Juergen Teller. Angelina Maccarone succeeds in making a very close and therefore intimate portrait of Charlotte Rampling.

Director Angelina Maccarone (“Unveiled”) deliberately does without the usual chronological order of portrait films. With sequences like spotlights she creates a great collage about the enigmatic style icon. (Kino.de)

The naked option

„green action“

Candace Schermerhorn, USA/Nigeria 2011, 75 min, documentary, color, DVD, oes 

The documentary “The naked Option” offers – apart from its exceptional title – exciting insights into women’s activism in the Niger delta region. It tells about the consequences of pollution caused by the oil production in a region where ecological requirements are ignored and the local population doesn’t profit from the wealth. The film director follows activists like Emem Okon who push the empowerment of women on a grassroots level and inform them about their rights.

As a last resort the women occupy the production facilities and threaten to break a cultural taboo – to undress in public – to underline the gravity of the situation and to enforce their claims.

VIS-Short Film Programme


VIS Vienna Independent Shorts is proud to introduce the short film at the FrauenFilmTagen 2012.

The programme of the “FrauenFilmTage 2012” comprises a wide range of films by women who deal with cultural and political issues as well as with questions of identity. This year we will introduce the short film at the FrauenFilmTage: Documentaries, feature films, animated films, experiments and creative work in the style of music videos will be presented. The films “Buenos Aires Recyclers” and “Planet Z” sweep aside conventions of films dealing with identity or gender related issues and therefore add to the diversity of the genres.


Buenos Aires Recyclers - Recyclers #2   (austrian premiere)
Nikki Schuster, Argentinia/Austria 2011, 6 min

In this new film of Nikki Schuster she animated waste found in the Argentinian metropolis. “Buenos Aires Recyclers” is the second part of her art film series “Recyclers”.

Féminin, Masculin (Feminine, Masculine)
Sadaf Foroughi, Iran/RSA 2007, 9 min

In this bus the Iranian world is turned upside down: Women are sitting in the front, men in the back of the vehicle. Surprise, anger, discussions – all that because of the person behind the wheel: the first female bus driver in Tehran who is being portrayed in this documentary.

A documentation about gender roles in Iran where the strict rules of society are challenged.

Pashmaloo / Hairy   (austrian premiere)
Ana Lily Amirpour, Iran/USA 2010, 17 min

The US-American teenager Farah is wilder than Nilou who was raised in Iran. The girls make a trip to a hill where they want to listen to music and be alone. A disagreement emerges when Farah tries to explain why women should epilate.

Pour toi je ferai bataille (For You I Will Fight)
Rachel Lang, Belgium 2010, 21 min

Emotional confusion, irritation, lack of security due to adolescence – Ana is in such a situation and takes an unexpected decision: She joins the army. Despite the harsh tone, the humiliations and other dubious aspects which are part of the training programme the young woman seems to find here what she is longing for.

Planet Z   (austrian premiere)
Momoko Seto, France 2011, 9:30 min

Somewhere in space there is Planet Z. It is populated with plants and life seems to be beautiful and in harmony. Slowly, the idyll is being decomposed by greasy intruders.

Xenia Lesniewski, Germany 2009, 3 min

Egodyston, also I-Dystonia: States that are experienced by someone as not belonging to oneself or as disturbing and strange. Meandering between video clip and experimental animation Xenia Lesniewski uses loud and associative pictures to deal with female sexuality. The woman as a monstrosity, as a cross-breed between swan and human being, a captive of her own sexuality.

We need to talk about Kevin

Lynne Ramsay, USA/GB 2011, 112 min, feature film, color, 35mm, ev (format and version changed) 

The former star adventurer Eva (Oscar winner Tilda Swinton) carries a heavy burden: Already as a baby her son Kevin shows a idiosyncratic distance which makes it hard for his mother to build a relationship. While his father Franklin doesn’t find anything unusual Eva is worried about the childs lack of empathy and his destructive energy.

Director Lynne Ramsay slowly develops the story in a moving and exciting way. In front of the spectators eyes a catastrophe of undreamt-of extent unfolds.

Where do we go now

opening feature

Nadine Labaki, France/Lebanon/Italy/Egypt 2011, 110 min, feature film, color, 35mm, ogs 

The new film of director Nadine Labaki tells the story of a group of lebanese women who want to protect their village when tensions between Christians and Muslims rise. Many people already died in the war and the women don’t want the number of casualties to rise. To this end, they resort to unconventional measures. Nadine Labaki who is known for her film “Caramel” manages to depict the difficult situation in her native country with humour.

“Where do we go now” won the People’s Choice Award in Toronto and is the opening film at the FrauenFilmTage 2012.


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