A girl roams through the city looking for a place to sleep. Along the way she meets young mothers who celebrate motherhood religiously, goes home with an abstinent existentialist for whom sex is “just another market”, and waits for the end of capitalism in a drag bar. Her attempt to write a book doesn’t make it beyond the first sentence of the second chapter, and she finds no space between art galleries, yoga studios and the beds of strangers. Instead of trying to fit in, she starts regarding her depression as a political issue.
Through 15 of the girl’s humorous encounters, AREN’T YOU HAPPY? explores our post-modern society between precarity and marketing, serial monogamy and neo-spirituality, disillusionment and the pressure to be happy. Susanne Heinrich’s debut film brings together pop and theory, feminism and humour, and gives you tons of quotes you’ll want to see on advertising billboards in neon letters.
d: susanne heinrich / p: dffb, essential films, susanne heinrich, jana kreissl / 2019 / germany / feature / 80min
Das melancholische Mädchen Trailer Deutsch | German [HD]
I Am Truly a Drop of Sun on Earth
April, is released from jail after having been busted as an illegal sex worker. In the basement of a luxury hotel where she works in Tbilisi, she meets Dije a young Nigerian man. Believing that he's made it to Georgia in the United States, he finds himself caught in a country that offers him no future. Between lust and survival, in the searing heat of the capital, a strange relation emerges between these two individuals living in the fringes of society.
d: elene naveriani / p: alvafilm and myshkinfilm / 2017 / switzerland, georgia / feature / hd
LES ÉVANGILES D'ANASYRMA / the gospel of anasyrma
Gabriel, a 26-year-old Georgian, has a relationship with Amaia, a 29-year-old transgender, who lives in the Tbilisi suburbs. Gabriel is madly in love with her, but the present day socio-political context does not allow him to live this love openly.
The film tells the love story of the refugee Patrick and Sara from Berlin, who are fighting together for refugee rights in Berlin. When harmless advance turns into a sexual assault, the group is forced to rethink their aims and the private love story grows to an unwanted public dimension.
D: Zora Rux / P: dffb / 2013 / 13min / super 16mm
Nomination for the German Film Critics Award as best short 2016
Prädikat besonders wertvoll (von FBW) 2015
Next Generation Award - Screening at Cannes Film Festival 2015 (provided by German Films)
2nd Place Jury Award Mosaic Film Experience (Michigan, USA)
"The Hot Issue" Award at Luksuz Film Festival, Slovenia
Max-Bresele Award for a social relevant film at Regensburg Short Film Week
Short of the Year at FiSH Festival Rostock
3rd Place Public Award at FiSH Festival Rostock
Gold "Zollstock" for the "measure of all things" at Wendland Shorts
Prevention Prize of Main Taunus Kreis, Shorts at Moonlight
An old apartment. Full of books, papers and cartons. A man rises from his yellow lit bathtub. We witness how a human being can be totally consumed by a colorful yet merciless, piercing entity from within.
TIFF Transsilvania International Film Festival 2014
GO East Wiesbaden 2014
Seoul international Extreme-Short Image & Film Festival 2014
Filmfest Braunschweig Braunschweig (Germany) 2013
Exground Filmfest Germany 2014
Bamberger Kurzfilmtage 2014
A SPECTRE IS HAUNTING EUROPE/ EIN GESPENST GEHT UM IN EUROPA
d: julian radlmaier / p: dffb / 2012 / 48min / ger / red mx
Berlin, a summer in the age of neoliberalism: the spectre of the soviet avant-garde is haunting the city. A young Georgian contract-worker is surprised to find the ghost of the Russian revolutionary poet Vladimir Mayakovsky in his kitchen. At the same time, his friend Kasimir inherits a big fortune, but what shall he do with all this money? Framed by a travel through time leading to Flaubert’s 19th Century und the shooting of a revisionist melodrama for German television, the film follows the adventures of these three characters in contemporary Berlin. A suprematist digital comedy about the transmission of emancipatory energies.
FESTIVALS, AWARDS (selection)
German Film Critics Award for The Best Experimental Film 2014
International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, 2013
Viennna International Film Festival, 2013
Filmfestival goEast, 2014
9. UNDERDOX Filmfestival für Dokument und Experiment, Munich, Germany 2014