This year’s film festival Mannheim-Heidelberg was a celebration of otherness, (im)possible new beginnings, and pursuit of true human connections.
Ten festival days with 31 films made me see the world from many different perspectives and took me to journeys and places I hadn’t experienced before. Each and every film was worth watching for one reason or another, but there were some that left a lasting impression on me through their touching, intensely human presence. These are the films that moved me the most:
The images, the lack of motion, the voice – all of them so powerful that one almost feel captured in this time experiencing the horrendous events in the protagonist’s life. It’s so unusually intense despite the lack of motion and dialog that it leaves you speechless and thoughtful. How much atrocity can a human being bear? Where is the line between illusion and hope, and how much of that one needs to survive? These and many more questions will accompany you through the film and long after.
An amusing, sad, disturbing journey to being someone else for a short while which triggers a spiral of unexpected feelings and actions. Not the funny moments make this film so touching, but the way it brings to light vulnerability, and lets us experience the essence of being human from different perspectives without any trace of judgement. Who hasn’t thought of the possibility to escape the burden of past mistakes, unpleasant circumstances or violent expectations? One of the most moving films this year showing the simplicity and beauty of being human.
Not an easy film to watch, but one leaving a lasting impression. It’s not only about saying good-bye to a life the protagonist used to live or accepting the fact that the journey called life might be over very soon. It’s a full immersion of the way the 92-year old protagonist feels. The intensity of the experience is such that you almost sense what he thinks and wish that there could be an opportunity for him to re-gain his physical strength, his youth. Moving, thought-provoking, intense.
In addition to these three films, there is a number of others which I consider important to point out. While they were in very different settings and about various themes, they all had something in common: love as potential game-changer. The ingenuous and touching way of approaching the topic from different perspectives, the great acting, and human touch made these films very special. Special in uncovering new aspects of human connections. These are: “Patrick’s Day”, “The Sunfish”, “A Few Cubic Meters of Love”, “Nightfall in India”, “Der Goalie bin ig”.