Basel, February 11, 2021
On the trail of our Bildrausch friends
This year's Berlinale includes no less than three filmmakers who have previously shown their films at Bildrausch in the Cutting Edge international competition programme.
One of them is Christophe Cognet. In 2014, he presented the Holocaust remembrance documentary Parce que j'étais peintre in Basel: in a symphonic montage of images and drawings, interviews with artists and archivists, and footage from today's concentration camp memorial sites, he created a courageous reflection on whether the locations of absolute horror can give rise to beauty. While that film focused on painting as a way for the prisoners of Buchenwald, Auschwitz-Birkenau, Dachau or Treblinka to survive, he this time looks at the testimonial nature of photography.
In his latest film A pas aveugles, the French director Christophe Cognet follows in the footsteps of the courageous men and women, who risked their lives in the concentration and extermination camps of the Second World War, in order to secretly take photographs and to try to document Hell. The film will be shown in the Berlinale Forum.
Radu Jude is participating in the Berlinale competition with Babardealã cu bucluc sau porno balamuc – in English Bad Luck Banging or Loony Porn. His ninth film, which the Romanian star director has given the subtitle Sketch for a Popular Film, also deals with the complex tension between individuals and society. What chain of events can a young teacher set off, when she posts an amateur porn film online? In 2019, Radu Jude presented the historical satire I Do Not Care If We Go Down in History as Barbarians in the Bildrausch competition Cutting Edge, and the jury gave him an honorable mention.
Julian Radlmaier is one of the most talented directors of young German cinema, and he has already been compared to Brecht and Kaurismäki. He had his Bildrausch competition debut with his DFFB graduation film A Proletarian Winter's Tale in 2014, and he was back again in 2017 with Self-Criticism of a Bourgeois Dog.
His latest film will enjoy its premiere at the Berlinale section Encounters, which offers a platform for aesthetically and structurally daring works by independent and innovative filmmakers. In a first trailer, Bloodsuckers is announced as an anti-fascist horror-comedy.
We are looking forward to it!