Category: short fiction

KAPERFAHRT | WALK THE PLANK (2010)

16 min. | fiction | dffb

Eleven year old Niklas is mad at his mother’s new found love and tries to undermine the family’s trip to a lake. His mother is insensitive towards his feelings and so Niklas takes his frustration out on his younger sister.


Festivals


6. New Berlin Film Award ACHTUNG BERLIN
25. Odense Film Festival
IX Open St.Petersburg Student Film Festival Beginning
Schlingel – 15. Internationales Filmfestival Chemnitz
7. Novara Cine Festival
28. Film Festival Aix-en-Provence
10. Tiburon International Film Festival
10. Silhouette Short Film Festival Paris


Cast


Lennart Ammarell
Rieke Schaarschmidt
Sylvia Schwarz
Ingo Tomi


Crew


director
Jonas Rothlaender

screenplay
Birgit Maiwald & Jonas Rothlaender

cinematography
Emma Rosa Simon

producer
Eva Kemme & Louise von Johnston

editor
Jonas Rothlaender

sound
Julian Cropp

sounddesign
Bernhard Koepke

mixing
Alexandre Leser

set design
Matthias Hohm

costumes
Sandra Klaus & Maxi Munzert

make-up
Lindsay Pilkey

line producer
Andreas Louis

© German Film and Television Academy Berlin, dffb, 2010


Technincal Information


Germany, 2010, Short, 16 Minutes, Color/BW, Super 16mm, HD CAM/DigiBeta Copy
25F/Sec, 1:1,85, Stereo, German with engl. Subtitles

DAS HEMD | THE SHIRT (2010)

05 min. | fiction | dffb & arte

A wedding ceremony. The Men’s Room. Two men squeeze to fit into one of the small booths. Father and son. Between them: An Undershirt. A touching, understated look at a father/son relationship and the foibles of human nature.


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Synopsis


A Wedding Ceremony. The Men’s room. Two men squeeze to fit into one of the small booths. Walter (62) and Markus (28). Father and Son. Markus timidly asks his laidback father to take off his undershirt that is showing very visible under his shirt. “No one wears those anymore.” He feels embarrassed for his father. Walter is relaxed and does as Markus asks him to.
But when his old father is standing in front of him – half-naked – Markus realises the absurdity of the situation and his own behaviour.


Review


Zu den herrausragenden Beiträgen bei den Realfilmen gehören (…) vor allem Jonas Rothlaenders „Das Hemd“ (dffb Berlin), der es mühelos schafft, eine bewegende Geschichte in nur sechs Minuten zu erzählen. Auch bei ihm geht es um eine Kontroverse zwischen Alt und Jung, zwischen Vater und Sohn in einer absurden Situation und um verschüttete familiäre Liebe.

BLICKPUNKT FILM (16. Mai 2011)


Festivals


44. Hof International Film Festival
52. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
5. Winterfilmnacht Attenkirchen
1. Next-Generation Kurzfilmrolle Cannes 2011
16. Milano Film Festival
47. Chicago International Film Festival
7. International Short Film Festival Detmold
22. Internationales Filmfest Emden – Norderney
13. Festival de Cine Alemán Madrid
40. Lubuskie Lato Filmowe
Open-Air Filmfest Weiterstadt
Kunstgriff Filmfestival Heide
10. Open St. Petersburg Student Film Festival
11. Festival de Cine Alemán Buenos Aires
Guilin Innovation & Creative Culture Festival (China)
German Film Festival Estonia
Frankfurter Buchmesse 2011
In-Short Film Festival Lagos
27. Warsaw Film Festival
16. Festival du Cinéma Allemand Paris
10. Festival of German Films in Moscow, St. Petersburg, Novosibirsk
International Short Film Festival ZUBROFFKA – Bialystok
goEast Filmfestival Wiesbaden
KINO!2012 New Cinema from Germany at the Museum of Modern Art, New York

Diverse TV-Broadcasting on arte & WDR


Cast


Johannes Allmayer
Michael Schweighöfer


Crew


director
Jonas Rothlaender

screenplay
Sebastian Bleyl & Jonas Rothlaender

cinematography
Alexander Haßkerl

producer
Louise von Johnston

editor
Jonas Rothlaender

sound
Julian Cropp

sounddesign
Julian Cropp

mixing
Alexandre Leser

set design
Lisa von Meyer

costumes
Krisha Lindner

make-up
Christina Burgstaller

line producer
Martina Knapheide

commissioning editor arte
Barbara Häbe

© arte & German Film and Television Academy Berlin, arte & dffb, 2010


Technincal Information


Germany, 2010, Short, 6 Minutes, Color, HD (RED), 35mm Copy, HD CAM/DigiBeta
Copy, 25F/Sec, 1:1,78, Stereo, German with engl. Subtitles

JAGDGRÜNDE | HUNTING GROUNDS (2011)

30 min. | fiction | dffb & rbb

Hans Rasches lifework is destroyed – His small business company is facing insolvency. Escaping from World and Reality he takes off for his hunting hut. At this arrival he is surprised to meet his son Felix, who challenges him as a father.


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Synopsis


Small business man Hans Rasche, 58, takes off from the world. As his company becomes a victim of the economic crisis, his old hunting-hut appears as a last refuge. But instead of finding silence and isolation, which he is seeking, he runs into his son Felix and his girlfriend. The relationship between father and son, who did not see each other for a long time, seems visibly tense. While Hans wants to be alone, Felix is seeking for attention and acceptance.
The forests of east germany constitute a confusing and yet claustrophobic setting for an intimate play that reveals the desperation of a man whose life’s work and selfesteem is broken and who´s is nothing but looking for a way to end his life. Next to the father we get to know his son who constantly tries to follow his father´s footsteps and who is longing for his acceptance. Will Felix see through his fathers façade soon enough to be able to save him?


Reviews


Wenn man zum Beispiel Walter Plathe nun in Jagdgründe sieht, denn so hat man ihn noch nie gesehen wie in dem Film des Studenten Jonas Rothlaender. Plathe ist vor allem bekannt geworden als Der Landarzt im öffentlich-rechtlichen Heile-Welt-Fernsehen. In Jagdgründe ist er der Unternehmer Hans Rasche und geht tief in den schönen deutschen Wald, um sich umzubringen, denn seine Gummiwerke in Brandenburg sind pleite. TV-Landarzt Plathe spielt in Jagdgründe einen Mann, der wie betäubt ist vor Entschlossenheit und Angst, eine massige Gestalt mit der Flinte auf der Schulter, dem Revolver in der Tasche.

Süddeutsche Zeitung (03.05.2011)

Walther Plathe hat man als schönsten Co-Piloten der Interflug aus der Serie „Treffpunkt Flughafen“ in Erinnerung, später dann war er der ewige ZDF-„Landarzt“. Wie in diesem Studentenfilm hat man ihn wohl noch nie gesehen (…). Der einstige Beau beweist Mut zur Hässlichkeit und spielt einen abgewirtschafteten Menschen. Hier ist jemand fix und fertig mit der Welt. Wie Plathe erst mit dem Leben abschließt, um sich ihm dann wieder zuzuwenden, bleibt in Erinnerung. Ein Regiedebütant zeigt, wozu ein gestandener Schauspieler in der Lage ist. Im Theater würde man Bravo rufen.

Märkische Allgemeine Zeitung (03.05.2011)

Broadcasting premiere


02.05.2011


Festivals


53. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck


Cast


Walter Plathe
Eric Bouwer
Julia Philippi
Nadja Engel


Crew


director
Jonas Rothlaender

screenplay
Birgit Maiwald & Jonas Rothlaender

cinematography
Alexander Haßkerl

producer
Louise von Johnston & Luis Singer

editor
Dietmar Kraus

casting
Silke Koch & Susann Reitz

sound
Julian Cropp

sounddesign
Julian Cropp

music
Peer Kleinschmidt

mixing
Alexandre Leser

set design
Lisa von Meyer

costumes
Elisa Capell & Nadja Lienig

make-up
Sarah Wentzel

line producer
Andreas Louis

commissioning editor
RBB Martina Nix

© rbb & German Film and Television Academy Berlin, rbb & dffb, 2011


Technincal Information


Germany, 2011, Short, 30 Minutes, Color, Super 16mm HD CAM/DigiBeta Copy
25F/Sec, 1:1,85, Stereo, German with engl. Subtitles

AUF ANFANG | RETURNING (2014)

30 min. | fiction | dffb

After Ines suddenly disappeared from her friend Promi’s life six years ago, she now wants to revive their once intimate relationship on a joint vacation. But soon Promi discovers the true reason behind Ines‘ sudden return.


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Synopsis


Six years ago, Ines disappeared from her friend Promi’s life, without leaving so much as a note, and started a new life in Guatemala. Much to Promi’s surprise, Ines suddenly gets in touch and invites her to spend a joint vacation in Northern Germany, in the hopes of reconnecting with old feelings. However, the women’s longing to rediscover their past relationship is frustrated by the unresolved conflict and their shifting the blame on each other. Their different life concepts collide. When intimacy finally seems possible, Ines makes a weighty confession, revealing the true reason for her return home.


Festivals


56. Nordische Filmtage Lübeck
10. Achtung Berlin – New Berlin Film Award


Cast


Eva Kessler
Valentina Repetto
Maciek Kawecki


Crew


director
Jonas Rothlaender

cinematography
Mario Krause

producer
Ricarda Kniesz

edititor
Jonas Rothlaender

sound
Johannes Kaschek

sounddesign
Julian Cropp

music
Amatorski

mixing
Alexandre Leser

set design
Sandra Klaus

costumes
Sandra Klaus

make-up
Sandra Klaus

line producer
Andreas Louis

© German Film and Television Academy Berlin (dffb), 2014


Technincal Information


Germany, 2014, Short, 29 Minutes, Color, HD
DCP 24F/Sec, 1:1,85, Stereo, German with engl. Subtitles