Sun 9 | 7pm | space A


The Future – The City

This juxtaposition of experimental shorts discusses futuristic aspects of urban life. “The future ain’t what it used to be” as a much quoted Yogiism says. Rather than elaborating on science fiction tales, the pictures combine and merge the present, past and future in different surprising ways. Life in our times may come with more challenges than just a space oddity.

Urban Research is a special film program during the Berlin International Directors Lounge concerned with urban themes curated by Klaus W. Eisenlohr.

For years the urban landscape has been under rapid change. Due to the increased economic pressure and shift towards mono-functional uses of the city, public space more and more vanishes. The newly awakened interest in old city centers, which is a rather positive development, has also created new demands in conjunction with the deregulations of national and municipal city tasks: the city has mainly become an object for real estate investment.

On the other hand, new waves for urban movements towards a democratic renewal have appeared. A redetermination of public place may have come across, a new protest culture against the complete commercialization of the city has spread in places. Be it called neoliberal, new labor, social democratic, political-islam or post-Maoism, you name I. The radical loss of democratic political influences concerning urban development seems to have found a counter force in a rediscovery of the political space. The above sometimes extreme changes in the urban are also being reflected in creative art and film, or may even find their unique expression in the arts.


Joe Merrell US Crisis Apparition 06:52 2013

Lorenz Fidel Huchthausen DE Alter Junge 04:28 2013

Pedro Miguel Santos PT Zigurate 05:52 2013

Monika Rechsteiner CH Real Estate II 08:30 2013 IA

Fabian Heitzhausen DE Let’s Play Modernism 04:26 2013

Matthew Pell UK Escence 01:31 2013 WP

Scott Fitzpatrick CD Places with Meaning 03:00 2012

Henry Gwiazda US choice 09:16 2012 GP

Rhayne Vermette CA Full of Fire 02:15 2013 WP

Joas Sebastian Nebe DE Rush Hour 03:00 2013 IA

LJ Frezza US Golden Eye 06:04 2013 GP

Elizabeth Ross MX Insomnio 04:17 2013

Christiane Thalmann UK Conversation on the Underground 05:29 2005

Noyman Gili IL Sounds of Discontent 02:49 2012

Sharon Horodi/ Cheb Kammerer DE Simply a Love Song 05:00 2006 IA

pictured: Urban Research Program Flyer.

TRT 72 min

WP World premiere
EP European premiere
GP German premiere
IA in attendance