Filmforum im Museum Ludwig
Friday, July 23rd, 2021, 7 p.m.
Saturday, July 24th, 2021, 5 p.m.
Saturday, July 24th, 2021, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 25th, 2021, 5 p.m.
Sunday, July 25th, 2021, 7 p.m.

Filmforum im Museum Ludwig
Friday, July 23rd, 2021, 7 p.m.
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Insular Bodies

Germany / Greece 2020, 20′
Direction and choreography: Stephanie Thiersch

What happens when we horizontalize human and biological, flesh and stone, wind, water and hair? “Insular Bodies” draws our attention to the wacky entanglements between the human and the non-human, the living and the non-living, and develops poetic images of an ecology that does not show hierarchies but rather approaches utopian scenarios of consonance.

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Fabien Almakiewicz
Neus Barcons Roca
Alexis “Maca” Fernández
Gyung Moo Kim
Margaux Marielle-Tréhoüart
Manon Parent
Camille Revol
Joel Suárez Gómez
Directed by: Stephanie Thiersch
DoP: Hajo Schomerus
Edit & Postproduction: Julia Franken
Music & Sounddesign: Brigitta Muntendorf
Sound-Assistant: Mats Thiersch
Production dramaturgy: Sabine Toelle
Production Cologne: Tanja Baran, Sarah Heinrich
1. Captain: Dudi Coletti
2. Captain: Francesco di Spezia
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Filmed on Corfu, Greece / Ionian Sea
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Germany 2002, 27′
Direction and choreography: Stephanie Thiersch

At dawn, a café under dark trees. A poet scribbles his vision of utopian love on paper: Georgia. The guests of the café go crazy behind his back. His paranoid vision: at a quay of the Seine, Georgia rises from the water. But before he can touch her, the insignificant gust of wind that is only supposed to send the red paper on its journey brutally blows him onto a barge on the Pont Neuf.

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Since the incident, the ground beneath his feet begins to swim. A foray through surreal imagery in a nocturnal Paris begins. The settings transform into time-independent non-places, places of transfer into another, more real and unbiased existence.
Commissioned by ZDF Theaterkanal and Arte
Cast/Choreography Juan Kruz Diaz de Garaio Esnaola, Alexandra Naudet, Luc Dunberry,
Damien Jalet, Michal Hirsch, Jens Münchow, Mathilde Poymiro, Olivier Schétrit
Music Anthony Moore
Cinematography Javier Ruiz Gomez, Kathy Sebbah
Editing Anja Theismann, Britta Strathmann
A co-production of aquafilm and mouvoir

Filmforum im Museum Ludwig
Saturday, July 24th, 2021, 5 p.m.
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Mcheza Ngoma

Tanzania / Germany, 2020, 29′
Direction and choreography: Michael Maurissens

The relation between traditional and contemporary dance in the Eastern African context. Shot in the frame of the 2019 Haba na Haba Festival, the film presents the role and the practice of dance in the Tanzanian society.

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Artistic collaborator Isack Abeneko
With Isack Abeneko, Mdundiko and Vanga, Balangati culture group, Elimisha arts group, Umoja Primary School, Msimamo Youth Educators, T-Africa, Waka Waka, D.D.I, Cooperativa Maura Morales, Musa Hlatshwayo
Produced by CARRÉ BLANC PRODUCTIONS, Goethe Institut Tanzania, Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW
Supported by Haba na Haba international Dance Festival

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India 2019, 5′
Direction:Chandni Srivastava, Choreography: Yagyaa Srivastava

Discovering our reality by connecting with nature that coexists in a world filled with reveries and illusion. If everything is ‘Here’, we only find what we seek.

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Brace for Impact

Germany 2021, 5′
Direction and choreography: Meritxell Aumedes und Emanuele Soavi

Instruction given to prepare for a crash, such as on an aircraft. There are many different ways to adopt the brace position. The most common in passenger airliners being the forward-facing seat version, in which the person bracing places their head against or as close as possible to the surface it is likely to strike, placing their feet firmly on the floor, and their hands either on their head or the seat in front.

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1 if you brace yourself for something unpleasant or difficult, you prepare yourself for it.
2 if you brace yourself against something or brace part of your body against it, you press against something in order to steady your body or to avoid falling.

1 the act of one body, object, etc., striking another; collision.
2 the impression made by an idea, cultural movement, social group, etc. “

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The dance of living stones

Italy 2017, 5′
Direction: Angelo De Grande
Choreography: MÒSS

A dialogue between the new and the old, the present and the past, narrating the history of this very specific and amazing part of Sicily.

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The Man who travelled to nowhere

Canada 2019, 5′
Direction: Vincent René-Lortie
Choreography: Kyra Jean Green

Through the eyes of Eytan, a man who only exists in the dreams and unconscious minds of others, we question what is “real”, what isn’t, and how we each perceive time differently.

Filmforum im Museum Ludwig
Saturday, July 24th, 2021, 7 p.m.
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NL 2008, 17′
Direction: Boris Paval Conen
Choreography: Jiří Kylián

The trial of strength between the eternal temptress Carmen, the infatuated Don José, the womanizer Escamillo and the kind-hearted Samaritan Micaëla climaxes in a lively race in cars made from abandoned scrap.

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Choreographer Jiři Kylián and director Boris Paval Conen made the film on location at coal mine in the Czech Republic, where Kylián choreographed the piece for four dancers on the spot. The Dutch composer Han Otten arranged Bizet’s original score and also integrated additional music specially composed for the film.

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Catalonia / Spain / USA, 2020, 9′
Direction and choreography: Tuixén Benet

Through a dialogue between movement and landscape, Lazarus reflects on the objectification of the female (woman) body in film. The famous quote by Edgar Allan Poe that “”the death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world””, triggers a succession of falls and recoveries that escape the poetic by trying too hard to find it.



NL 2019, 9′
Direction: Thomas Bos
Choreography: Erik Bos

Hank does not fit in. Riding his motorcycle enables him to clear his mind. Above 130km everything becomes black and white. During his nightly drives his thoughts and reality become deeply entwined.

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Italy 2019, 3′
Direction: Antonella Barbera, Fabio Leone
Choreography: Salvatore Romania

What can a voice do? It can dance, fly, jump, cry. Tongue twisters show the gestures of the voice, together with the song of the body.


Contained Turbulence

Portugal 2019, 9′
Direction: Pedro Inock
Choreography: Nádia Lopes

Memory and place (or absence of) and possibility as groundwork as it challenges the bitterness and hostile condition of the postmodern human.”



Lebanon 2018, 5′
Direction: Andrew Gebrael
Choreography: Joseph Gebrael

Filmed in Lebanon in 2018, it depicts the discrimination, social injustice and racism that we witness in our modern society. So who is to blame in this chaos? Him, the other? But the other of the other is us… HOUWA, the “”other”” in Arabic, is the first collaboration between Joseph Gebrael and Andrew Gebrael.

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Assistant director : Wajih Saadeh
Voice over : Elie Hanna, Andrew Gebrael and Joseph Gebrael.”

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Lucid Green

Lebanon 2020, 5′
Direction: Joseph Gebrael
Choreography: Joseph Gebrael

What seems to be motionless, inactive or static, is profoundly and eternally moving, evolving it’s form restlessly, from one shape to the other still the essence is the same.

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Videography by Wajih Saadeh
Editing by Andrew Gebrayel and Wajih Saadeh
Music : Kaddish for Superman By Yom and The Wonder Rabbis, Joseph Gebrael Director
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Germany / Turkey, 2019, 14′
Direction: Rain Kencana
Choreography: Kadir Amigo Memiş

Two brothers leave their father behind in his adopted German domicile. They embark on a soulful journey through their own world of childhood memories in Anatolia dancing between this world and the beyond and reveal a dark secret.

Filmforum im Museum Ludwig
Sunday, July 25th, 2021, 5 p.m.


Germany 2021
Director: Sarina Laudam/ Kilian Löderbusch
Choreography: Kilian Löderbusch
The film deals with the events of the year 2020/21. Covid-19 and the isolation that followed had a lasting impact on the choreography. The dancers occupy the space as fluid statues. Breathing in and out, holding one’s breath and suffocating – breathing becomes movement.
Image design: Sarina Laudam

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Production: Paula Jungklaus
Dancers: Amalia Zafeiri, Anna Roßmüller, Demetrios Vasilakis, Sebastian Varra,
Tamora Dinklage
Camera assistant: Timo Höft
Music: Frederik Bruun



Katalonia / Spain 2021, 10′
Direction and choreography: Lucía García

Null or virtually non-existent relationship between two different species.
Coexistence between two parallel dimensions that, due to their innate characteristics, cannot be perceived.

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Jack at home

Germany 2020, 24′
Direction and choreography: Stsiapan Hurski

“Jack at home”” is based on the piece “”Jack”” initially created for the stage and premiered in October 2019 by the Folkwang Tanzstudio. Inspired by the original stage play, the dancers developed, filmed, produced and edited scenes at home. Misunderstandings and bizarre rituals, celebrations and funerals, erotic moments and monotony.

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Situations that lead to tension and at the same time to strong physical images. “Jack” is not only the title of the new choreography, but also a name, a place, a memory – and maybe even a dream.”


Through the slit

Turkey 2020, 5′
Direction: Balkan Karisman
Choreography: Can Gokdogan

It is always now, when we are in interaction. After that, is a stream of what now has been; and before that is a confusion of what matters. This will continue to be a loop; unless these interdivisional slits we get dragged into, are not closed.

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Performance: Can Gökdoğan
Sound: Burak Dirgen
Camera: Taha C. Yıldırım “

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Germany 2020, 1′
Direction and choreography: Susanne Helmes

How the world moves lurching through space. Just hold on… How the world loops through space. Just hold on…
How the world is rolling through space – just hold on.”

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Bubble Gum

Australia 2019, 3′
Direction: Ryan Renshaw
Choreography: Jack Lister

Everybody’s bubble must eventually pop.


Private is

Israel 2012, 21′
Direction: Oren Shkedy, Dana Ruttenberg
Choreography: Dana Ruttenberg

The construction, eruption, corruption and destruction of the masculine self and other. The boundaries of masculinity, and the forces that operate on the male body, while borrowing from different cultures and modalities.

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Director of Photography: Ram Shweky
Cast: Uri Shafir, Ofir Yudilevitch”

Filmforum im Museum Ludwig
Sunday, July 25th, 2021, 7 p.m.
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The great Ghosts

France 2018, 53′
Direction: Louise Narboni
Choreography: Yoann Bourgeois

Adapted from “The Mechanics of History, an attempt to approach a point of suspension”, a live performance capture of an exhibition at the Pantheon. Fixed to the highest point of the Pantheon dome, Foucault’s famous pendulum provides the medium for a choreographic creation around movement and balance.

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Using four forms of spectacular apparatuses – trampoline, turntable, precarious balancing and her famous “Seesaw of Levity”, now installed in the monument – the dancer-acrobats, Foucault’s pendulum, and the audience are the actors in a totally original ambulatory show.”