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Competing at Oberhausen

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We are proud to continue our partnership with the renowned International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, one of the world’s premiere venues for celebrating the art of the short film. This summer, we will show a selection of the best films from the International Competition of the 2018 festival.

Harry Smith at the Breslin Hotel

Robert Frank United States, 2017

expired 11 days ago

We conclude our showcase of some of the best films competing at the Oberhausen festival with a genuine surprise. Renowned photographer and filmmaker Robert Frank has made his first new film in years: A time capsule of a touching and unique encounter between two iconoclastic artists in New York.

A Branch of a Pine Is Tied Up

Tomoyasu Murata Japan, 2017

expired 12 days ago

Being one of the most prestigious festivals of its kind, Oberhausen sets a very high bar for short form storytelling—and animation is no exception! This Japanese stop motion fable blends a multi-layered narrative, atmospheric richness and sociological relevance, while having the biggest of hearts.

The Hymns of Muscovy

Dimitri Venkov Russia, 2018

expired 17 days ago

Turning Moscow upside down is no simple trick in Dimitri Venkov’s awesome short, the third highlight we’re showing directly from Oberhausen’s International Competition. Its survey of Soviet architecture is monumental yet alien, a city symphony (set to the Soviet anthem) rendered concrete—yet unreal.

Carolee, Barbara and Gunvor

Lynne Sachs United States, 2018

expired 18 days ago

Next in our series of highlights competing at Oberhausen—one of the world’s best short film festivals—we are delighted to present Lynne Sach’s portrait of three extraordinary women artists. Warmly compassionate and sprightly inquisitive, the film captures personality and philosophy in equal measure.

Creature Companion

Melika Bass United States, 2018

expired 19 days ago

Today we launch our 3rd annual partnership with the prestigious International Short Film Festival Oberhausen, from which we selected five of our favorite films from their 2018 competition. To start: Melika Bass’s beguiling, perhaps radical, reinterpretation of femininity in American suburban life.

How to Reach God Through Proper Exercising

Gabriel Herrera Torres Poland, 2016


Our final film from the Oberhausen festival’s prestigious competition is an absurdist vision of male communal play. A dream passes from man to man during sports practice, throwing the world subtly askew in Mexican director Gabriel Herrera Torres’s unexpectedly strange and impressively grand short.

Strange Says the Angel

Shalimar Preuss France, 2017


Shalimar Preuss’ film revives French Impressionist cinema with a renewed sense of realism in this lovely short vision of childhood and femininity. A pastoral setting alongside a riverbank gives way to an arresting flow of images culminating in a deeply mysterious finale waiting to be untangled.

Tower XYZ

Ayo Akingbade United Kingdom, 2016


Our partnership with the Oberhausen Film Festival continues further into the fertile world of modern avant-garde cinema with this brief sojourn into the streets of London and racial and class injustices manifest in the modern city. Ayo Akingbade’s approach is poetic, rhythmic, & entirely enveloping.

Stabat Mater

Josef Dabernig Austria, 2016


Austrian visual artist Josef Dabernig always brings a delightfully fresh, odd-angled approach to cinema, and this competitor at Oberhausen is no different. A clever, droll opposition of haunted architecture à la Last Year at Marienbad, lingering guests played by family & friends, and a fatal story.


Richard Dinter Sweden, 2016


Our series on Oberhausen, one of the world’s best short film festivals, continues with a selection from this year’s International Competition, going on now. Described by the director as a “thriller without a crime,” Snow is a rigorously controlled short film, diving backward into memory.


Virpi Suutari Finland, 2016


We’re partnering with Oberhausen, one of the world’s best short film festivals, to bring you films from 2016’s in-progress International Competition. We begin with a warmly wry doc from Finland, which at once honors and satirizes its upper-class hunters in a style reminiscent of Werner Herzog.

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