Winner FFF Documentary Talent Award 2018 Winner NO FEAR AWARD, FIRST STEPS 2018 Shortlist DOK.deutsch Award 2018 Nominated for ARRI AMIRA Award 2018 Nominated for German Documentary Music Award 2018 Nominated for German Camera Prize 2018
DOK.fest München 2018 - German Competition Der neue Heimatfilm Festival 2018 - Documentary Film Competition Filmkunstwochen München 2018 Fünf Seen Filmfestival 2018 - Documentary Film Competition International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana 2018 FILMZ Festival des deutschen Kinos - Documentary Film Competition Trostberger Filmtage 2018 Kasseler Dokumentarfilm - und Videofest 2018 -Documentary Film Competition
When you have to bury the dead, 'cause you can't make a living as a dairy farmer anymore and vegan hippies try to find their peace in a hidebound village, life starts to reveal its absurdity. The documentary sooner or later tells the tragicomic story of a villages' struggle for the future.
Special Mention at Festival des deutschen Films 2017 Starter Film Award of the City of Munich 2018 Promising Director Award at TLVfest 2018 Freedom of Vision Award at Qfest 2018 Nominated for the Michael Ballhaus Award and the No Fear Award (First Steps) 2017
Filmfest München 2017 Festival des deutschen Films 2017 Biberacher Filmfestpiele 2017 Heimspiel - Das Regensburger Filmfest 2017 Watchlist - Filmfestival Max Ophüls Preis 2018 Grenzland Filmtage Selb - 2018 BFI FLARE London LGBT Film Festival 2018 Leeds Queer Film Festival 2018 LGBT Film Festival Warsaw 2018 TLVfest (Tel Aviv) 2018 Freiburger Lesbenfilmtage 2018 Neiße Film Festival 2018 KASHISH Mumbai International Queer Film Festival 2018 Korea Queer Film Festival 2018 Giffoni Film Festival 2018 Houston International LGBTQ Film Festival 2018 Filmkunstwochen München 2018 Thessaloniki International LGBTQI Film Festival 2018 International Queer Film Festival - Merlinka 2018
MANJA (17) lives in a high-rise development on the outskirts of the city. As she rushes in the arms of rebel LOUK (17) who is on the run from hunters in the woods, this is the beginning of a first love. No lies, no traces, no fear - this is Louk's credo. And Manja follows her in quiet surrender. But when Manja realizes that Louk's idealism hides a deep wound left by the loss of her mother, she helps her to say goodbye to the past - and learns to let go herself.
AIR is a cinematic poem on the freedom of love and the purity of the heart.
Paula Hüttisch, Lara Feith, Matthias Neukirch, Thomas Di Bernardo, Franziska Rieck, Murat Seven, Jakob D'Aprile and more.
Director: Anatol Schuster Script: Anatol Schuster and Britta Schwem D.o.P.: Julian Krubasik Editor: Gesa Jäger Music: Henrik Ajax Casting: Isabelle Bertolone Production Design: Fryderyk Swierczynski Costume Design: Lena Nienaber Hair & Make-Up: Lydia Geissler Gaffer: Lisa Maria Müller Sound: Cornelia Böhm Comm. Editor: Natalie Lambsdorff Producers: Isabelle Bertolone, Marius Ehlayil (wirFILM)
A production of wirFILM in co-production with Bavarian Broadcasting (BR) in cooperation with Edgar Reitz Film Foundation and University of Television and Film Munich.
A young man walks across Germany in order to meet his newly born daughter. A thoughtful and completive journey reflecting upon the mood and state of the country.
Written & Directed by: Anatol Schuster D.o.P.: Adrian Campean Music: Henrik Ajax Producers: Isabelle Bertolone & Marius Ehlayil
wirFILM in cooperation with HFF Munich
2018 | Commercial | 66 Sec | 16mm
This clip shows us Bavaria's core: An attitude towards life which combines hard work with joie de vivre and people who have both a modern spirit and a sense of tradition.
Idea and Concept: Lea Becker & Karl Kürten Directed by: Lea Becker D.o.P.: Karl Kürten Editor: Jakub Rzucidlo Music: David Reichelt Research: Konstantin Steinbichler Producers: Isabelle Bertolone & Marius Ehlayil
wirFILM in cooperation with HFF Munich at request of the vbw - Vereinigung der Bayerischen Wirtschaft e. V. and Bayerischer Bauernverband
Days of Youth
2016 | Documentary short | 30 Minutes | Russian| Digital
Starter Film Award of the city of Munich 2017 (Best Production) Audience Award at Grenzland Filmtage Selb 2017
Duisburger Filmwoche 2016 Dokfest Kassel 2016 Artdocfest, Moskau 2016 Zagrebdox 2017 Grenzland-Filmtage 2017 DOK.fest München 2017 U.KINO Kurzfilmfest 2017 Shorts at Moonlight 2017 Münchner Filmkunstwochen 2017 Deutsch-russische Dokumentarfilmtage in Kaliningrad 2017 Filmfest Eberswalde - die Provinziale 2017 Kinofest Lünen 2017 Verzio International Human Rights Film Festival 2017 Internationales Kurzfilmfestival Landau - La.Meko 2018
Every summer, a military-patriotic camp for kids is being held on the Russian island of Sakhalin, 8000 km to the east of Moscow. The children are being trained in national values and armed combat, backed by lessons of Russian orthodox tradition. In Summer 2015, due to the 70th anniversary of the victory of the soviet army in WWII, the camp takes part in reconstruction of a historic battle, where the kids take on the roles of soldiers and the adults teach them how dying looks best on the battlefield.
Written and directed by: Yulia Lokshina D.o.P.: Zeno Legner Film editors: Yulia Lokshina, Manon Falise Producers: Isabelle Bertolone, Marius Ehlayil (wirFILM)
World Premiere at Berlinale - Perspektive Deutsches Kino 2015 - Winter of Dialogue en Perspective Award 2015
Riga International Film festival 2ANNAS 2016 KINO - Festival des Deutschsprachigen Films Lissabon 2016 Heimatfilmfestival Freistadt 2016 Kino Breitwand Starnberg - Themenabend 2016 Camerimage 2015 Film School Fest Munich 2015 Filmkunstfest M-V 2015 Festival des Deutschen Films 2015 FiSH Rostock 2015 der NEUE HEIMAT film 2015
In rural Vorpommern, northern Germany, life is changing beyond all recognition: Villages are vanishing, people are leaving, houses sit empty. Frank, too, is facing huge upheaval: his family has decided to move to the city. That, it seems, is their only chance of a bright future.
With their departure approaching, Frank realizes how attached he is to his home. As his wife, Kathrin, retreats ever further from the world, and Frank feels increasingly distant from his adolescent daughter and autistic son, he‘s forced to ask himself: Are things actually better somewhere else – or does „a perfect place“ only really exist within us?
A tragicomedy about a family living between a techno club and a brass band and a place between a nature reserve and a hog farm.
Matthias Neukirch, Jule Böwe, Robert Schupp, Barbara Philipp, Jörg Hartmann et al.
Written and directed by: Anatol Schuster D.o.P.: Julian Krubasik Film editor: Gesa Jäger Sound: Cornelia Böhm Music: Die Tollensetaler e.V. u.a. Gaffer: Lisa Maria Müller Set design: Clara Wuigk Costume design: Lena Nienaber Make-Up: Nina Cesari Produced by: Isabelle Bertolone & Benedikt Weber
A Production by wirFILM in cooperation with HFF Munich
2014 | Documentary | 48 Minutes | Bulgarian | Digital
Best Documentary Award Montréal World Film Festival 2014 German Human Rights Film Award 2014 Dokumentarfilmpreis Ruhr –Blicke Filmfestival des Ruhrgebiets 2014
Lange Nacht der Münchner Museen 2015 Interkulturelle Woche Greifswald 2015 DOK.fest München 2015 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival 2015 International Documentary Film Festival Munich 2015 South East European Film Festival Los Angeles 2015 Sehsüchte - International Student Film Festival Berlin 2015 International Documentary Film Festival Cronograf, Moldavia 2015 Neiße Filmfestival 2015 Balkantage München 2015 DokumentART - European Film Festival for Documentaries 2014 International Filmschoolfest Munich 2014 Videofilmtage Koblenz 2014 et al.
Nadeshda is one of Bulgaria’s largest Roma ghettos. The children Misho, Zorka and Tsveti appear to have little chance of breaking the cycle of prejudice, stigma and discrimination. Yet they dream of becoming professional classical musicians, far from the ghetto’s walls and its confining traditions. This will be no easy task, especially for the girls. The children and their parents will need to overcome the suspicions of their own community as well as the hostility of the outside world.
Directed by: Anna Frances Ewert & Falk Müller D.o.P.: Pius Neumaier Produced by: Isabelle Bertolone
A production by HFF Munich
2013 | Short | 10 Minutes | German | 16mm
Dioraphte Encouragement Award for best short student film at Go Shorts Nijmegen 2013 Starter Film Award of the City of Munich 2013 Special Mention – Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013
Sundance Film Festival 2013 SXSW 2013 Next Generation Short Tiger - German Films Program, Cannes 2013 Edinburgh International Film Festival 2013 Hamburg International Short Film Festival 2013 Huesca International Short Film Festival 2013 Go Short - International Short Film Festival Nijmegen 2013 Go East - Festival of Central and Eastern European Film 2013 Rooftop Films 2013 Euganea Festival 2013 European Short Film Festival 2013 European Media Art Festival 2013 Internationales Festival der Filmhochschulen München 2013 30. Kasseler Dokumentarfilm- und Videofest 2013 Kung Fu Shorts – Pravo Ljudski Film Festival 2013 UnderDox Film Festival München 2013 Cine Tapis Rouge Festival Montreal 2013 International Film Festival Novi Sad 2013 Kunstarealfest München 2013 61. Münchner Filmkunstwochen 2013 Oder Kurz Filmspektakel 2013 Bozner Filmtage 2013 and many more
For most people, sleep comes naturally, but for some, the night turns into an ongoing struggle to drift off into oblivion. This film explores what it’s like to be awake against one’s will and the feelings of despair and loneliness that accompany the passing of time. The story is told through the protagonist’s eyes as we drift in a state between wakefulness and sleep through the city at night. The abstract and poetic imagery takes us deeper into the vicious circle of someone's struggle with sleeplessness.
Written and directed by Anna Frances Ewert DoP: Pius Neumaier Producer: Isabelle Bertolone