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March 14th–20th, 2016 / Cinema Muzeul Țăranului, Cinema Elvire Popesco, Universitatea Națională de Muzică / the 6th edition


Directed by: 
Cinema Muzeul Țăranului - Wednesday, March 16, 2016 - 18:00
Written by: 
Alex Gerbaulet
Alex Gerbaulet, Smina Bluth
Philip Scheffner
Tom Schön
Merle Kröger, Uli Plank
Romanian Premiere
Shift (Schicht). Shaft (Schacht). The voice-over alliterates the terms repetitiously, shifting layer after layer as Alex Gerbaulet moves down the shaft of memories, her own family's and those of the industrial city of Salzgitter, a once blooming project of National-Socialist Germany, home of the 'Reichswerke Hermann Göring' and of the adjacent labour camps. Shift employs a rhythm crafting a feeling of implacability. Family and history events are concocted from archival propaganda pieces, news reels, and family photos, and the remains of the mining-cum-steel works shot on location. Moving between layers, the recurrent figure of the widowed father joggs along deserted streets and eventually returns to an empty home, his wife having passed away some time ago after years of suffering from multiple sclerosis. The industrial city is gradually invalided by a multiple sclerosis of its own. Reduced to the representation of the ruins of a failed ideology, it faces a future grimmer still, since it is designed to become the ultimate disposal place for radioactive waste. (Adina Marin, BIEFF)

Alex Gerbaulet

Alex Gerbaulet, (b. 1977), artist, filmmaker and curator, studied Philosophy, Media Science and Fine Arts in Braunschweig (Germany) and Vienna. She tought at the University of Arts in Kassel and was a member of Selection Committees for a number of European film festivals. Since 2014 she works as a producer with Pong Film GmbH in Berlin. Alex has made several video-art projects among them By Land (2002), Datterode (2006), Tattooed Prisoners (2007) and Already Afternoon (2009) in the art context. Shift is her first film specially for the cinema space. It was awarded with the prize for the best contribution to the German Competition at the International Short Film Fest Oberhausen, the First Film Award at FID Marseille and the German Film Critics Award 2015.

Festivals, awards: 
  • Prize German Competition - International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2015
  • First Film Award  -  FID Marseille 2015
  • German Film Critics Award 2015 
Curatorial comment:
A darkly comic investigation into family, labor and state, this half-hour cine-poem frames autobiography against secret histories in uncovering the last half-century of Salzgitter, an ostensibly ordinary German town that, between 1937 and 1945, was home to Reichswerke Hermann Göring - a tellingly named industrial complex and economic stronghold for the Nazis. Both works are typical of what is by now a familiar kind of essay film: found and original images stitched into a narrative logic and narrated by an actor whose detached, third-person voiceover creates a triangular mode of address between filmmaker, viewer and the various topics at hand. Each film is by turns authoritative and speculative, subjective and objective, deadpan and ironic, focused and meandering, verbose and tongue-tied, lucid and ambiguous, disciplined and self-indulgent. (Michael Pattison, filmmakermagazine.com)