The legendary OBERHAUSEN Short Film Festival comes back to BIEFF!

After the 2011 success, the International Short Film Festival OBERHAUSEN returns to the Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival BIEFF. The film lovers will once again have the chance to see, for the first time in Romania, some of the most impressive award winning titles from OBERHAUSEN.


One of the oldest film festivals in the world, running for 59 years now, OBERHAUSEN is one of the most important events of its kind in the world, a place where short film meets visual art, particularly well known for its spotlight on experimentation. For more than five decades, many famous filmmakers and visual artists have presented their works at OBERHAUSEN: Roman Polanski, Werner Herzog, Wim Wenders, Chantal Akerman, George Lucas being among them.


Roman Polanski: “Short film is an excellent first step for a director. This is how I began my career, and OBERHAUSEN was an essential step on my way to becoming a director.”


The OBERHAUSEN special program, supported by The Konrad Adenauer Foundation and Goethe Institute, brings at BIEFF some of the most acclaimed films from OBERHAUSEN, which gained the festival’s jury unanimous appreciation, innovative visual works with a deeply personal dimension that, at the same time, approach, without compromise, present day political and cultural topics.



In the powerful SNOW TAPES, winner of the OBERHAUSEN Grand Prize 2012, the Israeli visual artist MICH’AEL ZUPRANER offers a video camera to a Palestinian family living in the full of tensions Israeli-controlled sector of Hebron, for them to be able to document the human rights abuses they are confronted with. Two parallel screens show simultaneously two points of view. One shows footage filmed by the Palestinian family, capturing their violent clash with a group of Israeli neighbors. On the other screen, one can see the same family watching this footage, their reactions and comments, captured by the artist. "The result, while raw and rough, is both subtle and evocative, and reconfigures cinema as an active political agent" (Oberhausen Jury Statement)



Winner of the Principal Prize OBERHAUSEN 2012, REFRAMING THE ARTIST introduces to us the copy painters from Dafen Oil Painting Village in China, the world's largest producer of handmade copies after famous paintings. The Dutch visual artist SASCHA POHLE re-enacts scenes from popular movies about art and artists, like FRIDA, MODIGLIANI, THE GIRL WITH A PEARL EARRING, POLLOCK etc., with these copy painters as actors. As the copy makers “re-create” the works of art, SASCHA POHLE “re-creates” in these scenes the stereotypical representations of the visual artist in cinema, making us reevaluate our own views on art and artists.



Winner of the OBERHAUSEN Principal Prize 2012, MERCURIO has seduced the juries of many prestigious festivals, such as Rotterdam, Gijon, Buenos Aires or Curtas Vila do Conde. Intimate and sensitive, the film shows a mysterious encounter, in a car, in a quiet parking lot. Through glass and reflections, we spy upon a man and a woman from surveillance camera distance. They seem so close in space, but so far away in life. The inspired choice of the camera to capture the moment of intimacy through the car windows makes the glass strangely become a mirror, which transforms the external reality into an emotional inner space.


Winner of the Ecumenical Jury Prize OBERHAUSEN 2012, ODETTE captures a complex mother-daughter relationship. A woman goes on a journey to meet her mother. Soon this journey becomes an inner one, revealing the deeply broken connection between the mother and the daughter. The world the protagonist passes through is a subjective reflection of her solitude and emptiness: the streets and the hallways are empty, the town seems to be deserted. The meeting between the mother and the daughter is impossible, the emotional rift is cureless. The film excels through the sensitivity of the subject and the originality of the approach.


Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival (BIEFF) is organized by the Culture and Image Association, with the support of the National Cinema Centre, the National University of Drama and Film Bucharest, the National Art University, Le Fresnoy National Studio National Des Arts Contemporaines, MNAC National Museum of Contemporary Art Bucharest, Jameson, JTI, Samsung, Romania Film, the Konrad Adenauer Foundation, the Austrian Cultural Forum, Goethe Institute, UNIFRANCE, the French Institute, the Korean Embassy, the Polish Institute, Dacia, Cărturești, ALLTUR, Kraftmark.


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