Kurzfilmtournee 2020

We Still Speak German Today

Germany 2019 • experimental film • German • 16 mins.
German Short Film Award in Gold in the category for experimental films up to 30 minutes
directors, script: Clara Winter & Miguel Ferráez
camera: Valentin Lopez
editor: Clara Winter
cast: Miguel Ferráez
production: Clara Winter & Miguel Ferráez

A young man (co-director Miguel Ferráez) recites sentences from the integration course "Living in Germany" while standing in front of changing backgrounds of German representation abroad. The words, which are intended to convey German values and customs, contrast with the places shown, which show a certain contradiction in terms of how they have come to terms with the past.

Jury statement
In an impressively simple yet brilliant concept, Clara Winter and Miguel Ferráez place two perspectives of German self-representation in a new common context. On the one hand, documentary images with a German connection from Mexico City, and on the other, a sympathetic young man, probably Mexican because of his accent, who freely presents excerpts from the integration course "Living in Germany". This finely mounted collision of the two elements exposes in a precise way contradictions and cynicisms of the German self-image, which are enormously complex and at the same time painfully comical. WE STILL SPEAK GERMAN TODAY is a film about integration - but our own: The not-so-smooth integration of Germany into the global community of states.

Clara Winter & Miguel Ferráez

Clara Winter studied fine arts at the Kunsthochschule Kassel and was a master student of Bjørn Melhus. Miguel Ferráez studied film at the UAMN, Mexico and screenwriting at the UNAV, Spain. They are co-founders of the University of Darkness, CDMX and currently as a duo in the master program of the Dutch Art Institute.

Filmografie:
2018 BEYOND BEACH
2017 POOR PEOPLE RELAX ME
2015 POSTCOLONIALISM IN 30 SQM
2014 JUST KIDS LEFT ALIVE ON THE ROAD