Europäischer Autorenkreis für Film und Video e. V.
European Film & Video Makers Circle

Every film – a true masterpiece

Promptly at 9:15 on Thursday morning, after the welcome by Anni Bergauer, the lights in the Anglet-Saal of the Kulturzentrum, went off, and the carefully planned screening of 57 movies began.

Each author and the subject of the film was introduced by the moderator, who had a 90 seconds countdown on screen between the films.

Memories by Walter Richter (D) on a holiday in the Meran region took us to South Tyrol, to "Alto Adige", as the Italians call this magnificent part of their country before Fritz Hofmann from Switzerland showed us a grinding operation, which clearly demonstrated just how long it takes to make a big kitchen knife usable again and ready for The Professional Touch.

In Namibia Erich Hirsch from southern Germany visited not only the children of the country. In I'll Sing A Song Of Africa, the land called to him, and he went at once with his camera. Manfred Fuchs from Austria filmed The Tradition in Krungl. There men hide under straw, and the grim reaper is on the loose.

The following coffee break arranged by the hardworking people of the Ansbach Film and Video Club included fine "rolls".

Then we were enchanted by the pictures made by Arno Wehrmann from Augsburg. He calls his film about Antelope Canyon in Arizona, Sandstone Art; a special artwork of colour and light. The next 20 minutes belonged to Hermann Willebrand - An Unrecognized Builder. Not only his personal history, but also that of the Schwerin Castle were impressively presented on screen by the team of authors Jurij Logutenok and Bernd Schulze Willebrand.

Then the projector was required by Heino Schenck from Hamburg ... and handed over to him!

Another team of authors: Wolfgang Enge and Ferdinand Happel took part in a guessing game and haggled over The New Old; make no false assumptions: it was all about a video camera.

The legend of The Devil in the Spreewald was recounted by Helmi Hansen from West Germany with dramatic words. Dr. Horst Hufnagel travelled a long way from Hamburg to take the season championship for the 75-80 age group in the 400m race in Budapest. Nevertheless, this is the place, as he says Where Once My Dream Of Freedom Shattered.

On the other hand: a good dream for abandoned and sick dogs was: Care for Dogs, made by Dieter Amsler from Switzerland. A touching and sensitive camera accompanied those who are frequently man’s best friends on their path to recovery.

A group of residents from Aachen want to preserve a historic bunker. It was truly Our Guardian Angel in the war, said the team of authors Antonia Moll and Horst Krause whose film joined forces with the protesters

Perhaps you could help continue the next generation model in the film by Mario Piotrosinski (D) of The Bell Telephone. The development of telephony was presented in a cheerful manner with a wink and "Hasta la vista baby". Now, just before the lunch break Hanspeter Ortner from Switzerland gave us another Australian Adventure. It was 1,400 km of long, hard road on the longest outback trek on that continent.

That wore us out so we needed a reviving buffet a la Ansbach Film and Video Club, payable in their own paper currency. Not just good, but great!

I looked around and think: Our filmmakers were surely all grandparents, well, almost all, so the next film came as a perfect warning: Vo mir uus chan er choo. Right, that's Swiss and that is ...... So ...... umm ..... Well, I’m not writing a dictionary! The grandson trick as a fiction film by Robert Brunner, showed how we should not make cheats.

The cameras of the filmmaking team Roswitha Katharina Wirtz and Klaus Krafft from West Germany took us straightforwardly through the year of an organic apple grower. This documentary An Apple A Day told us comprehensively about the interplay between animals, agriculture and income.

Also on the theme of four seasons Gerhard Menzel from southern Germany had put his camera to work. In Lechtal east of Augsburg, he told us about, Life on Hörgelaugraben with impressive pictures of the flora and fauna.

Willi Gray, our film friend from Switzerland also concentrated on this theme, but in a completely different landscape: Uganda, the Land of Green Mountains; dense rainforests at 2000m high left cameramen and the trekkers sweating, where the forest dwellers felt quite comfortable.

This sense of well-being was also felt by the audience in a film by Kurt Grundler from northern Germany, who visited Oslo. Statues in the Vigelandpark had encouraged him to make A Special Park to bring the stone figures to our competition in Ansbach.

From art in the far north to painting in the deep south: a great painter from Teufen in Switzerland should not be forgotten. For that reason his compatriot Ueli Bietenhader showed his appreciation of the Painter Hans Zeller.

Our Ansbach film friends now served ornate pies, while in the foyer of the Cultural Centre many friendly moments were observed.

It is a pity that Peter Schwalm was not present, he gave us a Glimpse Of The Great African Art. Perhaps he won something or other in the raffle to add to his collection at home.

I thought I knew the differences? Boys vs. Girls. But in this way I am none the wiser. The laughter in Anglet-Saal rewarded class work by the class (es) from the AG Video of Rieden / Egid Spies Comprehensives with a high score.  But now it goes around, or back and forth.

Frieder Mallon from Hanau said GO and brought together music and movement.  Hard cut to the gentle calm, serenity and melancholy of the author Günter Viereckt.  Dressed in words of warning, our Swiss film friend reminded us about the aquatic environment and its benefits for vegetation and prosperity. When entitled Same As Every Year I immediately thought of Christmas. No way!

The author Georg Merz (D) told us about safety training for bikers, because not all bikers are reckless speeders!  Let's go to France! The trains no longer go to the Douro Valley. The River And Its Bridge no longer allows it. Erik Jäger knows that according to his report on a railway line. Through the Manila suburbs thread railway lines, which are in fact no longer passable, but Urs Schadegg from Switzerland reported the incredible Life on the Line. A train journey through an incredible scene!

Unimaginable for many television viewers, is the cost  of shooting professional-action scenes. Horst Krause has experience of this and shot a documentary about Hollywood In The Neighbourhood.

The film I Must Have The Ring required a firm grasp of clever software to create its experimental visualisation. Wagner and the Ring of the Nibelung took Manfred Pilsz from Austria to the "Otherworld". In the real world some injured wild birds and hedgehogs needed A Second Chance. Eckard Splieth from West Germany documented  the help of human hands.

After these first 30 film entries, the Eurofilmers met for dinner at a Greek restaurant. The uninhibited noise levels clearly showed the need for discussion, and some red-rimmed eyes resulted on the second day when screening started at 9 o’clock, which began with Our Cruise On The Costa Fortuna. A travelogue from and with Roland Mees and Doris Graf (CH) went from Venice, Bari, Santorini, Rhodes and Dubrovnik, and pointed out that you can save tax if you have your house re-roofed at the appropriate time! In addition, plenty of sun and blue sky.

Not so in the Land of Toraja. The rain had softened the so-called street. During a jeep ride that was Ilka and Horst Burmeister’s experience: Very Muddy in Sulawesi.

It also got pretty wet in Hamburg-Altona. There was a fight with plenty of water between Danish Altona fishermen  about fishing rights in the Stuhlmannbrunnen - observed by Gerhard Jagow.

And so we came to: The Wise Enjoy The Water. Max Conradt from Hamburg presented incontestable arguments about the elixir of life. Completely without  water the walls of The Book House, were built as required by the timber entrepreneur Thomas Meister. It was created by hand by Willi Waser from Switzerland, but "only" as far as the camerawork was concerned.

Significantly bigger and lasting months longer was the building work that Frank Lauter from Schwäbisch-Hall supported. A lot of water, concrete, steel and glass was necessary for the project from the Kocher Hotel To Kocherquartier.  Technology was also in demand in the movie by Irmlind Mallon from Hanau: What is meant by the term encaustic technique? It means actually creating an image from wax, and the "brush" is a warm iron! Hot Effects therefore had nothing to do with Hammonias Daughters who were found in Hamburg by Thomas Tiefelsdorf  in many places in the city (often naked).

If you look at their faces, it is said you can recognize The Longing For Distance, which Suzy Sommer of Luxembourg spotted among the inhabitants of cities in Northwest America. Her images relax the mind and eye. Eye to eye with the penguins in South Georgia Horst Peter (D) could be found once more, when he was allowed to enter the highly protected area after instruction and donning a protective suit. In the Pure Natural Protection his camera was really close by, as well as the lens of Hans-Rudolf Wiget from Switzerland.  A titmouse and a snake added drama to the observation of nature in the film A Day at the Rio Jandula. By day Zorro is also on the banks of the lagoons on his way to find food.

He was cunning like the Fox observed by Guido Haesen from Luxembourg which also gave him a sweet voice. Brake! Panic in the next video! A woman on the run! The author Paul Aegerter (D) asked us: Do you finally understand ... It was discussed, which, I think, was exactly what Paul wanted ...

Classical music came to the Angle-Saal: Reinhard Merke painted a picture of a city. The whole of Florence is a work of art. Art, Churches And Palaces, intoxicating images, a wealth of masterpieces of art and architecture.

Equally strong images, this time of strong women from Ghana: Sonja Steger from Vienna managed to recognise the support for self-help in developing countries. The Luxembourg Babies gave us food for thought ....  The minute films let us come back to other thoughts, as did the excursion in the afternoon.

A clip for the radio, more specifically for the Mitteldeutsche Rundfunk, from the ballad-singer and film maker Denny Schönemann in harmony with Filmclub Gera Pforten: No More Popular Songs on Public Radio-The Cost Part 1 left little worthwhile on the commercial channels. Part 2 follows next year. On the other hand going down like cider was the next topic by Erwin Sprenger from Austria. Traditionally the sweet juice is made in Lower Austria or dry pear juice. Mosteln and Dörren should also be learned.

So too should the underwater film: Rhapsody in Blue in all its facets, in image and in sound. Always fascinating, the colours and movements of aquatic life, shot by Manfred Klein from Switzerland. A Unique Experience of a different kind on the other hand is on Harald Lindner’s (D) mind. A jazz fan he will never become (quote) "old and infirm".

Peter Fasonin (CH) brought us An Extraordinary Visit. An animation film to clarify that on our planet something is badly out of whack.

Apparently it is not so in South Africa, where the world is In Search of the Big Five which still goes well. This was proved by Günther Waltz with his rich images of an exciting video Safari.  The plot of The Stolen Goal in Ukraine  also worked on several levels. In the premier class of the film we met Filippo Lubiato and the Crimean Children’s Studio. The playful enthusiasm was palpable and the performances could be followed through subtitles.

Again the foyer filled with lively discussions and film making friends in a great atmosphere.

That was then muted: The Gateway to Nowhere in Kathmandu in Nepal stayed open for every dead person. The discreet camera of Anton Wallner from Passau and the sympathetic explanatory text of this film captivated the audience.

Peace over the city, over Tel Aviv, Haifa and Jerusalem's Old City. Shalom accompanied Franz Plessl (CH) during his journey through Israel's cities.

Heinz-Werner Breiter found no towns and no crowds in the flat moorlands in northern Germany. Yet he discovered subjects that can be found in this landscape only with patience and appropriate technology. "golden" Moor Times came from this.

Don’t Play With Your Food was the message in the animated film by Helmut Savini from southern Germany. Odlie plays tennis in Africa.

A call for help from Peter Jesinowski of Duisburg: his daughter Nora wants to bring a leopard gecko in a terrarium into house. The New Home turns this idea upside down. Topsy-turvy is also how things go in the company in which an industrious Programmer Bill is employed. Xaver Mayer demonstrated in his animated film that only easy money and greed count.

Not so with the Eurofilmers. I always feel that they respect each and every film maker and do not begrudge one another’s success.

Thanks to all authors for the many wonderful films.

Wolfgang Thomas