Inncontro 2023

Childhood & Youth in the Context of Migration

23 – 25 November 2023 | Leokino Innsbruck

Inncontro – International Film Festival of Multiplicity encourages the exchange about (post-)migration, flight and exile – in the form of international feature films and documentaries as well as conversations that focus on the perspectives and agency of those who have migrated or are multi-native, who have had to flee or are forced to flee, who experience racism or are affected by current hostile migration regimes.

The focus is on experiences of childhood and youth in the context of migration. For young people in particular, (post-)migration is a moving moment that changes bonds and relationships, shifts responsibilities and increasingly raises questions of belonging and identity. It is a situation that can be as empowering as it is challenging, and requires new, creative coping strategies.

In Vienna in the 1970s, for instance, 12-year-old Ivo tries to escape the homesickness and racism of his surroundings by making a bold escape attempt (Fluchtversuch, Vojtěch Jasný, 1976). In Los Lobos (Samuel Kishi Leopo, 2020), Max and Leo, who have just arrived in the USA from Mexico with their mother, go against her strict instructions and – driven by curiosity and imagination – step out of the isolation of their room into a world full of surprises.

Réveil sur Mars (Dea Gjinovci, 2020) provides an empathetic insight into the strength of the Demiri family, who have fled their homes: among them 11-year-old Furkan, who imagines a world without persecution in space fantasies, and his sisters, who suffer from resignation syndrome, an apathetic condition that lasts for months, sometimes even years, and is particularly common among traumatised refugee children in desperate asylum situations.

In Une histoire d’amour et de désir (Leyla Bouzid, 2021), the shy Ahmed and the extroverted Farah meet in a course on Arabic love literature – and so do their different migratory backgrounds, realities of life and ideas about relationships and tradition.

Finally, Take me somewhere nice (Ena Sendijarević, 2019) is a road movie about Alma, who wants to visit her sick father in Bosnia. Questions of identity, migration and East-West relations are dealt with in a fresh, quirky way and stereotypes are turned on their heads in the process.

We wish you good projections!

Vojtěch Jasný | DE 1976 | 95 min | OV
Thursday, November 23, 2023 | 20:00 pm

In Vienna in the 1970s, twelve-year-old Ivo suffers from homesickness and the racism of his surroundings. While his mother looks after his seriously ill grandmother in what was then Yugoslavia, Ivo does the housework in Vienna and cooks for his father and brothers, who are subjected to unequal treatment and racist insults on the building site as so-called “guest workers”. One day Ivo has had enough: he decides to run away. Equipped with nothing but his coat and a harp, he hitchhikes towards the border – and meets people big and small, solidary and dismissive, and everything in between. Based on the story of the same name by W.J.M. Wippersberg, Czech director Vojtěch Jasný filmed the “Fluchtversuch” from the perspective of an astonishingly independent, witty child.

IN CONVERSATION Dženeta Karabegović

In cooperation with the Kinozeitreisen of the Otto Preminger Institut and the Eastern Europe Centre of the University of Innsbruck.

Titel: Fluchtversuch; 16mm; Version: OF; Länge: 95 Min.; Jahr: 1975; Land: BRD; Regie: Vojtěch Jasný; Drehbuch: W.J.M. Wippersberg, Vojtěch Jasný; Vorlage: Nach einer Erzählung von W.J.M. Wippersberg; Produktion: Tatjana-Film; Musik: Eberhard Schoener; Kamera: Walter Lassally

Dea Gjinovci | FR, CH 2020 | 75 min | OmeU
Friday, November 24, 2023 | 17:00 pm

11-year-old Furkan dreams of flying to Mars in a spaceship – so no one could harm his family any more. Persecuted as Rom:nja, they had to leave Kosovo and have now been waiting for years for their asylum application to be approved in Sweden. Furkan’s space fantasies are also an expression of the overwhelming pain of the illness of his sisters Ibadeta and Djeneta, who suffer from resignation syndrome: an apathetic, coma-like state that lasts for months, sometimes even years, and is particularly common among traumatised children who have fled and are in asylum situations that are perceived as hopeless.

Dea Gjinovci allows an empathetic insight into the strength of the refugee family. Her impressive film shots artfully translate the contrast between the confinement of the sisters’ lives and the younger brothers’ thirst for freedom.

MODERATION Julia Rhomberg

In cooperation with the Tiroler Landesverband für Psychotherapie.

Titel: Réveil sur Mars; Filmlänge: 74mn; Länder: Schweiz – Frankreich; Jahr: 2020; Regisseurin: Dea Gjinovci; Produktion : Alva Film Production, Mélisande Films, Dea Gjinovci; Koproduktion mit: RTS – Radio Télévision Suisse; Zusammenarbeit mit: Amok Films und Heidi Fleisher; Produzent:innen: Britta Rindelaub, Jasmin Basic, Sophie Faudel, Dea Gjinovci, Heidi Fleisher; Bilder: Maxime Kathari; Ton: Quentin Coulon; Produktionsdesign: Jesse Wallace; Kostümdesign: Aurelia Martin; Musik: Gael Kyriakidis und Pavillon – Fabio Poujouly & Jeremy Calame; Schnitt: Catherine Birukoff; Tonschnitt: Amélie Canini; Tonmischung: Philippe Ciompi; Farbkorrektur: Rodney Musso

Leyla Bouzid | Fr 2020 | 102 min | OmeU
Friday, November 24, 2023 | 20:00 pm

Amour, the spiritual, chaste love and désir, the physical love, the desire:
These contradictory feelings awaken in the shy first-year student Ahmed when he meets Farah, who has just moved to France from Tunisia for her studies, in a course on Arabic love literature and promptly demands a tour of the city from him. But just as Farah knows French better than Ahmed would have expected, Farah’s assumption that Ahmed, as a Parisian, knows the city like the back of his hand does not stand up to reality: as the son of an Algerian family who had to flee the country because of his father’s journalistic work, Ahmed grew up in the Parisian banlieue – touristy Paris is just as foreign to him as the confrontation with an Arabic erotic literature previously unknown to him.

With her second feature film, Leyla Bouzid not only succeeds in creating a sensual hymn to physical desire and love, but also a subtle coming-of-age story that breaks with clichés and focuses on young Ahmed’s search for identity.

In cooperation with the Frankreich Schwerpunkt of the University of Innsbruck.

Titel: Une histoire d’amour et de désir; Land: Frankreich; Jahr: 2020; Dauer: 1h42; Drehbuch und Regie: Leyla Bouzid; Produzentin: Sandra Da Fonseca; Assoziierte Produzenten: Bertrand Gore, Nathalie Mesuret; Bild: Sébastien Goepfert; Schnitt: Lilian Corbeille; Originalmusik: Lucas Gaudin; Toningenieur: Nassim El Mounabbih; Tonschnitt: Antoine Baudoin; Mischen: Niels Barletta; Produktionsleitung: Pierre Delaunay; Leitung der Postproduktion: Delphine Passant; Ausstattung: Léa Philippon; Kostüme: Céline Brelaud; Make-Up: Flore Chandès; Regieassistenz: Camille Servignat; Drehbuchautorin : Leïla Geissler; Besetzung: Stéphanie Doncker; Allgemeine Regie: Maxime Mund

Samuel Kishi Leopo | MX 2020 | 94 min | OmdfU
Saturday, November 25, 2023 | 17:00 pm

Single mother Lucía leaves Mexico with her young children Max and Leo to build a new life in the USA. In the sparse one-bedroom flat they move into for 500 dollars, the family, which has only arrived with the bare necessities, sleeps on the floor. The children spend their days inside the room while their mother works various jobs outside. It is important not to be discovered by the migration authorities under any circumstances, which is why Lucía inculcates seven rules of conduct on a cassette recorder for her sons to obey in her absence – among them: never leave the room, don’t look out of the window! But children would not be children if their imagination, which makes them invent flying wolf superheroes, and curiosity did not drive them outside…

In an unagitated way, Samuel Kishi Leopo tells his own story, a story of loneliness, but also of solidarity between migrants.

IN CONVERSATION Samuel Kishi Leopo
MODERATION Oscar Thomas-Olalde

In cooperation with the Zentrum für Interamerikanische Studien of the University of Innsbruck.

Originaltitel: Los lobos; Land: Mexiko; Jahr: 2020; Dauer: 94 Minuten; Sprache/UT: Spanisch, Englisch, Kantonesisch/d/f; Regie: Samuel Kishi Leopo; Drehbuch: Samuel Kishi, Luis Briones, Sofía Gómez-Córdova; Montage: Yordi Capó, Carlos Espinoza, Samuel Kishi; Kamera: Octavio Arauz; Musik: Kenji Kishi; Ton: Mario Martínez Cobos; Ausstattung:  Hania Robledo, Luis Antonio Ordoñez; Kostüme: Sheila Eden, Nohemi Gonzalez; Produktion:  Leticia Carrillo, Inna Payán

Ena Sendijarević | NL, BA 2019 | 91 min | OmeU
Saturday, November 25, 2023 | 20:00 pm

Alma fled the war with her mother and grew up in the Netherlands. She has not visited Bosnia since she was a child – nor her father, who still lives there and is now seriously ill. The teenager sets off for her parents’ homeland and is met by her unhelpful cousin Emir, who shows no interest in driving the relative who has become a stranger to the remote hospital. With only the clothes on her body and the smartphone in her hand, Alma unceremoniously starts the journey herself by bus. With no language skills and no money, the journey turns into an adventurous road trip in which one absurd situation follows the next.

With a lot of humor, whimsical camera perspectives and shrill sound, director Ena Sendijarević makes the attitude towards life of Generation Z palpable, negotiating questions of identity, migration and East-West relations and turning stereotypes on their head.

INTRODUCTION Marco Friedrich Trenkwalder and Maurice Munisch Kumar

In cooperation with Diametrale – Festival für Experimentelles und Komisches.

Originaltitel: Take me somewhere nice; Land: Niederlande, Bosnien; Länge: 91 min; Jahr: 2019; Autorin und Regisseurin: Ena Sendijarević; Erster Regieassistent: Paul Zomerhuis; Herstellungsleitung: Jet Christiaanse; Kamera: Emo Weemhoff; Produktionsdesign: Myrte Beltman; Kostüme: Nedda Nagel; Haare und Make-up: Trudy Buren; Schnitt: Lot Rossmark; Tontechnik: Vincent Sinceretti; Musik: Ella van der Woude; Produktionsassistenz: Amra Bakšić Čamo; Koproduktion: VPRO: Joost de Wolf, Marieke Mols; Kreativ-Produzentin: Layla Meijman; Produzentin: Pupkin: Iris Otten, Sander van Meurs, Pieter Kuijpers


Exhibition 18 November 2023 – 23 February 2024
Opening, Friday, 17 NOVEMBER 2023 | 18:00 pm 

Curated by Ivana Marjanović with Oksana Kazmina

The exhibition presents art works by the collective FreeFilmers Mariupol whose members used to live and work in the East Ukrainian coastal industrial city of Mariupol. Projects created before and during the full-scale invasion of Ukraine commemorate places, social and cultural infrastructures which are erased by Russian troops and reflect on complex processes taking place in war-torn Ukraine today. With the means of art activism, the artists continue to struggle against Russian invasion. FreeFilmers’ works are accompanied by few projects of another Ukrainian artists whose practice, and struggle the collective appreciates and solidarities with. The exhibition presents video performances, short experimental films, paintings, and drawings.

FreeFilmers began as a network of filmmakers and artists based in Mariupol. After the Russian invasion, the group transformed into a grassroots humanitarian co-operative helping some of the most vulnerable people in south and east Ukraine. Since 2018, they have been working with topics of urban transformations in East Ukraine and its multicultural entanglements. They have also researched the working-class creativity and industrial past and present of post-socialist cities. Freefilmers are making films as alert and sensitive to the reality as possible and whose main focus is the human life, struggle against imperialist warfare all overthe world, for equality and freedom.


Image: Maria Pronina, A Collage for FreeFilmers, 2023 

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