ifs-film of the week: unbarmherzig

On the occasion of its 20th anniversary the ifs presents a #ifsfilmderwoche online every Tuesday.

»unbarmherzig« (2017) from the 3rd semester of Julia Charakter (direction, screenplay), Christopher Albrodt (production), Maria Hartig (editing, sound design), Mick Mahler (VFX/CGI) and Mikko Beste (VFX/Animation) is the 29th film in the series. The partly animated documentary film was selected for the NEXT GENERATION SHORT TIGER 2018 and was nominated for the Student Award at the DOK.fest Munich in 2017. 

In animated flashbacks, the anonymous protagonist tells of the brutal everyday life in an orphanage in the 1970s and her struggle against the arbitrariness of the nuns and their merciless authority. 40 years later, when she is to be financially compensated by the authorities, she encounters ruthlessness once again.

Director and screenwriter Julia Character
Julia Charakter studied screenwriting in BA Film at the ifs and graduated in 2018. During her studies she received a VDD scholarship and was a participant in the mentoring program INTO THE WILD. After graduation she received a script grant from the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW for »Maria Sibylla Merian – Die Frau, die Insekten liebte«. From 2019 to 2020 she participated in the Masterclass Non-Fiction program at the ifs.

Producer Christopher Albrodt
Christopher Albrodt studied Creative Producing in the bachelor’s program Film and also completed his studies in 2018.

Editor & Sound Designer Maria Hartig
Maria Hartig also studied Editing Picture & Sound in the 7th year of the BA Film. Since graduating, she has worked as a freelance editor and, in the meantime, as a permanent assistant editor at Gruppe 5 Filmproduktion. Since October 2020 she has been working as an editor at TWENTY TWO Film GmbH.

VFX/CGI-Artist Artist Mick Mahler
Mick Mahler studied VFX & Animation in his Bachelor’s degree at the ifs. In 2017 he received a scholarship from the »Studienstiftung des deutschen Volkes«. For his animation series »Kira and Prokki« (TWENTY TWO Film GmbH) he received a grant from the Film- und Medienstiftung NRW in 2019. In 2020 he participated in the Creator College NRW.

VFX/Animation Artist Artist Mikko Beste
Mikko Beste also studied VFX & Animation at the ifs. After his studies in 2018 he worked in the field of animation, compositing and motion design for different projects: »Darknet – The Beginning: Flying Uwe« (2019), »serious – the series quartet« (2020), »braked« (2020, episode 1-5).

Click here for the film (release date: 10/13 – 10/19/2020)


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