International Short Film Festival Oberhausen 2007:

Don't Look Back! - Children, Childhood, Cinema

Plakat Oberhausen

Catalogue: Don't Look Back! - Children, Childhood, Cinema
PDF, 9 pages (excerpt), German/English, 540kb.

Oberhausen has been showing short films for children for 30 years now. But who still remembers the details of his childhood? That feeling of boundless joy, oblivious to the rest of the world, or the experience of powerlessness? Rather than a retrospective, to celebrate this anniversary curator Marcel Schwierin has put together five programmes that remind the adult viewer what it was like to be a child. Belying the still widespread cliche of the carefree days of childhood, the programme opens up a more ambivalent vista on this formative period in every person's life. The selection of films shown range from Uli Versum's Faszinierendes Puppenhaus (1987), in which a doll's house becomes the stage for an existential childhood drama, to Herz Frank's Ten Minutes Older (1978), a look at children on their first visit to the theatre, to Brats (1930), in which Laurel & Hardy can be seen in double roles as both fathers and sons. (press release International Short Film Festival Oberhausen)

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