Transit Line

Director: Juliane Ebner / 29:59 min. / 2020 / German (ST: English) / Germany

A film about what we weren’t told and what happened afterwards: the Balkans 1995 genocide in Europe 25 years ago. The drawn film depicts a journey to spatial and emotional roots and borders. It asks about repetition and change. And it asks about our future.

Director, Script, Cinematography, Editing, Production: Juliane Ebner

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A film about us and our neighbours.
A film about refraining and the aftermath:
Balkan 1995, Genocide in Europe.
The hand animated film, based on hundreds of watercolour paintings follows a journey from Germany to the west balkan, coming close to one’s own physical, as well as emotional boundaries and roots.
Starting points are personal encounters, the uncertain future, the look back into the past, the noticeable fragile present, the uncertain future and the question of parallels, repetitions and developments.
Telling from personal perception, not historiography, the film searches for traces and ultimately asks about our future.

Director: Juliane Ebner
Screenplay: Juliane Ebner
Camera: Juliane Ebner
Editing: Juliane Ebner
Sound: Manfred Miersch
Music: Alma Luise Schnoor
Production: Juliane Ebner
Drawing, animation, language: Juliane Ebner
Post production: Manfred Miersch
Editing: Friedemann Stengel
Translation: Sophia Marie Schnoor

Funded by: Grenzgänger-Programm (LCB), BKM


Animation for ARTE

„Vor aller Augen“
Cranach Foundation Wittenberg
FilmArtFestival MV

shown: Art Collection of the German Bundestag
Various festivals
Goldene Lola, German Short Film Award & various film awards

„Vom Wald her“
Film Prize of the Guardini Foundation
Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
Casa del Cinema, Roma
Koroska Galerieja, Slovenj Gradek, SVN

„Tage und Nächte“

shown: control center, media workshop Berlin of the Kulturwerk of the bbk Berlin
„Nichts als Schönheit“, kn Berlin

shown: Room for Contemporary Art Bunker-D, Kiel, Cultural Foundation Rügen

It’s the story of a family in East Germany between the end of the Second World War and the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is a biographically inspired memoir by Juliane Ebner, centred on her grandmother. Although the film shows the fate of a single family, the memoir can stand as an example to the fates of others. This makes it part of the historiography of the time. In its cinematic design, LANDSTRICH is an experiment that is both a literary work and a visual presentation in delightful variations. It’s deliberately naïve tone is an excellent stylistic device, and we hear the story through an off-screen narrator. This narrative is underpinned by an impressive number of beautiful ink drawings, which are drawn through and over each other like memories. These drawings may be seen as variation-free illustrations of the literary text and allow the viewer to associate with the images. The slides are recognisably divided into individual chapters. The chapters give an additional dynamic and complexity through variation and photos. All in all, an impressive, cinematic work of art.

Wiesbaden, 19 September 2018
Mario Fischer, Wilfried Hippen, Agnieszka Jurek, Beate Kunath, Adrian Kutter
In 30 minutes, “Landstrich” sketches a detailed family panorama in which “grandmother’s guilty conscience” of having neglected to execute herself and the children when the Red Army arrived, using a pistol left behind by her Wehrmacht husband, becomes the cause of the family’s survival and thus of the filmmaker’s own life.
Juliane Ebner shows us what would nerver have happened had Grandmother no scruples and pulled the trigger. Her mother and her German-Russian brother, the filmmaker herself and her film would not have existed. From the Reichstag fire to the Nazi euthanasia laws, the upheavals of the last months of the war to the division of Germany – this serious, and at the same time tongue-in-cheek, oral history creates a panorama in which cause and effect, politics, coincidence and morality merge and are causally interdependent.

This rare film shines a spotlight on the focal point of German history and German stories. It is presented in a distanced, ironic style that prevents consternation yet makes us feel affected – it describes the path of a family through the times as sharply as a knife and makes us feel things deeply, as only great films can

Animation Marathon, Athens, Greece
Animation Festival Barcelona, ​​Spain
Animart Greece held in Delphi, art/European Animation Center Athens, Greece
Arsenal, Institute for Film and Video Art, D
Beyond Earth Film Festival, Kolkata, India
Bayamon International Film Festival. Puerto Rico
Chhatrapi Shivaji International Film Festival, India
Ciudad Del Este Independent Film Festival in Ciudad del Este, Paraguay
Delhi Shorts International Film Festival, Delhi, India
The New Homeland Film, Burg Klempenow Film Festival, D
Fecis-Salto Independent Film Festival, Salto, Uruguay
Film Art Fest MV, D
Film Festival Max Ophüls Prize, Saarbrücken, D
Filmfest Weiterstadt, D
Filmfest Wismar, Filmbüro M/V-Film, D
Great Message International Film Festival 2018, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Indian World Film Festival, India
International Film Festival of Sriganganagar, India
Manchester Lift Off Film Festival, UK
Mitte Media Festival, Leo Kuelbs Collection, Berlin, D
North Europe- Fusion International Film Festival, London, UK
RapidLion, The South African International Film Festival, Johannesburg, South Africa
San Jose International Film Awards, SJIFA, Costa Rica
The Short Nights of Berlin, Kino Central, Berlin, D
Traverse Video Film Festival, France

German short film award in gold, drawn film
Film Prize of the Guardini Foundation, drawn film
“Best Animation Short Film”, Ciusad del Este, Independent Film Festival, Paraguay
Best Script, Delhi Shorts International Film Festival, India
“Best Director – Animation”, International Film Festival Sriganganagar, India
Best Animation Film at Fusion Film Festival, London, UK
“Best Director – Animation”, Indian World Film Festival, India
“Best Animation Or Animated Sequence”, Fusion Film Festival, London, UK
“Award For Best Short Film Animation”
Bayamon International Film Festival, Bayamon, Puerto Rico
FBW award: “particularly valuable”, highest rating
Nomination Art Prize Rostock
First prize in the realization competition “Operare” of the Contemporary Opera Berlin
Nomination for the Brockmann Prize in Kiel