Forget Alberto for Now
Dir. Beina Xu / Germany / 2020 / 19’ / Polish premiere
Director: Beina Xu
Screenplay: Beina Xu
Cinematography: Annegret Sachse
Editing: Alex Bakri
Sound: Gabor Ripli
Producers: Thomas Kaske, Sophie Perl
Production: Kaske Film
World sales: Kaske Film
Language: English, Arabic, French
A refugee known only as Alberto flies from Athens to Brussels on a fake passport. Three years later, a small crew from Berlin tries to make a film by shooting the landscape of his transit. Things fall apart. They film pigeons instead. The artifice of documentary becomes the subject itself: where do we stand between image and meaning? A personal document—starring an angry shisha—emerges.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
International Film Festival Rotterdam, Guanajuato International Film Festival, Reykjavík International Film Festival, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Hamburger Film-in, Kurzfilm Festival Köln (WDR-Award), Bucharest International Experimental Film Festival, London Short Film Festival, RAI Film Festival, Filmfest Bremen (Best Narrative Innovation)
Writer and filmmaker based in Berlin. Born in Beijing and raised in the US, she studied comparative literature and visual anthropology in Europe and the US. Her work grapples with memory, language, and migration.