Skip to main content

Chainsmoker

Germany, 1997 (MIFF 1998, Fiction)

Director: Maria Von Heland

Take a bizarre romp one cold winter's night in Berlin when a woman who locks herself out of her apartment and gets a coin stuck in a cigarette-vending machine, unwittingly sets in motion an extraordinary chain of coincidences. This film moves at a crackerjack pace, reminiscent of the mind-bending that made Six Degrees of Separation and The Apartment much loved art-house favourites.

See also...

Thomaschek’s Plan

East Germany 1961, the wall has gone up. Out in the country a young boy notices that the village postman, a very unsporty gentleman, has suddenly started running as a hobby. Stop watches, binoculars ... More »

Wind

A film poem with flying hats, talking trees and weather vanes. Wind is a lyrical and beautiful venture into the memories of an old woman. ... And the little girl says "It is as if Heaven gently ... More »

Sticky Dough

Both the machines and the staff at the bread factory run like clockwork. Except for the new girl, no.23. She's having a hard time with the machines. She seems to be fighting a losing battle. ... More »

Surprise!

The hand-colouring of each individual frame and the absurdist nature of the story give the film an almost cartoonish quality reminiscent of the Warner Brothers' Loony Tunes series. A man ... More »

Pass

This simple story about a Nigerian immigrant who's lost his passport cleverly explores issues of racism and alienation in a foreign country. A new film from the director of Trouble (MIFF 93). ... More »

The Centrifuge Brain Project

A scientific experiment started in the 1970s, The Centrifuge Brain Project involves amusement park rides built to enhance human brain capacity. ... D/P/S Till Nowak TD 35mm/2011 ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director