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Working Titles: Labour Portrayed On Screen

Miloš Pušić, Cyril Schäublin, Taras Tomenko, moderated by Dorothee Wenner
The work that goes into making films is invisible to us in most case. Yet the portrayal of work on screen has been visible since the beginning of cinema: from the Lumière brothers glimpse of the end of a workday in France to the backdrop of social dramas in the century of cinema that followed. Several films in the Berlinale this year feature labour in one form or another; this session takes a closer look at three of them, featured in Panorama, Encounters and Generation: Working Class Heroes introduces us to a group of construction workers and their struggle against their criminal bosses in Serbia. Unrueh, a Swiss period film, harks us back to a bygone world of watch manufacturing, offering surprising analogies with contemporary working culture, while the documentary feature Terykony takes us to the Ukrainian-Russian border area, where teenager Nastya develops survival skills to sustain herself. If the very meaning of work is undergoing radical change today, these films, and their makers, chart out what this change means to our sense of self.

Miloš Čubrilo

Miloš Pušić

The director, screenwriter and producer was born in Senta, Serbia in 1980. His short film LULLABY FOR A BOY screened at festivals around the world; his debut feature-length film AUTUMN IN MY STREET premiered at Sarajevo and WITHERING at Karlovy Vary. In 2019, he produced the Marko Đorđević directed feature film MY MORNING LAUGHTER, which went on to become one of the most successful Serbian independent films in recent years. HEROJI RADNIČKE KLASE is Pušić’s third feature film as a director. He also lectures at the Academy of Arts in Novi Sad.

Cyril Schäublin

Cyril Schäublin was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1984 into a family of watchmakers. He studied Mandarin and film at the Zhong Xi Academy in Beijing and then film directing at the DFFB in Berlin. Upon graduating, he returned to Switzerland. His debut feature film THOSE WHO ARE FINE premiered at Locarno and won several awards including Best Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival. UNRUEH is his second feature film.

Misha Lubarsky

Taras Tomenko

Taras Tomenko was born in 1976 in Kiev into the family of the poet Mykola Tomenko. His grandfather died in World War II, and his grandmother died young as a result of hard physical labor on the kolkhoz. Tomenko studied at the philology faculty of the National Taras Shevchenko University in Kiev and at the National University of Theater, Film and Television IK Karpenko-Kary in Kiev. In 2004, he participated in the Berlinale Talents Campus.

Dorothee Wenner

Dorothee Wenner is a filmmaker, film curator and writer based in Berlin. She serves as delegate to Berlin International Film Festival for the Subsahara-Africa region, as external curator at Humboldt Forum for film/cinema and others. Since inception in 2005, Dorothee belongs to the jury of Lagos based African Movie Academy Awards. Her latest work as a filmmaker was the web-series "Kinshasa Collection".