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Nominated for Best Short Doc

Director: Stephan Bernardes

20' • Germany • 2019


Wolfgang cannot imagine a world without video stores. Ever since he was a child they have been places of community and discovery. Today he is the owner of Silvias Videoladen, his very own store. Even though the business of renting films has been steadily shrinking for years, Wolfgang doesn’t mind the writing on the wall. In his store, everything looks like it did when he began to work there, with old humming lights and labyrinthic paths. However, his efforts alone cannot stop the sands of time. It has been a while since he has been able to afford helping hands at the store. Even major film distributors cannot be relied upon to deliver the posters Wolfgang would use to advertise their own films. Seemingly undisturbed by the dire situation, he still shows up every day and welcomes everyone who finds their way to him with a jaunty smile. Wolfgang’s optimism seems unbroken, much like the love towards cinema that he shares with his clients. Some of them have become friends over the years and others even drive over ten miles to rent the newest releases from him. And even if in the end it’s not enough, Wolfgang will be there.

Writers: Jordanis Papadopoulos & Stephan Bernardes

Producer: Jordanis Papadopoulos

Cast: Wolfgang Esters

Director's Bio: Stephan Bernardes is a Brazillian-German filmmaker born and raised in São Paulo, where he made his first steps in the film industry. After moving to Germany in 2011, he studied art history and sociology at the University of Düsseldorf, focusing his research in documentary film history and theory. From 2016 to 2018 he worked with producer Marcelo Busse on several fictional and documentary projects including the German-Canadian production The Whale and The Raven, which was the opening film of the 2019 edition of the DOK.fest Munich Film Festival. He is currently working on his master’s degree in film production at the renowned film academy Filmuniversität Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. Videothek is his directorial debut.

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