OPENING WITH SURPRISE FILM Thursday 16 March, 18:30, Motorenhalle, Wachsbleichstraße 4a (Backyard), 01067 Dresden

When 24 analog shadows per second flit across the screen, the viewers naturally sit spellbound and with their mouths as open as possible, marveling at this access to the wide world, this tunnel to foreign or even familiar realms - which may or may not spread a little hope. So much for a somewhat idealized nostalgia, loosely based on the film by Andrei Tarkovsky.

The team of the 24th dresdner schmalfilmtage welcomes the guests and visitors and opens the festival with a champagne reception and a surprise film.

image above: Judith Andó