Freedom & Independence

A Film by Bjørn Melhus

Synopsis

FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE

The experimental short film FREEDOM & INDEPENDENCE by Bjørn Melhus questions the current global ideological paradigm shifts towards new forms of religious capitalism by confronting ideas and quotes of the self-proclaimed objectivist philosopher and novelist Ayn Rand with evangelical contents of US-American mainstream movies. This contemporary fairy tale, in which Melhus performs all characters himself, was partly shot in a Berlin morgue and new urban environments in Istanbul.

Director

  • Picture of Bjørn Melhus © Bjørn Melhus

    Bjørn Melhus

    Bjørn Melhus was born in Kirchheim unter Teck in 1966, studied photography in Stuttgart from 1985 to 1987 and Fine Arts with a major in Film/Video at the Braunschweig University of Art from 1990 to 1997. He was a fellow of the DAAD at the California Institute of the Arts in Los Angeles and of the federal state of Lower Saxony in ISCP, New York. He participated in exhibitions at the Whitney Museum in New York, the 8th International Biennial of Istanbul, the FACT in Liverpool, the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, the ZKM in Karlsruhe, the Denver Art Museum, as well as others.
    Bjørn Melhus has been a professor of Fine Arts/Virtual Realities at the School of Art and Design Kassel since 2003. Bjørn Melhus has been living and working in Berlin since 1987.

    In his short films and installations, Bjørn Melhus focuses on general global ideas and trends, the critical reception of mass media, as well as the direct effects they have on people. He uses footage from film and television excessively and deconstructs stereotypical themes, figures and patterns of perception through means of exaggeration. At the same time, he breaks up a seemingly fixed relationship between media and audience, thus opening up the view on the essentials of human interaction.

Awards + Festivals

  • 2nd KINO DER KUNST (International Competition, Munich, Germany) April 4, 2015
  • 61st INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OBERHAUSEN (Competition, Germany)April 30, 2015
  • 31st INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL HAMBURG (International Competition, Germany)June 10, 2015
  • 5th INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL OF CYPRUS (Competition, Lemesos, Cyprus) October 17, 2015
  • *SPHINX AWARD FOR THE BEST VIDEO/FILM*
    19th VIDEOMEDEJA - INTERNATIONAL VIDEO FESTIVAL (Competition, Novi Sad, Serbia) October 23, 2015
  • *BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM – LOLA IN GOLD*
    DEUTSCHER KURZFILMPREIS / GERMAN SHORT FILM AWARD (Ludwigsburg, Germany) October 29, 2015
  • 19th INTERNATIONALE KURZFILMTAGE WINTERTHUR (Int’l Competition, Switzerland)November 3, 2015
  • 31st INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL BERLIN (German Competition, Germany)November 10, 2015
  • 32nd KASSELER DOKUMENTARFILM & VIDEOFEST (Competition, Germany)November 10, 2015
  • 9th UNLIMITED – KURZFILM FESTIVAL KÖLN (Competition, Germany)November 17, 2015
  • 28th EXGROUND FILMFEST (Made in Germany Program, Germany)November 17, 2015
  • 15th FLENSBURGER KURZFILMTAGE (Competition, Germany)November 18, 2015
  • 38th CLERMONT-FERRAND SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Lab Competition, France)February 5, 2016
  • 6th FiLUMS’16 INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pakistan)February 12, 2016
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 20, 2016
  • 22nd INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM WEEK REGENSBURG (German Competition, Germany)March 9, 2016
  • SHORT WAVES FESTIVAL 2016 (Special Sprogram, Poznań, Poland)March 15, 2016
  • 19th TRAVERSE VIDÉO 2016 (Official Selection, Toulouse, France)March 16, 2016
  • 9th LICHTER FILMFEST FRANKFURT INTERNATIONAL (Local Short Film Program, Germany)April 1, 2016
  • *DADA 100 TROPHY FOR BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM*
    4th CLUJSHORTS – INT’L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)April 4, 2016
  • 28th FILMFEST DRESDEN (Special Program: „Panorama“, Germany)April 12, 2016
  • 11th BUCHAREST INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Romania)April 20, 2016
  • 2nd A LONG WEEK OF SHORT FILMS FESTIVAL SHANGHAI 2016 (Official Selection, China)May 5, 2016
  • *BEST EXPERIMENTAL FILM*
    44th FESTIVAL OF NATIONS (Official Selection, Lenzing, Austria)May 13, 2016
  • 1st LIVERMORE VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL (Category “Social/Health/Disability Issues Short”, CA, USA)May 13, 2016
  • 18th BACKUP – KURZFILMFESTIVAL WEIMAR (back.up.art.screen section, Germany)May 18, 2016
  • 13th VIS VIENNA INDEPENDENT SHORTS (Special Program, Austria)May 26, 2016
  • *BEST ACTOR*
    CRYPTSHOW FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Badalona, Spain) July 7, 2016
  • 23rd OPENEYES FILMFEST 2016 (Experimentalfilmblock, Marburg, Germany)July 16, 2016
  • 12th LAGO FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)July 22, 2016
  • *1st PRIZE IN CATEGORY EXPERIMENTAL FILM / MUSICVIDEO*
    40th OPEN AIR FILMFEST WEITERSTADT (Open Air Programm, Germany)August 14, 2016
  • 12th BUDAPEST SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Competition, Hungary)August 30, 2016
  • *NOMINATED IN ART / ANIMATION*
    21st PORTOBELLO FIM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, London, UK)September 1, 2016
  • 22th L’ÉTRANGE FESTIVAL (Int'l Short-length Competition, Paris, France)September 7, 2016
  • 16th TOHORROR FILM FEST (Official Short Film Competition, Turin, Italy)October 11, 2016
  • 42nd FILMETS BADALONA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Badalona, Spain)October 21, 2016
  • 2nd PARAGON FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Los Angeles, CA, USA)October 21, 2016
  • GERMAN SHORT FILM AWARD CINEMA TOUR AT 46th MOLODIST INT’L FILM FESTIVAL - 1 (Screening, Kyiv, Ukraine)October 26, 2016
  • 17th LES UTOPIALES DE NANTES – INT’L SCI-Fi FEST (Official Selection, Nantes, France)October 29, 2016
  • 30th BRAUNSCHWEIG INT'L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Germany)November 7, 2016
  • 20th RECONTRES TRAVERSE VIDÉO 2017 (Official Selection, Goethe Institut, Toulouse, France)March 9, 2017
  • KINO DER KUNST „HIGHLIGHTS OF 2013 &2015“ (Screening, Munich, Germany)March 22, 2017
  • 1st MusiCanZone FilmFest (Official Selection, Cesena, Italy)May 25, 2017
  • 1st MUSICANZONE FILMFEST (Official Selection, Cesena, Italy)August 7, 2017
  • LISTED IN THE CATALOGUE „GERMAN SHORT FILMS 2016“ (AG KURZFILM – GERMAN SHORT FILM ASSOCIATION)

Crew

Screenplay
Bjørn Melhus
Director of Photography
Eike Zuleeg
Producer
Yuki Jungesblut, Bjørn Melhus
Director
Bjørn Melhus
Editor
Bjørn Melhus
Sound Design
Max Schneider
Music
Max Schneider

Details

Running Time
15:00
Shooting Format
4K
Screening Format
DCP, BluRay, DVD, .mov, mp4 (HD)
Aspect Ratio
16:9
Sound
Stereo

Contact

FILM FESTIVAL AGENCY

Markus Kaatsch
aug&ohr medien
Riemannstr. 21
10961 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0) 176 - 62965299

markus@augohr.de
www.augohr.de

PRODUCTION COMPANY

Limboland Productions
Bjørn Melhus
Strassburgerstr. 58
10405 Berlin, Germany

+49 (0)30 - 28484660

info@melhus.de
www.melhus.de