Die Schneider Krankheit

(The Schneider Disease)

Montreal Premiere

  • Spain 2008
  • 10 min
  • 35mm
  • Spanish with English subtitles
Official Selection, Clermont-Ferrand 2009
Official Selection, Worldwide Short Film Festival 2009
Official Selection, Sitges 2008
Official Selection, Leeds Film Festival 2008

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Director: Javier Chillon
Screenplay: Javier Chillon
Producers: Javier Chillon

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International Premiere
2009 | 85 min
French language, English subtitles


A mock-propaganda film, DIE SCHNEIDER KRANKHEIT is a stunningly - and lovingly - accurate reproduction of 1950s film techniques, a purported newsreel detailing the beginnings of a viral outbreak throughout Germany following the crash landing of a Russian space capsule containing an infected monkey.

Shot on grainy film stock in a long-since abandoned ratio, with seamless makeup effects and brilliantly squishy creature effects that could easily be the product of some forgotten 1950s b-film, DIE SCHNEIDER KRANKHEIT perfectly captures the We Can Do It attitude that marked the 1950s, an era when we still believed that technology would be the solution to all of our problems despite obvious evidence that it was actually a major cause of many.

—Todd Brown

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