Documentary Film Award of Goethe-Institut 2022:

The Nominees

LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD, Germany 2022, Cem Kaya, © filmfaust and Film Five

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The Nominees

Austria/Germany 2022, Sabine Derflinger, 135 min.

Alice Schwarzer has shaped feminist discourse in Europe since the 1970s like no other woman. She has initiated countless campaigns, never shies away from conflict and is regularly at the centre of controversial debates. Who is this woman and what drives her? A radically subjective portrait of a charismatically fearless woman among those who fight alongside her.


Germany 2022, Uli Decker, 94 min.

Through a family secret revealed on her father's deathbed, Uli Decker is finally able to get closer to her father. In her intimate and life-affirming, award-winning family saga, she takes us on a journey through a life in Upper Bavaria shaped by rigid role models, which prevented the father and daughter from understanding each other throughout their lives.


Germany 2022, Heiko Aufdermauer, Johannes Girke, 86 min.

Sophie and Dominik’s love story takes place on the streets. The two young people sleep in doorways, roam around Berlin and hang out with friends. But a shadow looms over them: Dominik faces a prison sentence. When Sophie falls pregnant, the couple long for their own place to live. Epic and incredibly intimate without passing judgement.


Germany/Switzerland 2021, Nahuel Lopez, 98 min.

Resignation? – Never. As long as Thomas Hoepker has a camera in his hand and his wife at his side, the famous German Magnum photographer remains in good spirits despite his slowly advancing dementia. He still has one big dream to fulfil; one last picture story to tell! A poignant journey that takes us across the USA and into the heart of a major artist.


Germany 2022, Klaus Stern, Frank Marten Pfeiffer, 86 min.

The A49 through the Dannenrod Forest has divided the local population for over 40 years. Through their protests, three generations have been able to delay its extension until now. But for how much longer? The verdict has been passed, the forest is now occupied by activists and the police are already preparing for their eviction, to make way for the machines.


Romania/Germany 2021, Andrei Schwartz, 90 min.

Maria, Tirloi and their relatives have no choice: in their Romanian Roma village there is no work. In order to survive and provide for their families at home, they go begging in Hamburg. For five years, Andrei Schwartz accompanies them with respect and appreciation and shows us people full of dignity, who don’t give up no matter how difficult their situation is.


Germany 2022, Tine Kugler, Günther Kurth, 99 min.

Kalle wants to achieve something. He doesn’t want to be “a ghetto kid, a kid who just messes up and takes drugs…” But life does not treat him kindly. Convicted of assault at the age of 16 – this changes everything. The film follows Kalle through the trials and tribulations of his adolescence, observing him over a period of 10 years.


LIEBE, D-MARK UND TOD (Winner Documentary Film Award of Goethe-Institut 2022)
Germany 2022, Cem Kaya, 96 min.

When the Turkish guest workers arrived in Germany, a diverse music culture developed, completely unnoticed outside of the Turkish community, with its own stars, record labels and hit songs that reflected the difficult arrival in Germany. A dense and meticulously researched film essay. A revelation.


Germany 2022, Joscha Bongard, 74 min.

Nico once approached Jamie in H&M. Today the couple live in an unadorned house in the tax haven of Cyprus. They have sex every day. They call themselves "Jamie Young/Youngcouple9598", make online porn and have made a fortune with it. The film delves into the minds of the two protagonists and shows us their lives – but what is it like behind the façade?


Germany 2022, Vera Brückner, 94 min.

Ex-East, ex-West, the Cold War and a great love affair. How was it? How did it feel? There are films that rely on images and archive and then there are the films that simply recreate everything without further ado in playful detail. A film that crosses borders, with tongue in cheek humour that is one thing above all: a great love story.


Jury of the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Award 2022

We are pleased to introduce the jury that will select the winner of the Documentary Film Award of the Goethe-Institut.


Award Ceremony

The award ceremony of the Documentary Film Award of Goethe-Institut will take place within the award ceremony of the main prizes of the 37th DOK.fest München:
Saturday, 14 May 2022, 8.00pm, Deutsches Theater, Großer Saal