ABDO (Deutschland 2015, Jakob Gross, Münchner Premieren). In post-revolutionary Cairo, chaotic situations still prevail. In the midst of them is young Abdo –a revolutionary himself and an ultra football fan. Under the most difficult circumstances, he tries to find himself and his place in a tumultuous society.
ALLE 28 TAGE – EVERY 28 DAYS (Deutschland 2015, Ina Borrmann, Münchner Premieren). Ina and Marc have been a couple for years. Ina never saw herself as a mother but one day the desire to have children was there. What should you do if nature is not cooperating? The film shows first hand the significance of a desire to have children and its influence on relationships and everyday life.
AUS DEM ABSEITS – FROM THE SIDELINE (Deutschland 2015, Simon Brückner, DOK.deutsch). The filmmaker, Simon Brückner, goes in search of his long-deceased father, one of the central figures of the German students’ movement. A picture of a multi-faceted character emerges and a piece of German history is retold.
BEYOND PUNISHMENT (Deutschland 2015, Hubertus Siegert, DOK.panorama). What happens when murderers and the bereaved meet each other? BEYOND PUNISHMENT is the story of three families and three perpetrators dealing with their tragic past.
CE QU'IL RESTE DE LA FOLIE – REMNANCE OF MADNESS (Frankreich, Senegal 2014, Joris Lachaise, DOK.horizonte). A psychiatric hospital on the outskirts of Dakar: who gets cured here and by whom? The psychiatrists consult with traditional healers. An intelligent, visually elaborate investigation of insanity and approaches towards it in postcolonial society.
CORINNES GEHEIMNIS (Deutschland 2014, Maike Conway, Münchner Premieren). Corinne is no totally normal teenager. Infected since birth with HIV, she cannot confide in anyone. A film about an adolescence marked by a conflict between confrontation and hiding oneself away.
DAS DUNKLE GEN (Deutschland, Schweiz 2014, Miriam Jakobs, Gerhard Schick, Münchner Premieren). Footballers, actors, and average Joes: these days the topic of depression is in the headlines more than ever before. Using his own experience as a starting point, Frank S. questions the cause of the illness and sets off on a journey that becomes much more than a personal quest.
DIARIES OF A FLYING DOG – YAWMAT KALB TA'R (Libanon, Vereinigte Arabische Emirate 2014, Bassem Fayad, DOK.horizonte). War, childhood, family. For the Lebanese filmmaker, Bassem Fayad, making his diary documentary, DIARIES OF A FLYING DOG, was also like going to therapy. Why do he and his mother suffer from anxiety disorders? Why does his dog not leave the family property? A humorous self-evaluation.
FAMILY BUSINESS (Deutschland 2014, Christiane Büchner, DOK.deutsch). Anna is a somewhat grumpy, frail old lady who requires care that her daughter can no longer provide. Jowita is the Polish elderly care nurse who is meant to look after her. A case study of a topic that will become more and more important in the future.
GLEICHGEWICHT (Österreich 2014, Bernhard Wenger, Student Award). Denise goes to Vienna’s Prater nearly every day and there, among the neon lights, she talks about her difficult childhood. The amusement park makes her feel welcome. Her favourite thing to do is to stand in the middle of the tagada, which effectively presses people against its wall as it spins around and easily finds balance.
HANS IM GLÜCK – DREI VERSUCHE, DAS RAUCHEN LOSZUWERDEN (Schweiz 2003, Peter Liechti, DOK.special). In order to overcome the addiction of smoking, Swiss filmmaker Peter Liechti goes on three pilgrimmages through his country.The initial purpose takes a backseat all too soon as his hikes become ways of cognition. A film about Happiness, Life, and Switzerland. And smoking.
HELIKOPTER HAUSARREST (Deutschland 2014, Constantin Hatz, Student Award). Held captive in his mother’s house with a shackle on his leg, 27-year-old Benjamin serves a ten-month custodial sentence. The small house in the outskirts of Vienna is cramped. Benjamin makes music, lifts weights and flies his helicopter. His mother works, folds laundry and makes phone calls. Then in the evening they eat together. The distance that has built up between them over the years gradually gets smaller again. A totally different kind of family reunion.
HINTERWELTEN – HINTERLAND (Deutschland 2014, Lion Bischof, Jonas Heldt, Felicitas Sonvilla, Student Award). Racing through the streets of the small town on a little moped to the employment agency to ask for a job. Two metal thieves, who scrounge from disused factories to make money. A mother and a daughter speak of the desolation arising from the lack of people here, especially the lack of some sensible men. Wunsiedel on the border to Czech Republic is over, or isn't it?
IF MAMA AIN'T HAPPY, NOBODY'S HAPPY (Niederlande 2014, Mae De Jong, Student Award). “If you want to make a film about independent women, shouldn’t you make one about our family?” That is, four generations of women, three of which have managed without men. Tradition? Heredity? The daughter scrutinises her life. Is her destiny predetermined by her great-grandmother, grandmother and mother?
LA MORT DU DIEU SERPENT – DEATH OF THE SERPENT GOD (Frankreich 2014, Damien Froidevaux, DOK.horizonte). 20 year-old Koumba is thrown out of France. She has to go back to Senegal, a land that she doesn’t know – she was just two years old when she and her parents left for Paris. In this sensational long-term observation, LA MORT DU DIEU SERPENT depicts what can happen after deportation.