AUFROLLEN – DEFEAT YOUR DEMONS (Deutschland 2014, Alexander Menkö, Student Award). “On 13th December 2003 my best friend Philipp leapt to his death – my childhood also died with him. Since that day we - his old clique - stand by his grave every year and ask ourselves, ‘Did we miss something? Could we have prevented his suicide?’” In search of answers we accompany the old friends to the grave.
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.
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?
JOCKO 23 (Deutschland 2014, Bettina Timm, DOK.education). Der 23-jährige Jocko lebt in einem fast menschenleeren Plattenbau in einer kleinen ostdeutschen Stadt nahe der polnischen Grenze. Junge Erwachsene gibt es dort fast keine mehr. Einsamkeit und Zukunftslosigkeit machen ihm zu schaffen. Nach dem Tod seiner Mutter mag er den Vater nicht allein zurücklassen. Gleichzeitig wächst sein Hunger auf Zukunft. In ausdrucksstarken Bildern und mit feinem Blick porträtiert der Dokumentarfilm einen jungen Menschen und dessen Entscheidungen für sein zukünftiges Leben.
SOMETHING BETTER TO COME (Dänemark, Polen 2014, Hanna Polak, DOK.international). A totally normal life, like most people take for granted, is a long way away for Yula. She lives in Europe’s biggest landfill site, a few kilometres from Moscow. The only thing left for her is hope for a better future. Far from social romanticism and without dwelling on misery, in poetic images the film tells a present-day fairytale of humanity in an inhumane world.
TOTO AND HIS SISTERS – TOTO SI SURORILE LUI (Rumänien 2014, Alexander Nanau, DOK.panorama). Three siblings on the margins of Romanian society. Toto, Ana und Andreea live among heroin addicts. Their mother is in jail. Yet they battle on, they dance and they learn. A moving and energetic drama about dreams and a childhood amid great adversity “…strong and stubborn…”
ZOMBIE. THE RESURRECTION OF TIM ZOM (Niederlande 2014, Billy Pols, DOK.panorama). Tim Zom alias Zombie is well on his way to becoming a pro skater. His previous life was played out on the streets: brawling, stealing and vandalising and relentlessly attempting daredevil tricks. Does he finally become a hero? An unusual portrait of a sportsman.