DARK STAR – HR GIGERS WELT (Schweiz 2014, Belinda Sallin, DOK.panorama). Giger’s art is a symbiosis of dream and trauma. The terrifying worlds that he created were strongly influenced by personal experiences. Belinda Sallin draws a sensitive portrait of the controversial Oscar winner and creates a last manifesto for the man who gave birth to the Alien.
DEATH & THE MAIDEN (Israel, Deutschland 2014, Yael Lotem, Student Award). Shortly after the Second World War, over 1000 pictures were found in a cellar in the south of France. The pictures were painted by the young Jewish artist, Charlotte Salomon. Is it her life story? Part of it? Or not? The film sets off in search of Charlotte. On the one hand, it follows the narrative within the pictures and at the same time it investigates her actual story.
DIE BÖHMS – ARCHITEKTUR EINER FAMILIE (Schweiz 2014, Maurizius Staerkle Drux, DOK.special). A world famous patriarch, a love that is no more and a common passion: to create architecture for all the senses. Maurizius Staerkle-Drux’s family portrait of the “Böhms” is much more than a pure study of architecture: it is a tender appreciation of love, inspiration and a lust for life in old age.
DIE HÄLFTE DER STADT – HALF THE TOWN (Deutschland 2015, Pawel Siczek, DOK.international). What connects a photograph, the Second World War and a young couple? Set in the town of Kozienice, which was divided between the Polish and the Germans, the film follows Jewish photographer, Chaim Berman, through his family history, political persecution and work.
ENTR'ART (Deutschland 2014, Zsazsa von Ammon, Student Award). Four students from the Akademie der bildenden Künste Nürnberg are coming to the end of their studies. How long have they been making art, how do they make art and how will they continue in the future? The film not only brings the art closer to us but in particular the people who make it. You don’t have to have millions but it would help. Despite a lack of money, the four are imperturbable: they will follow their path.
IL GESTO DELLE MANI – HAND GESTURES (Italien 2015, Francesco Clerici, DOK.panorama). An ancient craft in a symphony of images, sounds and gestures: In IL GESTO DELLE MANI the genesis of a bronze sculpture is sensuously and intuitively captured on screen.
NEIGHBOURHOOD H. – BUURT H. (Niederlande 2014, Biserka Suran, Student Award). Three experimental arrangements in one residential building: 1. A chair and some questions, 2. Communal planting in the courtyard, 3. A laid table, which the residents are invited to. Does it succeed in bringing together this involuntary community and establishing connections within it? The film is a social experiment, a performative documentation about living alongside others and ways to approach it.
ON IMAGES – ÜBER BILDER – 10 VIEWS (Deutschland 2014, Heiner Stadler, DOK.special). Our appropriation of the world is increasingly based on worlds of images that then in turn create their own new worlds. This documentary introduces us to different people who work with imaging technology. A sensual film that shows us how things are and, in doing so, incidentally questions our future.
PIXADORES – TUULEN SIEPPAAIAT (Finnland, Dänemark, Schweden 2014, Amir Escandari, DOK.panorama). They are a gang. They are armed with colours. They fight injustices in Brazilian society. The “Pixadores” from São Paulo bring radical graffiti art to the facades of high-rise buildings. When they are invited to Berlin for the Biennale, a veritable culture clash ensues.
THE NEW RIJKSMUSEUM – THE FILM (Niederlande 2014, Oeke Hoogendijk, DOK.panorama). In the 21st century, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam is due for a comprehensive renovation with visionary architecture – difficult when everyone wants to have their say. An amusing documentation about stumbling blocks and little artistic gems on a construction site.
VON CALIGARI ZU HITLER – FROM CALIGARI TO HITLER (Deutschland 2014, Rüdiger Suchsland, DOK.panorama). The great film theorist, Siegfried Kracauer’s study, VON CALIGARI ZU HITLER sets the course that Rüdiger Suchsland follows in this essay film. With a wealth of knowledge and the flair of a detective he scrutinises the screen visions of the Weimar years, dusting off the past and restaging moments that even back then were a sign of things to come.