15 CORNERS OF THE WORLD (Poland 2014, Zuzanna Solakiewicz, DOK.panorama). Analogies, metaphors, parables! In this film we see music and hear images. 83 year-old Eugeniusz Rudnik is a Polish pioneer of electro-acoustic music and still creates auditory artworks in his recording studio today. “Silence being distorted” is what he calls his music.
ABOVE & BELOW (Schweiz, Deutschland 2015, Nicolas Steiner, DOK.special). A hermit in the Nevada desert, a couple in the sewage system under Las Vegas and astronauts in the red desert. This film allows the outcasts to have their say. Their otherness is fascinating and through their stories it becomes clear that there are completely understandable reasons for them being outsiders.
FINDING FELA (USA 2014, Alex Gibney, DOK.music - Open Air). In the glamorous seventies, Fela Kuti was a world-famous musical icon and anticolonial activist for pan-African liberation. His sexual excesses were almost as legendary as his afrobeat music. Alex Gibney’s biopic shows that the revolution has rhythm!
NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC – NAS: TIME IS ILLMATIC (USA 2014, One 9, DOK.music - Open Air). The 1994 debut album by the New York rapper, Nas, ILLMATIC, is a milestone in Afro-American music history. Just 20 years old at the time, he rapped about violence, drugs, and racism and was signed by a major label. A music film about his background, his rise to fame and his success in the hip hop scene. A piece of pop culture with phat sounds!
PULP: A FILM ABOUT LIFE, DEATH & SUPERMARKETS (Großbritannien 2014, Florian Habicht, DOK.music - Open Air). The band Pulp returns to their home town of Sheffield for a reunion concert after 25 years. The camera wanders through the streets and passers by are given the chance to speak. Thus, an unusual film emerges that puts a spotlight not only on the band but also on Sheffield and its people.
SASLONCH SUITE (Italien 2014, Andreas Pichler, DOK.special). What happens when some extreme sportspeople enter into a dialogue with some jazz musicians on the face of a rock? Andreas Pichler documents a project from the South Tirol jazz festival, Alto Adige, in which climbers and tightrope walkers find their own unique rhythm.
THE NEED TO DANCE – DE NOOD AAN DANSEN (Niederlande 2014, Petra Lataster-Czisch, Peter Lataster, DOK.panorama). How is contemporary dance theatre created? We look over the shoulder of the choregrapher, Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui, as he goes about his intensive work.
ZÜNDFUNK RADIO SHOW (Deutschland 2014, Jörg Adolph, Gereon Wetzel, DOK.panorama). The BR2 radio programme, Zündfunk, has been a cult hit for the past 40 years. Its format offers taste and attitude – attributes that have become increasingly scarce. This film’s big achievement is showing how the team wrestles daily with topics and content of the highest quality.