ATTENTION: A LIFE IN EXTREMES (Österreich 2014, Sascha Köllnreitner, DOK.panorama). Basejumping, freediving, long-distance cycling – some people would do anything to escape the uniformity of everyday life. Seldom are the agonies and dangers that they take on experienced so sensuously as in this film. A deep insight into the soul of a society that seems to be increasingly losing its human dimension.
BEING BRUNO BANANI (Deutschland 2014, Susann Wentzlaff, DOK.panorama). At the Olympic Winter Games in Sochi an athlete from Tonga took part for the first time. His name was Bruno Banani and he was competing in the luge. BEING BRUNO BANANI is an accomplished sporting drama and a shrewd piece of marketing: a feel good movie that takes us from the South Seas to the ice tracks of Sochi.
FREIFALL – EINE LIEBESGESCHICHTE – FREEFALLING – A LOVE STORY (Schweiz, Deutschland 2014, Mirjam von Arx, DOK.deutsch). Herbert is Mirjam von Arx’s new long-awaited life partner. This is a love story that begins on the internet and ends prematurely on the face of a rock. Herbert was a basejumper and Mirjam is left with the question of why someone would risk their life so frivolously.
MAN ON WIRE (Großbritannien, USA 2008, James Marsh, DOK.special). “It's impossible, that's sure. So let's start working!” In the early hours of 7th August 1974, Philippe Petit pulled off an enormous coup, putting his life on the line. For 45 minutes he balanced between the towers of the World Trade Center. It is an image that epitomises the last century. James Marsh’s breezy biopic is about a man who reaches for the stars and risks everything for his dreams.
NORTH EAST HARD WEST – NOORD OOST HARD WEST (Niederlande 2014, Bart van den Aardweg, Student Award). Kickboxers in Amsterdam West and their motivation, which lies somewhere between escape, education and aggression. The central location is a gym where youths and young men meet to box. Group dynamics, hierarchies, violence, self-discovery and self-assertion – the harsh reality of the street becomes increasingly blurred with that in the fitness studio.
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.
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.