A FAMILY AFFAIR (Niederlande, Belgien, Dänemark 2015, Tom Fassaert, DOK.panorama). Out of the blue, Tom Fassaert receives an invitation from his 95-year-old grandmother to visit her in South Africa. He goes to settle a long festering ‘family affair.’ What plays out in front of his camera, nobody could predict.
A FLICKERING TRUTH (Neuseeland, Afghanistan 2015, Pietra Brettkelly, DOK.panorama). A dedicated archivist and a courageous cameraman recover film material from a hangar in Afghanistan. Piece by piece, as the celluloid is restored, cultural identity is reconstructed. A visual encounter with the history of a nation.
ATOMIC: LIVING IN DREAD AND PROMISE (Großbritannien 2015, Mark Cousins, DOK.panorama). We live in the nuclear era. Mark Cousins’ journey through this era is compiled solely from archive material. A dreadful, beautiful, fascinating and totally intoxicating voyage.
BERLIN – DIE SINFONIE DER GROSSSTADT – BERLIN – SYMPHONY OF A GREAT CITY (Deutschland 1927, Walter Ruttmann, DOK.special). A day in the life of the capital city of Berlin. 90 years since its premiere, Walter Ruttmann’s documentary still captivates audiences with its intoxicating pace and hypnotic images. Tobias PM Schneid’s new film score brings the twenties back to life.
DEAD SLOW AHEAD (Spanien, Frankreich 2015, Mauro Herce, DOK.international). A freighter on the ocean. It breathes heavily. The sailors who work here are the cogs in the machine. DEAD SLOW AHEAD takes us on a hypnotic journey through modern times.
GOD BLESS THE CHILD (USA 2015, Robert Machoian, Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, DOK.panorama). Five children spend a summer’s day without supervision from their parents, free of any rules. In loosely connected snapshots and powerful light-flooded images this American indie film pays homage to the anarchist force of childhood.
HOMO SAPIENS (Österreich, Deutschland 2016, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, DOK.deutsch). What would a world without people look like? The wind whistles through derelict abbatoirs, shopping centres lie idle and very gently the snow covers the concrete. HOMO SAPIENS is a documentary journey into this world.
NO HOME MOVIE (Belgien, Frankreich 2014, Chantal Akerman, DOK.special). The great film auteur, Chantal Akerman, dedicated her final film to her mother. Still images lasting several minutes gauge the seemingly uneventful everyday life of the old woman and reveal the family history of exiled Jewish Poles. An aesthetically radical meditation on our inextricable connection with history.
ROUNDABOUT IN MY HEAD – DANS MA TETE UN ROND-POINT (Frankreich, Algerien, Qatar, Libanon, Niederlande 2015, Hassen Ferhani, DOK.horizonte). Probably the most beautiful film that has ever been filmed in an abbatoir. Francis Bacon meets Caravaggio. Algiers: the world of young and old butchers in their place of work during the football World Cup. A film about love, women and the question of a simple life.