The film programme of DOK.fest München. At the cinema. At home.
3 to 14 May 2023 at the Munich venues
8 to 21 May 2023 @home
As always, DOK.fest München opens the view out to the world: with 130 of the best and most current international documentaries from 55 countries. Our goal is the greatest possible participation in our films, which is why we bring them to the big screen in Munich cinemas as well as to home screens throughout Germany: DOK.fest stays dual.
MR. GAGA (Germany, Israel, Netherlands, Sweden 2015, Tomer Heymann, DOK.international Main Competition). “The softness of your flesh will protect you.” Ohad Naharin took the international dance scene in a new direction at the start of the 1980s with the movement language he called Gaga. An homage to one of the most influential choreographers of recent years.
NATURAL DISORDER – NATURENS UORDEN (Denmark, Netherlands 2015, Christian Sønderby Jepsen, DOK.international Main Competition). Jacob is 24, a comedian and journalist with a tendency towards black humour. It’s part of his survival strategy as a man with cerebral palsy in a society that revolves around the norm. In a (self) observation that is as entertaining as it is illuminative, he questions what normal really is.
BALAGAN (Germany 1993, Andres Veiel, Retrospective DOK.network Africa). An explosive stage production against the Holocaust. Three Israeli actors: Khaled, the Palestinian; Madi, the Jew; and Moni, the child of Israeli Jews and himself a practising othodox Jew. Using highly vivid images they face up to their history – going right up to the pain barrier.
DIE SPIELWÜTIGEN (Germany 2004, Andres Veiel, Retrospective DOK.network Africa). Stephanie, Prodromos, Constanze and Karina push themselves to their limits both physically and mentally in pursuit of their dream of being professional actors. A moving and intoxicating coming of age film that touches on existential themes.
WINTERNACHTSTRAUM (Germany 1992, Andreas Veiel, Retrospective DOK.network Africa). “This is where I once began and this is where I will stop again.” After 60 years, Inka Köhler-Rechnitz returns to the Görlitzer Theater. She made her debut here in Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Then historical events intervened.
LEAGUE OF EXOTIQUE DANCERS (Canada 2016, Rama Rau, DOK.panorama). Former legends of the burlesque scene take us on a journey through time to a crazy, self-made world of glamour, glitter, drugs and intoxication. A passionate defence of freedom and the erotic arts.
MARTHA & NIKI (Sweden 2015, Tora Mkandawire Mårtens, DOK.panorama). Martha and Niki are best friends. They both come from Africa, love music and are an almost unbeatable hip-hop duo. They become the first ever female performers to be crowned world champions and embark upon a life of travel and dancing. Then their friendship is put to the test.
SOMMERTHEATER – SUMMER THEATRE (Germany 2016, Maximilian Plettau, Munich Premieres). For 25 years, Ulrike Dissmann has been running the summer theatre in Munich’s Englischer Garten. This year she is putting on Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST with her troupe of young actors. Through the seasons the film follows them through their rehearsals, which don’t always run smoothly.
OUR LAST TANGO – UN TANGO MAS (Argentina, Germany 2015, German Kral, DOK.music - Open Air). Maria Nieves is 80 years old. “If I were born again, I would do everything the same again. Above all, I would be a tango dancer. I would do everything the same, only I wouldn’t be together with Juan.” A film about Maria and Juan, tango and love.