CHRIST LIVES IN SIBERIA (Estland, Finnland 2015, Arbo Tammiksaar, Jaak Kilmi, DOK.panorama). Timber houses and lush fir trees, children in blissful delirium in the Siberian taiga. Captivatingly beautiful images reveal a paradise on earth – that is if it weren’t for the paens to a self-styled Jesus and a father who is trying to save his offspring from being brainwashed.
IL SOLENGO (Italien, Argentinien 2015, Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis, DOK.panorama). A group of hunters meet in a hunting lodge. The men have grown old and recall that there was once a hermit in a cave in the woods where they hunted wild boar. Or perhaps he is still there?
VOM LIEBEN UND STERBEN (Deutschland 2016, Katrin Nemec, DOK.deutsch). After a life-changing accident, Robert Wolf’s ever-loving wife plans their future together, while the guitarist from Quadro Nuevo, who is paralysed from the neck down, takes the decision to end his life. An unashamed and disturbing insight into an emotional struggle.
WILD PLANTS (Deutschland, Schweiz 2016, Nicolas Humbert, DOK.international). The camera captures faces and hands that dig in the dirt. Crickets chirp, birds sing and grasses rustle in the wind. In vast landscapes and miniscule details, the urban gardening trend is revealed to be a synesthetic, spiritual and holistic experience.
YES NO MAYBE (Schweiz 2015, Kaspar Kasics, DOK.international). What is love? And how do you find it? Kaspar Kasics follows two couples, seeks out a sociological perspective and little by little discovers the most beautiful feeling in the world.
ZEN FOR NOTHING (Deutschland, Schweiz 2016, Werner Penzel, DOK.international). “Zen is absolutely no use.” In search of bliss, people from around the world take refuge in the secluded Antaiji zen monastery in western Japan and try to find themselves. There they can expect hard physical labour, sitting for hours and struggling with their own thoughts. Unsentimental and revealing – a film meditation.