DELTA VENTURA (Schweiz 2016, Fulvio Balmer Rebullida). Two sportspeople explore a delta. Casual observations mix with performances. An experiment with the visualisation of what is given to be real and the narrative power of the imagination. The most enigmatic film of this year’s DOK.fest.
LAST MEN IN ALEPPO (Deutschland 2017, Feras Fayyad – Ko-Regie: Steen Johannessen). The Syrian uprising began in 2011 and became a brutal war. In 2013 volunteers joined together to create the civilian protection force, the White Helmets. LAST MEN IN ALEPPO accompanies the first responders on their missions. An unsparing look at the appalling everyday life in the beleaguered city.
ZWISCHEN DEN BILDERN (Deutschland 2017, Martin Friedrich). Der Dokumentarfilm ZWISCHEN DEN BILDERN begleitet die Workshopreihe Comic Camp des KJR München, in der Jugendliche eigene Comics entwickelten. Bei der feierlichen Premiere können BesucherInnen an Kreativ-Stationen selbst aktiv werden.
Slices of life, insights and perspectives: the films of the international competition open doors into new worlds. They compete for the VIKTOR Main Competition, worth 10,000 Euros, sponsored by Bayerischer Rundfunk.
ALMOST THERE – ALMOST THERE (Schweiz 2016, Jacqueline Zünd). Three men, three continents: Bob, an American, Steve, a Brit and Yamada, who is Japanese, dare to take on new beginnings and personal journeys – in the autumn of their life. Impressive cinema with images that remind us of the loneliness and melancholy in Wim Wenders’ films.
CAMERAPERSON (USA 2016, Kirsten Johnson). CAMERAPERSON is a diary of memories and images – a collection of documentary footage from Kirsten Johnson’s 25-year career as a camera operator. A film about the influence of images on the way that we see the world.
DREAM EMPIRE (Dänemark 2016, David Borenstein). Business is booming for the young agency boss, Yana. Creating an illusion of an international ambiance, foreigners employed in so-called “White Monkey Gigs” are transforming remote ghost towns into globalised mega cities. A journey into the heart of the Chinese dream with many curiosities along the way.
EL COLOR DEL CAMALEÓN – THE COLOR OF THE CHAMELEON (Belgium, Chile 2016, Andrés Lübbert). In the 1970s, the war reporter Jorge Lübbert fled Chile’s dictatorship to the GDR. His son, who grew up in Belgium, wants to know more about his father’s dark past. A perplexing political thriller and a touching father-son story.
ENCORDÉS – ROPED UP (Schweiz 2017, Frédéric Favre). Encordés – roped! Florence, Guillaume and Antoine are connected by a common goal: to take part in the challenging ski mountaineering race “Patrouille des Glaciers” through the Swiss Alps. The trio have very personal motives and fortunes that have driven them to this extreme feat.
LA TEMPESTAD CALMADA – THE CALM TEPMEST (Spanien 2016, Omar A. Razzak). A fishing boat leaves the Italian island fortress and sails to the open sea. Suddenly a storm arises. Faces are filled with fear. Then, all at once, complete calm. The storm has subsided. Poetic and idiosyncratic – pure film art!
LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD (Frankreich, USA, Großbritannien 2016, Zeva Oelbaum, Sabine Krayenbühl). Gertrude Bell: adventurer and spy. On behalf of the British Empire she drew the boundary lines of today’s Iraq and founded the National Museum in Baghdad. LETTERS FROM BAGHDAD constructs her biography using her letters and archive footage that has never been seen before. Unique!
NOWHERE TO HIDE (Norwegen, Schweden 2016, Zaradasht Ahmed). Nori Sharif works as a nurse in a clinic in Iraq. When the director hands him a camera he records his life, his environment and the dramatic changes that take place over five years. A direct and shocking document.
SEWOL – DIE GELBE ZEIT – SEWOL – PAUSED IN TIME (Österreich, Deutschland 2017, Minsu Park). “The clothes stink of the sea,” explains a mother in front of Minsu Park’s camera before her voice fails her as she remembers her daughter. An upsetting documentary film about the suffering of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster and the catastrophic break down in authority.
THE CHALLENGE (Italien, Frankreich 2016, Yuri Ancarani). Falconry follows a centuries old tradition on the Arabian Peninsula. Only the wealth that comes from the oil in the desert state of Qatar is changing everything. This film celebrates a modern decadent life with the birds of prey and the desert in powerful cinematic images.
VON SÄNGERN UND MÖRDERN – A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS (Deutschland 2016, Stefan Eberlein). A penal colony in Russia where stagnation is enforced arbitrarily by the authorities. All that the thousands of prisoners here have to comfort them as they serve their time is singing in front of a mass audience. Stefan Eberlein gives them a voice – and breaks open the chains of their anonymity.
WRONG ELEMENTS (Belgien, Frankreich, Deutschland 2016, Jonathan Littell). Former Ugandan child soldiers from Joseph Konys’ brutal Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) revisit their past: they re-enact scenes, visit locations and speak with each other. Simultaneously government troops track down one of the old rebel leaders in the bush. He too was kidnapped as a child.