27 TIMES TIME – 27 FOIS LE TEMPS (Belgien 2016, Annick Ghijzelings, DOK.panorama). Time can be seen, heard, sometimes even touched Annick Ghijzelings's essay whispers. As sensual as it is intellectual, the train of thought in 27 TIMES TIME meanders through 27 different concepts of time.
6 JAHRE, 7 MONATE UND 16 TAGE – DIE MORDE DES NSU (Deutschland 2016, Sobo Swobodnik, DOK.deutsch). In the space of 6 years, 7 months and 16 days, the National Socialist Underground (NSU) murdered nine migrants and a German police officer without being stopped. Sobo Swobodnik’s black and white film essay acts as an audiovisual memorial to the victims.
ALL THESE SLEEPLESS NIGHTS (Polen, Großbritannien 2016, Michał Marczak, DOK.panorama). Kris and Michał drift through Warsaw. They dance with the hottest women. This is the summer of love reloaded. Poetry and theory – does friendship have any limits? A question, an encounter, cool electro beats. In your mid-twenties a lost weekend is never a lost weekend.
BAÑO DE VIDA – BATH OF LIFE (Mexiko 2016, Dalia Reyes, DOK.guest). Cleansing life stories. Despite their dramatic experiences – cancer, homosexuality, rape – the people visiting the public baths don’t let their fate get them down. And sangria is available to order.
CAMERAPERSON (USA 2016, Kirsten Johnson, DOK.international). 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.
CINEMA FUTURES (Österreich 2016, Michael Palm, DOK.panorama). A film about the present and future of film and cinema in the digital age. CINEMA FUTURES sketches out nightmare scenarios, cultural fears and auspicious utopias and includes interviews with well-known experts, archivists and filmmakers.
EL MAR LA MAR (USA 2017, J.P. Sniadecki, Joshua Bonnetta, DOK.panorama). Migration policy from an ant’s perspective. Nature, animals… then clothes, mobile phones and shoes torn apart by desert storms and faded by the sun. A forbidding landscape between Mexico and USA captured in transcendental, skilfully composed images.
HASHTI TEHRAN (Iran 2016, Daniel Kötter, DOK.panorama). Teheran as a microcosm of Iran. From the snow-capped mountains in the north to the dusty desert streets of the south, the city also represents a social incline. To the west and the east it stretches ever further. Filmic reflections on architecture and space.
LA TEMPESTAD CALMADA – THE CALM TEPMEST (Spanien 2016, Omar A. Razzak, DOK.international). 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!
PER SONG – DONGWU YUAN (Deutschland, China 2016, Shuchang Xie, Student Award). In poetic black and white PER SONG recounts a youth in China that has conquered the night in the voids of the megalopolis and dreams of its own future. A delicate, moving ballad about love, pain and everything.
SUBSUELO (Deutschland, Argentinien 2016, Tuna Kaptan, Student Award). There are films that are like poems. SUBSUELO by Tuna Kaptan is one of them: succinct and aloof, enigmatic and beautiful. The camera takes a stroll through the streets at night. A hymn to a lost love and to the city of Buenos Aires.