VON SÄNGERN UND MÖRDERN – A TALE OF SINGERS AND MURDERERS (Deutschland 2016, Stefan Eberlein, DOK.international). 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.
DIE KINDER VON BABEL – THE CHILDREN OF BABEL (Schweiz 2016, Lena Mäder, Student Award). The “BaBeL-Strings” orchestra is made up of 35 children from 14 different nations. Lena Mäder accompanied the children during their rehearsals together and at home with their families. A tender film with a big finale.
DENK ICH AN DEUTSCHLAND IN DER NACHT – IF I THINK OF GERMANY AT NIGHT (Deutschland 2017, Romuald Karmakar, DOK.panorama). Five pioneers of electronic music embody an entire subculture in Romuald Karmakar’s portrait. The use of sound from the DJs headphones allows us to experience what otherwise remains secret: the art behind the operation of the mixing desk controls.
GANZ GROSSE OPER (Deutschland 2017, Toni Schmid, Münchner Premieren). “Best Opera House,” “Best Orchestra,” “Best Conductor". The Bavarian State Opera has won many international awards. The film takes a look behind the scenes, gives its world-famous and unsung employees the chance to speak and doesn’t skimp on surprises.
BLUMENTOPF 1992–2016: NIEMALS WIRD ES WIEDER SO WERDEN WIE ES WAR (Deutschland 2016, Philipp Laier, DOK.music - Open Air). The show is over… And as their grand finale they celebrate what they had for 24 years. At their last concert at Munich’s Zenith in front of 7,000 fans the hip-hop combo, Blumentopf, take their final bows. A defining moment in German rap history.
LIBERATION DAY (Lettland, Norwegen, Slowenien 2016, Uģis Olte, Morten Traavik, DOK.music - Open Air). An ironic “documentary musical.” In August 2015 the Slovenian avant-garde cult group, Laibach, travelled to the capital of North Korea, Pyongyang, on the 70th anniversary of the country’s liberation from Japanese occupation, where they played two concerts of cover songs from THE SOUND OF MUSIC.
RUMBLE – THE INDIANS WHO ROCKED THE WORLD (Kanada 2017, Catherine Bainbridge, Alfonso Maiorana, DOK.music - Open Air). The Ramones, the Rolling Stones, Iggy Pop and the Foo Fighters – they have all been influenced by the sound of the indigenous musicians of North America. With exclusive interviews and absorbing archive material the film provides the missing chapter in popular music history.
THIS IS ATOMIC LOVE (Deutschland 2016, Heike Schuffenhauer, Marc Seibold, DOK.music - Open Air). At long last a film about the legendary Munich indie club, “The Atomic Café.” Here in front of its iconic glittery backdrop local bands, such as Sportfreunde Stiller, as well as international groups and DJs created unforgettable nights of music for almost 18 years. This film is a declaration of love.