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.
ANGRY MONK – REFLECTIONS ON TIBET (Schweiz 2005, Luc Schaedler, DOK.special). The monk, Gendun Choepel, doesn't fit the Western image of Tibet in any way: headstrong and revolutionary, fond of women and alcohol, he fought for a modern, independent Tibet. As time has gone by he has become a role model for young Tibetans.
AVEC L'AMOUR (Mazedonien 2017, Ilija Cvetkovski, DOK.panorama). When you are old can you still have dreams? Dionis is a teacher who is just about to retire and in his spare time is a passionate collector of old cars. To house his collection he wants to build a museum in a small town in Macedonia. Sometimes you have to be crazy to achieve something!
BRUDER JAKOB – BROTHER JAKOB (Deutschland 2016, Elí Roland Sachs, DOK.deutsch). Jakob converts to Islam, becomes radicalised and a Salafist. In the process he distances himself from his social circle and becomes estranged from his brother. Yet when his brother begins to make a film about his story, a dialogue ensues.
BURNING OUT (Belgien, Frankreich, Schweiz 2017, Jérôme le Maire, DOK.panorama). Saint Louis hospital in Paris is one of the biggest in the city. For two years Jérôme le Maire accompanied the hospital staff and gained insights into their stressful everyday lives, in which the patients are ultimately degraded to the status of objects.
DIE FARBE DER SEHNSUCHT – THE COLOUR OF YEARNING (Deutschland 2016, Thomas Riedelsheimer, Münchner Premieren). What is the meaning of home? What is the meaning of happiness? And how do you find it – just where you are? With his dependable flair for camera positions and people, Riedelsheimer travels to six different destinations to find out exactly that.
GNADE ÜBEN – PERFORMING GRACE (Deutschland 2016, Lisa Bergmann, Alina Schmuch, Student Award). Pastoral care is an important duty. But who are the people who attend spiritually to those facing life crises? In three tableau-like scenes PERFORMING GRACE outlines the training of young theologians and asks: who should we believe in?
I AM NOT PERFECT (Deutschland 2017, Sara Laalou, Student Award). Why is social media the worst place possible to contemplate perfection? Film as statement.
LOVETRUE (USA 2016, Alma Har'el, DOK.panorama). Three young people in different corners of the USA reflect on their ideas about love. Reality and the inner lives of the protagonists intertwine in an intoxicating flow of images and we get lost in the delightful magic of performance and music.
MOSCHEE DE (Deutschland 2016, Mina Salehpour, Michał Honnens, DOK.special). In 2008 the construction of a mosque in Berlin-Pankow gave rise to protest marches and citizen’s action groups. Using minutes from meetings the film MOSCHEE DE impeccably reconstructs the unfolding of a “cultural battle” that has now spread across Germany.
SELBSTBESCHREIBUNG (Deutschland 2001, Georg Stefan Troller, Retrospektive). Georg Stefan Troller, born in Vienna in 1921, crossed half of Europe as a refugee only to return with the US army in 1945 . As a filmmaker he became a chronicler of his time and with this film he engages in some bold and self-ironic navel gazing.
SOLLTE DA ICH UND NIEMAND SEIN (Deutschland 2016, Nele Jeromin, Student Award). A father knows that he is going to die and remains calm. His daughter cannot and will not accept it and picks up her camera. A filmic pas-de-deux of small observations, intimate thoughts and the final big question.
SOME THINGS ARE HARD TO TALK ABOUT (Deutschland 2017, Stefanie Brockhaus, DOK.deutsch). How long can three generations harbour the same secret? When the filmmaker Stefanie Brockhaus tackles the subject of abortion, she suddenly discovers parallels with the past of her mother and grandmother.