The film programme of DOK.fest München. At the cinema. At home.
3 to 14 May 2023 at the Munich venues
8 to 21 May 2023 @home
As always, DOK.fest München opens the view out to the world: with 130 of the best and most current international documentaries from 55 countries. Our goal is the greatest possible participation in our films, which is why we bring them to the big screen in Munich cinemas as well as to home screens throughout Germany: DOK.fest stays dual.
BEST OF FESTS
Innovative cinema and intimate insights: The BEST OF FESTS series brings together films that have already been screened at other important festivals and celebrated or awarded prizes there.
12 JOURS – 12 DAYS (France 2017, Raymond Depardon). Twelve days after they are compulsorily admitted to hospital psychiatric patients in France get a hearing in court. In Raymond Depardon’s sharply-focussed chamber play, the power of the institution and desperate pleas for freedom go head to head.
ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN – ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN (Qatar, United States 2017, Martin DiCicco). Nowadays the trains just run to nowhere but soon in the Eurasian border region between Azerbaijan and Armenia prosperity will reign for all. Martin DiCicco’s fabulous railway voyage through harsh working environments and enchanted backdrops is instantly exhilarating.
AUGENBLICKE: GESICHTER EINER REISE – FACES, PLACES (France 2017, Agnès Varda). Director Agnès Varda and street artist, JR, travel with his camera-van through France taking photos of the people they meet along the way. The pictures are then printed larger than life and stuck on the walls of buildings. A fantastic film about a unique art project.
BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH? – ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB? (Austria 2018, Stefan Bohun). From the mountains of Tyrol to the Portuguese Atlantic coast. After Jakob’s suicide his four brothers set off together on a journey into the past. A personal and unexpectedly light film about mourning, saying goodbye and forging new bonds.
CANIBA (France 2017, Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor). A portrait of the cannibal, Issei Sagawa, who, more than 30 years ago, killed a fellow student and partially ate her. Together with his brother he lives as a free man in Japan. A formally experimental discussion about the depths and motivations of humanity.
DIE GENTRIFIZIERUNG BIN ICH. BEICHTE EINES FINSTERLINGS – I AM GENTRIFICATION. CONFESSIONS OF A SCOUNDREL (Schweiz 2017, Thomas Haemmerli). From the expensive house that he grew up in to squats and individually owned apartments, a Swiss journalist, digital nomad and filmmaker searches São Paulo, Tbilisi, Mexico City and Zurich and discovers: I am gentrification.
DREAMING MURAKAMI (Denmark, Japan 2017, Nitesh Anjaan). DREAMING MURAKAMI is a portrait of the translator, Mette Holm, who has translated the books of the celebrated Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, into Danish for nearly 20 years and is now working on Murakami’s debut novel.
FILMWORKER (USA 2017, Tony Zierra). For many years Leon Vitali was Stanley Kubrick’s right hand man. They met during the filming of BARRY LYNDON and from then on Vitali supported the acclaimed director with all his organisational tasks. FILMWORKER tells the eventful story of a complex relationship.
GLOBAL FAMILY (Deutschland 2017, Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler). Scattered across the globe as a result of the Somali Civil War, the Shaash family has to make an important decision: where should Imra (88) live? At the same time the four generations of the transnational refugee family are each following their own dreams of family, home and the future.
IN PRAISE OF NOTHING – IN PRAISE OF NOTHING (Croatia, France, Serbia 2017, Boris Mitic). Captivating images of nothingness, the wistfully indulgent music of the Tiger Lilies and Iggy Pop’s laconically recited nursery rhymes are condensed into Boris Mitic’s subtle and ironically philosophical essay. Nothing could be more fascinating! Behold!
LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE (Spain 2017, Gustavo Salmeron). “A chaotic family makes chaotic decisions in a chaotic way.” This sentence by one family member sums up their clan rather well. The eccentric but lovable Julita, mother of the filmmaker Gustavo Salmerón, pulls the strings. An intoxicating docu-comedy.
PRIMAS (Kanada 2017, Laura Bari). The childhood of the teenagers Rocío and Aldana is marked by abuse and violence. Now the two young women are trying to overcome their traumas: by speaking about them and dealing with the past through therapy. A film about survival and life going on.
SPRECHSTUNDE – ATELIER DE CONVERSATION (Austria, France 2017, Bernhard Braunstein). What do clichees and a metro station have to do with each other? What is the meaning of love? What do people miss the most when they are far away from home? We learn the answers to these questions in a weekly discussion group at Paris’ Centre Pompidou. People with the most diverse identities and backgrounds get together to discuss with one another.
THE ANCIENT WOODS – SENGIRE (Lithuania 2017, Mindaugas Survila). The sound of the woods entices us into a seemingly magical world. Day and night alternate when we penetrate deep into nature. With precision, Mindaugas Survila portrays a meditative organic state that we hardly ever get to experience.
THE FAMILY – DRUZINA (Austria 2017, Rok Biček). Matej becomes a father. But new family life proves difficult, something that may be exacerbated by Matej’s family background: his mother and brother have disabilities; he assumed responsibility from an early age. A film about curses – and blessings? – family.