FOTBAL INFINIT – INFINITE FOOTBALL (Romania 2018, Corneliu Porumboiu, DOK.panorama). “The round thing has to go in the square thing,” the coach Helmut Schulte once pronounced. Laurențiu Ginghină’s take on this is visionary. He would like to revolutionise football and its rules. He discusses this with his friend, the Romanian filmmaker and football fan Corneliu Porumboiu.
IMPREZA – DAS FEST – IMPREZA – THE CELEBRATION (Deutschland 2017, Alexandra Wesolowski, Münchner Premieren). “I don't want Europe to remain a community of values: it should be a monetary union again,” declares a relative in Alexandra Wesolowski’s intimate family portrait that offers deep insights into Polish society and deals with Europe’s shift to the right.
IN PRAISE OF NOTHING – IN PRAISE OF NOTHING (Kroatien, Serbien, Frankreich 2017, Boris Mitic, Best of Fests). 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!
KREATURA (Deutschland 2017, Viki Alexander, Student Award). A young woman is searching. She wanders through film images that could equally be dream or reality. She is looking for her brother who she thinks she doesn’t know. Or, in the end, is she searching for herself, for her creature, her creation, her being?
LOVE IS POTATOES – LIEFDE IS AARDAPPELEN (Niederlande 2017, Aliona van der Horst, DOK.panorama). How can a family history be reconstructed when communication is not possible? After the death of her mother, the filmmaker travels to her home village in Russia and tells not only the story of her family through personal found footage but also that of the Stalin era.
MELTING SOULS – NORILSK – L'ETREINTE DE GLACE (Frankreich 2017, François-Xavier Destors, DOK.international). Cut off from the world, the town of Norilsk lies in the deepest Siberian north. Against all odds, it rose up from the foundations of a gulag. In this environment everything is possible. Surrounded by ice, the inhabitants find their own means of escape.
MINIATURE FOR PIANO – MINIATURA ZA PIANO (Bulgarien 2017, Eldora Traykova, DOK.panorama). Four elderly country doctors in Bulgaria care for their patients with utter dedication and recount their eventful lives. In black and white images and to the music of P.I. Tschaikowski, the panorama of a meaningful existence melancholically unfolds.
OVER THE LIMIT (Polen, Finnland, Deutschland 2017, Marta Prus, DOK.international). She takes a bow after every competition with a smile on her face, yet beyond public view Rita tends to be serious. The pressure that the Russian gymnast is under is immense. Day after day she stoically endures her trainer’s harsh tone. The film spends a year with the 20-year-old as she heads towards the Olympics – and an important decision.
RODINA HEISST HEIMAT – RODINA MEANS HOME (Deutschland 1992, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). In RODINA HEISST HEIMAT, Helga Reidemeister observes a Soviet regiment’s withdrawal from the former border region of the GDR over six months in 1991 and follows some of the soldiers back to their homes.
THE DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS (Dänemark 2017, Simon Lereng Wilmont, DOK.international). 10-year-old Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother in eastern Ukraine close to the front line. His everyday life is dictated by war. The film vividly shows what it means to be a child in times of conflict and to have to grow up fast.
THE FAMILY – DRUZINA (Slowenien, Österreich 2017, Rok Biček, Best of Fests). 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.
THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING – DRUGA STRANA SVEGA (Serbien, Qatar, Frankreich 2017, Mila Turajlic, Best of Fests). “I don’t know – this country isn’t normal.” For years Srbijanka Turajlic has campaigned against political injustice from her home in Belgrade. Her daughter, Mila creates an extremely intimate portrayal of her and tells the story of her turbulent homeland of Serbia.
TRANSPARENT WORLD – PROZRACHNY MIR (Georgien 2017, Vato Kuntsev, DOK.panorama). Life is not only about giving birth to a child, it is about the responsibility that new life brings into our existence, that the child will be brought up as a legitimate person. Right-minded parents will gracefully share the duty of being patient and loyal to their child. Today Beka is 26 years old... His father taught him his profession. Beka makes art photography and a film about a physicist and composer. He had his first photo exhibition recently. The father's patience and understanding helped him to introduce his son to adult life and make him believe in his own talent.
WHEN THE WAR COMES (Tschechische Republik, Kroatien 2018, Jan Gebert, DOK.panorama). “Heil Fatherland!” Led by their spiritual leader, Peter Švrček, 200 youths train every weekend for the next world war. Jan Gebert’s eye-opening documentary exposes a pervasive shift to the right in Eastern Europe.
WIR TRÄUMTEN VOM FRÜHLING – MY RUSSIAN SPRING (Deutschland, Russland 2017, Xenia Sigalova, Münchner Premieren). Russia after the collapse of the Soviet Union. As a young adult, Xenia Sigalova went with her parents to the West. Almost two decades later she returns and hardly recognises her home country. Nowadays she is a filmmaker – what has happened to her friends?