FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO FIRE – PER CHI VUOLE SPARARE (Italien 2017, Pierluca Ditano, Student Award). Broad shoulders in a black anorak. A cart bearing a heavy load. As the yellow light of Turin breaks on the cobblestones of the Piazza della Repubblica, bodies and the camera are in constant movement. But the daily construction and dismantling of the market stalls is not enough to support a family. Then Peppino has a business idea.
HASTA MAÑANA, SI DIOS QUIERE – SEE YOU TOMORROW, GOD WILLING! (Spanien, Norwegen 2017, Ainara Vera, DOK.panorama). In the past when women did not get married but wanted to work they became nuns. Together these 17 nuns are over a thousand years old. They alternate seamlessly between theological philosophy and banalities and chuckle. Astute and mentally agile, they know just how to live in the moment.
IL GIARDINO – THE GARDEN (Italien, Deutschland 2018, Francesca Bertin, Student Award). The garden is the hidden retreat of two men. Here, for a little while, they can escape the heat that overwhelms them during their work on the building site. In the garden time becomes blurred, a friendship grows while the summer seeps in around them like sticky honey.
IMPULSO (Spanien, Frankreich 2017, Emilio Belmonte, DOK.panorama). Rocío Molina is known as the moderniser of flamenco. Her dancing combines tradition and avant garde in a new form of expression. IMPULSO documents the very personal creative process involved in making her latest show – from the first rehearsals to the grand finale.
LA CONVOCAZIONE – THE CALL (Italien 2017, Enrico Maisto, DOK.panorama). What do jury members actually do? 60 candidates who have been called up by random selection to the appeal court ask themselves this. During the waiting period they discuss the potential of hearing a serious crime, family relationships, TV programmes and the question overlying everything else: “why me?”
LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE (Spanien 2017, Gustavo Salmeron, Best of Fests). “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.
VERGOT (Italien 2016, Cecilia Bozza Wolf, Student Award). An apple orchard in the Italian Alps. Hard Rock blares out from the cellar. Here masculinity rules. It is not the ideal place to discover your homosexuality. In this tough family drama a gruff father and his two sons find new common ground. You almost want to praise the earnest method acting.
VIOLENCE IS TO CHARGE 600 EUROS – PUBLIC LAND II – VIOLENCE IS TO CHARGE 600 EUROS – PUBLIC LAND II (Griechenland, Spanien, Deutschland 2017, Elena Friedrich, Student Award). Film or philosophy? A dialogue, a car full of oranges - and a juicer. A short discourse about society, images and power, expressed in images that defy the power of representation.