6129 M2 (Schweiz 2017, Julie Bellard, Student Award). Memories from childhood: together a father and daughter imagine the ideal surroundings for their life. Now, as they did back then, they view rented houses in the most varied of locations without ever moving in. An experiment in images and sound about inherited dreams, the value of which lies precisely in the fact that they never become reality.
AUGENBLICKE: GESICHTER EINER REISE – FACES, PLACES (Frankreich 2017, Agnès Varda, Best of Fests). 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.
ELISH'S NOTEBOOKS – HAMACHBAROT SHEL ELISH (Israel 2017, Golan Rise, DOK.panorama). After the death of their mother, the children find her diaries. One for each child, seven in all. They begin to read and travel back to their childhood in a Kibbutz in the Israel of the 50s and 60s. A mood of optimism versus maternal instincts? A film that stirs the emotions.
GLOBAL FAMILY (Deutschland 2017, Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler, Best of Fests). 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.
HALE COUNTY THIS MORNING, THIS EVENING (USA 2018, Ramell Ross, DOK.guest). Composed of intimate and unencumbered moments of people in a community, this film is constructed in a form that allows the viewer an emotive impression of the Historic South – trumpeting the beauty of life and consequences of the social construction of race, while simultaneously existing as a testament to dreaming – despite the odds.
HIER UND DORT (Deutschland 2018, Bettina Renner, DOK.deutsch). Haris was born in Dresden. The teenager and his Bosnian mother both have only limited leave to remain in Germany. Rejected, Haris creates a Bosnian identity for himself – unlike his sister who is fully integrated.
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.
LAST DAYS IN SHIBATI – DERNIERS JOURS A SHIBATI (Frankreich 2017, Hendrick Dusollier, DOK.panorama). In the shadows of a Chinese metropolis lies the old quarter of Shibati, which is due to be demolished. The remaining inhabitants are astonished that a European filmmaker is taking interest in their disappearing world.
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.
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.
MAXIM LEBEN – EIN ALTES KINO ERZÄHLT (Deutschland 2017, Peter Heller, Münchner Premieren). From the late 1970s, under the direction of Sigi Daiber, the Maxim, one of Munich’s oldest cinemas, became a stronghold of alternative film culture and played a part in the beginnings of DOK.fest Munich. When the end of the venue seemed to be inevitable, four cinema enthusiasts reinvented the Maxim.
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.
MI AMADO, LAS MONTAÑAS – MY BELOVED, THE MOUNTAINS (Spanien, Schweiz 2017, Alberto Martín Menacho, Student Award). Sometimes a documentary film is like a conundrum. Mountains, rural depopulation, traditions that are preserved but are losing their significance. A childhood – still free, wild and beautiful. A youth – seemingly endless and yet already in the past. Poetic, mysterious and on the fine line between document, memory and myth.