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.
BEUYS – BEUYS (Deutschland 2017, Andres Veiel, DOK.special). Andres Veiel’s portrait of Joseph Beuys is a skilfully produced montage artwork. Meticulously and boldly, the film combs through a plethora of images of Beuys’ artworks and performances and makes space for ideas that are still controversial today.
BIS ANS ENDE DER TRÄUME (Schweiz 2018, Wilfried Meichtry, DOK.deutsch). The author Katharina von Arx travelled alone around the world in the 1950s. In Tonga she met her great love Freddy Drilhon, another free thinker. Amour fou in a precarious balance between self-fulfilment, the longing to be settled and a desire for freedom.
BRASILIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN (Großbritannien, Kanada, Brasilien 2017, Bart Simpson, DOK.panorama). “It’s going to be chaos.” Oscar Niemeyer, the legendary creator of Brasília, passes judgement on the current state of Brazil’s capital. The solidly crafted film about what was once a utopian concrete city is thrilling.
DREAMING MURAKAMI (Dänemark, Japan 2017, Nitesh Anjaan, Best of Fests). 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, Best of Fests). 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.
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.
JAAR LAMENT OF IMAGES – JAAR EL LAMENTO DE LAS IMÁGENES (Chile 2017, Paula Rodriguez Sickert, DOK.panorama). Art as an act of resistance. Art as a last bastion of freedom in a society that has become immune to images. This is the first film ever made about the work and art of the Chilean Alfredo Jaar, one of the most important contemporary artists.
KISHON (Israel 2017, Eliav Lilti, DOK.special). Ephraim Kishon is among the 20th century’s most important satirists. With animations, audio recordings and private video material the film brings the Israeli writer back to life and delves into his eventful biography.
RAGHU RAI, AN UNFRAMED PORTRAIT (Finnland, Norwegen, Indien 2017, Avani Rai, DOK.panorama). Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama – the Indian Magnum photographer, Raghu Rai, records contemporary history and its protagonists in powerful images. With her debut film, his daughter draws a portrait of an idiosyncratic artist and documentarist – touching and humorous.
SILVANA – SILVANA (Schweden 2017, Mika Gustafson, Olivia Kastebring, Christina Tsiobanelis, DOK.international). A fascinating portrait of the Swedish rapper, Silvana Imam, who has taken Scandinavia by storm with her music and uncompromising lyrics and become a significant figurehead in Sweden’s feminist and anti-racist movements.
WE MARGIELA (Niederlande 2017, Menna Laura Meijer, mint film office, DOK.panorama). Fashion designer Martin Margiela and his “partners in crime” challenged the glamour and celebrity culture of the 1980s with radical deconstructivism, vintage underground and real life. WE MARGIELA tells the story of a revolution and portrays a unique fashion collective.
WO BIST DU, JOAO GILBERTO? – WHERE ARE YOU, JOAO GILBERTO? (Frankreich, Schweiz, Deutschland 2018, Georges Gachot, DOK.international). “He is meant to have hated people so much that he could not stand them. He is meant to have loved them so much that he could not stand them.” That is what they said about Joao Gilberto, the elusive creator of Bossa Nova. Georges Gachot takes us on an entertaining, investigative trip to Rio to find out more.