12 JOURS – 12 DAYS (Frankreich 2017, Raymond Depardon, Best of Fests). 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.
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.
ABOVE THE TIMBERLINE (Deutschland 2017, Marina Hufnagel, Student Award). On the Annapurna Trek in the Nepalese Himalayas, hikers from around the world search for a true adventure. In encountering the mountain even the camera loses sight of people, space and time. Is it possible for an individual to move forward amid the great flow of events?
ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN – ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN (USA / Qatar 2017, Martin DiCicco, Best of Fests). 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 (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.
CANIBA (Frankreich 2017, Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Best of Fests). 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.
DREAM FRAGMENTS – CHADHAYA EL AHLAM (Algerien 2017, Bahïa Bencheikh-El-Fegoun, DOK.horizonte). A rich land economically and culturally, Algeria fluctuates today between despair and the hope of a new beginning. Then there is a series of suicides at the heart of society. The coast and the sea. Images flow into and over each other poetically like a Fata Morgana.
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.
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.
I REMEMBER NOTHING – JE NE ME SOUVIENS DE RIEN (Frankreich 2017, Diane Sara Bouzgarrou, DOK.panorama). When the revolution in Tunisia breaks out there is no holding back Diane’s passionate feelings. Sightlessly she plunges into a whirlpool of emotions. Then comes the diagnosis: bipolar disorder. Years later she discovers hours of unseen video material from back then. A filmic puzzle: part self-exploration, part experiment.
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?
LAST SHIP HOME (Deutschland 2017, Michael Weber, Christian Ebert, DOK.panorama). 27000 miles across the oceans – a race around the world. A crew defeated right from the start, living at close quarters for months on end amid storms and lulls. An impressive reconstruction of a great adventure using old Super-8 footage.
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.
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.