ELTERNSCHULE (Deutschland 2018, Jörg Adolph, Ralf Bücheler, DOK.deutsch). Faulty interactions. Desperate parents and their psychosomatically ill children receive residential treatment in a clinic. A film about the importance of setting boundaries and the understanding that when the parents are doing well, the children are too and not the reverse.
WHEN THE BULL CRIED – CUANDO EL TORO LLORÓ (Belgien, Bolivien 2017, Karen Vázquez Guadarrama Bart Goossens, DOK.horizonte). The Bolivian highlands. Here reigns El Tío, the god of the underworld and the mines, who must be appeased from time to time with rituals and sacrifices. The film follows a handful of people of different ages on and in the mountain as they go about their tough daily lives that are rich in mythology.
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.
THE ANCIENT WOODS – SENGIRE (Litauen 2017, Mindaugas Survila, BEST OF FESTS). The sound of the woods entices us into a seemingly magical world. Day and night alternate when we penetrate deep into nature. With precision, Mindaugas Survila portrays a meditative organic state that we hardly ever get to experience.
TIME TRIAL (Großbritannien 2017, Finlay Pretsell, BEST OF FESTS). “Cycling, it can be said, is absurd. But whoever finds meaning in cycling, will also find meaning in the absurdity of life.” An in-depth film about the trials and tribulations of cycling – both internal and external – and the infinite loneliness of pro riders.