CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / DIE SAMSTAGSMÜTTER – SATURDAY MOTHERS (Deutschland 2019, David Preute). Since 1995, the Saturday Mothers have been demonstrating at the gates of the Galatasaray High School in Istanbul. They want justice for their family members who have disappeared in police custody. But since 25 August 2018 their protest has been officially banned.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / FRAMEWORK OF ART (Deutschland 2019, Elisabeth Kratzer). “Istanbul – The most inspiring city in the world“ was the slogan of the European Capital of Culture 2010. But the open-minded and free city has changed over the past years. Self-censorship is seen as a form of protection as well as a possibility to show other perspectives of thinking.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / HEUTE NICHT IN DEN NACHRICHTEN – CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / NOT IN THE NEWS TONIGHT (Deutschland 2019, Franziska Brozio). In Turkey, a journalist’s life is not easy, at least if your opinion is not that of the government. In Istanbul I met those journalists who are activists by heart as well as those, who are usually not very interested in news of protests and the critique of the opposition.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / ISTANBUL – MILLENNIUM CITY (Deutschland 2019, David Preute). The city of Istanbul looks back on a long and eventful history. The former mayor Erdoğan wants to restore it to the old Ottoman splendour and make Istanbul into a millennium city. But his great vision does not appeal to all Turks.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / KADININ SESI – THE VOICE OF THE WOMEN (Deutschland 2019, Vera Brückner). Istanbul, a city split on two continents. The West observed Turkey’s recent political changes sceptically. The demonstration on International Women’s Day in 2019 was the biggest so far. How does it feel for women today living in such a contrary city?
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / ORTA OYUNU – A RE-ENACTMENT WITH AYDIN ENGIN (Deutschland 2019, Rabelle Erian). Aydin Engin, journalist and former editor-in-chief of the opposition newspaper Cumhuriyet, is facing trial for reporting on the current political situation in Turkey. Engin (79) keeps on fighting resolutely for democracy. A portrait of a man who echoes the history of the Republic.
CLOSE UP: ISTANBUL / THE MEETING IN THE CORNER BY THE WINDOW (Deutschland 2019, Felizitas Hoffmann). Hera Büyüktaşçıyan, a visual artist, and Berge Arabian, a photographer, are only somewhat acquainted. They've always wanted to meet and talk. As it happens, their encounter is in the corner by the window. They start speaking and one topic leads to another. A conversation about identity, memory and personal experiences expressed in art and life in Istanbul.
VORFILM: AD LI BI TUM (Deutschland 2018, Johanna Seggelke). Music, expression, dance. Improvisation, relationship, performance. Everyday life. Ardhi and Urte.
VORFILM: BESSERE ZUKUNFT (Deutschland 2017, Marius Bacza). Sabine Bundschu is the voice of the Munich subway. But who really knows the person behind it? Who can say exactly who she is? Sabine Bundschu would like to announce a station in Munich, but unfortunately there is no subway there yet. In Gräfelfing there is a road called "Better Future".
VORFILM: FAULES HEU (Deutschland 2018, Lennart Heidtmann). A short story about punk, rebellion and growing up: Xaver has to buy a new amplifier, otherwise he will be thrown out of his punk band. But his father doesn't want to give him the money. Time for Xaver to break out.
VORFILM: KONTAKT (Deutschland 2018, Hilarija Locmele). Markus Kunas is a dance and movement therapist. In the film he dances himself through several emotions caused by his surroundings: the awakening in nature, the loneliness in the urban and the synergy between people in the form of a contact improvisation.
VORFILM: TIGER TIGER - REALITY (Deutschland 2019, Susanne Steinmassl). In Reality, imagination and reality blur under distorted glitch into a kaleidoscopic reality of their own; it is about the contrasts of the conscious and the unconscious, finiteness and infinity, which are recorded in music and video in a reality-constituting way.
Slices of life, insights and perspectives: the films of the international competition open doors into new worlds. They compete for the VIKTOR Main Competition, worth 10,000 Euros, sponsored by Bayerischer Rundfunk.
ADVOCATE (Israel, Kanada, Schweiz 2019, Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche). “I’m the lawyer who always loses,” Lea Tsemel remarks. The Israeli human rights activist represents those who the nationalists call Palestinian terrorists. Tsemel talks about freedom fighters. In the fiery political climate, she speaks out for justice tirelessly.
BRUCE LEE & THE OUTLAW (Niederlande, Großbritannien, Tschechische Republik 2018, Joost Vandebrug). Nicu, a young homeless kid, lives in the tunnels under Bucharest with the criminal known as Bruce Lee, the king of the underworld. The home that Bruce offers is supposedly safe, but when Nicu becomes seriously ill, everything suddenly changes and the youngster gets a chance at a different life.