AQUARELA (Dänemark, Deutschland, Großbritannien 2018, Victor Kossakovsky, DOK.focus humaNature). In deeply poignant and beautiful images AQUARELA conveys the transformative power of the element of water in its various states. An overwhelmingly sensual journey around the globe.
CLAUDE LANZMANN: SPECTRES OF THE SHOAH (Großbritannien, Kanada 2015, Adam Benzine, DOK.special). A homage to Claude Lanzmann and his masterpiece, SHOAH - which is seen today as a milestone in the cinematic examination of the holocaust - created to mark the 30-year anniversary of SHOAH and two years before Claude Lanzmann’s death.
FRIEDKIN UNCUT (Italien 2018, Francesco Zippel, Best of Fests). FRIEDKIN UNCUT gives us a fascinating glimpse into the workshop of William Friedkin, who achieved fame in the 1970s with films like THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXORCIST. An exciting portrait of an extraordinary and unconventional artist.
KLAUS WILDENHAHN. DIRECT! PUBLIC AND PRIVATE (Deutschland 2010, Quinka F. Stoehr, DOK.special). He made documentary film history and influenced generations of filmmakers with his work. Quinka F. Stoehr draws a multi-layered and touching portrait of Klaus Wildenhahn, the filmmaker, writer and man. In memoriam.
LES PLAGES D'AGNÈS (Frankreich 2008, Agnès Varda, DOK.special). At the age of 80, French filmmaker and artist Agnès Varda shot her own filmic autobiography in 2008. Poetic, playful and humorous, she reflects on her life, her works, cinema - and the beaches that were important to her.
MANU (Belgien 2018, Emmanuelle Bonmariage, DOK.panorama). When the documentary maker becomes the protagonist: Emmanuelle follows her father, the legendary Belgian director, Manuel Bonmariage, with her camera and learns about some incredible things – from an attempted poisoning to a double life. A humorous, personal, light-footed portrait.
MARCELINE. A WOMAN. A CENTURY (Niederlande, Frankreich 2018, Cordelia Dvorák, DOK.special). She always offered herring and vodka to the visitors in her apartment in St. Germain de Prés. Marceline Loridan-Ivens, survivor from Birkenau and later actress, filmmaker and writer, was a rebel all her life. Courageous, angry and radical she started her first movies under the influence of the Nouvelle Vague. Later she moved around the world with the legendary documentary film pioneer Joris Ivens, her second husband, and made political films.
RESSACA – VERTIGE DE LA CHUTE (Frankreich, Brasilien 2018, Rimbaux Vincent, Patrizia Landi, DOK.international). Rio de Janeiro’s Teatro Municipal is the jewel of the nation’s opera scene but it is on the brink of collapse: the state is bankrupt and can no longer pay the employees’ salaries. The workers resist with all their might and try to save the theatre. An impressive call to arms in black and white.
TALKING ABOUT TREES (Frankreich, Sudan, Deutschland, Tschad, Qatar 2019, Suhaib Gasmelbari, DOK.network Africa). The Sudanese filmmakers Ibrahim, Manar, Suliman and Eltayeb want to re-open an outdoor cinema, the “Revolution Theatre” in Khartoum. With creativity, humour and a love of film the old men fight against power outages, the call of the Muezzin and the authorities.
THE WHALE AND THE RAVEN (Deutschland, Kanada 2019, Mirjam Leuze, DOK.international). The remaining residents of the First Nation settlement on Canada’s rough west coast have a profound relationship with nature, in particular whales. Two researchers, Janie Wray and Hermann Meuter, share the spirituality of the indigenous people. A moving filmic message from whales to humans.