BRUCE LEE & THE OUTLAW (Niederlande, Großbritannien, Tschechische Republik 2018, Joost Vandebrug, DOK.international). 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.
DIE GRUBE – THE PIT (Deutschland 2019, Hristiana Raykova, Student Award). “What do swans actually taste like? Can you eat them?” A thermal pool on the coast of Bulgaria serves as a meeting place for a wonderfully quirky ensemble of old women and men on whom life has left its mark. Here, in 37-degree water, all the important questions are debated.
MY GRANNY FROM MARS – Моя Бабушка с Марса (Ukraine, Weißrussland, Estland 2018, Alexander Mihalkovich, DOK.panorama). Sascha’s grandmother, Zina, a Ukrainian was married to a Belorussian. After the collapse of the Soviet Union she lived in Ukraine. As a widow and a pensioner, she moved to the Crimea. But, after the Russian occupation, a visit to Grandma in the Crimea was almost as impossible for the family as a trip to Mars.
MY UNKNOWN SOLDIER – MUJ NEZNAMY VOJÍN (Lettland, Tschechische Republik, Slowakei 2018, Anna Kryvenko, Best of Fests). This essay-like collage blends private and public historiography: the family album of the director Anna Kryvenko, from which her great uncle, a Soviet soldier, was removed, alongside archive material, including USSR propaganda.
THE CHINESE WILL COME (Serbien 2018, Tanja Brzakovic, DOK.panorama). Chinese migrants are hardly noticed in Serbia. They work in agriculture and trade, supplying the population with cheap everyday products. But a state visit by the Chinese president promises future-oriented changes.
THE SOUND IS INNOCENT (Tschechische Republik, Frankreich, Slowakei 2019, Johana Ožvold, DOK.panorama). Transcending time, THE SOUND IS INNOCENT takes us into the inner world of electronic music. A spectacular voyage from the beginnings of audio technology to the French avant garde and contemporary artists - and back again. Poets behind their computer screens.