BASTARD IN MIND (Deutschland 2018, Sobo Swobodnik, DOK.deutsch). The diagnosis: an aneurysm in the brain. Then follow two nightmarish months during which we accompany the filmmaker. An essayistic audio-visual collage, in which Sobo Swobodnik shows us what it means to live with a potentially fatal condition.
BRUDERLIEBE – DEAR BROTHER (Deutschland 2019, Julia Horn, DOK.deutsch). After a car accident, Marcus falls into a coma. His brother Michael gives up his own life to care for him. Then another chapter begins. Michael discovers his own limits. A long-term observational documentary about profound brotherly love.
DIE KINDER DER UTOPIE – CHILDREN OF UTOPIA (Deutschland 2019, Hubertus Siegert, DOK.panorama). Looking back on their school days as part of an inclusive class, six former school friends reflect on how their special education has influenced their personalities and their life paths.
Kinderkino - PHIL UND DAS TRAURIGSEIN (Deutschland 2018, Marco Giacopuzzi, DOK.education). Where lies the line between sad and very sad, 11-year-old Phil is asked by his best friend. And Phil can give wonderfully reflected and clear answers - because he knows what he is talking about.
Megaherz Student Award: IN SEARCH... (Deutschland 2018, Beryl Magoko, Student Award). Unwritten rules and traditions are the foundation of a culture. Yet there are rituals that are kept silent, often out of shame – such as the circumcision of young women. With her autobiographical film, Beryl Magoko breaks the vicious cycle. Uninhibited, warm-hearted and with a clear aim: the prospect of reconciliation.
MY NAME IS DANIEL – MEU NOME É DANIEL (Brasilien 2018, Daniel Gonçalves, DOK.panorama). In a deeply personal film, a young director from Rio de Janeiro looks into the cause of his physical disability. At the same time, family videos and present-day footage recount Daniel’s life. But what kind of story would he have told if his upbringing had not been so privileged?
TANZ AUF DEM VULKAN – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE (Deutschland 2019, Maya Reichert, Münchner Premieren). In striking imagery, smouldering lava spews out over the idyllic volcanic island of Fogo – a symbol of the blessings and curses in the lives of the three protagonists, who have courageously defied fate to find love, happiness and a home away from home on the Cape Verde Islands.
THE MAGIC LIFE OF V (Bulgarien, Finnland, Dänemark 2019, Tonislav Hristov, Best of Fests). 25-year-old Veera, who is traumatised by a difficult childhood with a violent father, attempts to regain her self-confidence and become the heroine of her own story through live roleplaying. A poignant film about the power of fantasy.
UNA PRIMAVERA (Österreich, Deutschland, Italien 2018, Valentina Primavera, Student Award). A wife wants a divorce; her daughter picks up her camera. Hope blossoms. Perhaps the chaos of suffering, contempt and violence will finally subside. But families are families and fathers remain fathers. Then what about the mother? A homage to a smart, vulnerable and strong woman.