DRAW A LINE – RICHARD SIEGAL AND THE BALLET OF DIFFERENCE (Deutschland, Nigeria 2019, Benedict Mirow, Münchner Premieren). Dancer and choreographer, Richard Siegal, transcends boundaries with his Munich and Cologne-based ensemble, “BoD” (Ballet of Difference), inspiring the international dance scene. DRAW A LINE shows the company at work: an invigorating experience!
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.
SOUS LE DONJON DE MANU LE MALIN (Frankreich 2017, Mario Raulin, DOK.special). Distorted bass drums, blaring speakers, crowds in ecstasy. Watching the exceptional artist Manu Le Malin at work, you can sense the power and the redemptive appeal of music. An auditory experience that tells the story of the French hardcore.
THE GRAND HOTEL BALLET – LES PETITS MAÎTRES DU GRAND HOTEL (Frankreich 2018, Jacques Deschamps, DOK.panorama). Learning the ropes in a traditional French hotel: laying tablecloths neatly (ironing helps!), cleaning rooms, serving, greeting guests. Stepping out of line is frowned upon but the young people start dancing and singing. A documentary musical.
THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA (Niederlande 1997, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). The musicians dreamt of a better tomorrow. Today they live in Paris, in modest circumstances and often illegally. When they play in markets, on the streets and in the metro, their lost homelands can be heard - and a picture of a cosmopolitan Paris unfolds.
WENN WIR ERST TANZEN – ONCE WE ARE DANCING (Deutschland 2018, Dirk Heth, Olaf Winkler, Dirk Lienig, DOK.deutsch). The town of Hoyerswerda is emblematic of the demise of the GDR. Everything that this town represented was swallowed up by the fall of communism. The people were left without any market worth. A citizens’ dance project helps them to live with the shame. A sensually choreographed, empathetic film.
WHEN TOMATOES MET WAGNER (Griechenland 2019, Marianna Economou, DOK.panorama). Does Richard Wagner’s music make tomatoes grow better? This and other such important questions are discussed by two cousins who grow organic tomatoes in a Greek village, helped by the remaining members of a community in decline.