The film programme of DOK.fest München. At the cinema. At home.
3 to 14 May 2023 at the Munich venues
8 to 21 May 2023 @home
As always, DOK.fest München opens the view out to the world: with 130 of the best and most current international documentaries from 55 countries. Our goal is the greatest possible participation in our films, which is why we bring them to the big screen in Munich cinemas as well as to home screens throughout Germany: DOK.fest stays dual.
RESSACA – VERTIGE DE LA CHUTE (Brazil, France 2018, Rimbaux Vincent, Patrizia Landi, DOK.international Main Competition). 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.
WENN WIR ERST TANZEN – ONCE WE ARE DANCING (Germany 2018, Dirk Heth, Olaf Winkler, Dirk Lienig, DOK.deutsch Wettbewerb). 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.
THE UNDERGROUND ORCHESTRA (Netherlands 1997, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospective DOK.network Africa). 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.
THE GRAND HOTEL BALLET – LES PETITS MAÎTRES DU GRAND HOTEL (France 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.
DRAW A LINE – RICHARD SIEGAL AND THE BALLET OF DIFFERENCE (Germany, Nigeria 2019, Benedict Mirow, Munich Premieres). 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!
SOUS LE DONJON DE MANU LE MALIN (France 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.