SEWOL – DIE GELBE ZEIT – SEWOL – PAUSED IN TIME (Österreich, Deutschland 2017, Minsu Park, DOK.international). “The clothes stink of the sea,” explains a mother in front of Minsu Park’s camera before her voice fails her as she remembers her daughter. An upsetting documentary film about the suffering of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster and the catastrophic break down in authority.
SÜHNHAUS (Österreich 2016, Maya McKechneay, DOK.deutsch). Is there such a thing as an “evil place?” No. 7 Schottenring on the grandiose Vienna ring road is an address that has harboured many dark secrets – until today. Maya McKechneay’s innovative haunted house movie reinvents the genre.
SWAGGER (Frankreich 2016, Olivier Babinet, DOK.euro.vision). Tough and scathing yet at the same time full of pride, eleven youths tell of their lives in a Paris banlieue. A creative mosaic of encounters with the philosophical “swaggerers” – the heroes of the suburbs.
THE CHALLENGE (Italien, Frankreich 2016, Yuri Ancarani, DOK.international). Falconry follows a centuries old tradition on the Arabian Peninsula. Only the wealth that comes from the oil in the desert state of Qatar is changing everything. This film celebrates a modern decadent life with the birds of prey and the desert in powerful cinematic images.
THIS IS ATOMIC LOVE (Deutschland 2016, Heike Schuffenhauer, Marc Seibold, DOK.music - Open Air). At long last a film about the legendary Munich indie club, “The Atomic Café.” Here in front of its iconic glittery backdrop local bands, such as Sportfreunde Stiller, as well as international groups and DJs created unforgettable nights of music for almost 18 years. This film is a declaration of love.
UNTITLED (Österreich, Deutschland 2017, Michael Glawogger, Monika Willi, DOK.special). What does a documentary look like „when you let yourself be led by nothing but your own curiosity and intuition“ (Michael Glawogger)? Out of this notion, Monika Willi has put together an extremely vital film essay: entirely in the spirit of the exceptional late Austrian director.