BRASILIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN (Großbritannien, Kanada, Brasilien 2017, Bart Simpson, DOK.panorama). “It’s going to be chaos.” Oscar Niemeyer, the legendary creator of Brasília, passes judgement on the current state of Brazil’s capital. The solidly crafted film about what was once a utopian concrete city is thrilling.
BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH? – ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB? (Österreich 2018, Stefan Bohun, Best of Fests). From the mountains of Tyrol to the Portuguese Atlantic coast. After Jakob’s suicide his four brothers set off together on a journey into the past. A personal and unexpectedly light film about mourning, saying goodbye and forging new bonds.
CANIBA (Frankreich 2017, Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor, Best of Fests). A portrait of the cannibal, Issei Sagawa, who, more than 30 years ago, killed a fellow student and partially ate her. Together with his brother he lives as a free man in Japan. A formally experimental discussion about the depths and motivations of humanity.
DEMONS IN PARADISE (Frankreich, Sri Lanka 2017, Jude Ratnam, DOK.horizonte). For over 20 years a civil war raged between the Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka. What brought about such an unleashing of violence? The filmmaker Jude Ratnam sets out on a journey to explore the country’s past and the memories of his family members. In the end there remains a promise to overcome fear.
DER HELLSEHER – BLIND MAN WATCHING (Deutschland 2018, Fausto Molina, DOK.deutsch). Fausto Molina has a problem: his films will never be finished. It doesn’t help that he is gradually going blind. An oblique filmic reflection on life with restricted eyesight and being caught in a web of agencies, doctors and family members.
DER MOTIVATIONSTRAINER – THE MOTIVATION COACH (Deutschland 2017, Martin Rieck, Julian Amershi, DOK.panorama). Motivational speakers are the prophets of our society, which is shaped by self-improvement. Jürgen Höller is the star among them. A seminar costs several thousand Euros – some participants would walk on hot coals for this.
DER SECHSTE KONTINENT – THE SIXTH CONTINENT (Italien, Deutschland 2017, Andreas Pichler, DOK.deutsch). At the Haus der Solidarität in Brixen people with social problems from different backgrounds live together in an extraordinary community. A real-life social utopia with ups and downs, which risks being torn apart by a planned relocation.
DIE GENTRIFIZIERUNG BIN ICH. BEICHTE EINES FINSTERLINGS – I AM GENTRIFICATION. CONFESSIONS OF A SCOUNDREL (Schweiz 2017, Thomas Haemmerli, Best of Fests). From the expensive house that he grew up in to squats and individually owned apartments, a Swiss journalist, digital nomad and filmmaker searches São Paulo, Tbilisi, Mexico City and Zurich and discovers: I am gentrification.
DIE KUNST DER WIDERREDE – THE ART OF ARGUMENT (Österreich, Deutschland 2018, Gereon Wetzel, Melanie Liebheit, DOK.deutsch). Mass state surveillance on trial at the International Court of Justice. Four Munich students prepare themselves for a major legal event – as prosecutors and defence. A contest to see who has the best arguments and the most faith in their powers of persuasion.
DIE NUMMER EINS – DEUTSCHLANDS GROSSE TORHÜTER – NUMBER ONE – GERMANY’S GREATEST GOALKEEPERS (Deutschland 2017, Gerhard Schick, Münchner Premieren). Germany’s goalkeepers have been the envy of the football world for decades. DIE NUMMER EINS lets us re-live the unforgettable moments and scandals that have made legends of Oliver Kahn, Sepp Maier, Toni Schumacher, Jens Lehmann and Manuel Neuer.
DREAM FRAGMENTS – CHADHAYA EL AHLAM (Algerien 2017, Bahïa Bencheikh-El-Fegoun, DOK.horizonte). A rich land economically and culturally, Algeria fluctuates today between despair and the hope of a new beginning. Then there is a series of suicides at the heart of society. The coast and the sea. Images flow into and over each other poetically like a Fata Morgana.
DREAMING MURAKAMI (Dänemark, Japan 2017, Nitesh Anjaan, Best of Fests). DREAMING MURAKAMI is a portrait of the translator, Mette Holm, who has translated the books of the celebrated Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, into Danish for nearly 20 years and is now working on Murakami’s debut novel.
EASTERN MEMORIES (Finnland 2018, Niklas Kullström, Martti Kaartinen, DOK.panorama). A hundred years ago a Finn made his mark on the history of Mongolia. At the age of 25, Gustav John Ramstedt travelled there to study the nomad languages. He stayed most of his life and experienced the region’s transition into modernity.
EINEN SOMMER LANG (Deutschland 2017, Georg Michael Fischer, Münchner Premieren). Walking 2,400 Kilometres in 50 days – from Munich to Istanbul. That’s the equivalent of one marathon per day. What begins as a crazy sporting venture for the amateur walker Denis turns into a long overdue examination of himself and his father.
EISENKOPF – IRONHEAD (Deutschland, China 2017, Tian Dong, Student Award). Kung Fu Football – the “Chinese dream.” In a Deng Feng Shaolin boarding school some of the 10,000 pupils learn to play football alongside the traditional martial arts – to complete exhaustion. China’s next generation captured in insightful sequences.