EASY LESSONS – KÖNNYU LECKÉK (Ungarn 2018, Dorottya Zurbó, Best of Fests). 17-year-old Kafia has fled Somalia and is stranded in Hungary. There she tries to take control of her life and adapt to the rules of a new culture without losing her identity. But it is anything but easy.
EDUARDO GALEANO VAGAMUNDO (Brasilien 2018, Felipe Nepomuceno, Best of Fests). The Uruguayan writer, journalist and essayist, Eduardo Galeano, played a vital role in the historical analysis of Latin America’s dictatorships. In this portrait he speaks about existence and the things that give the world meaning. A cinematic embrace of his life’s work.
EISENBERGER – KUNST MUSS SCHÖN SEIN, SAGTE DER FROSCH ZUR FLIEGE (Schweiz 2018, Hercli Bundi, DOK.panorama). To date, his opus consists of over 45,000 pieces of work and yet the artist, Christian Eisenberger, still questions art and its construction. In the three-way relationship between artist, work and the audience, a power struggle develops.
EL PESO DEL ORO – THE WEIGHT OF GOLD (Deutschland, Kolumbien 2019, Yves Itzek, Milosz Zmiejewski, Oscar Diaz, Student Award). “Unfortunately, that’s just how it is: the world consists of those who work and those who profit from the work of others.” A mine in Columbia: a man’s world ruled by hard work and gold. Here, in this pitch-black labyrinth, the dark heart of our globalised economy beats.
ENTREPRENEUR – YRITTÄJÄ (Finnland 2018, Virpi Suutari, DOK.panorama). The start-up dream: investors are queuing up. Demand for Pulled Oats, a meat-free alternative to pulled pork, is outstripping production capacity. Meanwhile a family firm that runs a little fun fair is fighting for survival. What makes an entrepreneur?
EXCITING LIFE – INTERESNAYA ZHIZN (Russland 2018, Anna Yanovskaya, DOK.guest). Alexei, a Moscow actor, is invited to the Republic of Sakha (Yakutia) by a director to make a film. But as soon as they have arrived things start to go wrong. A hilarious road movie in the tradition of Yakutian cinema.
FEBRUARY 27th (Österreich, Westsahara, Deutschland, Algerien 2018, Marie-Thérèse Jakoubek, Student Award). A refugee camp in southern Algeria. A young woman leads us through the desert. This is home and, at the same time, a place of yearning since the Western Sahara was annexed by Morocco in 1975. Powerful visual impressions of life amid a forgotten conflict.
FOREVER (Niederlande 2006, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). The Père Lachaise Cemetery in Paris is an exceptional place of comfort and tranquillity. Here the paths of the living, the visitors and workers lead to the past and memories. A film about a cemetery becomes a “celebration of life.”
FOREVER FLÜCHTLING 1 / WIR IM WALD – WIR IM WALD (Deutschland 2019, Dirk Schäfer, DOK.special). Seven refugees from six different countries on a walk in the woods with their German tutor and her dog Mr. Bossi. Besides, everyone learns from each other, especially about the power and wonder of the language.
FOREVER FLÜCHTLING 2 / COFFEE & MISUNDERSTANDINGS – COFFEE & MISUNDERSTANDINGS (Deutschland 2019, Annelie Boros, DOK.special). Whether it be a Turkish mocha, an Eritrean coffee ceremony or a skinny cappuccino, at the “Café International” standards are high and misunderstandings inevitable. When an ordinary patron is mistaken for the rapper 50 Cent, confusion ensues.
FREEDOM FIELDS (Niederlande, Großbritannien, Lybien, USA, Qatar u.a. 2018, Naziha Arebi, DOK.horizonte). “Determination, will, strength!” After the Arab Spring and the downfall of Gaddafi, a women’s football team’s struggle for recognition and equality in Libya really begins. An impressive portrait of a changing society.
FRIEDKIN UNCUT (Italien 2018, Francesco Zippel, Best of Fests). FRIEDKIN UNCUT gives us a fascinating glimpse into the workshop of William Friedkin, who achieved fame in the 1970s with films like THE FRENCH CONNECTION and THE EXORCIST. An exciting portrait of an extraordinary and unconventional artist.
FROM KNEE TO HEART – DE RODILLAS CORAZÓN (Spanien 2018, Susanna Barranco, DOK.panorama). Sol Picó is a living legend of modern dance. Known for her strength and passion, at the age of 50 she is at a turning point in her career. Ageing and an injury force her to confront the transient nature of her creative power.
FUNERAL DIARIES – MATUSEPÄEVIKUD (Estland 2019, Marko Raat, DOK.panorama). Comforting words, last rites. In their exile communities in Canada, three Estonian priests spend a lot of time in cemeteries. With subtlety and an aptitude for quiet serenity, Marki Raat examines faith, home and identity in communities that are growing ever smaller.
GREETINGS FROM FREE FORESTS (Slowenien, USA, Kroatien 2018, Ian Soroka, Best of Fests). Which traces do people leave behind in nature? That is the opening question for an associative journey through Slovenia’s forests. An intelligent and complex essay about the relationship between past and present, forgetting and collective memory.