DUSK CHORUS – BASED ON FRAGMENTS OF EXTINCTION (Italien 2017, Nika Šaravanja, Student Award). Have you ever been in the jungle? At night? David Monnacchi, a “field recorder,” eco activist and composer takes us along on an expedition. Here we get to experience what the last untouched areas of the rainforest sound like. Alarming? Magic!
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.
EYE CANDY (Deutschland 2018, Katharina Kraft, Student Award). Yasmin Lander is a wrestler. She enters the ring as the tomboy “Charlie Morgan” and fights for the fans’ respect. Would they still cheer for Charlie if she showed them her true self: young, fearless, unpredictable and… newly in love?
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.
FFF Förderpreis Dokumentarfilm: CONGO CALLING (Deutschland 2019, Stephan Hilpert, Münchner Premieren). What impact does development aid have on a country? And what does it do to those who help? A fascinating insight into the everyday life of three Europeans who want to offer their assistance in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – and into their daily struggles with the bureaucracy of the African country.
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.