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121 Films from 42 countries at the 35th International Documentary Film Festival Munich
The films of the 35th DOK.fest Munich are unfortunately no longer available. We look forward to seeing you at the 36th DOK.fest Munich, from 05 to 16 May 2021!
BRASILIA: LIFE AFTER DESIGN (Großbritannien, Kanada, Brasilien 2017, Bart Simpson). “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.
DER MOTIVATIONSTRAINER – THE MOTIVATION COACH (Deutschland 2017, Martin Rieck, Julian Amershi). 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.
EASTERN MEMORIES (Finnland 2018, Niklas Kullström, Martti Kaartinen). 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.
ELISH'S NOTEBOOKS – HAMACHBAROT SHEL ELISH (Israel 2017, Golan Rise). After the death of their mother, the children find her diaries. One for each child, seven in all. They begin to read and travel back to their childhood in a Kibbutz in the Israel of the 50s and 60s. A mood of optimism versus maternal instincts? A film that stirs the emotions.
ETHIOPIQUES – REVOLT OF THE SOUL (Polen, Deutschland 2017, Maciek Bochniak). In the 1970s a music lover opened the first record shop in Addis Ababa and a legendary record was made: funk, soul, rock ‘n’ roll and jazz mixed with Ethiopian rhythms. 17 years later the French music journalist Francis Falceto introduced western audiences to this music with his CD series Éthiopiques and pulled off a great coup.
FOTBAL INFINIT – INFINITE FOOTBALL (Romania 2018, Corneliu Porumboiu). “The round thing has to go in the square thing,” the coach Helmut Schulte once pronounced. Laurențiu Ginghină’s take on this is visionary. He would like to revolutionise football and its rules. He discusses this with his friend, the Romanian filmmaker and football fan Corneliu Porumboiu.
GET ME SOME HAIR! (Deutschland 2018, Lars Barthel). Lars Barthel asks his Jamaican wife Antoinette why she often wears hair extensions. This personal curiosity leads Lars and his film to some complex and politically-charged questions. What is the relationship between hair and racism? And where do the hair extensions actually come from?
HASTA MAÑANA, SI DIOS QUIERE – SEE YOU TOMORROW, GOD WILLING! (Spanien, Norwegen 2017, Ainara Vera). In the past when women did not get married but wanted to work they became nuns. Together these 17 nuns are over a thousand years old. They alternate seamlessly between theological philosophy and banalities and chuckle. Astute and mentally agile, they know just how to live in the moment.
I LOVE MY MUSLIM (Niederlande 2017, Marjolein Busstra). Carla used to have outrageous hairstyles and loved the Amsterdam nightlife. She now wears a headscarf, prays to Allah and loves her husband Fouad. Carla is over 60; Fouad, 30 years younger. A love story that defies sweeping generalisations.
I REMEMBER NOTHING – JE NE ME SOUVIENS DE RIEN (Frankreich 2017, Diane Sara Bouzgarrou). When the revolution in Tunisia breaks out there is no holding back Diane’s passionate feelings. Sightlessly she plunges into a whirlpool of emotions. Then comes the diagnosis: bipolar disorder. Years later she discovers hours of unseen video material from back then. A filmic puzzle: part self-exploration, part experiment.
IMPULSO (Spanien, Frankreich 2017, Emilio Belmonte). Rocío Molina is known as the moderniser of flamenco. Her dancing combines tradition and avant garde in a new form of expression. IMPULSO documents the very personal creative process involved in making her latest show – from the first rehearsals to the grand finale.
INDEPENDENT BOY (Niederlande 2017, Vicent Boy Kars). Metin, a millennial with great talent and a wealth of opportunities, cannot get a grip on his life. So the director Vincent Boy Kars assumes responsibility for him for a month, making all the important decisions on Metin’s behalf. A social experiment.
JAAR LAMENT OF IMAGES – JAAR EL LAMENTO DE LAS IMÁGENES (Chile 2017, Paula Rodriguez Sickert). Art as an act of resistance. Art as a last bastion of freedom in a society that has become immune to images. This is the first film ever made about the work and art of the Chilean Alfredo Jaar, one of the most important contemporary artists.
LA CONVOCAZIONE – THE CALL (Italien 2017, Enrico Maisto). What do jury members actually do? 60 candidates who have been called up by random selection to the appeal court ask themselves this. During the waiting period they discuss the potential of hearing a serious crime, family relationships, TV programmes and the question overlying everything else: “why me?”
LAST DAYS IN SHIBATI – DERNIERS JOURS A SHIBATI (Frankreich 2017, Hendrick Dusollier). In the shadows of a Chinese metropolis lies the old quarter of Shibati, which is due to be demolished. The remaining inhabitants are astonished that a European filmmaker is taking interest in their disappearing world.