THE FILM PROGRAMME OF DOK.fest MÜNCHEN @HOME
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!
DENK ICH AN DEUTSCHLAND IN DER NACHT – IF I THINK OF GERMANY AT NIGHT (Deutschland 2017, Romuald Karmakar). Five pioneers of electronic music embody an entire subculture in Romuald Karmakar’s portrait. The use of sound from the DJs headphones allows us to experience what otherwise remains secret: the art behind the operation of the mixing desk controls.
DEPTH TWO – DUBINA DVA (Serbien, Frankreich 2016, Ognjen Glavonić). Against forgetting! In 1999 a lorry containing 53 corpses was recovered from the Danube. The same bodies emerge again two years later in a mass grave in Belgrade. What happened? Glavonić’s mystical political thriller confronts his country with its own history.
DRIES (Belgien, Frankreich, Deutschland 2016, Reiner Holzemer). Light, effortless, finely crafted. This is how Dries Van Noten’s creations could be described – if it weren’t for his lust for perfection, poetry and the absolute. Fashion for lively, passionate people – “bigger than life.”
EINSTEINS NICHTEN – EINE GESCHICHTE VON VERLUST UND ÜBERLEBEN – EINSTEIN'S NIECES (Deutschland 2016, Friedemann Fromm). A generation is disappearing. As teenagers, twins Paola und Lorenza bore witness to the crimes of the German armed forces in Italy. Friedemann Fromm has succeeded in creating a sensitive account of the life story of two impressive women – between reminiscence and solace.
EL MAR LA MAR (USA 2017, J.P. Sniadecki, Joshua Bonnetta). Migration policy from an ant’s perspective. Nature, animals… then clothes, mobile phones and shoes torn apart by desert storms and faded by the sun. A forbidding landscape between Mexico and USA captured in transcendental, skilfully composed images.
GHOST HUNTING – ISTIYAD ASBAHA (Frankreich, Schweiz, Palästina 2017, Raed Andoni). Former inmates recreate the Israeli interrogation centre, Moscobiya, as a backdrop against which they re-enact their experiences. Between role-play and reality they reveal the stigmata of torture and traumatisation. An intensive film experiment.
HASHTI TEHRAN (Iran 2016, Daniel Kötter). Teheran as a microcosm of Iran. From the snow-capped mountains in the north to the dusty desert streets of the south, the city also represents a social incline. To the west and the east it stretches ever further. Filmic reflections on architecture and space.
HOUSTON, WE HAVE A PROBLEM (Slowenien, Kroatien, Deutschland 2016, Žiga Virc). An incredible story from the cold war era: in the 1960s the Yugoslavian president Tito sold a secret space programme to USA as the nation sought to win the race against the USSR for the first moon landing by any means.
KOMUNIA – COMMUNION (Polen 2016, Anna Zamecka). The heartbreaking story of a 14-year-old Polish girl who has to play the roles of mother, father and sister as well as being herself. Caught in the vicious circle of a dysfunctional family, Ola fights with all her strength against the force of her circumstances.
LA CHANA (Island, Spanien, USA 2016, Lucija Stojevic). She inherited the name La Chana from her uncle, a guitarist and flamenco star. In other disciplines Antonia Santiago Amador would have been called a child prodigy. Yet she stepped out of the limelight after a short, meteoric career. In LA CHANA the 67-year-old recounts her eventful life.
LOS NIÑOS – THE GROWN UPS (Niederlande, Chile, Frankreich 2016, Maite Alberdi). Andrés and Anita have just one wish: to start a family. But society has other plans for people with Down’s Syndrome and the school that they have been attending for 40 years remains the only place they can be a couple. A gentle portrait that reveals their frustrations and longing.
LOVETRUE (USA 2016, Alma Har'el). Three young people in different corners of the USA reflect on their ideas about love. Reality and the inner lives of the protagonists intertwine in an intoxicating flow of images and we get lost in the delightful magic of performance and music.
MY FRIEND BORIS NEMTSOV – MOI DRUG BORIS NEMTSOV (Estland 2016, Zosya Rodkevich). A personal portrait of Boris Nemtsov, one of the leaders of the Russian opposition and a well-known Putin critic who was shot on 27th February 2015 on a bridge not far from the Kremlin – to this day the case remains unsolved.
MYSTERIOUS MASTERPIECE – COLD CASE TORRENTIUS (Niederlande 2016, Maarten de Kroon). A mysterious still life has the art world in suspense. To date no one has been able to explain how Torrentius, one of the most infamous libertines of the 17th century, could achieve such photographic perfection. An absorbing thriller from the world of art history.
NORMAL AUTISTIC FILM – NORMÁLNÍ AUTISTICKY FILM (Tschechische Republik 2016, Miroslav Janek). “What am I? An Aspie!” Marjam calls out to the director behind the camera – and is mightily proud of it. From the very first second Miroslav Janek’s multifaceted study of a completely “other” world with rules all of its own is enthralling.