THE FILM PROGRAMME OF DOK.fest MÜNCHEN @HOME
DOK.fest München 2021 @home came to a close on 23 May. 131 films from 43 countries were shown.
Here you can find an overview of all the films. The programme booklet can be viewed here.
BOYS IN WOLVE'S CLOTHING – PAS COMME DES LOUPS (France 2016, Vincent Pouplard). Roman and Sifredi position themselves outside of society. They don’t want any part in it; they actually don’t want any part in anything. To be free, that’s what the twins want. Without any commitments they live a wild life among nature on the outskirts of the city.
BURNING OUT (Belgium, France, Switzerland 2017, Jérôme le Maire). Saint Louis hospital in Paris is one of the biggest in the city. For two years Jérôme le Maire accompanied the hospital staff and gained insights into their stressful everyday lives, in which the patients are ultimately degraded to the status of objects.
CINEMA FUTURES (Austria 2016, Michael Palm). A film about the present and future of film and cinema in the digital age. CINEMA FUTURES sketches out nightmare scenarios, cultural fears and auspicious utopias and includes interviews with well-known experts, archivists and filmmakers.
DANCER (Russian Federation, Ukraine, United Kingdom, United States 2016, Steven Cantor). Sergei Polunin is the celebrated enfant terrible of the ballet world. At the age of four he embarked upon the career that led him to the Royal Ballet in London. But after years of extreme discipline, success appears to be a prison for him. An impressive dance film about growing up.
DELTAS, BACK TO SHORES (Switzerland 2016, Charlie Petersmann). What do a young Senegalese man in Tangier and an old Portuguese fisherman have in common? Both are in search of a better life. Two biographies that focus our attention on the universality of migration.
DENK ICH AN DEUTSCHLAND IN DER NACHT – IF I THINK OF GERMANY AT NIGHT (Germany 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 (France, Serbia 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 (Belgium, France, Germany 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 (Germany 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 (United States 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 (France, Palestine, Switzerland 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 (Croatia, Germany, Slovenia 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 (Poland 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 (Iceland, Spain, United States 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.