LAST SHIP HOME (Deutschland 2017, Michael Weber, Christian Ebert). 27000 miles across the oceans – a race around the world. A crew defeated right from the start, living at close quarters for months on end amid storms and lulls. An impressive reconstruction of a great adventure using old Super-8 footage.
LOVE IS POTATOES – LIEFDE IS AARDAPPELEN (Niederlande 2017, Aliona van der Horst). How can a family history be reconstructed when communication is not possible? After the death of her mother, the filmmaker travels to her home village in Russia and tells not only the story of her family through personal found footage but also that of the Stalin era.
MINIATURE FOR PIANO – MINIATURA ZA PIANO (Bulgarien 2017, Eldora Traykova). Four elderly country doctors in Bulgaria care for their patients with utter dedication and recount their eventful lives. In black and white images and to the music of P.I. Tschaikowski, the panorama of a meaningful existence melancholically unfolds.
MOUNT EVEREST – DER LETZTE SCHRITT – MOUNT EVEREST – DER LETZTE SCHRITT (Österreich 2018, Reinhold Messner). Something that had long been considered impossible became reality in 1978. Without supplemental oxygen, Reinhold Messner and Peter Habeler conquered Mount Everest. With dramatic original material, interviews from the time and re-enacted scenes, the daring adventure is brought vividly to life.
NAMRUD (TROUBLEMAKER) (Österreich 2017, Fernando Romero Forsthuber). With his provocative songs about religion, identity and occupation Jowan Safadi frequently courts controversy. But the musician is also a single parent… An engrossing musical portrait set against the backdrop of everyday Israeli-Palestinian life.
RAGHU RAI, AN UNFRAMED PORTRAIT (Finnland, Norwegen, Indien 2017, Avani Rai). Indira Gandhi, Mother Teresa, Dalai Lama – the Indian Magnum photographer, Raghu Rai, records contemporary history and its protagonists in powerful images. With her debut film, his daughter draws a portrait of an idiosyncratic artist and documentarist – touching and humorous.
REGGAE BOYZ (Frankreich, Deutschland, USA 2018, Till Schauder). Jamaica has one of the highest murder rates in the world. The main bearers of hope here, alongside the athletes, are the footballers: with great euphoria they fight against the ubiquitous weapons madness.
SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO (Großbritannien, Deutschland 2018, Philipp Jedicke). Who is Chilly Gonzales? SHUT UP AND PLAY THE PIANO investigates the pianist Jason Beck, whose alter ego is the self-proclaimed vain and cynical entertainer Chilly Gonzales. An entertaining mix of semi-fictional biography, home videos, a shrewd interview and concert footage.
SUNNYSIDE (Belgien 2017, Frederik Carbon). 90-year old sound artist Sandy Jacobs and his friend, the architect Daniel Liebermann, lead a bizarre existence on a mountain in Northern California. A portrait of a couple of eccentrics who are looking back on their lives and don't want to abandon their dreams.
THE DREAD – EL ESPANTO (Argentinien 2017, Pablo Aparo, Martín Benchimol). Who needs a dentist when a frog will do just as well? A no-nonsense, amusing and visually powerful film that immerses us in the healing microcosm of a small village in the northernmost tip of Argentina. In the end, who would not want the possibility of being healed by SMS?
THE MAN BEHIND THE MICROPHONE (Tunesien, Großbritannien, Qatar 2017, Claire Belhassine). Who was Hedi Jouini? To the filmmaker he was simply the grandfather she visited as a child in the summer holidays. But Hedi Jouini was a superstar and heartthrob: the “Tunisian Frank Sinatra”. A fascinating reconstruction of a complex cultural and family history.
THE OSLO DIARIES (Israel, Kanada 2018, Daniel Sivan, Mor Loushy). In the 1990s the Oslo peace process offered hope that a solution to the decades-old conflict between Israel and Palestine would be found. Archive material, interviews and re-enactments tell the inside story of what happened– a tale of great sadness but of even greater humanity.
TRANSPARENT WORLD – PROZRACHNY MIR (Georgien 2017, Vato Kuntsev). Life is not only about giving birth to a child, it is about the responsibility that new life brings into our existence, that the child will be brought up as a legitimate person. Right-minded parents will gracefully share the duty of being patient and loyal to their child. Today Beka is 26 years old... His father taught him his profession. Beka makes art photography and a film about a physicist and composer. He had his first photo exhibition recently. The father's patience and understanding helped him to introduce his son to adult life and make him believe in his own talent.
WE MARGIELA (Niederlande 2017, Menna Laura Meijer, mint film office). Fashion designer Martin Margiela and his “partners in crime” challenged the glamour and celebrity culture of the 1980s with radical deconstructivism, vintage underground and real life. WE MARGIELA tells the story of a revolution and portrays a unique fashion collective.