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.
LOS NIÑOS – THE GROWN UPS (Chile, France, Netherlands 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 (United States 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 (Estonia 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 (Netherlands 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 (Czech Republic 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.
PORNOCRACY (France 2017, Ovidie –). Who is behind MindGeek? The ex porn actor, Ovidie, pursues the media company that hosts illegally-copied porn clips on its “tube sites” and, in doing so, is destroying the traditional porno industry. A documentary full of financial intrigue.
SCHOOL LIFE – IN LOCO PARENTIS (Ireland, Spain 2016, Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane). Personal responsibility – that is the essence of what is taught at Ireland’s last boarding school for 7 – 12 year olds. SCHOOL LIFE follows a couple of teachers as they prepare their pupils for adult life with passion and using slightly peculiar methods.
SEEING VOICES (Austria 2016, Dariusz Kowalski). “I decided not to speak although I could!” explains one of the hearing impaired characters in this film proudly. Shouldn’t the “others” learn our language and not the other way round? Dariusz Kowalski’s fascinating insight into a self-contained and far from easy world.
SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN (Hong Kong, Philippines 2016, Baby Ruth Villarama). Sunday is the Filipino workers only day off. For six days a week they clean and cook for the middle classes of Hong Kong but on Sundays they compete for the crown of beauty queen. A beauty competition seen in a whole new light.
THE WAR SHOW (Finland 2016, Andreas Dalsgaard, Obaidah Zytoon). A very personal film about the beginnings of the Arab revolution in Syria – filmed as a video diary by the radio presenter Obaidah Zytoon and her friends. Initial euphoria ultimately gives way to total hopelessness. A shocking document.
ULTRA (Greece, Hungary 2016, Balazs Simonyi). In 36 hours the participants in the Spartathlon, one of the toughest long-distance marathons in the world, must cover a distance of 246 kilometres. By day and night the runners battle against the heat, the cold and the clock. What drives them to take on this superhuman feat of endurance?
WHO WE WERE (Denmark 2016, Sine Skibsholt). “Kristian, can you move your arm?” Mette Line and Kristian are a happy couple with two small children until a stroke changes everything. The filmmaker has succeeded in drawing an intimate portrait about fate and family ties.
WILLIAM KENTRIDGE, TRIUMPHS AND LAMENTS (Italy 2016, Giovanni Troilo). A monumental portrait of the Eternal City. William Kentridge allows us an insight into the creation of his imposing project, which kaleidoscopically presents the rise and fall of Rome on the riverbed of the Tiber. A Making Of film with a triumphant outcome.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU – NAWET NIE WIESZ JAK BARDZO CIĘ KOCHAM (Poland 2016, Paweł Łoziński). A room, three people: a mother, a daughter and a therapist. We see just the face of each of them and the emotions that are reflected in it: anger, anxiety, doubt and love. A docu-fictional psychological case study with a sense of familiarity.
ZWISCHEN DEN STÜHLEN – TO BE A TEACHER (Germany 2016, Jakob Schmidt). Three student teachers are heading for careers in the classroom. After years of study they find themselves face to face with their first classes and have to teach – while being assessed themselves at the same time. With great sensitivity the film observes Anna, Katja and Ralf over the course of 2 years.