LIONHEARTED – AUS DER DECKUNG (Deutschland 2018, Antje Drinnenberg, Münchner Premieren). In the boxing club of TSV 1860 München, Ali Cukur is both a coach and a father figure, who takes care of the young boxers, some of whom come from difficult backgrounds. With patience and a firm hand, he succeeds in showing them a positive outlook and in motivating them to carry on.
LOS REYES (Chile, Deutschland 2018, Bettina Perut, Ivan Osnovikoff, DOK.panorama). They can be found here in all weathers in Los Reyes, the oldest skate park in Santiago de Chile, where youth hangs out. This is home to two stray dogs, Chola and Football. A portrait of a section of Chilean society from an unusual perspective.
LOS VIEJOS – THE OLDIES (Großbritannien, Cuba, Venezuela 2018, Rosana Matecki, DOK.panorama). Three elderly musicians in Santa Clara, Cuba. Despite their advanced age, Zaida, Cándido and Bringuez’s passion has not faded in the least. A film about growing old that does not romanticise and celebrates the joy of living.
LOSING ALASKA (Niederlande, Großbritannien, Tschechische Republik 2018, Tom Burke, DOK.focus humaNature). While Trump casts doubt on climate change, in Alaska, as the permafrost melts at an ever-increasing rate, a town is sinking into the sea. Forgotten by the rest of America, the Yupik in their corrugated metal huts are seeing their community disintegrate.
LOVEMOBIL (Deutschland 2019, Elke Margarete Lehrenkrauss, DOK.deutsch). We are all humans – a moving and visually impressive ‘heimat’ film that gives sex workers a voice and reveals the seething abyss under the surface of the German provincial idyll, without losing its belief in humanity.
MANN AUF BLAU (Deutschland 2018, Friedrich Tiedtke, Student Award). Everything from the beginning. After completing his master's degree at the UdK Berlin, Henri Haake begins his quiet attempt to manoeuvre as a free artist from vernissage to vernissage. Sensitive character study of a seeker.
MANU (Belgien 2018, Emmanuelle Bonmariage, DOK.panorama). When the documentary maker becomes the protagonist: Emmanuelle follows her father, the legendary Belgian director, Manuel Bonmariage, with her camera and learns about some incredible things – from an attempted poisoning to a double life. A humorous, personal, light-footed portrait.
MARCELINE. A WOMAN. A CENTURY (Niederlande, Frankreich 2018, Cordelia Dvorák, DOK.special). She always offered herring and vodka to the visitors in her apartment in St. Germain de Prés. Marceline Loridan-Ivens, survivor from Birkenau and later actress, filmmaker and writer, was a rebel all her life. Courageous, angry and radical she started her first movies under the influence of the Nouvelle Vague. Later she moved around the world with the legendary documentary film pioneer Joris Ivens, her second husband, and made political films.
MASTER OF DISASTER (Deutschland, Schweiz 2019, Jörg Haaßengier, Jürgen Brügger, DOK.deutsch). The sirens blare out; a catastrophe is rehearsed. Hyperreal practice-runs, planning exercises and simulations give rise to the disturbing dystopia of emergency. The film of the hour: thrilling, complex and alarming.
Megaherz Student Award: IN SEARCH... (Deutschland 2018, Beryl Magoko, Student Award). Unwritten rules and traditions are the foundation of a culture. Yet there are rituals that are kept silent, often out of shame – such as the circumcision of young women. With her autobiographical film, Beryl Magoko breaks the vicious cycle. Uninhibited, warm-hearted and with a clear aim: the prospect of reconciliation.
METAL AND MELANCHOLY (Niederlande 1993, Heddy Honigmann, Retrospektive). Asphalt heroes. Heddy Honigmann climbs on board a taxi in Peru’s capital, Lima, and portrays those who sit behind the wheels of their battered old cars day in day out as a second or third job to escape poverty in a country marked by the financial crisis.
MISSION LIFELINE (Deutschland 2018, Markus Weinberg, DOK.panorama). The sixth mission of the Dresden rescue boat, Lifeline, made history. For two years, Markus Weinberg accompanied Mission Lifeline on their operations. A film about the madness of criminalising people who save lives.
MONROVIA, INDIANA (USA 2018, Frederick Wiseman, Best of Fests). A complex and closely observed portrait of a typical small town in the Mid-West – right in the heart of Trump country. With candour and sensitivity, Frederick Wiseman documents the life and routines of the inhabitants – direct cinema at its best.
MORGEN, WENN DIE HUNDE SCHLAFEN (Deutschland 2018, Louis Marioth, Student Award). Rambling through the wood and the wilderness with Holly, Peaches and co. Conversations about relationships, illnesses and holidays take place along the way. Insightful images, consistently filmed from the perspective of the four-legged protagonists.
MURGHAB (Deutschland 2019, Martin Saxer, Daler Kaziev, Marlen Elders, Münchner Premieren). In the Tajik mountain town of Murghab, much has changed since Socialism. Surrounded by windswept plains, the strong-willed inhabitants cope with the sparcity of everyday life. An ethnographic portrayal of rugged mountain area.