KISHON (Israel 2017, Eliav Lilti). Ephraim Kishon is among the 20th century’s most important satirists. With animations, audio recordings and private video material the film brings the Israeli writer back to life and delves into his eventful biography.
LES DEUX VISAGES D'UNE FEMME BAMILEKE – THE TWO FACES OF A BAMILEKE WOMAN (Belgien, Kamerun 2016, Mbakam Rosine). After seven years in Belgium, Rosine Mbakam goes back to her homeland of Cameroon to make a film. As a filmmaker living abroad she succeeds in taking both a detached and inquisitive look at traditional family set-ups and roles.
NACHLASS – LEGACY (Deutschland 2017, Gabriele Voss, Christoph Hübner). NACHLASS offers us a moving insight into the generations of children and grandchildren of high-ranking Nazis and holocaust survivors and how they handle the heavy burden of this legacy. An affirmation of an active culture of remembrance.
OPERATION PROVIANT – PROPAGANDASCHLACHT BERLINER LUFTBRÜCKE (Deutschland 2018, Andreas Hancke, Michael Kloft). The Berlin Airlift, which supplied the west sector in 1948, was, first and foremost, a tremendous propaganda battle at the start of the Cold War that turned the occupying forces into protecting powers. Andreas Hancke deconstructs a myth.
SCHLAGZEILEN GEGEN HITLER (Deutschland 2018, Ute Bönnen). The “Münchner Post” was a social democratic newspaper. Until 1933 its editors bravely campaigned for press freedom and against Hitler. An emboldening story: a story about moral courage and resistance.
SPK KOMPLEX – SPK COMPLEX (Deutschland 2018, Gerd Kroske). Five hundred gun licenses for patients – this is what a Socialist Patients’ Collective leaflet called for on the eve of the German Autumn. Wouldn’t that be the most effective psychotherapy for us all: the abolition of the capitalist patriarchal society? The director Gerd Kroske digs deep into a little known chapter of German history.
THE RIGHTS OF NATURE: A GLOBAL MOVEMENT – THE RIGHTS OF NATURE: A GLOBAL MOVEMENT (USA 2018, María Valeria Berros, Hal Crimmel, Issac Goeckeritz). It is still a small group, but the scientists and environmental activists who have vowed to change our concept of nature forever are celebrating their first successes. They are fighting for the recognition of inalienable, enforceable basic rights for nature – worldwide.
UNE JEUNESSE ALLEMANDE – A GERMAN YOUTH (Frankreich, Schweiz, Deutschland 2015, Jean-Gabriel Périot). The federal republic of the 1960s and its youth: upheaval, disillusionment, politicisation, and radicalisation. Without commentary and using solely archive material, this skilfully assembled film conveys the rise and fall of the RAF with its sights always on the present.
WE WERE REBELS (Deutschland 2014, Katharina von Schröder, Florian Schewe). “At least we are not shooting at each other any more.” Agel, a former child soldier, looks optimistically upon South Sudan’s future since its independence in 2011. We cannot fail to be astonished by this traumatised and yet absolutely benevolent fighter in an African tragedy.
ZEITENWENDE IN GIESING (Deutschland 2018, Morgane Remter). The old Agfa camera factory in Giesing must make way for the creation of new housing and commercial premises. But what do the residents and employees have to say about this? Between nostalgia and optimism, Remter follows the metamorphosis of an area.
BEST OF FESTS
Innovative cinema and intimate insights: The BEST OF FESTS series brings together films that have already been screened at other important festivals and celebrated or awarded prizes there.
12 JOURS – 12 DAYS (Frankreich 2017, Raymond Depardon). Twelve days after they are compulsorily admitted to hospital psychiatric patients in France get a hearing in court. In Raymond Depardon’s sharply-focussed chamber play, the power of the institution and desperate pleas for freedom go head to head.
ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN – ALL THAT PASSES BY THROUGH A WINDOW THAT DOESN'T OPEN (USA / Qatar 2017, Martin DiCicco). Nowadays the trains just run to nowhere but soon in the Eurasian border region between Azerbaijan and Armenia prosperity will reign for all. Martin DiCicco’s fabulous railway voyage through harsh working environments and enchanted backdrops is instantly exhilarating.
AUGENBLICKE: GESICHTER EINER REISE – FACES, PLACES (Frankreich 2017, Agnès Varda). Director Agnès Varda and street artist, JR, travel with his camera-van through France taking photos of the people they meet along the way. The pictures are then printed larger than life and stuck on the walls of buildings. A fantastic film about a unique art project.
BRUDER JAKOB, SCHLÄFST DU NOCH? – ARE YOU SLEEPING, BROTHER JAKOB? (Österreich 2018, Stefan Bohun). From the mountains of Tyrol to the Portuguese Atlantic coast. After Jakob’s suicide his four brothers set off together on a journey into the past. A personal and unexpectedly light film about mourning, saying goodbye and forging new bonds.
CANIBA (Frankreich 2017, Véréna Paravel, Lucien Castaing-Taylor). A portrait of the cannibal, Issei Sagawa, who, more than 30 years ago, killed a fellow student and partially ate her. Together with his brother he lives as a free man in Japan. A formally experimental discussion about the depths and motivations of humanity.