SCHOOL LIFE – IN LOCO PARENTIS (Irland, Spanien 2016, Neasa Ní Chianáin, David Rane, DOK.panorama). 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.
SCHULTERSIEG – WIN BY FALL (Deutschland 2016, Anna Koch, Student Award). “I didn’t see you fight!” Four girls swap their families for life in a sport-focussed boarding school. The aim is clear: to win the German wrestling championship. A film of grand images and quiet moments. A coming of age story with real, tough battles.
SEEING VOICES (Österreich 2016, Dariusz Kowalski, DOK.panorama). “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.
SELBSTBESCHREIBUNG (Deutschland 2001, Georg Stefan Troller, Retrospektive). Georg Stefan Troller, born in Vienna in 1921, crossed half of Europe as a refugee only to return with the US army in 1945 . As a filmmaker he became a chronicler of his time and with this film he engages in some bold and self-ironic navel gazing.
SEWOL – DIE GELBE ZEIT – SEWOL – PAUSED IN TIME (Österreich, Deutschland 2017, Minsu Park, DOK.international). “The clothes stink of the sea,” explains a mother in front of Minsu Park’s camera before her voice fails her as she remembers her daughter. An upsetting documentary film about the suffering of the victims of the Sewol ferry disaster and the catastrophic break down in authority.
SOLLTE DA ICH UND NIEMAND SEIN (Deutschland 2016, Nele Jeromin, Student Award). A father knows that he is going to die and remains calm. His daughter cannot and will not accept it and picks up her camera. A filmic pas-de-deux of small observations, intimate thoughts and the final big question.
SOME THINGS ARE HARD TO TALK ABOUT (Deutschland 2017, Stefanie Brockhaus, DOK.deutsch). How long can three generations harbour the same secret? When the filmmaker Stefanie Brockhaus tackles the subject of abortion, she suddenly discovers parallels with the past of her mother and grandmother.
SPRING HOPES – OUR WAY TO LIVE FREE (Österreich 2016, Jana Reißmann, Felix Krisai, Student Award). When you’ve achieved revolution at the beginning of your twenties it doesn’t mean that a new world just opens up for you. The young generation in Tunisia faces the broken fragments of their own future. A film about hope – despite all this.
SUBSUELO (Deutschland, Argentinien 2016, Tuna Kaptan, Student Award). There are films that are like poems. SUBSUELO by Tuna Kaptan is one of them: succinct and aloof, enigmatic and beautiful. The camera takes a stroll through the streets at night. A hymn to a lost love and to the city of Buenos Aires.
SÜHNHAUS (Österreich 2016, Maya McKechneay, DOK.deutsch). Is there such a thing as an “evil place?” No. 7 Schottenring on the grandiose Vienna ring road is an address that has harboured many dark secrets – until today. Maya McKechneay’s innovative haunted house movie reinvents the genre.
SUNDAY BEAUTY QUEEN (Hong Kong, Philippinen 2016, Baby Ruth Villarama, DOK.panorama). 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.
SUPERMAN GAANAA (Frankreich, Mongolei 2016, Ariunjargal Luvsantseren, DOK.education). Der 6-jährige Gaanaa ist das jüngste Mitglied einer Hirtenfamilie, die traditionell nomadisch in der mongolischen Steppe lebt. Am liebsten wäre er Superman. Oder aber ein großer Bruder – ein Traum, der bald Realität wird.
SWAGGER (Frankreich 2016, Olivier Babinet, DOK.euro.vision). Tough and scathing yet at the same time full of pride, eleven youths tell of their lives in a Paris banlieue. A creative mosaic of encounters with the philosophical “swaggerers” – the heroes of the suburbs.