DIE GENTRIFIZIERUNG BIN ICH. BEICHTE EINES FINSTERLINGS – I AM GENTRIFICATION. CONFESSIONS OF A SCOUNDREL (Schweiz 2017, Thomas Haemmerli). From the expensive house that he grew up in to squats and individually owned apartments, a Swiss journalist, digital nomad and filmmaker searches São Paulo, Tbilisi, Mexico City and Zurich and discovers: I am gentrification.
DREAMING MURAKAMI (Dänemark, Japan 2017, Nitesh Anjaan). DREAMING MURAKAMI is a portrait of the translator, Mette Holm, who has translated the books of the celebrated Japanese author, Haruki Murakami, into Danish for nearly 20 years and is now working on Murakami’s debut novel.
FILMWORKER (USA 2017, Tony Zierra). For many years Leon Vitali was Stanley Kubrick’s right hand man. They met during the filming of BARRY LYNDON and from then on Vitali supported the acclaimed director with all his organisational tasks. FILMWORKER tells the eventful story of a complex relationship.
GLOBAL FAMILY (Deutschland 2017, Melanie Andernach, Andreas Köhler). Scattered across the globe as a result of the Somali Civil War, the Shaash family has to make an important decision: where should Imra (88) live? At the same time the four generations of the transnational refugee family are each following their own dreams of family, home and the future.
IN PRAISE OF NOTHING – IN PRAISE OF NOTHING (Kroatien, Serbien, Frankreich 2017, Boris Mitic). Captivating images of nothingness, the wistfully indulgent music of the Tiger Lilies and Iggy Pop’s laconically recited nursery rhymes are condensed into Boris Mitic’s subtle and ironically philosophical essay. Nothing could be more fascinating! Behold!
LOTS OF KIDS, A MONKEY AND A CASTLE (Spanien 2017, Gustavo Salmeron). “A chaotic family makes chaotic decisions in a chaotic way.” This sentence by one family member sums up their clan rather well. The eccentric but lovable Julita, mother of the filmmaker Gustavo Salmerón, pulls the strings. An intoxicating docu-comedy.
PRIMAS (Kanada 2017, Laura Bari). The childhood of the teenagers Rocío and Aldana is marked by abuse and violence. Now the two young women are trying to overcome their traumas: by speaking about them and dealing with the past through therapy. A film about survival and life going on.
SPRECHSTUNDE – ATELIER DE CONVERSATION (Österreich / Frankreich 2017, Bernhard Braunstein). What do clichees and a metro station have to do with each other? What is the meaning of love? What do people miss the most when they are far away from home? We learn the answers to these questions in a weekly discussion group at Paris’ Centre Pompidou. People with the most diverse identities and backgrounds get together to discuss with one another.
THE ANCIENT WOODS – SENGIRE (Litauen 2017, Mindaugas Survila). The sound of the woods entices us into a seemingly magical world. Day and night alternate when we penetrate deep into nature. With precision, Mindaugas Survila portrays a meditative organic state that we hardly ever get to experience.
THE FAMILY – DRUZINA (Slowenien, Österreich 2017, Rok Biček). Matej becomes a father. But new family life proves difficult, something that may be exacerbated by Matej’s family background: his mother and brother have disabilities; he assumed responsibility from an early age. A film about curses – and blessings? – family.
THE OTHER SIDE OF EVERYTHING – DRUGA STRANA SVEGA (Serbien, Qatar, Frankreich 2017, Mila Turajlic). “I don’t know – this country isn’t normal.” For years Srbijanka Turajlic has campaigned against political injustice from her home in Belgrade. Her daughter, Mila creates an extremely intimate portrayal of her and tells the story of her turbulent homeland of Serbia.
TIERE UND ANDERE MENSCHEN – ANIMALS AND OTHER PEOPLE (Österreich 2017, Flavio Marchetti). In a Vienna animal shelter over a thousand animals are lovingly cared for every day. With great empathy and without commentary the film uses the example of this venerable institution to raise important ethical questions about the relationship between humans and animals.
TIME TRIAL (Großbritannien 2017, Finlay Pretsell). “Cycling, it can be said, is absurd. But whoever finds meaning in cycling, will also find meaning in the absurdity of life.” An in-depth film about the trials and tribulations of cycling – both internal and external – and the infinite loneliness of pro riders.
WALDHEIMS WALZER – THE WALDHEIM WALTZ (Österreich 2018, Ruth Beckermann). “We acknowledge that he was not in the SA, only his horse was.” When the Nazi past of Kurt Waldheim came to light in 1986 the majority of Austrians saw the accusations against the Austrian People’s Party presidential candidate as an assault on the nation’s honour – and elected him anyway.
WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD (Lettland, Irland, Italien, Schweiz, Belgien, Litauen, Großbritannien, Spanien 2017, Arunas Matelis). Their jerseys are torn; their elbows are bloody. Give up? No chance! The captains still need their domestiques. WONDERFUL LOSERS: A DIFFERENT WORLD depicts these anonymous professional cyclists with great sensitivity. There, at the bottom of the results table, beats the true heart of this sport.