SPK KOMPLEX – SPK COMPLEX (Deutschland 2018, Gerd Kroske, DOK.special). 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.
SPRECHSTUNDE – ATELIER DE CONVERSATION (Österreich / Frankreich 2017, Bernhard Braunstein, Best of Fests). 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.
STILLER KAMERAD – SILENT COMRADE (Deutschland 2017, Leonhard Hollmann, Student Award). Have you ever looked a horse in the eyes? Three soldiers try to find a way back to normality and to heal the mental scars of war. Their therapists: horses.
SUNNYSIDE (Belgien 2017, Frederik Carbon, DOK.panorama). 90-year old sound artist Sandy Jacobs and his friend, the architect Daniel Liebermann, lead a bizarre existence on a mountain in Northern California. A portrait of a couple of eccentrics who are looking back on their lives and don't want to abandon their dreams.
SYSTEM ERROR (Deutschland 2017, Florian Opitz, DOK.international). Melting polar ice caps, disappearing rain forests, financial crises wherever you look. Despite this, those responsible for the realities of today’s capitalism cannot imagine a world without growth. How long can the good times last?
TEXAS KABUL (Deutschland 2004, Helga Reidemeister, Retrospektive). From India to Serbia, from Afghanistan to USA – four site inspections and four meetings with women who refuse to accept war quietly. “Haven’t we all helped fascism along its way.”
THE ANCIENT WOODS – SENGIRE (Litauen 2017, Mindaugas Survila, Best of Fests). 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 DISTANT BARKING OF DOGS (Dänemark 2017, Simon Lereng Wilmont, DOK.international). 10-year-old Oleg lives with his beloved grandmother in eastern Ukraine close to the front line. His everyday life is dictated by war. The film vividly shows what it means to be a child in times of conflict and to have to grow up fast.
THE DREAD – EL ESPANTO (Argentinien 2017, Pablo Aparo, Martín Benchimol, DOK.panorama). Who needs a dentist when a frog will do just as well? A no-nonsense, amusing and visually powerful film that immerses us in the healing microcosm of a small village in the northernmost tip of Argentina. In the end, who would not want the possibility of being healed by SMS?
THE FAMILY – DRUZINA (Slowenien, Österreich 2017, Rok Biček, Best of Fests). 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 GODDESSES OF FOOD (Frankreich, Großbritannien 2017, Vérane Frédiani, DOK.female). A woman’s place is in the kitchen? The Haute Cuisine profession is strongly male dominated both in the nominations for Michelin stars as well as in the media. Who are the major female chefs of our time? The film sets out to investigate and makes discoveries everywhere!
THE LONELY BATTLE OF THOMAS REID – THE LONELY BATTLE OF THOMAS REID (Irland 2017, Feargal Ward, DOK.international). Thomas Reid seems to live a timeless existence. With a couple of cattle the solitary farmer quietly goes about his business far removed from the Irish economic boom. Feargal Ward’s delicate poem about being an outsider captivates with its lyrical images and enchanting music.
THE MAN BEHIND THE MICROPHONE (Tunesien, Großbritannien, Qatar 2017, Claire Belhassine, DOK.panorama). Who was Hedi Jouini? To the filmmaker he was simply the grandfather she visited as a child in the summer holidays. But Hedi Jouini was a superstar and heartthrob: the “Tunisian Frank Sinatra”. A fascinating reconstruction of a complex cultural and family history.
THE NEXT GUARDIAN (Ungarn, Niederlande 2017, Dorottya Zurbó, Arun Bhattarai, DOK.horizonte). In a remote village in Bhutan conflicting notions of happiness, karma and fulfilment exist within one family. The father wants the son to carry on the family traditions. The daughter dreams of a career as a pro footballer.
THE OSLO DIARIES (Israel, Kanada 2018, Daniel Sivan, Mor Loushy, DOK.panorama). In the 1990s the Oslo peace process offered hope that a solution to the decades-old conflict between Israel and Palestine would be found. Archive material, interviews and re-enactments tell the inside story of what happened– a tale of great sadness but of even greater humanity.