DCP/HD - 2018 - Germany/Egypt - 86Min - Color
A film by MAROUAN OMARA & JOHANNA DOMKE
Recent terror attacks have brought tourism in Sharm El Sheikh to a halt. We follow a group of young workers in a luxury hotel compound, holding onto the town despite the lack of tourists. Returning home is not an option, as they have absorbed the liberal life style and experience the difficulty of fitting back into their own culture. Sharm El Sheikh has been for a long time a dream destination for young Egyptians, representing a place of freedom and easy money. Clichés and stereotypes of both western and oriental culture clash and create a carousel-like experience, elevating the young Egyptians into a dream-like state. They lead a double life in the shadow of the shiny shimmering hotel facades, as their families are unaware of the sinful temptations in town.
DCP/HD - 2019 - FRANCE - 90Min - null
A film by Stéphane Haskell
In his early forties, Stéphane Haskell is a talented director-photographer burning life at both ends. One night, tragedy strikes, and he finds himself paralyzed. Rushed to a hospital and diagnosed with an equina syndrome, Stéphane gets several back surgeries and finally manages to walk painfully. Doctors not knowing what the future holds, he struggles to regain mobility and goes through months of rehabilitation and years of suffering. An encounter changes the course of his destiny, Thérèse Poulsen, a yoga teacher convincing him to follow her to Germany, where she gives yoga classes in a spiritual center. Over three year of intense workshops, she teaches him the basics of yoga and its philosophy; the beginning of a new path to live well again. Despite chronic pain and discouragement, he holds on and meets people just like him. There is born the idea of making a film inspired by these individuals transformed by the practice. Travelling to San Francisco (San Quentin prison where yoga has been introduced), Los Angeles (where a man affected by multiple sclerosis heals through yoga), Kenya where Massai have been practicing for centuries, India meeting the great master BKS Iyengar , Israel where a Jewish couple started their own yoga school and find religion afterwards, Stéphane steps back into life and arises the question of our Western lifestyle and its capacity to answer the fundamental questions raised by existence.
DCP/HD - 2019 - AUSTRIA/ROMANIA - 90Min - Color
A film by JOHANNES HOLZHAUSEN
Once a year, a very special train sets off on a journey through the Romanian countryside. Thousands of people gather along its route to enthusiastically greet and cheer some of the descendants of the last King of Romania travelling in those historic carriages. The documentary The Royal Train – A journey through Romania highlights the backdrop for this nostalgic journey and uses the train journey as the starting point for a cinematic expedition into both the past and the present of this East European state: Of high-profile royalist presentation in a post-communist republic.
DCP/HD - 2019 - Norway - 90Min - Color
Born2Drive (original title)
A film by Daniel Fahre
Every child is growing up having a dream. Oliver is at first glimpse like any normal 15-year-old teenager, hung up on his favorite thing; cars. However, you will soon discover that he has a unique talent. With 600 horsepower under the hood, from zero to hundred km/h (0-62 mph) in 1,9 seconds, Oliver drives his car like no one else! He is the world’s youngest rallycross driver. He comes from a family with gasoline running through their veins and every breath is about the sport of driving. Oliver is the son of 3 times world champion Petter Solberg. He's born to drive! Last year, Oliver started at the racing school in Le Mans, France. We follow him finding his place at the new school and making new friends. But in a foreign country far away from his family, this can be tough. At the same time Oliver is now competing among the best, both in rally and rallycross. But does he have what it takes to make it to the top? This is a game for grown-ups. A thrilling and energizing experience, with awesome car racing and action moments, BORN2DRIVE is a fascinating story of talent and dream.
DCP/HD - 2018 - United Kingdom - 82Min - Color
Prophecy (original title)
A film by Charlie Paul
This is a unique and intimate exploration of a single oil painting and the first major film to reveal the motive and techniques behind each stroke of paint as the artist is creating. Filmed over four months what starts as a blank canvas, emerges Peter Howson's monumental oil painting: PROPHECY. Working from his imagination, Howson draws inspiration from is heroes Goya, DaVinci, Bruegel and El Greco. The film sticks deliberately and rigorously to the frame work of the painting itself; observing the canvas as it is mounted onto a wooden stretcher, through its turbulent creation in the artist's Glasgow studio, crossing the Atlantic to its first public exhibition in a New York gallery and then reaching its destination on the wall of a private art collector in London. Inventive filming techniques and hypnotic camera work make the invisible, visible, revealing how the unseen images in the artist's head are transferred to canvas. We discover the intentions and difficulties that push his creative output and how he achieves this ambitious, masterful and detailed 6ft x 8ft canvas. This film draws us right into the artist's eye, magnifying the apocalyptic world of PROPHECY.
DCP/HD - 2018 - The Netherlands - 86Min - Color
Living The Light- Robby Müller (original title)
A film by Claire Pijman
Director and Director of Photography Claire Pijman had access to thousands of Hi8 video diaries, pictures and polaroid’s that Müller photographed while he was at work on one of the more than 70 features he shot through his career; often with long term collaborators such as Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch and Lars von Trier. The film intertwines those images with films excerpts, thus creating a fluid and cinematic continuum. In their score for LIVING THE LIGHT, SQÜRL give this wide raging scale of life and art, an additional music voice. Robby Müller's work has been compared to painters like Vermeer and Hopper, other masters of light. Even when his films are finished, his images keep on moving. The light never fades because he always creates space for human emotions to come into the light. Living the Light is the story of that light.
DCP/HD - 2018 - United Kindom/Libya/Netherlands/USA/Qatar/Lebanon/Canada - 97Min - Color
Freedom Fields (original title)
A film by Naziha Arebi
In post-revolution Libya, a group of women are brought together by one dream: playing football for their nation. As the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the “Arab Spring” begin to fade, can they realize their dream? And is there even a country left to play for? Freedom Fields is a film about hope and sacrifice in a land where dreams seem a luxury. Through the eyes of these accidental activists we see the reality of a country in transition, where the personal stories of love, struggle and aspirations collide with History.
DCP-HD - 2017 - Switzerland - 73 ' and 52' - Color / Black & White
A film by Luc Schaedler
The film centers around five of the most significant representatives of contemporary Chinese counterculture: the visual artists the Gao Brothers, the choreographer and dancer Wen Hui, the animation artist Pi San and the poet Ye Fu.
With bravery and subversive wit, they each shed light on the social problems in their country from their unique perspective. What they share is a struggle to come to terms with their respective pasts, all scarred by violence and oppression. Their vision is of a democratic, supportive and humane civil society.
A Long Way Home takes us on a fascinating journey into both the grim days of recent Chinese history and the dazzling cultural scene in present-day China. In doing so, the film poses universal questions that ultimately concern us all: which values determine our cultural identity and in what kind of world do we want to live?
A Long Way Home is an entertaining and moving plea for human solidarity.
HD-DCP - 2018 - Austria - 97 - Color
A film by Werner Boote
“When you shop with a conscience, you don’t save the world, you save the corporations”
Environmentally friendly electric cars, sustainably produced food products, fair production processes: Hurray! If everything the corporations tell us is true, we can save the world through our purchasing decisions alone! A popular and dangerous lie.
Are the industry's “green products” nothing more than a sales strategy?
In his new documentary film, Werner Boote (Plastic Planet, Everything's Under Control) shows us, together with environmental expert Kathrin Hartmann, how we can protect ourselves.
They easily banter, they agree to disagree and ultimately bring freshness to a never-ending debate.