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ABSOLUTE WILSON

Director: Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Screenplay: Katharina Otto-Bernstein
Director of Photography: Ian Saladyga; Eric Seefranz
Cast: Robert Wilson; David Byrne; Susan Sontag; Philip Glass
Country, Year of production:
USA; D, 2006
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary; Biography

ABSOLUTE WILSON chronicles the epic life, times and creative genius of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing for the first time one of the most controversial, rule-breaking and downright mysterious artists of our era. More than a biography, the film becomes an exhilarating exploration of the transformative power of creativity itself - and the inspirational tale of a boy who grew up as a troubled and learning-disabled outsider in the American South only to become a fearless artist with a profoundly original perspective to share with the world. Along the way, the film introduces an array of admirers, friends and critics - ranging from musician David Byrne to the late writer Susan Sontag to composer Phillip Glass and singer Jessye Norman.

ARNOLD BÖCKLIN [ARNOLD BOECKLIN]

Director: Bernhard Raith
Screenplay: Bernhard Raith; Dorothea Christ
Director of Photography: Bernhard Raith
Country, Year of production:
CH, 1981-1988
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

Arnold Böcklin (1827 - 1901), one of the key painters of the late 19th century, was born in Basel/Switzerland. In a life characterized by times of extreme poverty, Böcklin had to wait long for the success that raised him to the position of supreme eminence among painters. This film unfolds a fascinating picture of Böcklin's art, showing his paintings and their original models in nature - scattered, as they are - over half the continent of Europe.

COFFEE BEANS FOR A LIFE

Director: Helga Hirsch
Screenplay: Helga Hirsch
Director of Photography: Piotr Lenar; Albert Maysles
Cast: Naftali Saleschuetz
Country, Year of production:
D, 2005
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

Norman Salsitz was born 84 years ago as Naftali Saleschütz, youngest son of a large Jewish family. 1945 he immigrated to the US and only now he returns to Kolbuszowa, the town he still calls ?Heimat? in his heart. Together with his daughter and grandsons. he sees the concentration camp Belzec where nearly his whole family was murdered, he visits his former home, now a shop run by poles, he shows the place where his father was shot and the graveyard where he was buried. He remembers and shares his memories - also of how he became guilty, how he survived and how he took revenge. He still feels anger, with god ? why did he let it happen ? and with his polish neighbours ? why didn?t we fight the Germans together.

DANCE OF SISYPHOS [TANZ DES SISYPHOS, DER]

Director: Bert Schmidt
Screenplay: Bert Schmidt
Cast: Ernest Montego
Country, Year of production:
D, 2003
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

The film about the life of one of the most famous jugglers in the world, Ernest Montego, is both heart-warming and heart-breaking. By telling the story of this remarkable family of entertainers, the film clearly shows what is often overlooked: the degree of devotion and rigorous training behind the juggler's art, giving the audience an impression of weightlessness for just a few magic moments - a truly Sisyphean task.

EICHMANN AND THE THIRD REICH [EICHMANN UND DAS DRITTE REICH]

Director: Erwin Leiser
Screenplay: Erwin Leiser
Director of Photography: Emil Berna
Country, Year of production:
CH, 1961
Color: black/white
Genre: Documentary

The Eichmann trial is the background for this outstanding documentary. It takes a close look at Eichmann's role in the Third Reich and his crucial role in the extinction of the European Jews, as well as in the national socialist ideology that was used to justify the most horrible crime in history.

EIGHT COMMANDMENT, THE [ACHTE GEBOT, DAS]

Director: Claus Strigel; Bertram Verhaag
Screenplay: Bertram Verhaag; Claus Strigel
Director of Photography: Claus Strigel; Waldemar Hausschild
Country, Year of production:
D, 1989
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

Film documents spanning the last fifty years are evidence that it was only possible to make atomic energy socially acceptable by misleading the population. In "The Eighth Commandment" (thou shalt not bear false witness on thy neighbour) distressing images of nuclear reprocessing plants show the grim reality of the lies that bear witness to the history of atomic power.

EIN BLICK UND DIE LIEBE BRICHT AUS (original title)

Director: Jutta Brückner
Screenplay: Jutta Brückner
Director of Photography: Marcelo Camorino
Cast: Elida Araoz; Rosario Blefari; Regina Lamm; Margarita Munoz
Country, Year of production:
D, 1986
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary; Drama

Romantic wishes are so gigantic that they are unable to express themselves, they are mute. Exploitation, sexism, defloration and submission shown as stations of women´s misery. This film reflects the debate of feminism of the last years, accompanied by off-comments and tango rhythms - it provokes discussions.

G 8 - FENCED OFF [ZAUN, DER]

Director: Andreas Horn; Armin Marewski
Director of Photography: Andreas Horn
Country, Year of production:
D, 2007
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

"A 13-kilometers long fence shall protect the leaders of the G8 Meeting" that was the news that was spread throughout the media at the end of the last year. A 13-kilometers long fence and an expense of 100 million Euros for a meeting to last 3 days? 16.000 police officers to protect the G8 leaders? Who came up with such an idea? What's up with that fence? Who shall be separated from whom? What danger shall it oppose? Is it really about security or is the fence more like a symbol? And if so, what for? The film makers searched the answers to those significant questions. The concerned parties that they encountered at the fence gave them a clue. And even the police mentioned activities that were interventions of civil liberties.

HIS MAJESTY NEEDS SUNSHINE [MAJESTAET BRAUCHEN SONNE]

Director: Peter Schamoni
Screenplay: Peter Schamoni
Director of Photography: Konrad Kotowski; Ernst Hirsch; Morten Skallerud; Peter Rosenwanger; Michael Bartlett
Country, Year of production:
D; NL, 1997-1999
Color: Color/bw
Genre: Documentary; Biography; History

Germany's last emperor liked to indulge in the leisurely pleasures his status afforded him. The Berliners quickly found a new meaning for the acronym I.R. (Imperator Rex): "immer reisefreudig", "always ready to hit the road." The emperor loved to sail the Mediterranean or Nordic Fjords on his yacht or to take the royal entourage across the empire to "represent." And his travels were well documented, first in photographs and later on film. "His Majesty needs sun" his aides would demand, because good weather means good pictures. Peter Schamoni approaches this "most brilliant failure in world history", as his cousin King George V called him, by focusing on the torn and struggling individual more than on the military fanatic. When he was crowned in 1888 he sincerely believed to have received ...

I BROKE MY FUTURE (original title)

Director: Carla Gunnesch
Screenplay: Carla Gunnesch
Director of Photography: Jakub Bejnarowicz
Country, Year of production:
D, 2007
Color: Color
Genre: Documentary

Hundreds of thousands of Africans head to Europe every year. They flee from poverty, political persecution or war, thereby risking their life. Only very few manage to enter an EU country. Fela, Karim. Rachid and Daren made it to Germany and thought they had reached the destination of their dreams. But instead, they are confronted with restrictive asylum laws and their consequences. On the edge of society, they live and work illegally in Berlin and are subjected almost daily to police identity checks and the subsequent punishments. The only way out for them is to find a German woman to marry. They are slowly realising that they have not only given up their homeland for their life in Europe but are bit by bit also loosing their identity and dignity. Dreams of a normal life seem unreachable ...

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