AUSGANG: OFFEN / EXIT: OPEN
Directors: Laura Andreß, Victoria Halper, Kai Krösche (Austria 2020, Documentary)
A stroll through the empty rooms of an abandoned office complex in Vienna: room for room, we encounter a wide variety of “witnesses of death”: a doctor, a son, a big sister, a terminally-ill woman and other victims who share their own very personal experiences of death. A reflective dance of death in the ego-perspective, documenting true stories of those affected and confronting us with individual perspectives on death, dying and transience; filmed during the weeks of the coronavirus-induced lockdown in April 2020.
AWARE – REISE IN DAS BEWUSSTSEIN / AWARE – GLIMPSES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
Directors: Frauke Sandig, Eric Black (Germany, USA 2020, Documentary)
What is consciousness? Do all living beings have it? Is there a mystical state of pure consciousness? And what happens when we die? Six brilliant researchers are presented who approach consciousness, still considered the greatest mystery in the universe, from radically different perspectives: from within and without, through highly technical brain research and Buddhist meditation, through the study of psychedelic substances and the exploration of the consciousness of plants.
CHANGE IS THE ONLY CONSTANT THING
Director: Christoph Fleischer (Germany, Spain 2020, Documentary)
NAROMA leads an improvised life in old factory rooms, marked by the changes brought about by gentrification. Filled with electronic music and dance, these rooms help her to satisfy her desire for a primal sense of community. How do we want to live?
Directors: Kai Wessel, Tina Freitag (Germany 2020, Documentary)
The film pays tribute to the exceptional musicians ‘Mr. Golden Hands’ Eugen Cicero and Roger Cicero. Renowned companions and contemporary witnesses span a dense cinematic net and illuminate, on the one hand, a genius who constantly reinvented himself – on the other hand, an extremely successful and talented singer who died at the zenith of his career. A film about two extraordinary biographies of musicians, which reveals a special father-son relationship. Two emotionally profound and closely interwoven life stories with a tragic and moving ending.
DEUTSCHLANDREISE / GERMANY JOURNEY
Director: Wolfgang Ettlich (Germany 2020, Documentary)
This road movie through East Germany seems like a journey through time: After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1990, documentary filmmaker Wolfgang Ettlich undertook the same journey, for the first time and then several times at long intervals, meeting the same people again. The original footage from the first trip provides unspectacular insights into the everyday life of the people, and in contrast to the new footage, the major changes become visible. Were the people’s hopes fulfilled, were their fears justified? The conversations with the rediscovered protagonists provide information about their state of mind today.