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10 Years of Discovering the Best Documentaries for You



Experience the successful German festival at DAFilms.com. Until November 20, we present five films from the competition section. Online and for free!

We all love documentary films, especially in their animated form; even if they tell of something as delicate as the alcoholism of mothers. That is exactly the case with the Swiss black-and-white short film Whatever the Weather by Remo Scherrer. The eleven-minute whirlwind of reduced black-and-white silhouettes and the narrative of an adult woman who never appears on-screen when talking about the helplessness, shame and endless silence she experienced in her childhood will firstly convince you that sometimes the world is really ONLY black-and-white; and secondly, that there is not only Frank Miller.

The powerful impression of the representative of raw films that go to the core (which is indisputably true about Whatever the Weather) can also take a more poetic direction; thanks to Agnosis by painter Anita Müller set in Odessa’s catacombs. The train of visual associations will convince not only the lovers of early pop art that Stuart Davis was not the only one who could embrace jazz feelings in his visual work. Right after watching the film, you will start googling the artist because you will just have to have her work on your desktop background.

An adorable genre mix is offered by Holland‘s Supporting Film by Douwe Dijkstra. The filmmaker revels in absurdity that is both narrative and visual, however, without crossing the line of comprehensibility or losing a sense of humour. We recommend it as a great manual for directors and great fun for all viewers who have already seen many a dull supporting film.

“Can it get as good as that?” This is what all those who think that the supreme rendition of a post-mortem message in cinema is a letter asking to search for a buried treasure say to themselves when watching the Norwegian short film by Charlotte Thiis-Evensen with the telling title Heritage. If you liked the feature film My Life Without Me, you will love this combination of home video tape and animated sequences which is short-length but real.

While all of the above mentioned films have the year 2015 in their birth certificate (i.e. distribution certificate), Head First is the hottest news premiered less than a week ago at this year’s DOK Leipzig. In his film, Daniel Thomaser combines real shots and animated ones to create an inspirational image of a boy who cannot move because of an accident. Yet he has a desire to live and experience things; unlike many of us who are just moping around. After all, the message that nothing should hold us down goes not only for this short animated film but also for the whole DOK Leipzig. The festival is there for all who will not be held down on their creative and artistic paths; or in their choice of what to (not) watch in cinema. By its programme, the festival expands the limits of its genres in all directions and dissolves the established categories.

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Photo: © DOK Leipzig

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