DOK.fest Munich 2015

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DOK.fest 2015

The DOK.fest celebrates its thirtieth birthday this year, with an extra-long festival (10 days instead of 7), featuring 140 films from across the world. It opens on Thursday, and will run until May 17 at various cinemas around the city.

The full program is available online, but here’s my pick of the documentaries:

The Circus Dynasty

Thursday, May 7, 8pm, Deutsches Theater
The DOK.fest opens with a Danish film (with English subtitles) at the Deutsches Theater. The documentary’s called The Circus Dynasty and focuses on the love story between Merrylu Casselly and Patrick Berdino, performers from two of Denmark’s most famous circus families.

16 Years Till Summer

Monday, May 11, 5:30pm, ARRI Kino
Tuesday, May 12, 9:30pm, City 3
Thursday, May 14, 4pm, Filmmuseum

A Scottish man is released from prison, 16 years after being convicted for murder. Now, in a village in the Scottish highlands, Uisdean is coming to terms with his past and is trying to rebuild his life. From the trailer, the film looks like a tender, sensitive portrayal of what it’s like to try to rebuild your life after incarceration.

Diaries of a Flying Dog

Saturday, May 9, 4pm, City 3
Sunday, May 10, 11am, HFF – Kino 1
Wednesday, May 13, 7pm, Gasteig Vortragssaal

Bassem Fayad is a Lebanese filmmaker, who uses the medium of film to discuss obsessive compulsive anxiety disorder. The documentary focuses on fears, memories and self-examination.

Pulp: A film about life, death and supermarkets

Thursday, May 14, 8:30pm, ARRI Kino
Friday, May 15, 9:30pm, HFF

Sheffield band Pulp returns to their home town for a reunion concert. I’ve heard a lot of positive reviews about the affectionate documentary, and I can’t wait to catch it.

Zündfunk Radio Show

Friday, May 15, 5pm, Filmmuseum

Sadly only in German (no English subtitles), Zündfunk Radio Show is an ode to the BR2 cult radio programme. It’s been on air for forty years, and the film pages homage to the alternativer music show.

What films are you most looking forward to checking out at the festival? Tickets can be bought via München Ticket, or on the door for 8.50 €.

DOK.fest Munich 2015

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I'm Rachel, the author behind Arts in Munich. I moved to Munich in the summer of 2008, and work as an editor in the city. I also do freelance work for the BBC, MONOCLE, Singapore Airlines and Kaltblut, among others, and previously wrote for the Huffington Post and Electronic Beats.

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