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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 €.