The Belgian filmmaker Jérôme le Maire spent two years filming events at the prestigious hospital Saint-Louis in the heart of Paris, where 60 to 80 lifesaving operations are carried out every day. And where both doctors and staff are burning out in a heated every-man-for-himself atmosphere of budget cuts, understaffing and stress. Everyone confides in Jérôme, who masters the virtues of observing and listening, so there is room to both think and feel. And maybe that’s exactly where the solution lies.
17:00, Cinemateket, Tickets
Citizen Jane: Battle For The City
Can you imagine a motorway ploughing through Manhattan? And that SoHo doesn’t exist? This is easily how things might have ended up, had the author and activist Jane Jacobs not fought for her beloved hometown of New York. In the 1950s and 60s, when the property magnate Robert Moses was exerting his powerful influence, Jacobs stood up against a male- and finance-dominated construction industry, which was obsessed with modern, monumental master plans.
19:00, Cinemateket, Tickets
Karl Marx City
25 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the GDR, the film director Petra Epperlein returns to her childhood town of Chemnitz in Eastern Germany – better known as Karl Marx Stadt. Epperlein travelled on her own to the United States, while her parents stayed behind in a reunited nation full of dark secrets. Armed with a microphone and a camera, Petra tries to uncover the truth behind her father’s suicide in 1999 and the rumours about his past as a Stasi informer. Was her father really one of the many East Germans associated with the secret police?
21:15, Cinemateket, Tickets
Michael Glawogger’s cinematic testament is a vital travel diary from 14 countries, made with a formidable sense of the facets of existence.
The Austrian globetrotter (and former Dox:Award winner) Michael Glawogger was one of modern documentary’s great innovators. His latest – and tragically last – film is a vital testament and a tribute to curiosity and wanderlust. ‘Untitled’ is a diary from the journey through 14 countries in the Balkans, Italy and North and West Africa, which ended with Glawogger’s unexpected death of malaria in Liberia
17:15, Cinemateket, Tickets
Under the name Peshmerga, local troops in Iraqi Kurdistan are fighting a tireless battle against the invasions and ravages of Islamic State. The French philosopher and prominent writer Bernard-Henri Lévy joins them along the 1000 kilometre long front line on the way to Mosul, and draws a strong portrait of the determined battle against obscurantism and fundamentalism. The Kurds have fought for their country for the largest part of a century, and are used to fighting, and both men and women take part.
19:15, Cinemateket, Tickets
His mother wanted her son to become a priest, but things didn’t quite work out that way. Rocco Siffredi is one of the world’s biggest porn stars – in every sense of the word big – even though he has officially retired. The film follows him during his last active years in the industry, and paints a picture of a man who definitely goes for it when the camera is rolling, but who at the end of a long day reveals both a sensitive side and a family with a wife and two sons (who together run a porn company from the family’s base in Budapest).
Cinemateket, 21:30, Tickets
The Future of Work and Death
The future is not what it used to be – and neither is the human being. Technology is well underway in undermining all fixed ideas we have about life. And not even its two most fundamental premises – work and death, of course! – are untouched by it. At least according to this film essay, which with a dry sense of humour and original analyses takes a deep look into the crystal ball and maps out the rapidly changing landscape between biology, economics, psychology and technology. Nothing less.
Empire, 17:30, Tickets
If I Think of Germany at Night
The symbiosis between man and machine has been a basic motif in German music since Kraftwerk. That it has managed to develop and change during all this time is the thing that fascinated Romuald Karmakar into making a brand new film about techno culture. A serious film about a serious culture, which constantly mutates into new forms of expression – and responds to the world surrounding it. Five DJs, including Ricardo Villalobos and Roman Flügel, talk theory and practice from their home studios and in front of the mixing console at the night clubs.
Empire, 20:00, Tickets
While working on her PhD dissertation at Harvard University, Jennifer Brea is struck down by a fever that leaves her bedridden. As Brea becomes progressively more ill, eventually losing the ability even to sit in a wheelchair, she and her husband begin video recording their everyday life to show the extent of Brea’s symptoms. Eventually Brea is diagnosed with ME (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis), commonly known as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. What are the causes behind this condition?
Grand, 16:30, Tickets
One of the most popular and critically acclaimed documentaries of last year. The American cinematographer Kirsten Johnson has been a camerawoman for others for 25 years, and has left her formidable mark on documentaries such as ‘Fahrenheit 9/11’ and ‘Citizenfour’. With ‘Cameraperson’, she has assembled a collage of moments that she has filmed along the way. From Bosnia to Darfour and from Yemen to Johnson’s own mother in fringe-USA.
Grand, 21:30, Tickets
For over 2000 years, female divers on the Japanese peninsula of Ise have lived off – and with – the sea in a symbiosis which ‘Ama-San’ brings to life in beautiful and sensitive images. Every day is introduced with a modest prayer, but in the evening the ageing women enjoy the fruits of their hard, physical labour as they gather in cheerful company to prepare the fresh fish and eat at long tables, where there is lots of merry conversation, singing and laughter – and the fact that the resolute women are well into their 60s doesn’t seem to bother them one bit.
Vester Vov Vov, 19:00, Tickets