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Documentaries at the Berlinale 2014: Think Big


In Focus: Diverse Documentary Forms and Events

The Berlin International Film Festival has long been committed to documentaries in their diverse forms. This is reflected in the programmes of the Berlinale’s different sections and initiatives, as well in the European Film Market (EFM), Berlinale Co-Production Market, and Berlinale Talents.

In 2014, a total of 64 documentaries will be screening in a variety of forms. In addition, discussion of a wide range of different aspects related to documentaries will be intensified – at workshops, panels and presentations.


Here is a list of the films and events in 2014:

European Film Market (EFM)


“Meet the Docs”

The EFM programme “Meet the Docs” will take place for the sixth time in 2014. This initiative, a co-operation with the European Documentary Network (EDN), gives the international documentary film trade a meeting point at Martin-Gropius-Bau. Accredited festival and market visitors can participate here in various panel discussions, individual meetings with international documentary film festivals, documentary film project consulting talks, and networking events.


As a central networking platform, “Meet the Docs” aims to promote exchange among buyers, sellers, directors and producers of documentaries.


“Meet the Docs” - Panel

Under the roof of “Meet the Docs”, the “Docs Spotlights” series by IDFA and DOK Leipzig present a selection of the previous documentary festival programmes at the CinemaxX.


Inside Out: The People's Art Project

Alastair Siddons

The Special Need

Carlo Zoratti | Wide House


Erwin Wagenhofer | The Match Factory

Everyday Rebellion

Arash & Arman T. Riahi | Rise and Shine World Sales


Beeban Kirdron | Dogwoof

Journey to Jah

Noël Dernesch, Moritz Springer | Rise and Shine World Sales

Song from the Forest

Michael Obert | Deckert Distribution


Mike Myers | Dogwoof

The Unknown Known

Errol Morris | HanWay Films

Ukraine is not a Brothel

Kitty Green | Cinephil 


Meet the Distributors

February 8 - 11, 2.00 – 3.00 pm, EFM Lounge

Leading documentary distributors will briefly introduce themselves, their company profiles and what kind of documentaries they are looking for.


Meet the Festivals

February 8 - 11, 11.00 am – 12.00 pm at the stand #201 (MGB 2nd floor)

This session series introduces documentary film festivals, which will share their insights and insides and answer questions in one-on-one meetings directly at the Meet the Docs Stand (MGB, 2nd floor, stand#201).


Meet the Docs Talks

February 8 - 11, 5.30 – 6.00 pm at stands #200+201(MGB 2nd floor)

In collaboration with IFP & the Sundance Institute


Topics 2014:

Mapping the documentary landscapes in North America and Europe 

Documentary broadcasters in North America and Europe

Documentary funds in North America and Europe 

Documentary festival strategies in North America and Europe


Meet the Docs Conversations

Tuesday, February 11, 4.00 - 4.30 pm, EFM Lounge (MGB 2nd floor)

In collaboration with Visions du Réel

Creative Documentary Filmmaking in Germany

A conversation between Luciano Barisone, Director of Visions du Réel, and Sebastian Mez, German filmmaker (in English)


Wednesday, Febuary 12, 11.00 am - 12.00 pm, EFM Lounge (MGB 2nd floor)

Presence and Future of ARTE G.E.I.E

A one-on-one talk with Florian Hager - Deputy Director of Programme and Director of Programming Web + TV, ARTE G.E.I.E, hosted by Daniel Saltzwedel, Funding Consultant for Documentary Film at Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg.


EFM Industry Debate


Friday, February 7, 4.30 – 5.30 pm

In collaboration with The Hollywood Reporter


The Act (and Art) of the Doc

Documentaries and non-fiction material are at a crucial point: while documentary budgets are being cut back by television broadcasters, documentaries for the big screen are enjoying success with both audiences and the critics. Yet despite the fact that audiences are interested in non-fiction material, it has rarely been more difficult to bridge the financial gap between the idea for a film and the finished product. At the same time documentary works have never been artistically stronger. New docs – from the Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing to the 3D-project Cathedrals of Culture, as well as big US-studio efforts such as Chimpanzee – expand the artistic dimensions of non-fiction storytelling. Such films have broken out of the documentary niche and appeal to larger audiences.

The event will be hosted by Scott Roxborough (The Hollywood Reporter).



Berlinale Co-Production Market


„Theme Talk“

Monday, February 10, 2.30 – 3.30 pm, Berlin House of Representatives

Distribution, sales and production aspects in documentary



Berlinale Talents


Doc Station 2014

Ten documentary directors from four continents receive mentoring to develop their projects further during an intense week.

In cooperation with German Federal Film Board (FFA), Sources 2 and ZDF/ARTE.

Directors Doc Station 2014

Frederik Arens Grandin, The Power Of Fish Is Water, France / Germany

Universe Baldoza, Audio Perpetua, Philippines

Benoit Felici, The Real Thing, France / Italy

Salomé Lamas, El Dorado – La Rinconada, Portugal

Emanuel Licha, Hotel Machine, Germany / Canada / France

Marcelo Martinessi, Stolen Images, Paraguay / Italy

Drifa Mezenner, Drifa And The Lonely Whale, Algeria

Bao Nguyen, The Betel Begins The Conversation, Vietnam / USA

Clara Wieck, Inbetween Trees And Perspectives, Germany

Hyoe Yamamoto, Samurai And Idiots – The Olympus Affair, Japan


Mentors Doc Station 2014

Kathrin Brinkmann, ZDF/ARTE, Germany

Jakob Kirstein Høgel, New Danish Screen, Denmark

Meike Martens, Blinker Filmproduktion, Germany

Ulla Simonen, Sources 2, MADE & DocPoint Helsinki Documentary Film Festival, Finland

Denis Vaslin, Volya Films, Netherlands


The Doc Station projects will be presented by their creators at the Berlin House of Representatives on Wednesday, Febuary 12, 2014, 11.00 am – 12.30 pm.



Berlinale Special (8 films)


Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq - USA

By Nancy Buirski


Cathedrals of Culture - Germany / Denmark / Austria / Norway (3D filmproject)

By Wim Wenders, Michael Glawogger, Michael Madsen, Robert Redford, Margreth Olin, Karim Aïnouz


The Galapagos Affair: Satan Came to Eden - USA

By Dayna Goldfine, Dan Geller


Night Will Fall (work in progress) – United Kingdom / USA / Israel

By André Singer


The Unknown Known - USA

By Errol Morris


Untitled New York Review of Books Documentary (work in progress) - USA

By Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi


Watermark - Canada

By Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky


We Come as Friends – France / Austria

By Hubert Sauper



Panorama (16 films)


20,000 Days on Earth – United Kingdom

By Iain Forsyth, Jane Pollard

With Nick Cave


Anderson - Germany

By Annekatrin Hendel

With Sascha Anderson


Another World - USA

By Rebecca Chaiklin, Fisher Stevens

With Emilie Jackson


Concerning Violence - Sweden / USA / Denmark

By Göran Hugo Olsson

With Lauryn Hill


Der Anständige (The Decent One) – Israel / Austria / Germany

By Vanessa Lapa

With Tobias Moretti, Sophie Rois, Antonia Moretti, Lenz Moretti, Pauline Knof


Der Kreis (The Circle) - Switzerland

By Stefan Haupt

With Marianne Sägebrecht, Anatole Taubman, Matthias Hungerbühler


Felice chi è diverso (Happy to Be Different) - Italy

By Gianni Amelio


Finding Vivian Maier - USA

By John Maloof, Charlie Siskel

With Steve Lynch, Martin Fuchs


Fucking different XXY - Germany

By Kristian Petersen


Is the Man Who is Tall Happy? - France

By Michel Gondry

With Noam Chomsky


Last Hijack – Netherlands / Germany / Ireland / Belgium

By Tommy Pallotta, Femke Wolting


Meine Mutter, ein Krieg und ich (Nobody knows what really happend) - Germany

By Tamara Trampe, Johann Feindt

With Vera Herr, Ivan Strelschenko, Raissa Portlova, Galina Serschantina, Alexandra Mochij


Natural Resistance - Italy

By Jonathan Nossiter

With Stefano Bellotti, Elena Pantaleoni, Giovanna Tiezzi, Corrado Dottori, Gianluca Farinelli


The Dog - USA

By Frank Keraudren, Allison Berg

With John Wojtowicz, Liz Eden, Carmen Bifulco, George Heath, Randy Wicker


Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People - USA

By Thomas Allen Harris

With Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, Hank Willis Thomas, Lyle Ashton Harris, Glenn Ligon


Vulva 3.0 - Germany

By Claudia Richarz, Ulrike Zimmermann

With Mithu Sanyal, Claudia Gehrke, Laura Méritt, Wilfried Scheider, Marion Hulverscheidt



Forum (22 films)


The Airstrip – Aufbruch der Moderne, Teil III - Germany

By Heinz Emigholz


Al doilea joc (The Second Game) – Romania

By Corneliu Porumboiu


Al midan (The Square) – USA / Egypt

By Jehane Noujaim


Arij (Scent of Revolution) – Egypt / Germany

By Viola Shafik


Casse (Scrap Yard) – France

By Nadège Trebal


Cheol-ae-kum (A Dream of Iron) – Republic of Korea / USA

By Kelvin Kyung Kun Park


Das große Museum (The Great Museum) - Austria

By Johannes Holzhausen


German Concentration Camps Factual Survey – United Kingdom


Iranien – France / Switzerland

By Mehran Tamadon


La marche à suivre (Guidelines) - Canada

By Jean-François Caissy


Le beau danger – Germany

By René Frölke


Non-fiction Diary – Republic of Korea

By Jung Yoon-suk


N - The Madness of Reason – Belgium / Germany / Netherlands

By Peter Krüger

With Michael Lonsdale, Wendyam Sawadogo


Pădurea e ca muntele, vezi? (The Forest is Like the Mountains) –

Romania / Germany

By Christiane Schmidt, Didier Guillain


Prabhat pheri (Journey with Prabhat) – India

By Jessica Sadana, Samarth Dixit


Que ta joie demeure (Joy of Man’s Desiring) – Canada

By Denis Côté

With Guillaume Tremblay, Emilie Sigouin, Hamidou Savadogo, Ted Pluviose


Schamanen im Blinden Land (Shamans of the Blind Country) – Nepal / Germany / USA

By Michael Oppitz


Souvenir – Germany

By André Siegers


The Darkside - Australia

By Warwick Thornton


To Singapore, with Love – Singapore

By Tan Pin Pin


Und in der Mitte, da sind wir (And There We are, in the Middle) – Austria

By Sebastian Brameshuber


Zamatoví teroristi (Velvet Terrorists) – Slovak Republic / Czech Republic / Croatia

By Ivan Ostrochovský, Pavol Pekarčík, Peter Kerekes



Berlinale Shorts (7 films)


La Casona (Das große Haus) – Cuba

By Juliette Touin


Im Tekhayekh, Ha’Olam Yekhayekh Elekha (Smile, and the World Will Smile Back) - Israel / Palestinian Territories

By Familie al-Haddad, Ehab Tarabieh, Yoav Gross


Om Amira – Egypt / Germany

By Naji Ismail


Solo te puedo mostrar el color (I Can Only Show You the Color) - Peru

By Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez


Three Stones for Jean Genet – Germany

By Frieder Schlaich

Un Paraíso (A Paradise) – Cuba

By Jayisha Patel


Xenos - Denmark / United Kingdom

By Mahdi Fleifel



Violence Produces Counter-Violence

Thursday, Feb. 12, 3.30 – 4.30 pm, Audi Berlinale Lounge

A talk with director Fernando Vílchez Rodríguez (Berlinale Shorts), regional leader of the Awajún indigenous people Santiago Manunin Valera from Peru, and director Fabian Daub (Rosia Montana, tbc) on the political, social and ecological impacts of depleting resources, in particular gold in the Peruvian jungle by the Canadian mining firm Candente Copper.



Perspektive Deutsches Kino (5 films)


Amma & Appa

By Franziska Schönenberger, Jayakrishnan Subramanian


nebel (fog

By Nicole Vögele


Flowers of Freedom

By Mirjam Leuze


Bosteri unterm Rad  (Bosteri Beneath the Wheel

By Levin Hübner


Raumfahrer (Spacemen

By Georg Nonnenmacher



Culinary Cinema (6 films)


El Somni – Spain

By Frank Aleu


Natural Resistance – Italy / France

By Jonathan Nossiter


Mission Blue – USA

By Fisher Stevens


Food Chains – USA

By Sanjay Rawal


Le Semeur (The Sower) - Canada

By Julie Perron


I Cavalieri della Laguna (The Knights of the Lagoon) - Italy

By Walter Bencini



„Tea Time“ in the “Gropius Mirror” tent


Reality and Culinary Dreams

February 10, 5.00 pm

Guests: Roca brothers, Host: Madeleine Jakits


The Human Factor

February 11, 5.00 pm

Guests: Eric Schlosser, Diego Luna, Host: Michael Naumann

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