FESTIVAL FOR FILMS ON ART
The international exhibition of cinematic work presented 24 new documentary films from 16 different countries. 12 of the films were contributed by female filmmakers.
All films were shown in Berlin for the first time, most of them as German premiere. Nearly all filmmakers were present to introduce their work. The 2018 edition presented films with and about:
Hal Ashby, Luis Barragán,
Ingmar Bergman, Milford Graves,
Harry Gruyaert, Michel Houellebecq,
Alfredo Jaar, Stanley Kubrick,
Yayoi Kusama, Agnes Martin,
Rocío Molina, Haruki Murakami,
Iggy Pop, Raghu Rai, Raoul Ruiz,
Daniel Schwartz, Garry Winogrand,
Joel-Peter Witkin and Jerome Witkin.
DOKUARTS 11 provides the opportunity to witness the entire fascinating and vivid spectrum of contemporary work in the field of documentary film beyond format. Particularly unconventional intimate artist-portraits, essay films, long-term observations and the documentation of work processes have become a rarity within the German media landscape. Internationally, however, these works enjoy great popularity and are held in high esteem by film makers as well as the general audience even if they usually are placed at the fringes of the big festivals. Thematically, all arts can be represented: music, literature, painting, sculpture, architecture, theatre, cinema, photography, dance, concept art, experimental film, film montage, etc.
DOKUARTS 11 showcases through its program the memory of the arts and their significance for the present. Our project offers film makers, scholars and artists a platform to engage in a mutually stimulating dialog about genre-specific films as well as about current art discourses.
In conjunction with the European Month of Photography, we featured 6 films on the art of photography. European and German premieres over the course of a single weekend, October 12-14, and the presence of photographers Harry Gruyaert and Daniel Schwartz were amongst the highlights of the festival.
This year’s symposium Beyond Format took place in cooperation with the European Documentary Network and discussed the historical, present and continuing formatization of media and culture as well as the interrelations between conditions of production, aesthetics, and politics in the context of films on art and future prospects of the unformatted documentary film.