“All great fiction films tend towards documentary, just as all great documentaries tend toward fiction.”
In a year dominated by fake news hysteria DokuFest is joining the conversation on what is real and what is fake in documentary and if it really matters anymore by bringing a selection of some of the best hybrid films out there.
Shamelessly borrowing the title from Robert Greene’s great film about wrestlers and wrestling, the program will bring such gems as unclassifiable meta-documentary going by the name of DRIB and featuring what David Elhrich of IndieWire described as “A real documentary based on a fake energy drink that was inspired by a real fake advertising campaign for a real product”. Or Samira Elagoz’s Craiglist Allstars, “a fearless social experiment where the director loses herself in strangers’ apartments”.
Another great social experiment is to be found in Guido Hendrikx’s Stranger in Paradise where an actor, placed among real refugees somewhere in an Italian island, tries to lesson them, often directly and brutally, in the realities of European refugee politics.
Add to these two small jewels from South America, namely El Futuro Perfecto by Nele Wohlatz and La Soledad, an impressive debut by Jorge Thielen Armand as well as two from the Balkans, Dane Komljen’s beautiful, slow and mysterious All the Cities of the North and Igor Bezinovic’s first foray into fictional waters in Brief Excursion and you’ll get a glimpse of what to expect from this carefully curated program that has that most used “word of the year” in its title.
Competitions will be announced on July 10 on festival’s website.