New works by Daniel Kötter, Jonás Trueba and Selma Doborac practice cinematic border crossings – Werner Herzog comes to UNDERDOX
The festival will be opened at the Filmmuseum München on Thursday 5 October with the German premiere of Landshaft by German director Daniel Kötter. In the border region of eastern Armenia, along the new dividing lines between Azerbaijan and Armenia that have emerged since the Nagorno-Karabakh war in 2020, he traces the geopolitical fault lines, following a flock of sheep.
Im the Stadtmuseumsall at the first floor of the Filmmuseum, the festival is showing Daniel Kötter‘s VR feature-length documentary Water & Coltan. The 50-minute 360° film transports the viewer directly to the sites of women’s struggle in coltan mining in South Kivu in Congo and shows the extractivist practice with its consequences. The VR film is screened like a cinema film with fixed starting times.
Even dwarfs started small. This famous title from Werner Herzog‘s early work can also be taken as the motto for the 18th edition of the UNDERDOX international film festival. Werner Herzog will personally present his film, shot on Lanzarote, where he also holds workshops for young filmmakers, at the Filmmuseum Munich on Saturday 7 October.
Spanish director Jonás Trueba‘s You Have to Come and See It recalls the playful experimental set-ups of Hong Sang-soo. Two thirtysomething couples who are friends re-sort their lives, or not. Peter Sloterdijk’s essay “You have to change your life”, Bill Callahan’s “Let’s Move to the Country” and Chano Domínguez’s jazzy flamenco accompany them in their escape from the real. The film will be shown as a German premiere on Saturday, 7.10. at the Theatiner.
In her film De Facto (Caligari Prize at the Berlinale), Selma Doborac deliberately places the concepts of testimony and authenticity on uncertain terrain. Texts whose origin is as unclear as their truth content challenge the limits of the imaginable. Selma Doborac will present her film in person at the Theatiner on Sunday, 8 October.