Lefteris Charitos, Greece, 58′ – Release Summer 2017 – Coproduction with ARTE
The film Le Grand Bleu (The Big Blue) propelled French deep-sea diver Jacques Mayol into world stardom, inspired by Mayol’s daring feat of diving 100m in one breath and his profound affinity with the sea. Dolphin Man takes us on a journey across Mayol’s life where we travels from Japan to Miami and from Marseille to the islands of Caicos, Kalymnos and Elba. Places of extreme beauty who impacted Mayol, showing us a man who risked his life for fame, to his transformation into a messenger, who reached the limits of the human body and mind, not just to break records but hoping to discover the deeper affinity between human beings and the sea.
Stig Andersen, Norway, 58′ | 90′ – In Production
Munch in Hell is a documentary investigating and uncovering the mistreatment Edvard Munch was exposed to. Even today – regarded as one of our most important painters in the history of art – Munch still suffers lack of deserved appreciation from his home country. Edvard Munch’s extensive writings consists of notes, letters, literary works and even drafts for an auto-biography. This brings us close to his private thoughts and his own reactions to the public scandals and municipal, bureaucratic harassments he was abused with, and increasingly so the last 30 years of his life. – And onwards… Munch in Hell will let the painter tell the story in his own words – and as he predicted: beyond the grave. The documentary will let him comment on situations, interviews and events before and after his death.
Karin Jurschick & Birgit Schulz, Germany, 52′ | 90′ – In Production – Coprod. ARTE & SWR
Shortly after 9/11, the US Congress passed a law to protect US airlines from decades of civil law suits and created a fund for compensating victims of disasters who agreed not to sue. Lawyer and mediator Ken Feinberg had to decide how much money was to be received as compensation. He met family members personally, conducting thousands of interviews. He thought that the value of a life was an easy calculation: how high is the economic loss? How old was he/she? …but Feinberg discovered that facing those left behind was far less easy. From the Agent Orange Case to the BP oil spill, from the 9/11 attacks to the Wall Street crash and the Boston Marathon bombing, just to name a few, hardly a national tragedy has befallen the USA without Feinberg being called upon afterwards to play his part. This is Feinbergs story of highly emotional dilemmas as told by himself, as he tirelessly works in the field of fighting for compensation to people wronged by disastrous events and malpractice by companies. Feinberg took the role of Playing God.
Thorkell Hardarson & Örn Marinó Arnarson, 3x 52’ – In Development
Booty looks at the status of cultural treasures taken from their country of origin during colonial times. Voices demanding repatriation are getting stronger. Cultural activists demanding repatriation explain the necessity of guarding their cultural heritage in an accessible place in the home country. The turmoil in Iraq, Egypt, Libya and Syria has led to mayhem in the cultural heritage domain: looted museums and looted archeological sites. Today, to make money Islamic State is selling looting licenses to entrepreneurs and professional art thieves. Looting now takes place on industrial scale. A solution is badly needed.