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European Panorama Documentary

Ten feature-length documentary films were chosen for this section in 2017, including three names closely connected with CROSSING EUROPE.

Two previous Tribute guests: Peter Braatz, to whom the Tribute section was devoted together with Maja Weiss in 2005, presents his new work, in which old material that he shot on the set of David Lynch’s BLUE VELVET has been newly compiled – during the festival BLUE VELVET REVISITED will also be shown once together with the Lynch masterpiece. With Helena Třeštíková last year’s Tribute guest returns, bringing with her the latest “episode” of her “Marriage Stories” (STRNADOVI), which were veritably stormed by the Linz audience in 2016. The Spanish director and CROSSING EUROPE Award-winner Lluís Galter deals with the cultural transfer from Spain to China and compares the legendary artists’ meeting place Cadaqués with its replica in Asia in LA SUBSTÀNCIA.

“Woman-power” could be called the over-arching theme in three music/dance documentary films, portraying international, Berlin-based music producers, a still living and dancing icon of Flamenco (LA CHANA), and a female world championship duo in street dance (MARTHA & NIKI). Three protagonists, very different in nature, set out in search of the love of their lives or happiness in love in AT ELSKE PIA and GOGITAS AKHALI TCKOVREBA. Participants in the eponymous “Atelier de conversation” also take their future in hand as they meet every week to learn a foreign language together, so that they can “arrive” as soon as possible in their new homeland of France. The tenth selected film deals with the catastrophic Chernobyl disaster and its deadly effects: LA SUPPLICATION is a visually stunning adaptation of the book Voices from Chernobyl by the Nobel Prize-winner Svetlana Alexievich, telling of the residents of the site of the disaster. 

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