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When Susan Sontag sat in the audience

Susan Vahabzadeh: PR Bald recreated the world’s most famous panel discussion from April 1971 – himself as Norman Mailer takes on four feminists who tear him apart for his theses in “The Prisoner of Sex”, especially Germaine Greer (Saralisa Volm). You know exactly who was yelling at who, because at the time, Chris Hegedus and DA Pennebaker were at City Hall filming “Town Bloody Hall.” The selection of moments that are reconstructed here and the discussions that surround them paint a compelling picture of contemporary feminist discourse.


Maya the Bee – The Secret Kingdom

Eve Goldbach: Maja and Willi accidentally demolish the hive and have to be separated from each other. There’s not much time to think about it, because they have to get a golden egg to safety. They are chased by a beetle woman who is not taken seriously without antlers. His brother might give him some of his oversized (insect) male ego. At the end of the cartoon Alexs Staderman and Noel Cleary there’s a vocal battle with Sasha voicing the villain, and suddenly everyone is tickling each other. The central message of the cult bee remains: be open to the new and talk to each other.


Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness

Juliana Liberty: Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange struggles to protect a young woman named America from an unfortunate witch who only wants to be with her lost children. The figurative meaning of this will be discussed for generations to come – probably some solid psychotherapy could have prevented the worst more easily. Cheaper than Sam Raimis It would have been a movie too. But what can you do.


The Art of Silence – The Secret of Marcel Marceau

Anne Sternenbourg: When Aurélia Marceau talks about her famous father, the pantomime Marcel Marceau, it seems that, in keeping with family tradition, she also forms every word with her hands. Marceau toured the world with his famous character, the melancholic clown Bip, but also worked as a teacher in the Parisian mimodrama school he founded to prevent his art from disappearing. So it’s a good idea to Maurizius Staerkle-Drux In his documentary, he not only recaps the life of Marcel Marceau, which ended in 2007, but also shows how his work continues to impact all three generations of his family, who have developed a performance in his honor. as therapy for Parkinson’s disease. The art of body language also opened up new forms of communication for the director’s deaf father.



Fritz Gottler: A nocturnal awakening, Tilda Swinton sits up in bed and listens. She tries to describe the strange thud she’s been hearing over and over since then, alone and no one else, to a young sound engineer in the studio, and he recreates it with his equipment based on that description. Of course it goes then, as always in the films of the Thai filmmaker Apichatpong Weerasethakul, soon in the wild, this time in the jungle around Bogotá, for archaeological excavations. Where Tilda Swinton experiences empathy and memory. The film is both disturbing and funny, laced with hilarity and truly detached at the end.



Martina Knoben: A political thriller, thrilling and surprisingly funny, after all Alexej Navalny is a smart and charismatic self-promoter. Daniel Roher In his documentary, he traces the poisoning attack on the prominent Putin critic and follows Navalny’s political activities in Germany, where he hid in 2020 and searched for those responsible for the poisoning. Although the film offers little news, many things seem unbelievable, such as when Navalny calls his killers and one of them lets go and admits poisoning. The insight into the work of Bellingcat, the investigative research network that helped convict the culprits, is also fascinating. A burning film, a glimpse of a ruthless, sometimes stupid acting system.


Sigmund Freud

David Steinitz: Not a documentary about Freud, but with Freud. The French director David Teboul reconstructs his life solely from surviving writings and correspondence, without talking heads or expert ramblings. Moreover, it shows rare archival recordings and, like a psychoanalyst, approaches the biography of its protagonist by free association. The findings are not surprising, but they are told with great attention to detail, both for Freudians and newcomers.


Children of the Sun

Sofia Glass: The Iranian filmmaker tells the story nearly a quarter century after his Oscar-nominated ‘Children of Heaven’. Majid Majid once again from the lives of forgotten foreigners in Tehran. In a school for street children, he lets touching social realism and utopian adventure film collide when he lets the witty Ali and his three buddies go on a gangster treasure hunt in the basement of the ‘school. The didactic message that education and self-confidence prove to be the most valuable find here gives the film an enjoyable amount of melodrama and grounds utopia in Iranian reality.

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