A documentary film about army cooks. It shows how the everyday need of thousands armed stomachs affects the victories and defeats. About the field "kitchen" as a model of a world where food preparation becomes a fight strategy; a fight for great ideals standing on strong legs of the kitchen table. The film is based on eleven recipes of the cooks since the Second World War till the war in Tchechenia; from France through the Balkans to Russia.
A Road to Mecca - The Journey of Muhammad Asad
At the beginning of the 1920's, the Jew Leopold Weiss takes a journey to the Middle East. The desert fascinated him, Islam became his new spiritual home. He left his Jewish roots behind, converted to Islam and started calling himself Muhammad Asad. Becoming one of the most important Muslims of the 20th century he first started to work as an advisor at the king's court of Saudi-Arabia, later translated the Koran, became a co- founder of Pakistan and finally ambassador of the UN. The director follows his fading footsteps, leading out of the Arabian desert to Ground Zero. He finds a man who was not looking for adventures but rather wanted to act as a mediator between Orient and Occident. A Road To Mecca takes the chance to deal with a burning debate which is starting to gain more and more importance nowadays.
Miss Universe 1929 - Lisl Goldarbeiter. A Queen In Wien
A film about the life of Lisl Goldarbeiter - the first and only Austrian Miss Universe - and her cousin Marci, who kept his camera trained on her throughout his life. A film about big-time fame and eternal love, set against the background of 1930s Vienna. Lisl Goldarbeiter's cousin, amateur filmmaker Marci Tenczer came from Szeged. He studied in Vienna, where he saved even his money for the tram to buy a camera and film and to pursue from time to time his passion for making films. It is through him that this bittersweet twentieth-century Austro-Hungarian life and family story has come down to us. Lisl, who grew up in Vienna in modest circumstances, first won the title of Miss Austria in 1929 at the Austrian beauty contest, finishing ahead of 600 other contestants. She finished second at the Miss Europe beauty contest in Paris, where the first Hungarian beauty queen, Böske Simon won. That year the beauty queens of the world set sail to the United States to compete against the American beauties in Texas. This is where Lisl was voted the first Miss Universe by a unanimous decision of the jury! Lisl, now suddenly world famous, received various invitations and an offer from Hollywood, and her company was sought after by many celebrities. She traveled extensively and, having rejected numerous suitors, finally married Fritz Spielmann, heir to a silk necktie fortune in Vienna. Marci Tenczer faithfully recorded it all on film. These golden years in Vienna came to an end when Hitler's Germany annexed Austria. They lost nearly everything in the war, and the adventure of suffering and life continued…
Werner Ludvig Buchmayer is suffering of a bipolar disorder since he is 15. The film makers accompany him during his work on his own "Pharao film". PHARAO BIPOLAR documents his mental ups and downs.The inner diremption of a man caught between two extremes is the centre point of PHARAO BIPOLAR. The film follows the different states of Buchmayer's alternating psychosis. It shows fragments of an artist's biography and a story of illness at the same time. Also the reactions of his environment and the society in general are in main focus. Questions like "Who is crazy and who is normal?" are coming up constantly.
The Five Cardinal Points
The film narrates the story of the inhabitants of the Mexican village Tres Valles in the region of Veracruz. For generations these people were rooted with their soil. They worked as farmers and craftsmen. Cultivation of rice, pineapple and sugarcane made a simple wealth possible. Everything changed because of globalization, the commodity prices went down. The families couldn't live from the salaries paid by the sugarcane factories anymore. Nowadays there are no future prospects, the families' only choice is separation. Either legal or illegal they move towards the USA to search for work. Most of them are settling down in Kansas were they “rebuilt” their home village Tres Valles to celebrate the Mexican provenance and to overcome their home sickness more easily.
They are not just awake; they live at night and with the night. Night Shifts is a portrait of an alternative world. The film follows the trails of people in Berlin who are invisible during the day, accompanying them on their nocturnal paths through the metropolis, which are marked by pragmatic routine, desires, and dangers. "It’s always night, or we wouldn’t need light." (Thelonious Monk)