Central guest at the festival is the Italian-Swedish director Erik Gandini, a filmmaker who, like no other, dares to look behind the façade of our 'perfect' Western world. He made international furore with, among others, Surplus, Videocracy and last year’s The Swedish Theory of Love. Gandini gives a masterclass, there is a retrospective about his work and he is proud to present his new film The Rebel Surgeon: a fascinating portrait of Swedish plastic surgeon Erik Erichsen who traveled to Ethiopia to work as a surgeon in challenging circumstances with the the DIY material that is available. The rebel surgeon himself will also be at DOCVILLE. He has exchanged his hospital for jazz clubs and is now a full-time musician. He will jam in the STUK café during Jazz on Sunday.
The wonderful animal kingdom is undoubtedly one of the most rewarding film subjects, really coming into its own on the big screen. These films fascinate both young and old, making them the ultimate family films. DOCVILLE selected some lovely documentaries in which animals play the main role, from the amazing underwater world to the cats of Istanbul. For nature lovers ages 8 and up.
The 10 very best Belgian documentaries of the past year, both Dutch and French productions. Featuring impressive debuts as well as new work by the experienced directors who made the legendary RTBF program Strip-tease. The DOCVILLE jury rewards the winner with the Jury Award.
National broadcaster CANVAS has been a partner of the festival for years. This year Canvas will provide an adapted programme of documentaries to be seen online or tv, amongst which the opening film of DOCVILLE 2017, I am not your negro
DOCVILLE+ are debates or round tables that discuss in depth subjects that were introduced bu certain documentaries on the programme.
Out of the many submissions and countless discoveries at international festivals we selected these 10 brand new documentaries. All of them are challenging films in which you can clearly hear the voice of the director. The DOCVILLE jury rewards the winner with the Canvas Jury Award..
Leuven Jazz and DOCVILLE join forces for a unique program of documentaries and concerts. Jazzcats can get acquainted with numerous new documentaries and the documentary fans can enjoy unique live performances in the cinema.
The mockumentary genre is the cheerful outsider in the documentary world. A subject - fictitious or not - is discussed in a documentary form, not taking reality too seriously. Despite the satirical undertone, these mockumentaries sometimes have astonishing truths to share, though enjoying the parody is still the main draw.
More than ever, scientific themes are the subject of sensational documentaries that are creative in both form and content and that are relevant to our lives, now and in the future. The wonderful world of artificial intelligence, the elusive challenges of (quantum) physics, the fusion of man and machine ... they are no longer wacky topics only nerdy professors think about, but the subjects of astonishing documentaries that will amaze and enchant you.
An extremely varied selection of top-notch documentaries that have scored in the international film festival circuit, surprising discoveries and our programmer’s favorites. In short, films that the true documentary enthusiast should not miss.
A selection of new films about a current topic or a social issue, always with its own vision on the world today. Films that are thought-provoking. The DOCVILLE jury awards the strongest film with the Science & Conscience Prize.