In this year's DokuFest Programme, film fans will have the opportunity to get acquainted with the fascinating life of the cult personages that marked the history of film. These films most likely will not be running in cinemas, so do not miss the opportunity to watch them exclusively at FEST.
We will start by mentioning the new film of the famous director Peter Bogdanovich, in which he casts a light on one of the greatest stars of the silent film - Buster Keaton. The Great Buster: A Celebration is an excellent introduction to the life and work of this artist for new generations. His stoic facial expression and physical comedy laid the foundations of today's film comedy. Bogdanovich interviews people from the world of film and television who talk about the impact Keaton left on the history of film - from comedians such as Bill Hader and Johnny Knoxville to filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and Werner Herzog.
Living the Light - Robby Müller is the work by cameraman Claire Pijman, and is definitely an inevitable material for professionals from the world of film, especially those dealing with camera and photography. Müller, the famous director of photography, credited with some of the cult films of Jim Jarmusch, Wim Wenders and Lars von Trier, left behind a large archive of personal photos and footage he made during his lifetime. Pijman uses this material as the basis for her film and creates a mosaic portrayal of this complex man and artist. In honor of his friend, Jim Jarmusch made music for this film in collaboration with Carter Logan.
Famous photographer Bruce Weber immortalized the life of his favorite Hollywood antihero, Robert Mitchum. In the mid-nineties, Weber began to make a video portrait of Mitchum, but it was put to an end by the actor's death and the material fell into oblivion. Twenty years later, Weber finally shows the latest footage of the legendary "bad guy" that he combined with the interviews of his friends and colleagues, such as Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro and others. Mitchum was an infinitely fascinating person, an actor who had always claimed acting was an easy job, a sex symbol of Westerns and film noirs who wrote poetry, a man who became a legend in the world of acting, as well as because of his constant adventures. Robert Mitchum: Nice Girls Don't Stay for Breakfast brings fascinating details from the life of a man for whom his colleagues claimed to have created his best roles at parties.
New York's Studio 54 marked an epoch and at the end of the seventies it was the most exclusive meeting place for stars at the time. There have been many legendary stories about this place, and rare are those who had the privilege of attending parties that were held at the height of the club's glory, from 1977 to 1980. There are no stars in Matt Tyrnauer's new documentary, and there is no disco music. The only person the director wants to focus on is Ian Schrager, the founder of the club who talks about his experiences in public for the first time. In addition to exclusive interviews with Schrager, there is also the material from the club that has never been seen before, shot by students for the project that never saw the light of the day.
If you liked Whitney Houston, after watching the new film Whitney you will like her even more. Director Kevin Macdonald carefully separated the famous singer from the scandals and tabloid stories that followed her throughout her whole life. Whitney broke more records than any woman in the world of music - she sold over 200 million albums and had seven consecutive singles at the top of the chart. She had also starred in several films before her fantastic talent was shadowed by scandals, drugs and premature death at the age of 48. This documentary depicts an intimate, uncompromising portrait of Houston and her family and reveals new details of her tragic life.