CULTURE

  • THE MUSIC’S OVER – DEATH AND DYING IN POP MUSIC

    THE MUSIC’S OVER – DEATH AND DYING IN POP MUSIC

    From psychedelic rock in the 1960s and the 1970s’ punk movement to the gloomy dark wave of the 1980s and gangsta rap in the 1990s: artists from the various decades explain their relationship with dying and death. The connection between death and rock music is a subject that has always fascinated us – not least against the background of the early deaths of such rock giants as Jim Morrison, Sid Vicious and Amy Winehouse. But death, too, is subject to […]

  • SINGERS ON THE HIGH SEAS

    SINGERS ON THE HIGH SEAS

        The best newcomers to the opera scene from Australia, Canada, France, Poland, Russia, South Korea and the USA compete against each other in an extraordinary and exciting singing competition on a luxury cruise ship. This 4-part documentary captures the most exciting and high-class contest of the musical world. During the singing competition Stella Maris, the most renowned newcomers to the international opera scene meet up for a strong-voiced battle on the high seas: Who will ultimately win? Who […]

  • STEVIE WONDER – SOUL GENIUS

    STEVIE WONDER – SOUL GENIUS

    The fascinating story of one of the greatest soul geniuses of our time: Stevie Wonder Blind musician, Stevie Wonder is already recognised – in his own lifetime – as one of the greatest and most thrilling live artists of all time. The success of such pop classics as “Isn’t She Lovely”, “You Are the Sunshine of My Life” or “Superstition” has made him immortal, for fans and critics alike. Both his personality and his music reflect a battle for independence: […]

  • MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TANGO

    MIDSUMMER NIGHT’S TANGO

    A music-laden, humorous cinema documentary, capturing the many comic and charming moments when musicians from two worlds come together. Tango was born in Buenos Aires and no one dances tango as passionately as the Argentineans do – that, at least is what the Argentineans themselves believe. Tango is as Finnish as sauna and skiing – that is what the famous Finnish director Aki Kaurismäki and many of his fellow countrymen are convinced of. Two countries, two opinions, two musical traditions. […]

  • YOGA – THE ART OF LIVING

    YOGA – THE ART OF LIVING

    A journey into the heart of yoga. People of every cultural and religious background, age and ability practice yoga. Modern “lifestyle yoga” which is very popular in the West is generally limited to the physical asanas, while the original yoga teachings, which are more than 4,000 years old, combine physical and spiritual exercises into one holistic concept. This is the focus of our documentary: the source of yoga, far removed from modern commercial excesses. We accompany a group of Western […]

  • BARON MUNCHAUSEN

    BARON MUNCHAUSEN

    The greatest liar of all times, Baron Munchausen, fell prey to a plot of lies himself. While his stories have become world literature and defined his public image as the ‚Baron of Lies‘, hardly anybody knows the real Munchausen and his tragic fate. Having experienced the splendid life at the Russian tsar’s court, the Baron – back in Germany – bemoans his fate as an aristocrat of rather modest means. The only comfort to him: his adventures, which he embroiders […]

  • MICHAEL JACKSON – A LIFE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE

    MICHAEL JACKSON – A LIFE BETWEEN BLACK AND WHITE

    This documentary explores the phenomenon that was Michael Jackson and the factors that were critical in his rise from blue-collar boy from Gary, Indiana, to the biggest superstar of all time. We also discuss the fact that the colour of his skin, the very thing that made the public presence of coloured artists an issue, actually got lighter over the course of his career. His facial structure also changed dramatically. These transformations were always dogged by innumerable interpretations and much […]

  • THE NAKED SHAKESPEARE

    THE NAKED SHAKESPEARE

    Who was Shakespeare? We look at the stories and the controversy surrounding the identity of the greatest writer of all time. Over the course of the last centuries, a rumour has established itself as fact: that a merchant from Stratford-upon-Avon by the name of William Shakespeare is the author. However, no handwritten texts have survived, no letters, not even references to his writings from that time. Mark Twain, Henry James and Vladimir Nabokov did not believe that the man from […]

  • HIDDEN VENICE

    HIDDEN VENICE

    An exclusive look behind the closed shutters of the palazzi on the Grand Canal in Venice. Magnificent and mysterious. The palaces that line Venice’s Grand Canal are a treasure trove of secrets, stories and eccentric inhabitants. This series of documentaries takes a look behind the fine facades and presents a magnificent, flamboyant and luxurious side of Venice that remains hidden from the eyes of tourists. If these palaces could talk, what would they tell us of raucous parties, grand receptions […]

  • SUNDAY WARRIORS

    SUNDAY WARRIORS

    A funny and stunning voyage between fantasy and reality. Every year in high summer, one of the major battles of humankind is fought. Knights, elves and wizards attempt to win the battle against orcs, demons and the dark side of the force. What looks like a scene from the film THE LORD OF THE RINGS takes place away from the eyes of the media, as thousands of live role players meet and immerse themselves in their fantasy world. In a […]