DocsBarcelona organizes three Master Classes with three of the most relevant filmmakers of the international scene of the documentary genre.

A unique opportunity to get to know Victor Kossakovsky (dir. Aquarela), Audrius Stonys (dir. Bridges of Time) and Joe Bini (Werner Herzog’s editor).



Master Class with Victor Kossakovsky

This year, on the occasion of the premiere of Victor Kossakovsky’s latest film, Aquarela, which inaugurates the 22nd edition of DocsBarcelona, ​​we have invited its director to give a Master Class, in order to create a meeting space between our audience and one of the most relevant figures of the current documentary genre.

This is not the first time DocsBarcelona welcomes Victor Kossakovsky, but this year, to

make the most of his stay in Barcelona, ​​we have invited him to talk about his cinematography and his latest work, Aquarela (2018), which offers a journey through the transforming beauty and the omnipotent power of water. Filmed at 96 frames per second, the film, with surprising cinematographic clarity, shows and reminds us that humans are insignificant in the face of the capricious will of the most precious element on Earth: water. A unique opportunity to get to know one of the most innovative and rule-breaking directors, a pioneer who bends the codes of traditional documentary film language. What drives him to make movies? What are the stories and characters that interest him the most and how does he manage to bring them to the big screen?

Victor Kossakovsky is an experimental documentary filmmaker who has been awarded more than 100 prizes at national and international festivals. His peculiar filmography covers many different themes, but always explores the interaction between reality and poetic moments. He began his film career as a student in Documentary Direction in Berlin and later studied scriptwriting and direction in Moscow.

In 1989 he directed his first film, Losev, and in 1992 his most famous documentary, The Belovs, which won the VPRO JorisIvens Prize, the Public Award at IDFA and dozens of other prizes at international festivals throughout the world. In 2011, Vivan Las Antipodas! was selected as the opening film of the Venice Film Festival. In many of his films, like Aquarela, Kossakovsky has been director, editor, cinematographer and writer all at once. He continues to work as a professor of documentary-making and mentor of aspiring filmmakers worldwide.


WHEN AND WHERE: CCCB Theater, Thursday May 16th from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 

Price: 10€ (VAT included). 50% discount online from the 10th of April to the 3rd of May. Free entry with accreditation until full capacity, pre-booking mandatory through the online form.


The language of the Master Class will be in English without translation services.


7 PLANS 7: Audrius Stonys

7 SHOTS 7 is the annual proposal of DocsBarcelona to a personality in the audiovisual world. This year, due to the premiere in Barcelona of Audrius Stonys’ latest and acclaimed documentary Bridges of Time, winner of the Best Documentary Award at Latvian National Film Award in Latvia and Special Mention of the Jury of Batumi International Art -house FF in Georgia, the Lithuanian filmmaker will reflect on the language of cinema with 7 shots or sequences specially chosen for the occasion.

Audrius Stonys is visiting DocsBarcelona again after presenting here in 2017, his film Woman and the Glacier, ​​a poetic story about a solitary woman and an everlasting glacier, and receiving the ex-aequo What the Doc Award. The festival audience will be able to enjoy the screening of his latest work, Bridges of Time and the presence of the director, who will take part in post-screening discussions.

We have invited him to talk about his films in a master class format through a very personal selection of fragments and sequences. A unique opportunity to get to know the cinematography of one of the most internationally-renowned documentary makers. Through this selection of seven shots, we will discover what inspires him to make films, what stories and characters have captivated him throughout his life, what motivates him to create new documentaries and how he manages to take his ideas to the big screen. The master class will be moderated by DocsBarcelona’s head of programming, ​​Tue Steen Müller.

Audrius Stonys, Lithuanian film director and producer with a long career, has won numerous international awards. He studied Film Direction at the Jonas Mekas Anthology Film Archive in New York. His documentary Earth of the Blind was recognized by the European Film Academy as the best documentary of the year and also won the Félix Award. His documentary Ramin, created in collaboration with VFS Films, received the Lithuanian nomination for the Oscars in 2012. He has given conferences and lectures around the world.


WHEN AND WHERE: Auditorium of the CCCB, Friday, May 24th at 7pm. Free admission to full capacity, pre-booking mandatory through the online form.

The language of the Master Class will be in English without translation services.


Master Class with Joe Bini

Embracing Your Inner Co-filmmaker: an evening with Joe Bini

Joe Bini talks about his life as a filmmaker and editor, including his 20-year collaboration with Werner Herzog and recent films with Lynne Ramsay and Andrea Arnold. Showing clips from a career that has navigated between fiction and non-fiction, he will share his insights on what makes a successful creative partnership and on the editor’s role as co-filmmaker

Joe Bini, muntador

Joe Bini is a world referent in filmaking. He started working as filmmaker for Herzog for more than 2 decades with the film “Little Dieter, Needs of Fly” (1997). And from then on we’ve seen his editorial style in documentaries like “Grizzly Man”, findings in “Fin del Mundo”, “La cueva de los sueños olvidados”, “Into the Abyss” or “Dentro del volcán”, among others. All of them, understood today, as master works of this genre. He has been awarded filmaker by variouse institutions like the Cannes Festival, the Emmys, or the BIFA festival, among others.






WHEN AND WHERE: Wednesday 22nd May from 19.00h to 20.30h at Auditori CCCB.

 Price: 10€ (VAT included). 50% discount online from 10th April to 3rd May. Free entry with accreditation, pre-booking required through the online form until full capacity

The language of the Master Class will be in English without translation services.