Head of Animation Programme
Which film from the 2014 programme best reflects the free spirit and revolutionary heart of DOK Leipzig for you?
Rocks in My Pockets by Signe Baumane. It is a very personal film about types of depression that she worked on for over seven years, a wild combination of surreal stories, social critique and the revealing of family secrets. The story is true and the film is animated, which I find especially pleasing because animated documentary films are in particular focus in this year’s festival. The film is also nominated for the Golden Dove for the Best Animated Documentary of DOK Leipzig 2014.
Thu, 30th of October, 10:15pm, Cinémathèque Leipzig, and Sat., 1st October, 1:30pm Passage Kinos Universum
Which production has touched you, surprised you or made you laugh the most?
Without a doubt the film Me and My Moulton, which is a part of our Competition Programme. It’s one of the most amusing films of this year’s Animation selection. The film tells of a young girl in Norway in the 60s who desperately wants a bike, and whose father is the only person in the city with a moustache. It’s a very nice, humourous glance into the Zeitgeist back then, captured through the eyes of a daughter.
Fri, 31th of October, 7:30pm, and Sat, 1st of November, Passage Kinos Astoria
Which film would you recommend to festival newcomers?
I highly recommend our Animated Documentary Programmes Looking Back and Love and Life. In these two Programmes we have gathered together the widest variety of short films that demonstrate why animation can play an important role in documentary film, and what a broad range of approaches can be found in this aspect. The themes are multifaceted. Often the emphasis is on individual memories of a particular event that has made an impression on the protagonist, or on people who have been moved by animation in another context. This Programme will doubtless create 'Aha' moments for those who have not yet been exposed to this type of film. By the way, Otto Alder, who curated the Animated Documentary Programme for DOK Leipzig for the first time eighteen years ago, is on the jury panel this year for Animation.
Rückblick, Tues, 28th of November, 4:30pm and Thurs, 30th October, 10:00pm
Liebe und Leben, Weds, 29th of October and Fri, 31st of October, 4:30pm, Passage Kinos Astoria
And what is, in your opinion, the programme highlight for loyal festival fans?
In our Special Programme Animated to Buy the loyal festival-goer will recognise many famous names of animation film directors who have made advertising clips for well-known and not-so-well-known products. The International Programme, with films from Bill Plympton, Joanna Quinn or Raimund Krumme and others will be shown on Wednesday at 10:15pm, and the German Programme on Friday between 2:00 and 4:00pm. A little nostalgic, highly informative and above all an entertaining programme. A real highlight this year, this year’s programme will reveal how personal style can also be recognised in commercial work.