Which film from the 2014 programme best reflects the free spirit and revolutionary heart of DOK Leipzig for you?
Speaking of freedom and revolution, I would bring two films to the attention of festival goers: the very current observations in Maidan from the International Competition, and the urgent reminder in From My Syrian Room from the Newcomer Competition. The corruption and injustice that continue to arise out of war and crisis situations leave in their wake waves of unruly protest. A revolt of the repressed and the suffering, which also emerges in the Western world and which causes uproar – not just in global politics – you will find in CITIZENFOUR. The imperilment of national secrets. The truths that open our eyes. Edward Snowden, the key.
Which production has touched you, surprised you or made you laugh the most?
Year of the Bridge from the International Programme. Not because Lausitz is my home and there are already many documentary films about energy giants and displacement, but because this film touched me very much. Everybody is so enthusiastic about the "green energy transition" and as a result, homeland, tradition, and everyday life has become a farce. A David and Goliath struggle appears to be futile - and above all too late. Many small and above all emotional stories are created in Peter Benedix’s timeless perspective - a sense of complete truth and depth.
Which film would you recommend to festival newcomers?
Given the countless films this year, that’s is no easy task! I would recommend you listen to your heart, to study our programme booklet for a slow and cautious approach. Whether animation films for enthusiasts, documentaries for those thirsting for knowledge, or animation documentaries for fans of DOK looking to experiment, everyone will find their own favorites!
And what is, in your opinion, the programme highlight for loyal festival fans?
Hmmm, I think I should just refer you have to the first question, but at risk of repeating myself: “CITIZENFOUR“ by Laura Poitras. It’s an incomparable highlight. Touched, amazed,it won’t leave you in peace and absolutely touches on the social problem of today.
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