Which film from the 2014 programme best reflects the free spirit and revolutionary heart of DOK Leipzig for you?
That would be the animated documentary Rocks in my Pockets from the Latvian-born Signe Baumane.Collapse begins inside the self. In this animated documentary, a Latvian-born woman becomes absorbed in the search for the origins of her own family. She comes across strong women who are threatened with suffocation by conservative surroundings and dominating partners. A visually strong revelation of family histories, the inner workings of the soul and the necessity of personal freedoms. Not to mention coming to terms with her own depression and that of other women in her family. “Rocks in my Pockets“ is a very personal and brave film with a completely non-conformist style of ist own. In the original soundtrack, Signe Baumane, who now lives in New York, speaks with her own voice – with a Latvian accent and often exultantly. The artist travels her own journey.
Which production made you laugh the most?
That was It’s Now or Never by the Danish Jon Bang Carlsen. An Irish man looking for a wife requests a matchmaker for help. Raw Irish landscapes, faces weathered by the wind, and grazing cows convey the setting. The desiresof those who long: a level-headed woman who knows how cows should be milked. Is there a happy end?
Which film would you recommend to festival newcomers?
DOK Leipzig is the type of even where you can let chance decide. Close your eyes and run your finger over the programme – I can guarantee that you will change upon a film that will move you in one way or another. Because the directors put forward questions in their work, give feelings space, provoke, inform and are artistically unique. Those who nonetheless want concrete recommendations: The Polar Sea 360° Interactive Journey - because it’s worth it to begin with a total cracker. This intermedia project is presented by its makers in our Cross Media Screenings. Melting glaciers in the Arctic are presented in 360 ° film. A problematic theme, spectacularly presented.
And what is, in your opinion, the programme highlight for loyal festival fans?
The Hommage to Shelly Silver is absolutely to be recommended. This programme makes it possible to completely submerge oneself into her work. Her poetic and often disturbing use of imagery creates the sense that one cannot bear to tear one’s eyes away. A compelling search for the important things in life: love, longing, hope, belonging – including the darker side.