DOK Leipzig congratulates filmmaker Gitta Nickel on the occasion of her 80th birthday. Not only is she a permanent fixture at the festival with her outstanding work, but the documentary film director has also been awarded a total of seven Golden and Silver Doves. That makes Gitta Nickel, alongside Walter Heynowski, the festival's most honoured filmmaker. Moreover, the East Prussia-born director is one of the few women who managed to break out as a filmmaker in the GDR.
In 2011 DOK Leipzig honoured Gitta Nickel with a tribute to her work. To date she has made some 70 film and television productions. Her preferred subjects are working life, German history, global political events and artist biographies – her protagonists are often female.
Our Head of Film Programme Grit Lemke says of Gitta Nickel's work: "These are works that do not shy away from addressing taboo subjects. Her style is characterised by proximity to the female protagonists, by keen and insistent observation, often virtuoso montage and above all by the fact that the people being filmed always have their own say; any commentary is dispensed with. The latter in particular is one of the most important features of the DEFA School of Documentary Film – and Nickel was one of the first to work consistently in this way."
The Filmmuseum Potsdam will show her film "Den Wind auf der Haut spüren" with the director in attendance on 02 July at 7pm. In addition the film museum will be exhibiting Gitta Nickel's Golden and Silver Doves, which the director received between 1970 and 1981 in Leipzig.
For further programme information visit the website of Filmmuseum Potsdam.