Two questions for Luc-Carolin Ziemann
What is your personal connection to documentary and animated film?
DOK Leipzig opened a door into the world of documentary for me. The festival began just after I had enrolled at Leipzig University in 1997 and I didn't see daylight for the next seven days. When I had to go back to lectures after the festival, it became clear that the festival wasn't over for me. DOK Leipzig has played an important role in my life since then and this has to do with the fact that I'm still fascinated with the art of using film to bring real life to the screen.
"Nothing is more fantastic than reality." - Federico Fellini
What are your priorities in the selection process?
First of all, a film has to move me. This can happen in very different ways: a protagonist can fascinate me, a story can raise my curiosity or make me think, or I might follow what's happening on screen full of disbelief and anger. Alongside this initial, almost instinctive reaction, I also begin to ask myself how the film is telling a story. All (documentary) films are the result of countless artistic decisions and I like films that don't give the impression that these decisions have no alternative, but instead open up their practice to discussion.
"It’s not what a movie is about, it’s how it is about it." – Roger Ebert