DOK Leipzig 30. Oktober – 5. November 2017
60. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 30 October – 5 November 2017
60th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film

Preisträger

Award Winners 2016

International Competition Long

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Long

Sergei Loznitsa for the film Austerlitz (Germany)

 

Jury Statement

"Austerlitz" is a magnificent filmic essay about a walk in the wellkept sets of the most horrible acts of the concentration camp genocide. Loznitsa is working with light and shadow, as he is relentlessly observing large groups of visitors. The calm and beauty of his images and the remarkable soundediting leaves lots of space for thinking one more time about what happened not so long ago in the middle of Europe. The film is sophisticated, almost playful in the way, it deals with inside and outside and its very consequential framing of people and objects.

 

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International Competition Long

Silver Dove

Silver Dove
Silver Dove International Competition Long

Heidi Specogna for the film Cahier Africain (Switzerland, Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

The film "Cahier Africian" documents in detail, with powerful archetypical pictures the story of the abuse victims of the Congolese Rebels. Cruelty faces the beauty, death faces hope, but the victims continue their fragile exodus for survival while Islamic and Christian militias appear. The movie becomes a scream of hope in a world that gives no place for life.

 

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International Competition Long

Honarary Mention

Honarary Mention
Honarary Mention International Competition Long

Adreas Dalsgaard and Obaidah Zytoon for the film The War Show (Denmark 2016)

 

Jury Statement

A revolution followed with a camera by a live radio DJ Syrian woman, recounts 5 years from the Syrian spring to nowadays winter. While the death decimates the youngster group, in a bigger landscape we see the war multiplies as it is coming on stage. It is a film that left us with a heavy feeling in our soul, of necessary and powerful testimony.

 

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International Competition Short Documentary Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Short Documentary Film

Zofia Kowalewska for the film Close Ties (Więzi) (Poland 2016)

 

Jury Statement

The jury chose a film which has a strongly structured narrative about people who are trying to heal broken bonds. The director shows human intimacy with simplicity, humor and bravery that gives the film a unique quality.

 

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International Competition Short Animation Film

Goldene Taube

Goldene Taube
Goldene Taube International Competition Short Animation Film

Elin Grimstad for the film Eternal Hunting Grounds (Evige jaktmarker) (Norwegen 2016)

 

Jury Statement

The jury very much enjoyed the idea behind this film, which is about two very imaginative children exploring their world and the meaning of death. We felt that the delightful design and the animation style matched the subject matter beautifully.

 

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International Competition
Short Documentary and Animated Film

Silver Dove

Silver Dove
Silver Dove International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Robin Petré for the film Pulse (Hungary, Portugal, Belgium 2015)

 

Jury Statement

The jury recognises the extraordinary filmmaking craft and assertive point of view of a film that takes us into an immersive and captivating world. It offers an original perspective on the difficult subject of human responsibility towards animals.

 

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International Competition
Short Documentary and Animated Film

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Špela Čadež for the film Nighthawk (Nočna ptica) (Slovenia, Croatia 2016)

 

Jury Statement

The film was a fresh and visually imaginative take on a true story about a drunk badger.


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Next Masters Competition

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove Next Masters Competition

Mariam Chachia for the film Listen to the Silence (Georgia 2016)


Jury Statement

For the belief that man can change his inner world by himself, even if the life is cruel towards him.


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International Competition Animated Documentary

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Animated Documentary

Katja Gauriloff fort he film Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest (Kuun metsän Kaisa) (Finland 2016)

 

Jury Statement

The chosen film is an exceptional visual anthropology, which, through its unique access to archival material, combined with its use of animation, music and sound design, creates a spellbinding experience for the viewer.

The unique relationship of the cinematographer of the original archival footage to the main character opens an in-depth understanding of the Sami nation of northern Finland, and a way of life that has been nearly annihilated. The main character, an illiterate old woman, is portrayed as a living extension of the land she has inhabited.

 

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International Competition Animated Documentary

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention International Competition Animated Documentary

Remo Scherrer for the film Whatever the Weather (Bei Wind und Wetter) (Switzerland 2015)

 

Jury Statement

The film tells the dramatic story of how a sensitive daughter, and her two sisters, contended with the erratic behavior of an alcoholic, drug-addicted, and neglectful mother.

The jury was impressed with the originality of the film’s visual style, in which use of high contrast black and white imagery informs the viewer’s perception of the protagonist’s situation.


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German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Thorsten Trimpop for the film Furusato (Deutschland, USA 2016)

 

Jury Statement

This film is an excellent example of a warning against an actually inconceivable sample of similarly inhuman, undemocratic, suicidal events on our planet, the only one we have. 

 

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German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film
Dieter Schumann for the film Off the Tracks (Neben den Gleisen) (Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

The film has discovered the entire world in a nutshell, i.e. a kiosk in Boizenburg.

 

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German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Filip Jacobson for the film Patriotic Lesson (Lekcja patriotyzmu) (Poland, Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

An old man is crying, deeply moved, proud parents are smiling, a little girl with a plastic machine gun is marching briskly up and down singing a song: A jury is looking for the little Polish patriotic superstar. “Disobedience” is one of the key topics of DOK Leipzig 2016. And how important disobedience is becomes obvious, when one looks at a society that indoctrinates small children in primary schools to sing patriotic songs of blood, sword and sacrifice.

 

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German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Eszter Jánka for the film Mishka (Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

For the intergalactic love between two enchanting beings.

 

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German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

DEFA Sponsoring Prize

DEFA Sponsoring Prize
DEFA Sponsoring Prize German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Jakob Schmidt for the film To Be a Teacher (Zwischen den Stühlen) (Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

Standing on the other side and, in doing so, showing care and diligence, controlling as an alleged small cog a much larger system – fine-tuning it through one’s own ideas, ideals and rules and then to function without going to the dogs oneself.
Sensitively and relentlessly observing, always in direct confrontation, the director focuses on a topical, highly explosive and alarming range of subjects: he follows the professional career of three trainee teachers who often enough end up "sitting between the chairs" – as learning teachers and teaching learners.

 

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for the best film about the subject of work

Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Healthy Workplaces Film Award
Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best film about the subject of work

Jakob Schmidt for the film To Be a Teacher (Zwischen den Stühlen) (Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

A film of its time – stress personified. The characters are very well developed and appealing, the filmmaker’s cinema verité approach allowed us to be close to their human drama that touched our hearts and stimulated our minds.

With a sense of humour, and a serious underlying message about the fate of young people and their futures at its heart, the Healthy Workplaces Film Award goes to: "To Be a Teacher".

 

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For the best long German documentary film

Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize For the best long German documentary film

Jakob Schmidt for the film To Be a Teacher (Zwischen den Stühlen) (Germany 2016)

 

The film accompanies the professional career of two female and one male trainee teacher on the way to their full qualification in an empathic way.

The protagonists‘ ideals are subjected to a tough test when being caught between modern education strategies and the day-to-day life in their school.

Closely monitored with cinematic means and without any comments, the film shows precisely, how difficult it is to implement blueprints in reality.

 

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For an outstanding Eastern European film

MDR Film Prize

MDR Film Prize
MDR Film Prize For an outstanding Eastern European film

Tatyana Chistova for the film Convictions (Ubezhdeniya) (Russia,Poland 2016)

 

Jury Statement

It is about „convictions“, as the title suggests already. It is, above all, about the convictions of four Russian conscientious objectors who Chistova observes and accompanies with her camera and microphone. Until the moment of truth, until before the judge’s bench, until the decision has been taken, whether they will be drafted or can perform community service.

An expedition through present-day life which, last but not least, gains its liveliness from the fact that Chistova takes all protagonists equally seriously when they are before the camera. Although if she makes it absolutely clear, on which side her sympathy lies, she remains open, curious and precise when turning to the other side, i.e. the ladies and gentlemen in the committees.

 

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The Interreligious Jury award

Heidi Specogna for the film Cahier Africain (Switzerland, Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

"Cahier Africain" on the ongoing atrocities between different religious and ethnic groups in the Central African Republic centers around the lives of Arlette, a young wounded Christian girl and the Muslim woman Amzine with her daughter born after brutal rape. Amidst the desperate situation Amzine manages to find a fragile safety as refugee in Chad. There the rift between mother and daughter starts to heal.

The Interreligious Jury congratulates the filmmaker on her sensitive approach to her protagonists, her poetic filming and for leaving us with a shimmer of hope through the images of the women rebuilding their lives.

 

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Prize of the United Services
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Jakob Schmidt for the film To Be a Teacher (Zwischen den Stühlen) (Germany 2016)

 

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Ayşe Polat for the film Ötekiler The Others (Turkey, Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

We have opted in favour of To Be aTeacher, because this long-term monitoring project tells about the situation in the schools in an empathic, humorous and direct way. Education is the most urgent task in our society, since it gets more and more complex. Only fair chances are the basis for the adolescent generation. Ayşe Polat’s film The Others is alarmingly topical. She succeeds in telling a universal story about discrimination as well as the necessity of coming to terms with the past und uses simple means for her film. The basis for a future peaceful living together is created here.


 

Young Eyes Film Award

Anna Zamecka for the film Communion (Komunia) (Poland 2016)

 

Jury Statement

The day-to-day life between outbursts of fury and sisterly love is told with a lot of sympathy. The camera, acting almost invisibly and sometimes also as communication partner, allows an authentic insight into this family and gives the viewer the feeling of being close to the ongoing events.

The gloomy reality around the teenagers is depicted by metaphoric picture elements, such as a disintegrating dryer which represents the broken family, so that any extra music is not required. Although Ola’s dream does not come true, despite the efforts she makes, she remains strong.

This deeply moving film makes us aware of the value of an intact and happy family, which is by no means a matter of course. Ola‘s patience and power are impressive and have impressed us very much.

 

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Prize of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique

Yann Coridian and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi for the film A Young Girl in Her Nineties (Une jeune fille de 90 ans) (France 2016)

 

Jury Statement

A film that has moved us tremendously and left us deeply affected. It is a film that unfolds unexpectedly, almost as if it has been scripted, as a touching love story between an Alzheimer patient and a choreographer who evokes in her vivid memories of life. The camera is tenderly creating intimacy with the protagonists without being intrusive in any way and captures body movements with small nuances of human touch. Beautiful love songs, carefully selected by the choreographer, serve as the perfect soundtrack for a film that generates a great feeling of exhilaration.

 

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The Jury of juvenile and young adult prisoners of JSA Regis-Breitingen to one of the films nominated for DOK Im Knast awards

Gedanken-Aufschluss

Gedanken-Aufschluss
Gedanken-Aufschluss The Jury of juvenile and young adult prisoners of JSA Regis-Breitingen to one of the films nominated for DOK Im Knast awards

Susanne Binninger for the film Fighter (Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

We find it great that the documentary film dispels the bashing clichés of MMA. You get a direct insight what a strict discipline and how much preparation are necessary in the run-up to a fight. Moreover, we found it striking to see what a familiar atmosphere was prevailing in the team of fighters.

 

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By Counting the votes of the audience

mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis

mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis
mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis By Counting the votes of the audience

Renata Gąsiorowska for the film Pussy (Cipka) (Polen 2016)

 

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By Counting the votes of the audience

DOK Neuland Audience Award

DOK Neuland Audience Award
DOK Neuland Audience Award By Counting the votes of the audience

Pascal Hanke for T)raumzwang (Germany 2016)

 

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DOK Co-Pro Market

DOK Leipzig and EWA Development Prize

DOK Leipzig and EWA Development Prize
DOK Leipzig and EWA Development Prize DOK Co-Pro Market

Shosh Shlam and Hilla Medalia for Leftover Women (Israel, Germany)