DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Master Class

Master Class with Peter Liechti

Thursday 31 October, 14:00 - 16:30
Polnisches Institut

Audioaufzeichnung zum Nachhören (German only):
Master Class Peter Liechti [126.3MB/MP3]

Experimental composition as cinematic prinicple
Master Class with Peter Liechti

Peter Liechti's films can be understood as a quest – a quest for new forms of cinematic representation, for artistic risk, and they thereby often stretch beyond the boundaries of the documentary.


This search for a unique way of seeing in film shows up in auto-ethnographic films such as Lucky Jack (2003), in which he places himself at the center of the investigation. But it never stays at the level of selfreflection because it broadens, as in Alpine Forays (1986), to a reflection on culture and a reflection on filmmaking itself. Peter Liechti rarely works strictly within the confines of the documentary, but rather tests its boundaries. In Sound of Insects (2009), he brings together literary and documentary material. In his latest film, Father's Garden (2013), a reencounter with his parents, he creates, by means of abstraction, an almost timeless drama.


In a master class conversation with Matthias Heeder (filmmaker and long-time member of the selection committee), Peter Liechti will present the experimental composition as his cinematic principle and, with the help of clips from his films, speak about his work as a filmmaker. DOK Leipzig has dedicated an homage to the director this year.

The master class will be held in German with English translation.
Accredited guests welcome!