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 Voigt

Audioaufzeichnung zum Nachhören (German only):
Master Class Peter Voigt [142.5MB/MP3]

Tuesday 30 Oktober 2013, 14:00 - 16:30
Polnisches Institut

Putting Material At A Distance
Master Class with Peter Voigt

Peter Voigt's films reveal his special relationship to image material: He has the ability to cinematically represent times of which no visual records exist. He often deliberately does not use historical images, as they are already stored in the collective memory. He puts 'material at a distance' and creates a wholly unique position apart from imitation and retelling.


Peter Voigt, born in 1933 in Dessau, became, in 1954, the youngest member of Bertolt Brecht's directorial team at the Berliner Ensemble. That experience shaped him and is reflected in later works such as Der Zögling or Episches Theater (1998), in which he thematically returns to Brecht. Voigt learned the cinematic craft as a director and writer of contemporary history in documentary film. He worked as an illustrator and director at the DEFA Studio for Animated Films and the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films, which distinguishes him as a crossover artist straddling the genres.


In an interview with producer Andreas Goldstein (Oktoberfilm/Berlin), Peter Voigt will present his work and his artistic method before the master class. In celebration of his 80th birthday, DOK Leipzig has dedicated an homage to the grand master.


To get the most out of the master class we recommend to go to the screening of Peter Voigt's films Episches Theater, Ich bin Ernst Busch and Kentauren on Friday 01 November at 11:00 in the Passage Kinos Wintergarten. 


Please Note: The master class will be held in German WITHOUT translation.
Accredited guests welcome!

Check out for background information about the filmmaker's work and career!

Master Class Peter Voigt