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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Kindergarten crime story set in Munich to open DOK Leipzig

"Betrug" ("Betrayal") by David Spaeth celebrates world premiere at festival

The 60th edition of DOK Leipzig opens on 30 October with David Spaeth's documentary "Betrug" ("Betrayal"). It tells the story of a conman whose pleasure in deceiving others veers into criminal practices. At the same time the film subtly questions the middle-class way of thinking in terms of status and the pressure of having to belong.


Bastian, an unemployed retail dealer from Halle (Saale), Saxony-Anhalt, dreams of the apparently carefree lifestyle enjoyed by parents from Munich's civilised middle-class borough of Schwabing and of a place for his disabled son in the local municipal kindergarten. To kickstart his luck, Bastian revamps his biography – with great success. He wins not only a kindergarten place, but also a position as financial director of the kindergarten. Taken with his new identity, Bastian expands his scam into a complex web of lies and loses himself in the rush of role play.


"We decided on 'Betrug' for an opening film that is surprising in style", explains festival director Leena Pasanen. "It is an unconventional crime story that is told from the comfort of the sofa and whose ingenuity unfolds progressively. The story reveals itself only by degrees."


In the film, events are reconstructed by six of the sets of parents concerned, including David Spaeth and his partner. The couples are filmed sitting on their own sofas in socked feet and each comes across as relaxed and bewildered in equal measure. "The film operates with a reduced palette, through which a multi-layered image of the new middle classes emerges, including the blind spots in their social perception", says programmer Ralph Eue.


This Eikon Südwest and SWR coproduction will be celebrating its world premiere at DOK Leipzig.
David Spaeth lives with his family in Munich and makes documentary films for state TV channels. He also works as a lecturer at the Film Academy Baden-Württemberg.


DOK Leipzig's opening ceremony will take place on 30 October at 7pm in CineStar 8. It will be simultaneously broadcast via livestream in CineStar 6. Moreover, the opening film will be shown to the public for free at 7.30pm in Leipzig Central Station (East Hall). The screening is taking place in collaboration with Promenaden Hauptbahnhof Leipzig and is supported by Deutsche Bahn AG.


Festival week runs from 30 October to 5 November, during which DOK Leipzig will be showing around 300 films.


The Official Selection will be announced on 10 October.


You can find stills from the opening film as well as logos, impressions of the festival and this year's motif here:


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