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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Milo Rau, Shelly Silver and Kamal Swaroop are premiering in Leipzig

The Official Selection of this year's anniversary edition of DOK Leipzig is final. 113 films will enjoy their world or international premieres at the festival – a record-breaking number for a second year running. A total of 166 films and interactive works have made it into the Official Selection.


The festival is screening works by renowned filmmakers such as Shelly Silver, Stanislaw Mucha, Kamal Swaroop and David Sieveking, as well one by the famous theatre director Milo Rau. The actor Charly Hübner has also co-directed one of the films. "We're very pleased that these artists have trusted us with their films," says festival director Leena Pasanen. "At the same time, we're also proud to have made some real new discoveries. Many young and talented directors submitted films that convinced our Selection Committee. The range of styles and the consistency with which the filmmakers tell their stories are remarkable."


Many of the films were not only made by young directors but are also about young people. "Some of the protagonists are finding it difficult to find inspiring role models, others are trying to deal with social pressure. Over and over again, the films are about the survival strategies that young people in Europe and all over the world are developing," says Selection Committee chairman Ralph Eue.


"We're particularly glad that a number of impressive films from Latin America have come to us. The variety of styles is astonishing," Eue continues. Overall, 53 countries are represented in the Official Selection.


Some of the works of the Official Selection are about people with far-right views, about Pegida and Neo-Nazi marches for example. However, there are also films about the protests against xenophobia and racism. "These films are so valuable because they succeed in encouraging us to really think. We are forced to reflect upon our own point of view. There is no comfortable position," says Leena Pasanen. "Without actively seeking films related to our Post-Angst theme for the Official Selection, we came across many films that were exploring the subject of fear."


This year's interactive DOK Neuland exhibition has a new home. "We're using a former retail space in the town centre. Our audience will have more space to check out our 360° films, our web documentaries or games," said Leena Pasanen. DOK Neuland is also connected to the film programme. One transmedia project is part of the selection that complements Milo Rau's film.


All the films in competition are having at least their German premiere in Leipzig. The International Programme completes the Official Selection.


A documentary crime story called "Betrug" ("Betrayal") by the Munich-based filmmaker David Spaeth will open the festival on 30 October. "Betrug" is in the German competition for long documentary and animated films.


Apart from the films and interactive works of the Official Selection, DOK Leipzig is also screening films in different special programmes. A total of 340 works will be shown during the festival.


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