62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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"Late Harvest": DOK Leipzig Unveils New Section

New programme section will feature highlights from the 2018 festival season, including films by Adina Pintilie, Barbara Miller, Vitaly Mansky and Victor Kossakovsky. The filmmakers will all attend the festival in Leipzig to present their work in a series of talks.

In anticipation of the unveiling of the complete Official Selection for DOK Leipzig 2018, the festival has revealed a little taste of what guests can expect at this year’s edition. In introducing a new programme section, the festival aims to draw attention to important films from the current season, works which have managed to capture the cinematic and political spirit of this year – by winning awards at other festivals, serving as catalysts for heated debate, or making echoing contributions to social and cinematographic discourses which complement and enhance DOK Leipzig’s themes and perspectives.


Adina Pintilie’s intimate act of transgression "Touch Me Not", Golden Bear winner at this year’s Berlinale, is a prime example of the new section’s mission in action. Barbara Miller’s "#Female Pleasure", a film about women struggling to approach sexuality on their own terms, is also right at home here.  The Swiss director’s audience favourite at Locarno will be making its International Premiere in Leipzig. The inaugural edition of "Late Harvest" also features Victor Kossakovsky’s most recent film "Aquarela", fresh from a successful premiere in Venice. The Russian documentarian’s immersive new work is a meditation on the transformative beauty and raw power of water. Rounding off the programme for the new section is Vitaly Mansky’s revealing documentary "Putin’s Witnesses", whose subject matter meshes perfectly with that of DOK Leipzig’s opening film "Meeting Gorbachev" by Werner Herzog and André Singer. In "Putin’s Witnesses", Mansky takes a look back at the dawn of the new millennium, as an ascendant Vladimir Putin was first assuming power in Russia.


"We are really excited to be able to present some of 2018’s biggest festival highlights here in Leipzig in the scope of this new mini-section," enthused festival director Leena Pasanen. "On top of that, ‘Late Harvest’ also represents a brilliant opportunity to bring important filmmakers like Adina Pintilie, Barbara Miller, Vitaly Mansky and Victor Kossakovsky to Leipzig. Our audience will be treated to a diverse series of talks where they can listen to these fine directors speak about their work."


The film talk series in question, "Meet the Filmmakers", provides a space for international directors to share personal insight into their cinematic work. Victor Kossakovsky’s talk, for instance, will treat his views on experimental filmmaking, while Romanian director Adina Pintilie will speak with festival director Leena Pasanen about her successful film “Touch Me Not” in a talk entitled "The Body as a Gift". Furthermore, "Post-Soviet, Pre-Future?", a conversation with renowned Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky, will examine the transitional period in Russian history tackled by his recent film. Finally, Barbara Miller will take part in an extensive Q&A immediately following the screening of her film "#Female Pleasure".


The Official Selection for the 61st edition of DOK Leipzig will be announced on 10 October.


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The deadline to register for accreditation is 21 October.



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