New Programme Section: Late Harvest
In anticipation of announcing of the complete Official Selection for DOK Leipzig 2018, we give a little taste of what you can expect at this year’s edition. In introducing the new programme section LATE HARVEST, we aim 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, as well as Barbara Miller’s #Female Pleasure, a film about women struggling to approach sexuality on their own terms, is also right at home here. 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 that takes a look back at the dawn of the new millennium, as an ascendant Vladimir Putin was first assuming power in Russia.
The filmmakers will all attend the festival in Leipzig to present their works. Victor Kossakovsky, Romanian director Adina Pintilie and renowned Russian filmmaker Vitaly Mansky will speak about their recent films and their views on filmmaking in the new film talk series Meet the Filmmakers. Finally, Barbara Miller will take part in an extensive Q&A immediately following the screening of her film #Female Pleasure.