Opening film 2017
The 60th edition of DOK Leipzig opens on 30 October with David Spaeth's kindergarten crime story Betrug (Betrayal). The documentary film will be celebrating its world premiere at the festival opening.
Betrug (Betrayal) tells the story of a conman whose pleasure in deceiving others veers into criminal practices. 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.
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 and each comes across as relaxed and bewildered in equal measure.
DOK Leipzig's opening event will take place on 30 October in CineStar. Like in the last years, the opening film will be shown to the public for free in parallel to its screening at the official festival opening. The public screening starts at 7.30pm in Leipzig Central Station (East Hall) and is taking place in collaboration with Promenaden Hauptbahnhof Leipzig. The screening is supported by Deutsche Bahn AG. Betrug (Betrayal) will be shown in its German original version with English subtitles.
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