Award Winners of DOK Leipzig 2019
On 2 November DOK Leipzig celebrated its Award ceremony, where this year’s Golden Doves and further prizes were given out.
The film EXEMPLARY BEHAVIOUR has been awarded the Golden Dove International Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film. In this work, Lithuanian filmmakers Audrius Mickevičius and Nerijus Milerius explore guilt and atonement as experienced by two convicted felons serving life sentences. When his brother is murdered, Audrius Mickevičius wonders whether there is a statute of limitations for guilt and whether anyone can really ever atone for murder. Before the film was completed, Audrius Mickevičius fell ill and died. Nerijus Milerius finished the project. In its statement, the jury said: “It’s at the darkest of times when we’re confronted with the worst that we discover our true selves and that the human spirit shines the brightest. With grace and dignity, the filmmakers take us on a unique and unexpected journey of redemption.”
The Golden Dove German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film has gone to the entry STATUS AND TERRAIN by Ute Adamczewski. The director films places in Saxony that people no longer notice were sites of persecution by National Socialists in 1933. Documents from that era and memoirs written after the war by persons affected are read in a voice-over. Among various reasons for its decision, the jury said: “This work is not only a very important documentary; it also comes with an extremely powerful artistic form.”
With the Golden Dove Next Masters Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film, recognition was bestowed upon SAFETY123, a film by Austrian filmmakers Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler. Shot in the Alps, this film explores a nearly invisible security system intended to protect people from natural disasters such as landslides, whose causes are not independent of human activity. Honourable mention was given to the Brazilian production ARID ZONE by Fernanda Pessoa.
In the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film, the Russian production PUBERTY by Elena Kondrateva has been awarded the Golden Dove for best documentary and the Iranian short film AM I A WOLF? by Amir Houshang Moein has been awarded the Golden Dove for best animated film.
Honourable mention went to ASHO by Jafar Najafi, also an Iranian film.
The Golden Dove for Best Short Documentary and Animated Film has gone to the German production OPERA GLASSES by Mila Zhluktenko. Honourable mention was given to THE LAST PAINTING by Tom Salt and GRAVEDAD by Matisse Gonzalez.
The Golden Dove Next Masters Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film has gone to the Ukrainian entry DEEP LOVE by Mykyta Lyskov.
This year at DOK Leipzig, a total of 24 awards with a combined value of 82,000 euros were presented, including seven Golden Doves.
On Sunday, 3 November, five of the award-winning films will be screened again. In the Name of Scheherazade or the First Beergarden in Tehran starts at 12.30 pm, followed by Opera Glasses at 12.45pm. At 4.00 pm we'll show Exemplary Behaviour, awarded with three prizes and at the ver.di screening tonight at 6.45 pm, you'll have the chance to watch the film Status and Terrain. Finally, Robolove will be screened again at 7.00 pm.
In addition, we also present two screenings with this year's audience favourites, the DOK Busters.
Tickets are now available via our FilmFinder or tomorrow at our DOK Ticket Counters.