History isn’t a neatly closed-off unit consisting of yesterday and the day before, but rather a dynamic combination of events stretching into the present. That’s why DOK Leipzig is initiating a new programme this year to explore its own festival history.
“With the section RE-VISIONS. LOOKING BACK AHEAD, we want to bring films back to centre stage which were maybe regarded as stumbling blocks in the past, but from today’s perspective turn out to be highly rewarding for the festival and current discussions in documentary film”, said Ralph Eue, curator of the series and a programmer at DOK Leipzig.
The place where the films of the special programme will be shown is equally important: “As a former festival location, the Grassi Museum shares close links with DOK Leipzig”, Eue added. “The fact that Grassi is now becoming a festival location once again carries a symbolic value which we would like to make use of for the Re-Visions series.”
On five days of the festival, five programmes will be shown that are each independent of one another. One programme is, for example, dedicated to Cuban filmmaker Santiago Álvarez, who as a multiple winner of the Golden Dove represents an important figure in the history of the festival. Two further programmes showcase outstanding films by prominent female filmmakers, including Heike Misselwitz and Gitta Nickel. Don’t Get Me Wrong, the debut film by Adina Pintilie, who received the Golden Bear at the 2018 Berlinale for her most recent film, will also be shown again, as will Mikhail Romm’s film The Usual Fascism, which is seen as a milestone in the history of documentary film. Last, but not least, one programme also turns its attention to the links between DOK Leipzig and animated film, including Mega Trick by Anne Isensee, the winning film of the German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film 2017.