DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Award Winners 2017

International Competition Long

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Long

Ana Dumitrescu for the film Licu, a Romanian Story (Licu, o poveste românească) (Romania 2017)

 

Jury Statement

The award is given to a filmmaker with exceptional humanity, patience and an eye for detail.

In a humble house, there is a very old man sitting and telling us not only his story but the story of 2 centuries. To make this possible in a film is a very difficult task which requires love for your character and an exceptional cinematic eye. In these days when the only thing that counts is viewing figures a filmmaker with almost no budget dares to say I will do it in another way.

This way goes directly to our hearts, creating a filmic journey which lasts only 86 minutes but for us it is a life lesson.


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International Competition Long

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention International Competition Long

Milo Rau for the film The Congo Tribunal (Das Kongo Tribunal) (Switzerland, Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

For the intelligence that the filmmaker used to construct a filmical device (with the precision of a Swiss watch!), enabling us to understand the intricate situation in today’s Congo.

Using a theatrical setting for a fictional tribunal process he creates not only an intense cinematic dramaturgy but also invents a pedagogical concept, giving us the possibility to read clearly the responsibility of the Multi-nationals and Western and Congo governments for the massacres of thousands of people.

It is an important, necessary and militant work.

 

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International Competition Long

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention International Competition Long

Aliona van der Horst for the film Love Is Potatoes (Liefde is aardappelen ) (Netherlands 2017)

 

Jury Statement

The filmmaker opens a door of her family house in Russia, walks inside and discovers in every corner of the house pieces of the history of her family, that she layer by layer, like a Russian Matryoshka, reveals with a lot of poetry. We discover through carefully and cleverly constructed scenes how the lives of her family members were affected by the famines in Russia in the thirties. Among the techniques used is a beautiful and touching animation that connects world historic events with the lives of ordinary people. This way of connecting the personal and the general is what makes “Love Is Potatoes” unforgettable.

 

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International Competition Short Documentary Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Short Documentary Film

Mónica Martins Nunes for the film The Ashes Remain Warm (Na cinza fica calor) (Cape Verde Islands, Portugal, Germany 2016)

 

Jury Statement

Dogs are barking. Two goats are trying to understand what happened to them. A woman is dancing in the middle of the lava.

The film brings the powerful metaphor of life and death in these images of the destructive force of nature.

No grief is ruling the people on this island, but deep understanding and acceptance of what life is and finding the beauty and art within the black.

“Immer neu mit dem Anfang anfangen”, said German theologian Karl Barth.

“The Ashes Remain Warm” is a very contemporary understanding of how to use the documentary form to combine poetry and reality and discover through this strategy a bigger picture of it all.

 

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International Competition Short Animation Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Short Animation Film

Ehsan Gharib for the film Deyzangeroo (Canada 2017)

 

Jury Statement

The director finds his own visual and filming technique to tell his story when the kaleidoscope mirrors the fears and old beliefs. This very short movie takes us on a hypnotizing journey to another dimension that is occupied by the spirits and myths. Powerful music, routed in the old Persian traditions, completes the mystical experience and lets us land today.

 

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International Competition
Short Documentary and Animated Film

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Byron Renato Borrayo Serrano for the film Film for Carlos (Kino dlya Karlosa) (Russia 2017)

 

Jury Statement

A special mention goes to a compelling and daring movie that takes us on a trip to one of the most private moments in life: the birth of a child. Camera stylo driven, it is a fast trip through emotions and situations - mirroring within the daily life the bigger conflicts of a family. “A Film For Carlos” is not only a present to the new and firstborn son of the director but also a bigger picture of life in the 21st century in Russia.

 

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Next Masters Competition

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove Next Masters Competition

Boram Kim for the film Baek-gu (Gae-ui-yeok-sa) (South Korea 2017)


Jury Statement

The filmmaker makes us question what is “progress” when the results are displacement, loneliness and disappearance. Throughout her poetic film, she shows a respect and sensitivity to old age in this moving documentary portrait ostensibly about an old white dog.


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Next Masters Competition

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention Next Masters Competition

Diego Pascal Panarello for the film The Strange Sound of Happiness (Germany, Italy 2017)

 

Jury Statement

A playful, creative, inventive and beautifully shot film about a musical instrument we know little about and the people (including the filmmaker) who revere it.

 

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Next Masters Competition

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention Next Masters Competition

Oleksandr Techynskyi for the film Delta (Ukraine, Germany 2017)


Jury Statement

The film beautifully captures in an atmospheric and haunting way an isolated and tight-knit community as they go about their daily rituals and routines in an extremely foreboding landscape.

 

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International Competition Animated Documentary

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Animated Documentary

Maja Arnekleiv for the film Mum’s Hair (Mammas hår) (Norway 2017)

 

Jury Statement

“Mum’s Hair” is the survival story of the director's mother during the two years of her desease. In only six minutes this film immediately invites us into an intimate family ritual: a play with the mother's hair. This sincere, pure and wholehearted film literally takes out moments of life in an attempt to save good memories for bad times.
This intuitive filmmaking catches the essence of documentary and touched the jury very deeply.

 

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German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman for the film Muhi – Generally Temporary (Israel, Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

They can’t do it alone, they can’t do it against each other, they can’t do it without forgiveness, and possibly not even without faith. “Muhi – Generally Temporary” introduces us to three people who fight the political impositions in their home country with love. How they manage to do that is what the filmmakers present with a persistence and precision that are exemplary – on the artistic and on the human level.

 

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German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

André Krummel for the film After the Future (Nach der Zukunft) (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

A radical life between the Federal Agency for Technical Relief, leather bars and academic ambition: that’s what André Krummel presents with great empathy and subtlety in his freedom-loving portrait.

 

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German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Anne Isensee for the film Mega Trick (Megatrick) (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

That’s how we would always like to see life’s wisdom presented: in two minutes and extremely funny. But Anne Isensee achieves a lot more with “Mega Trick”. She has made a film that celebrates the curlicues of life but brilliantly comes to the point itself. One is tempted to call it ... a mega trick.

 

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German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention German Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

Patrick Buhr for the film The Train, the Forest (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

Its minimalist style and sparing use of effects and colours in a fast-paced three-minute narrative deserve an Honorary Mention for Patrick Buhr's film.

 

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German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

DEFA Sponsoring Prize

DEFA Sponsoring Prize
DEFA Sponsoring Prize German Competition Long Documentary and Animated Film

Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz for the film Wild Heart (Wildes Herz) (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

Only its title is un-wild. The rest of “Wild Heart” is guts, brains, rage, intelligence, a personal story and the story of a federal state – all of it in excess and all of it in precisely the right dose. Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz celebrate fighting and a group of fighters, and they do it with their fists raised to the sky.

 

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for the best film about the subject of work

Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Healthy Workplaces Film Award
Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best film about the subject of work

Tuna Kaptan for the film Turtle Shells (Schildkröten Panzer) (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

A complex and poetic discussion of dramatic turmoil in the contemporary world: war, migration and cruelty, which synthesises the unexpected, including our relation to the animal world.

 

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Lewis Wilcox for the film Before the Bridge (USA 2017)

 

Jury Statement

Fast moving technological and social changes in the world affecting us all and our vision of the future of work.

 

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Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Honorary Mention

Honorary Mention
Honorary Mention Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Morteza Atabaki for the film Alien (Turkey 2017)

 

Jury Statement

Exquisite revelation of a secret world, a spider's lair where one man winds his golden threads.

 

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For the best long German documentary film

Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize
Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize For the best long German documentary film

Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz for the film Wild Heart (Wildes Herz) (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

“Wild Heart” is the stirring portrait of a human being with all his contradictions: the film successfully pulls off an almost impossible balancing act between declaration of love for the engaging, almost brutal energy of its main protagonist and critical examination of his attitude. Neither the filmmakers nor “Monchi” himself ever yield to the temptation of idealising him; he continues to be an ambivalent character. Never superficial and never romanticising, this is also a film about feeling a deep bond with one’s homeland – despite the friction this causes for the protagonist and his band.

 

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For an outstanding Eastern European film

MDR Film Prize

MDR Film Prize
MDR Film Prize For an outstanding Eastern European film

Bálint Révész for the film Granny Project (Hungary 2017)

 

Jury Statement

Bring three old ladies with a huge personal experience in European history together with three young men discussing their own responsibility for this history and you’ll have an extraordinary film: touching, interesting, warm, a bit crazy - but with all its ingredients a really important film to show the youngster’s approach to the life story of the elder ones and how it shaped their own lives.

 

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By Counting the votes of the audience

Film Prize Leipziger Ring

Film Prize Leipziger Ring
Film Prize Leipziger Ring By Counting the votes of the audience

Manon Loizeau for the film Silent War (Syrie: La guerre silencieuse) (France, Switzerland 2017)


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The Interreligious Jury award

Aliona van der Horst for the film Love Is Potatoes (Liefde is aardappelen) (Netherlands 2017)

 

Jury Statement

Using the example of a personal search for traces, the film reveals an episode of world history. On a quest for her own roots, the author finds, in a house in Russia, evidence of her origins, the flight, the story of her family, the way the past was dealt with, the issue of forgetting, the effects of hunger – all measured against the yardstick of death.

Working with pictures of the house and the souvenirs, with letters, sound recordings and especially with Italian animation artist Simone Massi’s excellent visuals, Aliona van der Horst has created a moving and profound work of art, not without risking a pinch of irony and humour, too.

 

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Prize of the United Services
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Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz for the film Wild Heart (Wildes Herz) (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

What’s badly needed in nowadays time? It needs courage, energy, and wild hearts!

They might beat in a different pace and in varying directions. They might even start out as hooligans, fighting anything that smells like rules. But when those wild hearts can learn to speak up against racism, neo-fascism and political stultification they can kick ass in very productive ways.

 

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Young Eyes Film Award

Annelie Boros for the film F32.2 (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

“Something happened to me.” These are the words Vera uses in an emotional letter to her friend and director, Annelie. Her diagnosis: “F32.2”, the code for a severe depressive episode without psychotic symptoms. But what exactly happened to the fun-loving daughter, friend and passionate filmmaker? The film “F32.2” addresses this subject in an authentic and very frank manner, building a bridge between the scientific and emotional aspects of this multi-faceted disorder. Interviews with specialists, psychologists and scientists offer an opportunity to trace the course of a depressive episode. Vera’s emotions and her desperation come through most clearly in the poems she writes and an intimate epistolary dialogue between her and Annelie.

Emotionally charged images and videos of the past and today make us feel the changes such a disorder can bring about. A long discussion after the screening made us realize how much this film moved and affected us. It took us along on Vera’s journey, made us feel for her, cry, laugh, and think about the harsh fate of millions of people worldwide.

 

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Prize of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique

Alejandro Alonso Estrella for the film The Project (El proyecto) (Cuba 2017)

 

Jury Statement

For the originality of the director's vision which turns an artistic impasse into a mesmerizing journey through the haunted ruins of a decayed political utopia.

 

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By Counting the votes of the audience

mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis

mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis
mephisto 97.6-Publikumspreis By Counting the votes of the audience

Lucrèce Andreae for the film Grandpa Walrus (Pépé le morse) (France 2017)

 

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The Jury of juvenile and young adult prisoners of JSA Regis-Breitingen to one of the films nominated for DOK Im Knast awards

Gedanken-Aufschluss

Gedanken-Aufschluss
Gedanken-Aufschluss The Jury of juvenile and young adult prisoners of JSA Regis-Breitingen to one of the films nominated for DOK Im Knast awards

Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz for the film Wild Heart (Wildes Herz) (Germany 2017)

 

Jury Statement

The film “Wild Heart” offered us interesting insights into Monchi’s biography. Many of us have experienced the conflicts with parents and legal prosecution arising from the beginnings of his politicisation ourselves, in identical or similar form.

 

When we previewed the material, its appealing narrative pace and excellent direction made us decide at a very early stage that we wanted to show “Wild Heart”. The decision to award this prize was ultimately prompted by the film’s political message, which we think is hugely important in an age of Nazi terror, racist deportation practices and the AfD’s entry into the Bundestag (German Parliament).

 

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By Counting the votes of the audience

DOK Neuland Audience Award

DOK Neuland Audience Award
DOK Neuland Audience Award By Counting the votes of the audience

Jayisha Patel for Notes to My Father (India, USA 2017)

 

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DOK Co-Pro Market

DOK Leipzig and EWA Development Prize

DOK Leipzig and EWA Development Prize
DOK Leipzig and EWA Development Prize DOK Co-Pro Market

Daniela König for Waterproof (Germany)


 

 

 

 

 

 

DOK Co-Pro Market

Zonta Club Leipzig Elster Female Talent Development Prize

Zonta Club Leipzig Elster Female Talent Development Prize
Zonta Club Leipzig Elster Female Talent Development Prize DOK Co-Pro Market

Sinae Ha for The Primate Citizen (South Korea)