DOK LEIPZIG 28. OKTOBER – 3. NOVEMBER 2019
62. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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Award Winners 2018

International Competition Long Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove International Competition Long Film

Claudia Tosi for the film I Had a Dream Avevo un sogno (Italy, France 2018)

 

Jury Statement

Staying on the theme of broken dreams, the Golden Dove is unanimously awarded to a film that more than ever speaks of the necessity to uphold dignity, integrity and humanity even in political life.

The amazing and resilient women in this film – Manuela and Daniela – gave us hope.
Even though they seem to deal with local and national issues, their consequent politically pragmatic fight resonates across the world.


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International Competition Long Film

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention International Competition Long Film

Goran Dević for the film On the Water Na vodi (Croatia 2018)

 

Jury Statement

We all decided to give an Honorary Mention to a film that touched us all, because it beautifully shows that despite the trauma and the scars of war, humanity and survival transcend.

We would like to thank the director and the protagonists on the river for reminding us, that in any war there are no winners and life must continue after all.

 

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International Competition Short Film

Golden Dove Short Documentary Film

Golden Dove Short Documentary Film
Golden Dove Short Documentary Film International Competition Short Film

Corina Schwingruber Ilić for the film All Inclusive (Switzerland 2018)

 

Jury Statement

The winner of the Golden Dove Short Documentary has a great cinematic eye. It let us into a world we did not know, created a story and managed to be funny whilst also being profound. In documentary humour is the hardest thing to do. But when it works, it can be the most profound.

 

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International Competition Short Animated Film

Golden Dove Short Animated Film

Golden Dove Short Animated Film
Golden Dove Short Animated Film International Competition Short Animated Film

Martina Scarpelli for the film Egg (France, Denmark 2018)

 

Jury Statement

The winner of the Golden Dove Short Animated Film marries great innovation in form with powerful storytelling and real insight into personal psychology. We have seen many documentaries on this subject before, but this one brought a deeper perspective. It has an aesthetic which perfectly matches to its subject matter. It Is challenging and intensely memorable.

 

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International Competition Short Film

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention International Competition Short Film

Karina Paciorkowska for the film You Are Overreacting Nie masz dystansu (Poland 2017)

 

Jury Statement

We give an honourable mention to a film which engages with one of the major issues of our time, in a playful and challenging way. It avoids the naïveté of some of the entries, and packs not only a powerful visual punch but also uses real life interviews to shocking effect. Although it is only 4 minutes long it lasts long in the memory. 

 

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Next Masters Competition Long Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove Next Masters Competition Long Film

Ricardo Calil for the film Cinema Morocco Cine Marrocos (Brazil 2018)


Jury Statement

Brazil brought us a film which both celebrates cinema itself through the memory of an abandoned movie theatre and magnifies the human beings who had found shelter in its vacant building - poor families, migrants, homeless, refugees. Using a very daring and ambitious dispositive of a drama workshop with twenty of its residents, the director and his crew turns them into famous actors. And in the process, CINEMA MOROCCO reveals them as the genuine heroes of our time.

In a challenging selection of new directors' films, we have therefore chosen without hesitation to award the Golden Dove to CINEMA MOROCCO and knight Ricardo Calil as our 2018 Next Master, wishing him all the best in pursuing through cinema his fight for human dignity.


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Next Masters Competition Short Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove Next Masters Competition Short Film

Barbara Bohr for the film Escapar, the Recurring Dream Escapar, el sueño recurrente (Denmark 2017)

 

Jury Statement

In the spirit of the Next Masters competition concept - to acknowledge and support innovative, unconventional works, which challenge the boundaries of cinema as a medium, - we decided to offer the Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition for Short Films to a powerful work, where a complex cinematic concept becomes the emotional incubator of a profound human experience of healing and reconciliation. On the fluid border between a traumatic past and a present in exile, between memory and dream, psychodrama and poetry,  the film reveals the deep bond between a daughter and her mother, speaking about our vital ability to preserve our humanity in the midst of the most violent oppressive political and historical circumstances. 

 

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Next Masters Competition Short Film

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention Next Masters Competition Short Film

Badredine Haouari for the film The Republic’s Couriers Les coursiers de la République (France 2018)


Jury Statement

We've chosen to deliver a special mention to THE REPUBLIC'S COURIERS which bravely and intimately depicts the daily life of new slave workers of the digital era in the Western world, mostly coming from former colonies.

 

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German Competition Long Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove German Competition Long Film

Pablo Ben Yakov for the film Lord of the Toys (Germany 2018)

 

Jury Statement

The prize for the best German documentary film is awarded to Lord of the Toys by director Pablo Ben Yakov and cameraman André Krummel, because it is smart, differentiating, extremely courageous and full of a painful political topicality. And it satisfies the requirement a good documentary film must have: It helps people getting to understand what’s going on elsewhere. The film shows the everyday life of a group of Dresden-based youtubers, boys, a few girls, no adults for miles around, who are straddling close to right-wing positions out of boredom and forlornness; and, in doing so, have several hundred thousand followers in the social media. They are seeking to create a world, in which they obtain reputation, although it will prevent the fulfillment of their needs at the same time. Trust and closeness. The filmmakers have taken to crossing a border; they get involved in a completely different milieu, with a different generation and accept another political stance, so as to seriously get to the bottom of things of what you read in the dailies is a danger for our democracy. They go down as deeply as possible, right down to the deepest depths. They try not to evaluate matters with biased, preconceived schemata. Nor do they anywhere lose their own stance and critical distance. They want to understand something, namely the dynamics which makes whole groups of young people slide into radicalism. The film is excellent without falling into routine or being too serene. It is an affectionate film, far beyond any empty phrases. And besides, it is deeply impressive – under both aesthetic and dramaturgical aspects. Given its format, the film makes an unprecedented contribution to understand what’s just going on in our world. Sometimes you hear remarks about films that they hurt – this one really hurts, partly physically. But for a good reason.

 

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German Competition Short Film

Golden Dove

Golden Dove
Golden Dove German Competition Short Film

Julia Roesler for the film Marina (Germany 2018)

 

Jury Statement

"I like to be among these people, right until their end", she says. The open face of Marina reflects what she is confronted with during her exhausting everyday life as a nurse. The affection of those for whom she prepares the meals, for whom she makes the beds, the ones she washes and dresses, for whom she cleans and does the shopping. The arrogance of those, who do not care themselves for their parents and think they would be able to buy with the low wage the whole person who does a large part of the nursing job, round the clock, which they would never do – and certainly not for the pay Marina gets. Marina abandons her own life together with her daughter, relinquishes her home which she visits every four weeks only and renounces a job which would be equivalent to her higher professional qualification. Marina’s stories, precisely arranged by Julia Roesler, reflect the hardships resulting from the modern slave trade with nursing staff from the East. The film, full of precise words and images thus reflecting the lives of many Marinas, helps gently introducing us into a situation which is part of our world – a situation often largely disregarded.

 

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for an outstanding long German documentary film

DEFA Sponsoring Prize

DEFA Sponsoring Prize
DEFA Sponsoring Prize for an outstanding long German documentary film

Florian Baron for the film Stress (Germany, USA 2018)

 

Jury Statement

War, says the writer Martin Kessel, has a long arm. Long after it has ended, it still fetches its own victims. In the film they are called Joe and Torrie, Mike, James and Justin. They have returned home from Afghanistan. Externally unscathed. Internally, full of wounds. Stressed, they report about the experiences, their traumas. The permanent tension that will not go away. At home, too, in supposedly peaceful surroundings, body and spirit remain in a state of war. Camera and sound accompany their stories with images from their everyday lives. The common Pennsylvania, women, parents, children. A decelerated presence, in which the troubled soul still does not find peace.
22 veterans kill themselves in the US every day. One of the film’s protagonists is also among them. War has a long arm. Long after the people involved in it and have returned home it fetches its victims.

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for the best work-related documentary or animated film

Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Healthy Workplaces Film Award
Healthy Workplaces Film Award for the best work-related documentary or animated film

Julia Roesler for the film Marina (Germany 2018)

 

Jury Statement

Our award-winning film puts a light on the global-working hierarchy in an appealing manner.
The need for money makes women leave their families at home to fill the gap in the care for the elderly in the west.

 

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Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention Healthy Workplaces Film Award

Silvia Bellotti for the film Open to the Public Aperti al pubblico (Italy 2017)

 

Jury Statement

For a dedicated fly on the wall that merciless captures the paralysing bureaucracy at the housing department in Naples.

Not only the clients but also the civil servants are paralysed by the mysteries of the system where nobody seems to be responsible for anything.

Very well shot and edited, all done with great humour and compassion for the protagonist.

 

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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

Karen Winther for the film Exit (Norway, Germany, Sweden 2018)

 

Jury Statement

As a former left-wing and right-wing activist Karen Winther is looking for other dropouts who have left extreme ideologies behind, in order to find out how they cope with their violent past now.

On her trip through Europe and America the director shows us the far-reaching consequences of such a decision.

It is impressive how Karen Winther depicts the long way from de-radicalization to re-humanization.

This begins with self-recognition and self-responsibility, although it also needs external support, in order to continue on this path.

A film that opens the door to an uncomfortable interspace.

 

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Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize

Katinka Zeuner for the film Breathing Life Into Stone Der Stein zum Leben (Germany 2018)

Jury Statement

We would like to award an Honorary Mention to Breathing Life Into Stone by Katinka Zeuner, who has portrayed the stonemason Michael Spengler who is not merely an artist and craftsman, but who also gently accompanies the mourners during farewell ceremonies. It deserves a particular mention that this film has been made without a sender, without a grant and without the support of a film university.

 

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for an outstanding Eastern European documentary film

MDR Film Prize

MDR Film Prize
MDR Film Prize for an outstanding Eastern European documentary film

Alina Gorlova for the film No Obvious Signs Yavnykh proyaviv nemaye (Ukraine 2018)

 

Jury Statement:

No obvious signs is a film that proves once again impressively what intensity and fascination can emanate from a documentary film, if it manages to present a topic in such a direct and straightforward way as the film does. It is about the story of a woman who was directly confronted with the horrors of the war in the Eastern Ukraine and has suffered from posttraumatic stress disorders since. Panic attacks, fears. The attempts to find her way back into every-day life. Externally unscathed, mentally broken. She cannot get rid of the images of war any more, the memories. Nor can she forget the ringtones of the killed soldiers’ cell phones. The film shows impressively, beyond any pathos, patriotism and propaganda, what war means existentially and, actually, for everybody who gets caught up in it. The vehemence and directness with which Gorlova hurls herself into reality, thus advancing with camera and microphone onto the epicenter of emotional distress, count among the particular features of the film. No less her ability to condense the topic of the film artistically. A quiet, intensive film that can do without any sensationalism. By no means a matter of course. 

 

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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

Beryl Magoko for the Film In Search … (Germany 2018)


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Prize of the Interreligious Jury

Claudia Tosi for the film I Had a Dream Avevo un sogno (Italy, France 2018)

 

Jury Statement

According to our scriptures women and men are created equal as in Genesis 1:27 and in respect for each other as in Sura 9:71. Hope and the obligation never to give up are substantial parts of our religions. The film we have chosen not only contains hope but produces it. Our choice also fulfills the original requirements of a documentary. It shows a sense of responsibility to make the world a better place inspiring the next generations. Two lady politicians and a lady director had such a dream.

 

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Special Prize of the Interreligious Jury

Barbara Miller for the film #Female Pleasure (Switzerland, Germany 2018)

 

Jury Statement

The Interreligious Jury is entering Neuland according to the Motto of DOK Leipzig 2018. It awards for the first time a Special Prize to a documentary film that has convinced its members. It does not belong to the competitive section but to the Late Harvest. In a well researched complexity it presents five brave women of five world religions who fight against violence and repression towards women.
 

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ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness

Katinka Zeuner for the film Breathing Life Into Stone Der Stein zum Leben (Germany 2018)

Jury Statement

The film approaches, gently and cautiously, although in a highly precisely way, the actions of its protagonists. It observes and portrays a stonemason, who combines in an empathic way grief counselling, art and craftwork.
Due to its high artistic quality we award the ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness with great pleasure and respect to Katinka Zeuner for her film Der Stein zum Leben.

 

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ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness

Honorable Mention

Honorable Mention
Honorable Mention ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness

Mala Reinhardt for the film The Second Attack Der zweite Anschlag (Germany 2018)

Jury Statement

We like to award an Honorary Mention to the film Der zweite Anschlag by Mala Reinhardt. In times of increasing social acceptance of racism it is extremely important to listen to the people concerned.

 

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Young Eyes Film Award

Karen Winther for the film Exit (Norway, Germany, Sweden 2018)

 

Jury Statement

When filmmaker Karen Winther finds a box of propaganda materials while moving house, she is confronted with her right-wing past. Both shocked and ashamed, she sets out on a search for other dropouts, hoping to find answers. In intimate interviews they disclose their past activities as extremists. With its long fixed settings, the camera focuses on the people questioned in front of it. Sequences of muffled, hammering tones amplify the emotional depictions of their previous, violent and hateful lives. Their fear of vengeance, but above all their shame about their past, is omnipresent in every sentence they speak.
The politically most topical film does not only present the dangers which emanate from extremist movements, it also shows us that it is possible to drop out from them with bravery and courage.

 

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Prize of the Fédération Internationale de la Presse Cinématographique

Claudia Tosi for the film I Had a Dream Avevo un sogno (Italy, France 2018)

 

Jury Statement

These days it is hard to be a good person in politics in Europe where berlusconism is just over Italy’s border. Claudia Tosi is asking by her work: is it possible to change something by politics today? She is trying to find an answer for this question by following two outstanding female politicians for ten years. The director is using a selfreflecting cinematic language representing not only the fight for women’s quote, but a personal story of two inspiring characters trying to change the world.

 

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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

Valentin Riedl und Frédéric Schuld for the film Carlotta’s Face (Germany 2018)

 

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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

Karen Winther for the film Exit (Norway, Germany, Sweden 2018)

Jury Statement:
The film introduces persons dropping out of the right-wing scene in the USA, in Norway and in Germany as well as a former representative of the radical-islamistic scene in France. In times of islamistic terror, the nationalsocialist underground (“NSU”) and right-wing propagandistic policies in the whole of Europe, including Germany, the film has managed to convince us that these obviously very different worlds have, after all, more things in common than expected. Because the most important parallel, and revealing, by the way, as far as our project is concerned, was that the various scenes the film introduces are seeking to impose their vision of the world, or ideology, with radical and unconstitutional means based on arms. By choosing this film as the prize winner we wanted to take a stand against violence and in favor of humanity. 

 

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DOK Neuland Award

Kalina Bertin for Manic VR (Canada 2017)

 

Jury Statement:

With her Manic VR the filmmaker Kalina Bertin succeeds with an intensive and no less sensible virtual-reality experience that allows a deep insight into the ways of thinking and feeling of people who suffer from bipolar disorders. The viewers enter a world of mania, psychosis and depression which normally remains closed to them and get the opportunity to experience, and understand, this world from the perspective of those concerned. The art work is characterized by impressive 3D visualizations and effects, thus touching you personally and directly and conveying a true-to-life impression. The interactions, sparingly dosed and inspiringly exciting, match the story. Manic VR leaves emotional traces with the viewer and shows the range of options the VR technology offers to the storyteller to relate even difficult subjects on the basis of one’s own experience.

 

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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

Farah Kassem for We Are Inside (Lebanon, Germany)

 

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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

Josef Gacutan for Miss Universe in Jail (Philippines)

 

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DOK Co-Pro Market

Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize

Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize
Current Time TV and DOK Co-Pro Development Prize DOK Co-Pro Market

Anna Moiseenko for Baikal Poach-Busters (Russia)

 

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