Film Archive

An Echoing Memory of a Tongue

Animated Film
Canada
2017
2 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Arash Akhgari (Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema)
Arash Akhgari
Ashkan Behzadi
Arash Akhgari
Arash Akhgari
Arash Akhgari
In his films the painter, draftsman and animation filmmaker Arash Akhgari keeps returning to a radical inner perspective, for example in the “insomniac thoughts of a fearful mind”. This film is about the experience of an involuntarily fragmented act of speech: stuttering. Expressionist drawings, string instruments and broken repetitions of sounds illustrate the struggle of finding one’s language.

Esther Buss

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Post-Angst
Carface Claude Cloutier

In this musical comedy cars finally have their say, and they’re definitely not worried about the end of the world: “Que sera, sera.”

Carface

Animated Film
Canada
2015
5 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Julie Roy
Claude Cloutier
Claude Cloutier
Claude Cloutier
In this musical comedy cars finally have their say, and they’re definitely not worried about the end of the world: “Que sera, sera.”

Franziska Bruckner

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

DAM! The Story of Kit the Beaver

Animated Film
Canada
2017
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Josh Clavir
Kjell Boersma
Erica Procunier
Kjell Boersma, Adam Gaudreau-Brown, Barnabas Wornoff, Shawnee Dunn
Kjell Boersma
Instead of helping to build the dam, the little beaver is full of mischief. When the snowmelt brings the great flood, he gets a chance to prove his worth.

Lina Dinkla

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Deyzangeroo

Animated Film
Canada
2017
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Maral Mohammadian
Ehsan Gharib
Habib Meftah Boushehri
Olivier Calvert
In the colonial port of Bushehr, the horror of an imminent eternal lunar eclipse was met with a special ritual, the Deyzangeroo. Between the starry skies, the black waves and the dark coast a rhythmic chanting unleashed forces which multiplied to re-capture the light. Ehsan Gharib uses the expressive force of painting on glass, interval photography and mirror tricks – set to the mystic music of Habib Meftah Boushehri.

Nadja Rademacher



Golden Dove for best animated short film in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Post-Angst
Fears Nata Metlukh

Different fears in the shape of little black creatures raid a city. But in the face of danger they sometimes prove to be good friends.

Fears

Animated Film
Canada,
USA
2015
2 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Nata Metlukh
Different fears in the shape of little black creatures raid a city. But in the face of danger they sometimes prove to be good friends.

Franziska Bruckner

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Folly

Animated Film
Canada
2016
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Thomas Corriveau
Thomas Corriveau
Jean Derome
Thomas Corriveau
Thomas Corriveau
Thomas Corriveau, François Dumont
Roger Guérin
Two men meet. One of them beats, the other is beaten. In memories the inevitability is set against the original reasons. Thomas Corriveau delivers a brilliantly artistic serial adaptation of “Pour un oui ou pour un non” by Nathalie Sarraute. The drawn traces of the main characters and the musical melodies diverge, are superimposed and press against each other. Repetitions and multi-perspectives to the point of exhaustion. To the blow.

André Eckardt

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

I Don’t Feel Anything Anymore

Animated Film
Belgium,
Canada
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
William Henne, Delphine Cousin, Delphine Renard, Marc Bertrand
Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Noémie Marsily, Carl Roosens
The couple live high above the city in the basket of a crane. The woman fire fighter and the magician share the small joys and worries of life in their intimate life together. The world is still as it should be up here. Or is it? Similarities with escapist tendencies when dealing with the chaos of our riotous world are bound to be purely coincidental in this animated satire. The dynamic lines of the drawings are reinforced by a strong soundtrack by Canadian soprano Natalie Choquette.

Nadja Rademacher

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Post-Angst
Madame Tutli-Putli Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski

Weighed down with earthly belongings on her last stop motion journey, Madame Tutli-Putli is confronted with the fears and ghosts of her past.

Madame Tutli-Putli

Animated Film
Canada
2007
18 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marcy Page
Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski
David Bryant
Weighed down with earthly belongings on her last stop motion journey, Madame Tutli-Putli is confronted with the fears and ghosts of her past.

Franziska Bruckner

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Manivald

Animated Film
Canada,
Croatia,
Estonia
2017
13 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Jelena Popović
Chintis Lundgren
Terence Dunn
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić, Jelena Popović
Chintis Lundgren
Chintis Lundgren, Draško Ivezić
Pierre Yves Drapeau
Manivald (fox, 33) lives under his draconian, slightly weird mother’s thumb. His repressed behaviour takes a turn when the washing machine breaks down. That is, takes a turn when Toomas the plumber (wolf, sexy) appears with his “deluxe tools”. Candy-pink romance, tough drama and depth psychology, packaged with delicate comedy and a remarkable sense of timing by Chintis Lundgren.

André Eckardt

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

International Programme
Memory of the Peace Jean Parsons, Jennifer Chiu

In the Western Canadian oil town of Fort St. John the balance of power between the industry, exploitation of resources and colonisation which goes back to the 19th century culminates in the planned construction of a dam.

Memory of the Peace

Documentary Film
Canada
2017
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jean Parsons, Jennifer Chiu
Jean Parsons, Jennifer Chiu
Scott Woodworth
Farhad Ghaderi
Aynsley Baldwin
Daniel Kaga, Humberto Corte
In the Western Canadian oil town of Fort St. John the balance of power between the industry, exploitation of resources and colonisation which goes back to the 19th century culminates in the planned construction of a dam that will flood more than 80 kilometres of the Peace River Valley. To young oil workers it’s a good job opportunity, to Native Canadians it’s the loss of an identity going back thousands of years – and of a landscape which the film shows in stunning images.

Frederik Lang

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

International Programme
Scratchy Marv Newland

Scraping, rubbing, scratching one’s fingernails on the drum kit – growing and changing bodies. 20 hand-painted 2D scenes with rough and scabby surfaces make one music cartoon clip.

Scratchy

Animated Film
Canada
2016
3 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marv Newland
Marv Newland
Jacob Cino, Lily Frost
Jim Inkster
Peter MacAdams
Marv Newland
Marv Newland
Craig Waddell
Scraping, rubbing, scratching one’s fingernails on the drum kit – growing and changing bodies. 20 hand-painted 2D scenes with rough and scabby surfaces make one music cartoon clip that licks and slurps itself smooth.

Lukas Stern

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Retrospective
Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square Shui-bo Wang

Autobiographical animated film by the Chinese artist Shui-bo Wang who grew up during the Cultural Revolution.

1998

Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square

Animadoc
Canada
1998
29 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Donald McWilliams, Barrie Angus McLean, David Verrall
Shui-bo Wang
Melissa Hui
Pierre Landry, Lynda Pelley
Donald McWilliams
Donald McWilliams
Shui-bo Wang
Autobiographical animated film by the Chinese artist Shui-bo Wang who grew up during the Cultural Revolution (1966–1976) and for whom the memories of the protests on Tiananmen Square (1989) have become a key image of broken hopes. A rich collage that juxtaposes family and official documents.

Ralph Eue

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

Taming the Horse

Documentary Film
Canada,
China
2017
124 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Aonan Yang, Xun Yu, Tao Gu
Tao Gu
Tao Gu
Catherine Van Der Donckt
30-year-old Dong is lying on the bed, smoking and wondering: “What can I do to be a valuable member of society? Should I get up? No, I won’t.” When director Tao Gu, who hasn’t seen his old friend in ten years, meets him again in 2011, he meets a man crushed by personal defeat and the latest turbo developments of Chinese society. A man living in student digs who, with his leather jacket, lovesickness, guitar and alcohol, has come to epitomise the antithesis of the dictatorial career ethos. Dong spends his days dreaming and living out his emotional outbreaks in a social environment programmed for reticence.

This sensitive portrait doesn’t show a deliberate dropout but a man whose failure is due to self-doubt and the capitalist “freedom’s” pressure to succeed, who despite his youth is already cleverly sidestepped by a next generation boldly juggling with the logics of the market economy. The protagonist and the filmmaker set out by train to Dong’s home in Inner Mongolia. This train journey of several days runs like a thread through the film as it revels in Dong’s dream of taming horses in the endless steppe and enjoying a peaceful life with a simple Mongolian girl. The young man breaks off the journey.

André Eckardt

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.

The Complete Works

Animadoc
Canada
2015
41 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Justin Stephenson
Justin Stephenson
Justin Stephenson
John Mihn Tran, Justin Stephenson
Justin Stephenson
Justin Stephenson
Justin Stephenson
Michael Phillip Wojewoda
The Canadian writer bpNichol (1944–1988) was the uncrowned king of concrete poetry. And a jack of other trades, too: he produced sound art, short stories, nonsense lyrics, comics, children’s books and worked for children’s television. “Complete Works” is animation filmmaker and title designer Justin Stephenson’s daring attempt to visualise Nichol’s work directly, without the detour of a writer’s portrait: by adopting the latter’s obsession with language as a vibrant hubbub where semantics, syntax and phonetics intersect in the most delirious ways.

Letters dance, meaning spins wildly, or a poem becomes an autonomous subject that talks with its opposite, the reader. The contract they have both entered into consists simply of a ban on any boredom between them, because that moment would constitute the sad death of the poem. There are also performances by professed Nichol fans, each of whom narrates a fulfilling experience it must be an excessive pleasure to repeat and share. For his part, Stephenson as the filmmaker and animator contributes to further escalation, driving everything towards more or even maximum excess.

Ralph Eue

The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author’s name. Some original titles and names have been transcribed resp. transliterated. We apologise that we cannot cite individual image sources and rights in our festival publications or festival coverage. Please note that the visual material is published exclusively for the purposes of promoting specific films or festival programmes. No transmission to third parties is provided and would only take place with the explicit agreement of the owners of the rights. The rights to the images lie with the respective copyright owners.