Film Archive

International Programme 2017
An Echoing Memory of a Tongue Arash Akhgari

In his films the painter, draftsman and animation filmmaker Arash Akhgari keeps returning to a radical inner perspective.

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

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
International Programme 2017
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
International Programme 2017
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

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