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About Finnish Manhood Samuli Salonen

Finnish male poses: by the water, in front of the sauna, in the forest. They just stand there. But one can listen to them. They talk about closed-off feelings. And the desire to open up.

About Finnish Manhood

Documentary Film
2019
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Samuli Salonen (Kino Euphoria)
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
Samuli Salonen
One is staring out at the sea. The other is standing in the forest. One is trying to throw a basket. And there, in front of the sauna hut, someone is leaning against the railing. Men. Finnish men. Almost all of them share one thing: a state of emotional repression, deeply entrenched in their own self-conception. What seems frozen at first is quickly released – you just have to be willing to listen. “But if you can’t talk about feelings, then you can’t feel much,” one of them confesses. This is an invitation to talk.

Carolin Weidner

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.

Tell Me

Documentary Film
2019
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Azar Saiyar
Azar Saiyar
Azar Saiyar
Azar Saiyar
Johannes Vartola
“Do you know this bird?”, the host of the Finnish television show “The Apple Tree” asked in 1979. One could guess finch. To be followed later by hooded crows and a grey-brown nightingale that is good at hiding and only betrays its presence by its song. Birds are at the centre of this found footage film compiled from private and publicly accessible material – and the question of what stories humans read into nature.

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.

A Life from Death

Documentary Film
2017
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Paria Eskandari, Aalto University, ELO Film School Finland
Tuuli Teelahti
Max Smeds
Tuuli Teelahti, Kai Rintamaa
Tuuli Teelahti
Tarmo Pehkonen
Sound seeps away from the piano, breath from life, focus from the film. A mimesis of dying, stylised, but tangible. Death from the perspective of the attending carers: changing the sheets, holding back tears, having a coffee break, holding fading hands, lighting candles. And once more: changing the sheets, holding back tears, the coffee … life cycles.

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.

Chris the Swiss

Documentary Film
2018
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Samir (Dschoint Ventschr), Siniša Juričić (Nukleus Film), Heino Deckert (Ma.ja.de.), Iikka Vehkalahti (IV Films Ltd / p.s.72 productions)
Anja Kofmel
Marcel Vaid
Simon Guy Fässler
Stefan Kälin
Simon Eltz
Anja Kofmel
Daniel Hobi, Marco Teufen, Hrvoje Petek
Christian Würtenberg died in Croatia in 1992. Even though the young Swiss had come as a journalist, he was wearing the uniform of an international militia that fought on the Croatian side in the civil war. Why he took up arms has long remained a mystery. His cousin, the filmmaker Anja Kofmel, has confronted the question.

She interviews companions, complementing the documentary footage with dark, pared-down animated sequences which form the film’s narrative structure. Diving deeply into the political turmoil, the film portrays Chris’s path towards joining a group of nationalist mercenaries supported by Opus Dei. A politically explosive film even today, a visually impressive thriller that shows how quickly a person’s attitude can be devastated by war.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize and the MDR Film Prize; Swiss Film Award 2019: Best Documentary, Best Score, Best Editing

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
Prague 21.8.1968 Reijo Nikkilä

A photo film, thirty years after the events. The former photographer, now a filmmaker, spent the summer of 1968 as an academic guest in Prague.

Prague 21.8.1968

Documentary Film
1968
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Yleisradio (YLE)
Reijo Nikkilä
Reijo Nikkilä
Vesa Lehko, Marko Ahokas
Reijo Nikkilä
Reijo Nikkilä
A photo film, thirty years after the events. The former photographer, now a filmmaker, spent the summer of 1968 as an academic guest in Prague.

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.

A Day at the Grave of Karl Marx

Documentary Film
1984
30 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Peter von Bagh
Peter von Bagh
Tapani Tamminen
Tony Chapman
Elina Katainen
Chris Barton
A century after his death, people from 20 different countries visit the grave of the philosopher Karl Marx (1818–1883) in Highgate Cemetery. Thoughts and discussions about him as well as dialogues with him.

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.

Beginning Filmmaking

Documentary Film
2008
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English
English Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jay Rosenblatt (Locomotion Films), YLE Teema
Jay Rosenblatt
Thomas Logoreci, Ella Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt
Ella Rosenblatt, Jay Rosenblatt
Another film starring Ella, now four years old. The message: careful when you choose professions for your own kids!

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.

Escaping Realities
Hobbyhorse Revolution Selma Vilhunen

Mariam aka Aisku is a prize winning athlete. She sacrifices a lot for her sport and she takes the risk of being laughed at. She specialises in hobbyhorsing.

Hobbyhorse Revolution

Documentary Film
2017
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Elli Toivoniemi, Venla Hellstedt
Selma Vilhunen
Henrik Oja
Sari Aaltonen, Selma Vilhunen
Okku Nuutilainen
Selma Vilhunen, Okku Nuutilainen
Christoffer Demby
Mariam aka Aisku is a prize winning athlete. She sacrifices a lot for her sport, where she performs at championship level, and she takes the risk of being laughed at. She specialises in hobbyhorsing. Aisku also works as a coach. One of her charges, Elsa, reveals quite openly how this unusual hobby helps her cope with difficult times. Many other young women and girls like her demonstrate in this film that hobbyhorsing is not a children’s game but a means to recharge one’s batteries, gain recognition and experience the feeling of belonging. “Respect to the hobbyhorses!”

Kim Busch

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.

Machines

Documentary Film
2016
71 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Rahul Jain, Thanassis Karathanos, Iikka Vehkalahti
Rahul Jain
Rodrigo Trejo Villanueva
Rahul Jain, Yaël Bitton
Susmit Nath, Adrian Baumeister
The camera movements are ghostlike because it is a disembodied presence floating through the factory. But what it captures is surreal: infernal fires and reams of fabric falling like water. It’s noisy, it’s dark, but on the back of this image-hungry creature we move quickly through the rooms. It’s not clear what it is looking for. Sometimes it will hide, crouching in a corner, lurking for the workers who don’t seem to notice. There’s humidity everywhere, liquids, tinctures and sweat. And the sound of turning rollers. A textile factory in the Indian state of Gujarat, which nobody visits unless absolutely forced to. Still, there are jobs here, albeit badly paid, and no trace of union structures. “The state of Gujarat has fed the stomachs of the poor,” somebody says in the film.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award

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.

Soviet Hippies

Documentary Film
2017
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Liis Lepik, Sarita Sharma, Sami Jahnukainen
Terje Toomistu
Taavi Arus
Martin Männik
Priit Tender
Terje Toomistu
Indrek Soe, Seppo Vanhatalo
A life between Lenin and Lennon. The clash between utopias of freedom and utopias of community. Life as a hippie in the Soviet Union was dangerous – no wonder, considering that the flower children were especially hardened criminals. Just imagine: up to ten phone booths per day were looted in Tallinn alone to tune their electric guitars with the valuable electronic parts. Guitar raid! Drugs, rock’n’roll, long hair, naked bodies, sex, peace, psychedelic art, meditation, Batik shirts, shaggy beards.

The Estonian director Terje Toomistu uses a wide and abundant variety of archive material to trace a lifestyle that marked not only the American 1970s but also proliferated in the metropolises of the Soviet Union, even if nobody there understood exactly what the Beatles were actually singing. And today, 40 years later? Some of the Soviet hippies are now old Soviet hippies. The Vietnam War is over – today it’s the Ukraine War. The KGB has ceased to exist – today Putin is in power. And some things are exactly like they used to be: peace, joy, Batik, beards.

Lukas Stern


Nominated for MDR Film Prize

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.

Cheer Up

Documentary Film
2016
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Liisa Juntunen
Christy Garland
Tom Third
Sari Aaltonen
Thor Ochsner, Graeme Ring
Try to cheer up! That’s what the girls get to hear even when one of their ingeniously constructed pyramids of bodies just collapsed and they lie on the floor, bleeding and injured. Cheerleading is the essence of the kind of motivation coaching that fills whole shelves of self-help books and always drives us to peak performances – since this is exactly what this sport is about. It’s just that the logic of the permanent drive to succeed doesn’t seem to work with the Arctic Circle Spirit Ice Queens in Rovaniemi near the Arctic Circle: they are Finland’s worst cheerleading team. But coach Miia is determined to change this. After a visit to the world’s top team in Dallas, Texas – which looks like brainwashing – she wants to make her flock “number one” by means of a “yes you can” strategy. But the flock have other worries: after the death of her mother Patu must cope with her father’s new partner; Aino is drawn into the wild party life and jeopardises her position in the team. Add first love and moving out from home. And Miia, too, realises that the American credo of “everything is possible” may be seen in a completely different light …

Christy Garland confidently mixes the narrative traditions of the classic sports film with those of the coming-of-age drama while staying close to her protagonists. Falling and getting up again. Sounds easier than it is.

Grit Lemke


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

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.

Every Other Couple

Documentary Film
2016
77 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Aleksi Salmenperä
Mia Halme
Ville A. Tanttu
Heikki Färm, Peter Flinckenberg
Antony Bentley
Mia Halme
Micke Nyström
Statistically speaking the cards are stacked against many married couples who swore each other eternal union ever achieving this goal. What fate holds in store for them is a day of separation in the near or distant future. This will cause pain to everyone concerned, the wounds will fester for a long time, and yet one day scars will cover them. There will also be memories of how it all was before that day, and an “afterwards” will take shape. In “Every Other Couple” Mia Halme makes the experience of separation the pivotal point of her biographical observations of broken families. From off screen we hear different stories of what the shared past once meant. We see how the people involved have accommodated themselves emotionally, mentally and socially in the aftermath of the separation.

At the very end of the film a young girl speaks directly into the camera about how she experiences the very first separation in her life. True, the story is far from original. And yet it feels as if a whole cloud of unhappiness was bursting (unfairly, too) over her head. With great empathy, “Every Other Couple” balances between the “on the one hand” and the “on the other hand”.

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.

Kaisa’s Enchanted Forest

Animadoc
2016
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Joonas Berghäll, Satu Majava
Katja Gauriloff
Timo Peltola
Enrique Méndez, Heikki Färm
Timo Peltola
Veronika Besedina
Katja Gauriloff
Timo Peltola, Jukka Nurmela
A documentary fairytale with enchanting animations set in the land of the Skolt Sami people near the polar circle. The narrator is Kaisa, a charismatic storyteller and singer. The filmmaker Katja Gauriloff, her great-granddaughter, approaches her life from the perspective of a man who was initially a stranger: Robert Crottet, the Swiss writer who followed an urgent call he heard in a fever dream and went to Lapland in the 1930s, where he felt, as he wrote in his book “The Enchanted Forest”, “transported to a time when the separation between man and animal and the nature that surrounds us all was not as marked as in our day”. In Kaisa, who virtually adopted him, he found an enlightened representative of this Golden Age.

Over the years the two became soulmates. And like the Brothers Grimm, who produced their children’s and household tales in the 19th century by listening to oral traditions, Crottet recorded the myths and legends Kaisa told him and was increasingly filled and transformed by them. In the 1950s he also became the international ambassador of the nomadic Skolt Sami people while they were driven further and further north and forced to fight for survival.

Ralph Eue



Golden Dove International Competition Animated Documentary 2016

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.

Land Within

Documentary Film
2016
60 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jenni Kivistö
Jenni Kivistö
Andrés Estefan Ramírez, Samuel Valkola
Otto Andersson
Jenni Kivistö
Jarkko Kela, Rafael Ospino Betancourt
A film in dreamtime and a nomadic reflection on the alien and the familiar: Finnish filmmaker Jenni Kivistö feels a strange kinship to the Wayuu tribe who live in the desert between Colombia and Venezuela. The seriousness, but also the silence of these people seem eerily familiar to her – a closeness she carefully nourishes and questions. She approaches the reality of this distant place in the north of South America in four chapters of enchanting and powerful imagery, interspersed with light and lyrical notes that resemble diary entries. The attention she pays to a Wayuu myth of origin is as great as the serene curiosity with which she incorporates everyday moments and dreams, strange rituals and ghostly incidents in her narrative.

At some point Kivistö relates her encounter with a little boy who teaches her a few words of his language while she in turn teaches him Finnish vocabulary. Some terms are similar. Others bear no relationship to each other at all. There’s only one word that means the same in Finnish and Wayuu: “maa”. It’s the word for earth. Or: the land.

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.

Next Masters Wettbewerb
My Secret Forest Niina Brandt

Lauri likes to philosophise, loves the forest and is looking for a girl friend. Not that easy when you’re autistic and need an interpreter. A compelling and straightforward portrait.

My Secret Forest

Documentary Film
2016
56 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Niina Brandt, Saara Helene Murto
Niina Brandt
Splendid Laine
Niina Brandt, Jari Linjala
Tuula Mehtonen
Niina Brandt, Saara Helene Murto
Pinja Mustajoki
He feels good in the forest; when he’s accompanied by his language interpreter, the chaos of his thoughts comes to rest there. That’s what Lauri types on a cardboard letter grid – which is how he manages to use language to bring his inner life in touch with his environment. The lanky boy who loves philosophy is autistic. He defies his handicap. With an impressive will to communicate, to express himself, Lauri plans to write a book about his special experience of life. He is frequently constrained and made dependent on others by his autism. For an adolescent this distance between desire and fulfilment, as well as the independence denied him, is an emotional roller coaster ride in more than one sense. Breaks in the vital regularity and first hopeful steps, for example looking for a girlfriend, lie close together.

In her unyielding and empathic portrait Finnish director Niina Brandt follows her protagonist through moments of joy and anger, of embracing the world and retiring. She effortlessly shifts between compelling immediacy and close visual observation of Lauri’s everyday environment. Small islands of rest are placed in the flow of events – floating macro shots of the calm forest show the ever-evolving life there from up close.

André Eckardt


Nominated for Young Eyes Film Award

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.

Disobedient Images
Swarming Joni Männistö

Rile a mass of coloured little beetles and they will pay you back in spades! Joni Männistö’s visual and acoustic scuttle-fest comes with the risk of herpes.

Swarming

Animated Film
2011
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Eija Saarinen (Turku University of Applied Sciences, Arts Academy)
Joni Männistö
The World Mänkeri Orchestra
Joni Männistö
Joni Männistö
Joni Männistö
Lucas Pedersen
Rile a mass of coloured little beetles and they will pay you back in spades! Joni Männistö’s visual and acoustic scuttle-fest comes with the risk of herpes.

Ines Seifert

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.