Film Archive

International Programme
209 rue Saint-Maur, Paris, 10ème – The Neighbours Ruth Zylberman

The reconstruction of a dissolved house community. An experimental, historiographical look behind the scenes of a Paris building.

209 rue Saint-Maur, Paris, 10ème – The Neighbours

Documentary Film
France
2017
103 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Paul Rozenberg, Céline Nusse (Zadig Productions)
Ruth Zylberman
Nicolas Repac
Cédric Dupire
Valérie Loiseleux
Benjamin Bober, Graciela Barrault
The French director and historian Ruth Zylberman is sitting in a living room in the USA, visiting a 79-year-old man whom his Jewish parents hid with a stranger’s family during the German occupation of Paris. Henry Osman, born Henri Ossmann, hardly remembers his parents – not what they looked like, not what they did for a living. Zylberman has brought a pile of paper copies and is able to reconstruct parts of that childhood.

The house whose address gave the film its title – and where Osman lived as a small boy – is located in the Jewish district of Paris. Zylberman reconstructed the house community during the war in great detail: who lived here? Who knew whom? Re-enactments with dollhouse furniture and drawn floor plans at the former residents’ kitchen tables alternate with contemporary views of the building as she re-creates this typical Paris building in the Saint-Maur No. 209 as an anachronistic space in which history is still alive, right down to the cobbled courtyard. A highly focused and at the same time extremely emotional piece of experimental historiography.

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.

8, Lenin Avenue

Documentary Film
France
2017
101 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Igor Ochronowicz
Valérie Mitteaux, Anna Pitoun
Valérie Mitteaux, Anna Pitoun, Raquel Freire, Sébastien Balanger
Fabrice Rouaud
Hugo Leitão
Long-term observations have their own rules. They often evolve out of earlier film projects and a continued contact with the protagonists. Anna Pitoun and Valérie Mitteaux have followed their protagonist Salcuta Filan’s fate with the camera for almost 15 years, which allows them to draw a wide narrative arc and reveal developments. The first images, showing the citizens of Achères, a community to the north-east of Paris, trying to protect a Roma camp from evacuation were shot in 2003. That was when the first film about Salcuta and her two children, Denisa and Gabi, was produced, “Caravan 55”.

The directors want to show that integration is possible, even for Roma, who are up against stronger prejudices than other immigrants. Right-wing populists use them as scapegoats to be made political examples of. Despite the warm-hearted helpers whose friendship with Salcuta’s family is real, everyday racism and antiziganism are clearly apparent, just like the shift to the right of the past few years which has changed the social climate in France. Nonetheless Salcuta grows from a shy, single widow to a confident matriarch who fights for her rights. In France she finds a voice she never had as a Romani in her home country of Romania.

Sirkka Möller


Nominated for Filmprize "Leipziger Ring"

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
Angela Davis Is at Your Mercy Carole Roussopoulos

In response to the arrest of the philosopher and activist Angela Davis, the French writer Jean Genet read a text denouncing the US justice system.

Angela Davis Is at Your Mercy

Documentary Film
France
1970
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Vidéo Out Production
Carole Roussopoulos
Carole Roussopoulos
Carole Roussopoulos
Carole Roussopoulos
An agitprop film made by Carole Roussopoulos: In response to the arrest of the philosopher and activist Angela Davis (born 1944–), the French writer Jean Genet (1910–1986) read a text denouncing the US justice system.

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.

Black Panthers

Documentary Film
France,
USA
1968
28 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Agnès Varda
David Myers, Agnès Varda
Paddy Monk
Paul Oppenheim, James Steward
Agnès Varda described her film as an inflammatory reportage: In the summer of 1968, the Black Panthers held several demonstrations in Oakland to raise awareness about the trial of Huey Newton (1942–1989), a co-founder of the party.

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.

Coal Heap Kids

Documentary Film
France
2016
52 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Anne Gintzburger
Frédéric Brunnquell
Frédéric Brunnquell
Laure Matthey
Frédéric Brunnquell, Anne Gintzburger
Marc Soupa
There was a witticism among producers in old Hollywood that a great film must begin with an explosion and then work up to a climax. This film, shot in the former mining region of Northern France, starts with six explosions. What the brothers Théo (10) and Loïc (15) blow up may only be Chinese firecrackers, but they still announce in the first ten seconds that this is about something big: the poverty that plagues Théo’s and Loïc’s hometown of Lens and has eaten its way into all the crevices of the personal and the social like aggressive acid. Once upon a time one would have been justified in predicting a great future as working class heroes for the boys. But who would want to recommend this ethically charged and outdated model to a young person today? Who could?!

“Coal Heap Kids” was made as a contribution to the “Infrarouge” documentary film series on French television. The energy that drives it is purely cinematographic, though. What does this mean? A film like this justifies the survival of documentary cinema. Once this sentence is written down, a lot of things become easier. Because in cases where a pounding heart will not (or cannot) be translated into sober words, a hug is sometimes all it takes!

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.

Post-Angst
Cold Coffee Stéphanie Lansaque, François Leroy

Her mother’s death creates a disturbing rupture in a Vietnamese girl’s life. The family’s Café becomes the backdrop of her growing madness.

Cold Coffee

Animated Film
France
2015
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marc Jousset, Perrine Capron
Stéphanie Lansaque, François Leroy
Denis Vautrin
Stéphanie Lansaque, François Leroy
Stéphanie Lansaque, François Leroy
Stéphanie Lansaque, François Leroy
Stéphanie Lansaque, François Leroy
Yann Lacan
Her mother’s death creates a disturbing rupture in a Vietnamese girl’s life. The family’s Café becomes the backdrop of her growing madness.

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.

Don’t Breathe

Documentary Film
France
2014
86 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Heidi Fleisher, Céline Nusse, Paul Rozenberg
Nino Kirtadze
Andro Sanovich, Tornike Shengelia, Jacek Petrycki, Octavio Santo
Nino Kirtadze, Christel Aubert, Josianne Zardoya
Nino Kirtadze
Tengo Asitashvili, Benjamin Bober, Stephan Bauer
Levan, a resident of the Georgian capital in his late 40s, is taking a routine medical examination. Afterwards, something strange happens to him: the medication makes his thoughts overflow into the unknown – even question the principles of his own existence. Nino Kirtadze, who is one of Georgia’s internationally most renowned female filmmakers, turns Levan’s “medical history” into a cinema of strong emotions, a black hypochondriac comedy of metaphorical power, not least by borrowing the directorial strategies of feature films. This gives “Don’t Breathe” a slightly separate position among her numerous documentary films – perhaps as a new milestone in an artist’s quest.

Zaza Rusadze

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.

Grandpa Walrus

Animated Film
France
2017
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Daniel Sauvage, Jérôme Barthélemy
Lucrèce Andreae
Flavien Van Haezevelde
Lucrèce Andreae
Guillaume Lauras, Catherine Aladenise
Lucrèce Andreae
Flavien Van Haezevelde
A sandy beach in the off season, deserted, dirty. The guests have left their cigarette butts behind, and one of them more than the others: grandpa. The place where he lay in the sun is outlined by frayed fags like a murder victim’s body by chalk. Now he’s gone, dead. But what is this stirring in the sand? The depiction of a surreal incident accompanied by sublime compositions by Flavien Van Haezevelde.

Carolin Weidner



Mephisto 97.6 Audience 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.

Inkotanyi

Documentary Film
Belgium,
France
2017
125 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Benoît Roland, Jean-Marc Giri
Christophe Cotteret
Manuel Roland
Jean-François Metz
Florence Ricard
Christophe Cotteret
Eugène Safali
“Inkotana” is a verb in the Bantu language Kinyarwanda. It means to fight without delay, never to give up. The official name of the Inkotanyi is: Rwandan Patriotic Front (RPF). Ever since they ended the historically unprecedented genocide in 1994 with a guerrilla war – within 100 days, 1 million Tutsi were killed by Hutu extremists assisted by the population – they have been ruling the country under their close-lipped president Paul Kagame. The film reviews the history of the Inkotanyi in six chapters: from the historic background of the pogroms against the Tutsi, the time of exile and the founding of the RPF in the 1980s to the invasion of Rwanda in 1990 and the four-year civil war through to Kagame’s rule which was attended by counter-violence and oppression throughout. Archive material and interviews with high-ranking military officers and soldiers of the RPF, with journalists, historians and president Kagame form an image of “the best trained and most disciplined rebellion of the African continent”, as director Christophe Cotteret calls it. Last but not least, the film takes a look at colonial continuities in post-colonialism, apparent, for example, in the French support for the dictatorial Habyarimana regime.

Esther Buss


Nominated for Filmprize "Leipziger Ring"

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.

Liarmonds

Animadoc
France
2016
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jean-Christophe Soulageon
Chloé Mazlo
The legend says that diamonds are the sacred tears of stars. When people cut diamonds they take their power away. The precious minerals are cut, ground and polished. What’s left are expensive, glittering gems that have lost their character in the search for perfection. In her animated short, Chloé Mazlo recounts a poetic story about the loss of uniqueness – in stones, but also in big and small humans.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


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.

Post-Angst
Logorama David Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain

An Oscar-winning chase of brand mascots through an advertising landscape turns out to be a harbinger of the downfall of L.A.

Logorama

Animated Film
France
2009
16 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Nicolas Schmerkin, H5, Autour de Midi
David Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain
Bryan Ray Turcotte, Danya Turcotte
Sam Danesi
David Alaux, Hervé de Crécy, Ludovic Houplain, Gregory J. Pruss
An Oscar-winning chase of brand mascots through an advertising landscape turns out to be a harbinger of the downfall of L.A.

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.

Escaping Realities
Martin Cries Jonathan Vinel

Martin trashes his room. Then he runs screaming through the deserted streets. No, not the streets are deserted, just Martin. So he keeps trashing.

Martin Cries

Animated Film
France
2017
16 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Aka Productions
Jonathan Vinel
Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel
Lucas Doméjean
Martin trashes his room. Then he runs screaming through the deserted streets. No, not the streets are deserted, just Martin. So he keeps trashing. He has fist fights with passers-by and the police, shoots at wind turbines and crashes other people’s luxury cars. Martin has lost his three best friends and vents his pain in unrestrained grief, rage and desperation. He just keeps crying and running and raging and fleeing. All of this happens in the world of “Grand Theft Auto V”, an open world game whose strong graphics and endless possibilities provide powerful visualisations of this explosive emotional chaos.

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.

Moriyama-San

Documentary Film
France
2017
63 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Filippo Clericuzio
Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine
Ila Bêka
Ila Bêka, Louise Lemoine
Walter Fuji, Lo Studio
“Time flows slowly in Moriyama-San’s house. I stayed 7 days.” All because of Otomo Yoshihide, the Japanese noise musician about whom Ila Bêka and Mr. Moriyama happened to strike up a conversation one hot August day in Tokyo. An almost providential encounter, since one of them films architecture while the other lives in a house designed by Ryue Nishizawa, a member of the SANAA office. A small, minimalist residential area whose box-like homes are connected by a kind of grove. The idea: a village surrounded by forest in the middle of Tokyo.

Bêka and his co-director Lemoine watch Moriyama-San shave in the morning, listen to music and read, they show windows being opened and take part in a barbecue. And at some point the most beautiful woman Moriyama-San knows enters the scene. This is a film about an enigmatic Japanese man who wears only white T-shirts and speaks next to no English. And an Italian man who wordlessly recognises his new friend.

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.

Nothing Happens

Animated Film
Denmark,
France
2017
12 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marie Bro (Dansk Tegnefilm), Emmanuel-Alain Raynal (Miyu Productions)
Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
Uri Kranot
Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
Michelle Kranot, Juliette Viger, Marine Duchet
Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
Sofie Birch, Thomas Ahlmark
We’re on the outskirts of a city – whether of the past or future is irrelevant. Despite the freezing cold a crowd of onlookers is slowly gathering. There’s a strange calm. Snow is falling silently, only the crows can be heard. What is there to see? What does it have to do with me? Michelle and Uri Kranot and a big team have explored the possibilities of Virtual Reality in this immersive project, for the disturbing theme “called for a form that involved the audience more”.

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.

Password: Fajara

Documentary Film
France,
Spain
2017
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Patricia Sánchez Mora, Séverine Sajous
Séverine Sajous, Patricia Sánchez Mora
Chris Blakey
Séverine Sajous
Patricia Sánchez Mora
Óscar Santamaria
Patricia Sánchez, Séverine Sajous
Chris Blakey
Abstract phantoms of trucks cross the screen – we see them moving as bands of light across the top edge the frame. Infrared images of the Jungle near Calais. This is where refugees are waiting in the hope of reaching Great Britain through the Eurotunnel one day. “Fajara” is the Arab word for explosion. But in the Jungle it was a word for: getting through, making it to the other side, arriving. The images become abstract, semantics dissolve. A haunting film about the phantoms of meaning (of words).

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.

Riot

Animated Film
France
2017
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Annabelle Gangneux
Frank Ternier
Frédéric Duzan
Frank Ternier
Frank Ternier
Laurent Moulin, Frank Ternier, Magali Charrier
Frank Ternier
Frédéric Duzan
“Here, words are dead …” Irrepressible rage is spreading in all its physicality. A young man was killed in an altercation with a neighbour and the police. Bocari’s story is told from two perspectives: on the one hand the brutal and racist circumstances that led to his death in the street, on the other hand the riot his fate triggers in the Banlieue. Rage becomes tangible – in a choreographed performance.

Nadja Rademacher


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.