Film Archive

15 Corners of the World

Documentary Film
Germany,
Poland
2014
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Marta Golba, Erik Winker
Zuzanna Solakiewicz
Eugeniusz Rudnik
Zvika Gregory Portnoy
Mateusz Romaszkan
Zuzanna Solakiewicz
Marcin Lenarczyk
“Digital is better” – nowadays this title of a 90s track by the German band Tocotronic is a popular phrase we use without thinking. It’s a good thing then that our memories of the unique opportunities offered by analogue technology are now impressively revived by this film, which imaginatively demonstrates what spaces are disappearing in the wake of its loss. Its audiovisual journey starts at Polish Radio’s legendary experimental studio, which in the 1960s saw science fiction sounds created in a sound lab that looked like a spaceship’s control room. The head-strong composer Eugeniusz Rudnik, a former pioneer of electroacoustic music, is still working obsessively at his analogue editing station, trying to create unknown sound spheres in order to learn more about human nature. A discarded piece of tape, a voice, a stone, anything can become the basic material of a composition. Even a house – pending proof.

This tongue-in-cheek portrait of the artist as a sound tinkerer invites us on a visual expedition into his sound worlds. The camera, too, takes experimental choices, translates the acoustic dimensions into architecture, dance or landscapes, offers multiple interpretations and creates a synaesthetic experience for the big screen. No need to add that the film is also an ode to the analogue age.

Lars Meyer

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
1989 – Lieder unserer Heimat. Himmlischer Frieden Schwarwel

Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution.

1989 – Lieder unserer Heimat. Himmlischer Frieden

Animated Film
Germany
2017
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sandra Strauß, Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Schwarwel, Dirk Reddig, Sara Bock, Laura Wempen
Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution. Here and elsewhere. Questions of personal courage and resistance. Elsewhere and here.

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.

Retrospective
1989 – Lieder unserer Heimat. Ich liebe – ich liebe doch alle. Schwarwel

Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution: Erich Mielke.

1989 – Lieder unserer Heimat. Ich liebe – ich liebe doch alle.

Animated Film
Germany
2017
3 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sandra Strauß, Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Schwarwel, Dirk Reddig, Sara Bock
Schwarwel
Schwarwel
Episode from a series of animated films about the fall of the Berlin Wall and the peaceful revolution. Erich Mielke (1907–2000) is completely lost as he wanders through the new era and declares his love for the people. He is surrounded by the rubble of the fallen GDR and his former Ministry for State Security.

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.

2+2=22 [The Alphabet]

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Heinz Emigholz, Andreas Reihse
Heinz Emigholz
Kreidler
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz, Till Beckmann
Heinz Emigholz
Jochen Jezussek
Of course, Heinz Emigholz is not a Georgian filmmaker. But there are good reasons for showing the first “chapter” of his four-part cycle of films “Streetscapes” here. It’s valuable: as a view from outside and a case study of the orientation and desires of such a foreign look. In 2013, Emigholz accompanied the Düsseldorf-based band Kreidler to Tbilisi, where the musicians recorded parts of their “ABC” album. They used an old film studio lot, one of the last places with a “Soviet look and feel” that had managed to escape the craze for modernisation. Urban architecture unfolds around the studio, in skewed perspectives that maybe only travellers from the West can think of.

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.

A Free Man

Documentary Film
Germany,
Japan
2017
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Andreas Hartmann
Andreas Hartmann
Andreas Hartmann
Andreas Hartmann
Andreas Hartmann
Florian Marquardt
A young man deliberately chooses to live on the streets. After Kei tried and dropped out of university and military service he finds his happiness in turning his back on his performance-oriented society. He sleeps under bridges, meets new people in the streets and devotes all his time to his passions – classical music and military games. It’s doubtful whether he can keep up this lifestyle, because reality always catches up with him. The film follows this freedom-loving dreamer who is completely carried away by his outsider’s role with an almost meditative calm and breathtaking music.

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.

Angekommen

Animated Film
Germany
2017
2 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Susann Hoffmann
Susann Hoffmann
Susann Hoffmann
Because he feels like a stranger in Germany, Jalal decides to do something about it. He gathers all his courage and joins the volunteer fire brigade – successfully!

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.

International Programme
Anne Clark – I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow Claus Withopf

An eloquent and visually stunning look at the life and work of the New Wave icon whose songs fill the dance floors until today – even if you would probably overlook her if you met her in the street.

Anne Clark – I’ll Walk Out Into Tomorrow

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
81 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Gerd Haag (TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion), Mike Beilfuss (Kinescope Film), Torsten Frehse (Neue Visionen Filmproduktion), Claus Withopf (Claus Withopf Filmproduktion)
Claus Withopf
Nina Werth, Daniel Meinl, Claus Withopf
Christopher Tworuschka, Claus Withopf
Claus Withopf
Michel Klöfkorn, Johannes Grehl, Hagen Röhrig
Anne Clark eludes all categories and stereotypes. She sees herself as a poet and spoken word artist while she is celebrated around the world as a pioneer of electronic music and New Wave and regarded by many as one of the trailblazers of Techno. Having grown up with the DIY punk ethics of the late 1970s, she became active early on, even though it wasn’t always easy to make her way in the male-dominated music industry. Her very first singles, “Sleeper in Metropolis” and “Our Darkness” became classics that influenced generations of musicians.

Despite her cult following, the film shows Clark as an approachable and likeable person who allows deep insights into her work and comments with great lucidity on social political issues. Mixing interviews, archival footage and concert recordings, the film uses graphics to make language itself the focus of attention. The distinct characteristics of Clark’s works are gradually unfolded: an oeuvre that is absolutely unique in both music and literature without ever getting lost in l’art pour l’art. This portrait, which invites the audience to (re-)discover Anne Clark as an extraordinary artist, is also a powerful plea for remaining true to oneself as a person and as an artist.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann


Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary 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.

Betrug David Spaeth

A kindergarten thriller set in Munich-Schwabing in which socks, sofas and self-images are exposed.

Betrug

Documentary Film
Germany
2017
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Eikon Südwest GmbH
David Spaeth
John Gürtler
Sebastian Bäumler, Christian Rein, Pascal Schmit
Georg Michael Fischer
David Spaeth
Clemens Becker, Friedemann von Rechenberg
“Let’s not forget that the children spend the better part of their day at the kindergarten, they almost spend more time at kindergarten than at home. And thence they spend more time with the people there – big and small – than with us. Which means that everything has to be right. And it is, usually – in 99.999 per cent of the cases.” This film was inspired by the remaining 0.001 per cent. David Spaeth asked only parents to step in front of his camera, but it’s clear from the start that they aren’t all equal. There are the betrayed and there’s the betrayer. The betrayed are sitting on wool felt designer couches and wondering, in a sensitive manner. The betrayer has a shiny face and gets drunk on his own story. Spaeth edits both parties into a kind of dialogue, making parents (betrayed) and parent (betrayer) correspond and give us a view of events that reveal something about the past, but perhaps even more about the present day.

The betrayer’s name is Bastian, a former citizen of the GDR who concealed parts of his background at first and drove up in a red sports car later. The stage of his show was a self-governing kindergarten in the Munich district of Schwabing. He wanted to belong, to the architects, psychologists, interior decorators and painters. So Bastian became an impostor.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, Gedanken-Aufschluss, DEFA Sponsoring Prize; Winner of the Grimme-Preis 2019, Category "Information & Culture"

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.

Bohemia, IA

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2017
30 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Angelo Wemmje (Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
90 per cent of the “Corn State” Iowa are used for agriculture. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the “natives” this film focuses on are naive hillbillies. They make music and take Polaroid pictures, watch lectures on quantum physics on YouTube or discuss whether Elvis or Picasso is more “goth”. Buddy Holly’s “Listen to Me” drifts over from a cornfield – and Iowa’s other attribute of “Swing State” suddenly takes on a different meaning.

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.

Comparing Now and Then

Documentary Film
Germany
2012
6 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Tintin Patrone, Michael Steinhauser, Mieke Motör
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Nina Wiesnagrotzki, Otto Dieners-Konerth
Tintin Patrone, Michael Steinhauser, Mieke Motör, Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Militant, vital, energetic. The inspiration behind Nina Wiesnagrotzki’s 6-minute pamphlet film is Santiago Alvárez’s film “Now” (1965) – also 6 minutes long. With “Now” cinema seemed to have found a brand new idiom overnight. The music, the only sound in Alvárez’s film, was by Lena Horne, illustrated by images of the fight against racial discrimination in the US, photos of Lyndon B. Johnson, newsreel features on police violence, comic strip pictures and footage of Black Panther demonstrations. “Comparing Now and Then” is not meant to worship the ashes of Alvárez’s film but to spread its fire further: images of present-day sites of protest and political strife yield amazingly obvious correspondences with the older film. And the sound? A forceful reinterpretation of Lena Horne’s song by Tintin Patrone, Michael Steinhauser, Mieke Motör and friends. – We are not separated from yesterday by a chasm, only by a changed situation. (Alexander Kluge).

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.

Das Bett

Animated Film
Germany
2017
5 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Christina Marx (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
Lydia Günther
Lucia Martínez
Lydia Günther
Lydia Günther
Lydia Günther
Lydia Günther
Jerome Huber
A deaf woman, a mute man, a blind man and a limping woman, caught in a frivolous round of love. Physical limitations lead to trials and tribulations. But in the end lust turns it into an advantage for everyone. In Lydia Günther’s grotesque and funny world (not exactly attractive) puppets love their way full of suffering and passion through a buoyant cocktail of animation techniques.

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.

Das Handygesetz

Animated Film
Germany
2007
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Mariola Brillowska
Mariola Brillowska
Mariola Brillowska
Mariola Brillowska
Mariola Brillowska
Mariola Brillowska, Aleksandra Janik, Frederik Sass
Mariola Brillowska
Mariola Brillowska
The President of the United Universe modernises unemployment. A gaudy dystopia about surveillance and exploitation by smartphone.

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.

Das Kongo Tribunal

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2017
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Arne Birkenstock, Olivier Zobrist, Sebastian Lemke
Milo Rau
Marcel Vaid
Thomas Schneider
Katja Dringenberg
Milo Rau
Marco Teufen, Jens Baudisch
For more than 20 years, the tortuous civil war in Congo has transformed an area the size of Western Europe into hell on earth. This permanent conflict, also called World War Three because of the direct or indirect involvement of all superpowers, has killed about six million people so far. Director Milo Rau managed, for the first time in the history of this war and in the middle of the combat zone, to hold a symbolic tribunal involving many of the participating parties. His recordings from remote villages and nearly inaccessible mining areas and his factual and focused observation of the trial in a courthouse built specifically for the shooting paint a complex portrait of this exemplary economic war. This documentary examination of a global conflict is not about winning or losing but about the question of what we are willing to pay for the wealth of the First World.

Ralph Eue



Honorary Mention in the International Competition;
Nominated for Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, DEFA Sponsoring 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.

Das Rad

Animated Film
Germany
2001
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Georg Gruber
Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger, Arvid Uibel
Roland Hackl
Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger, Arvid Uibel
Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger, Arvid Uibel
Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger, Arvid Uibel
Chris Stenner, Heidi Wittlinger, Arvid Uibel
Bernd Müller
Centuries just fly by for stop motion stone creatures. Seen from this angle, even a man-made apocalypse looks like a harmless episode.

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.

Deine Fremde

Animated Film
Germany
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Ivan Morales Jr.
Theo Huber, Matthias Stoll
Matthias Stoll
Jascha Viehl
What a fantastic bundle of coincidences this thing called life is! It can only be lived forward. It will only form a consistent narrative in hindsight. Matthias Stoll conjures the preciousness of this fleeting moment of the no-longer-the-one but not-quite-the-other-yet up on the screen: Imagine that all of a sudden someone is lying beside you again. But it means nothing. You are just the only person in your flatshare with a wide bed … A film like a pop song. Sophisticatedly simple.

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.

Delta

Documentary Film
Germany,
Ukraine
2017
80 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Yulia Serdyukova, Gennady Kofman, Kirill Krasovski
Oleksandr Techynskyi
Oleksandr Techynskyi
Marina Maykovskaya
Oleg Golovoshkin
The thinly populated Danube delta in the Bukovina is situated at the EU’s exterior border on Romanian and Ukrainian territory. Far from the container ships on the main stream a network of tributaries branches out in an endless reed forest. Warm and cold browns alternate in the shifting light of midwinter. Walls of fog and grey water blur the horizon. Men cut their way through the high canes to harvest the reed. The camera pushes them to the edge of the frame. The strictly limited sharp focus sometimes turns them into strangers in an unreal landscape by which they are occasionally absorbed. It’s cold and wet as they cut the huge reeds, gather them in massive bunches and carry them across ice channels. The work is hard, the voices of the rural workers rough, the daily grind that must be survived is tough. In the pathless, wild isolation of this region, the orthodox faith offers shelter. Hectic and chaotic, buckets and bottles filmed from up close scoop the holy water out of the river. At the last benediction the village mourns by chanting, tightly packed around the deceased – the spiritual rituals of a small, isolated community encircled by the veins of the mighty Danube. Oleksandr Techynskyis haptic film captures the closeness in this wide expanse.

André Eckardt



Honorary Mention Next Masters Competition;
Nominated for MDR Film Prize, Healthy Workplaces Film Award, Goethe-Institut Documentary 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.