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Extended Reality: DOK Neuland 2015
Deep (Multiplayer Version)

A streak of light floats in the water, controlled only by your breath. It’s like a brief vacation that takes place in one’s head, but this meditative journey can also be shared with others.

Deep (Multiplayer Version)

(none)
Ireland,
Netherlands
2015
480 minutes
subtitles: 
(none)

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Owen L. Harris, Monobanda PLAY
Niki Smit
Claynote
Owen L. Harris
A streak of light floats in the water, controlled only by your breath. It’s like a brief vacation that takes place in one’s head, but this meditative journey can also be shared with others. In the virtual reality installation “Deep”, modern technology is combined with Yoga breathing techniques to create a new physical experience.

In the exhibition three players can simultaneously enter a virtual space, while the audience delve into an underwater world in Tim van Cromvoirt’s multimedia installation “Lungplants”.



DOK Neuland Audience Award 2015

Hommage John Smith 2015
Frozen War (Hotel Diaries #1) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

Frozen War (Hotel Diaries #1)

Documentary Film
Ireland
2001
11 minutes
subtitles: 
No

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith
Bodycheck 2015
Girl Model David Redmon, Ashley Sabin

A mass casting in Siberia. 13-year-old Nadya has made it, she’s going to be a model, departing for a new world. A rare insight into a business, beyond model casting shows.

Girl Model

Documentary Film
Ireland
2011
78 minutes
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

David Redmon, Ashley Sabin, Carnivalesque Films
David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
Matthew Dougherty, Eric Taxier
David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
David Redmon, Ashley Sabin
There’s a lot of nothing in Siberia. It’s as vast as the hopes of many families for their young daughters’ careers. Lured by promises of salvation they flock to the mass castings of international model agencies. This is where we meet the former model Ashley, who has lived through all the ups and downs of the industry and now works as a scout who recruits girls. Among them is 13-year-old Nadya, whom we follow into a world where nothing is worth more than youth, innocence, and a certain beauty ideal.

Kim Busch

Hydebank

Documentary Film
Ireland,
UK
2019
17 minutes
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Chris Kelly, Ross McClean
Ross McClean
Ross McClean
Anders S. Jepsen
Ross McClean
Ciaran Devlin-Rushe
Sheep bleat. A young man feeds the small flock while it’s still dark and takes expert care of a newborn lamb. A rising chorus of aggressive male voices in the background. Sheep and men live in a juvenile prison near Belfast. Behind the gates of the sheepfolds and the pasture a high security fence reinforced with NATO wire looms in the morning sky. A mosaic of impressions from a touching and poetic world in-between.

Silvia Hallensleben

Irish Folk Furniture

Animadoc
Ireland
2012
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Cathal Black, Mayfly Films Ltd.
Tony Donoghue
David Kitt
Tony Donoghue
Ed Smith
Tony Donoghue
Tony Donoghue
Tony Donoghue, Colm Tobin
In this film 16 pieces of local abandoned folk furniture, were restored and returned back into daily use.In rural Ireland there is still an association of poverty with folk furniture and this film hopes to demonstrate how once loved pieces can be recycled and take their place in the home again.
International Programme 2016
Mattress Men Colm Quinn

The Irishman Paul is unemployed and perennially unlucky until he turns discount trader Mattress Mick into a YouTube star – but comes away empty-handed again … A Ken Loach style social comedy.

Mattress Men

Documentary Film
Ireland
2016
84 minutes
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Ciarán Deeney, David Clarke, Colm Quinn
Colm Quinn
Michael Fleming
Colm Quinn
John Murphy
Alone among all the haircuts in the world Mick chose to wear the mullet in his youth – and stuck with it. It goes well with his business, a mattress discount shop in Dublin exuding the musty smell of economic decline. The second mattress man is Paul, a jobless man employed by Mick as a modern day worker. And then there is Brian who walks the streets as a living mattress, talking to himself. This advertising gimmick is developed into a guerrilla marketing campaign featuring Mattress Mick as a brand to be built via YouTube and the social networks. Go viral! It’s smart and helps business.

The shooting of this side of the story is completed. But comedy is not what this film is about. With a sure sense of the social relations between his protagonists, the director focuses on the relationship between Mick, the owner, and Paul, who has nothing but debts. Paul is the mastermind behind the campaign. He shoots and edits the videos with Mick, puts them online, feeds Twitter & Co. But his work gets neither financial nor public recognition. The conflict arising from this is precisely observed, intelligently edited and produces an authentic and atmospheric narrative evocative of the films of Ken Loach – save for the fact that Mattress Mick and Paul are real people.

Matthias Heeder


Nominated for Healthy Workplaces Film Award
Strictly Animated 2018
Please Say Something David O’Reilly

In 23 episodes of 25 seconds each, “Please Say Something” portrays the troubled relationship between a sensitive cat and an egocentric mouse.

Please Say Something

Animated Film
Germany,
Ireland
2009
10 minutes
subtitles: 
No

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

David O’Reilly
David O’Reilly
Bram Meindersma
David O’Reilly
David O’Reilly
David Kamp, Bram Meindersma
In 23 episodes of 25 seconds each, “Please Say Something” portrays the troubled relationship between a sensitive cat and an egocentric mouse. With his idiosyncratic visual language and radical, abrupt dissection of narrative structures, the Irish animation filmmaker skilfully balances between high art and trash, fascination and irritation.

Duscha Kistler

Shoulder the Lion

Documentary Film
Ireland,
Poland,
USA
2015
74 minutes
subtitles: 
No

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Erinnisse Rebisz, Patryk Rebisz
Erinnisse Rebisz, Patryk Rebisz
Graham Sharpe, Colin Stetson, The Eskies
Patryk Rebisz
Erinnisse Rebisz
Keller McDivitt
Humans can close their eyes but never their auditory canal. This simple fact signals the end of musician Graham’s career: an incessant pathological noise has invaded his head. Alice, the photographer, goes blind because of a retina disease. And Katie, the third protagonist in this astonishing film about the human spirit’s power of resistance, is beaten into a coma in her first professional boxing match, from which she awakes weeks later without a memory (adapted for the screen in “Million Dollar Baby”). Reset!

A powerful visual journey into the interior worlds of people forced to cope with extreme loss of senses. The co-directors Erinnisse and Patryk Rebisz rely on visually stylised depictions of the senses to give every drama its corresponding imagery. Blind Alice continues to work with the camera, the memory chip of her brain supplying experiential values for the new photos. In contrast, the ex-boxer’s brain keeps producing new, unfamiliar images that ultimately lead her to painting. And Graham, whose band was his life, re-invents himself, though without expectations, as the stage manager of a music festival. This boldly narrated and visually unusual film concludes in admiration for our species’ ability to transform personal crises into insights and new beginnings – at least sometimes.

Matthias Heeder
Hommage John Smith 2015
Six Years Later (Hotel Diaries #8) John Smith

The “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine.

Six Years Later (Hotel Diaries #8)

Documentary Film
Ireland
2007
9 minutes
subtitles: 
No

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
John Smith
Made over six years in the hotels of six different countries, the “Hotel Diaries” chart the “War on Terror” era of Bush and Blair through a series of video recordings that relate personal experiences to the ongoing conflicts in Afghanistan, Iraq and Israel/Palestine. In these works, which play upon chance and coincidence, the hotel room is employed as a “found” film set, where the architecture, furnishing and decoration become the means by which my own small adventures are metaphorically linked to major world events.

John Smith

The Breadwinner

Animated Film
Canada,
Ireland,
Luxembourg
2017
93 minutes
subtitles: 
No

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Anthony Leo, Andrew Rosen, Paul Young, Tomm Moore, Stephan Roelants
Nora Twomey
Mychael Danna, Jeff Danna
Sheldon Lisoy
Darragh Byrne
Fabian Erlinghäuser
Anita Doron, Deborah Ellis
The heroine of the latest Cartoon Saloon production is called Parvana. She’s eleven years old and lives with her family in a tiny flat in the Afghan city of Kabul. The Taliban dictate the law. And they dictate that Parvana’s father, a man and therefore the only member of the family allowed to be active, must be arrested. So how and where to organise the money to survive when the breadwinner is in prison? Parvana decides to masquerade as a boy … “The Breadwinner” exemplifies Cartoon Saloon’s distinctive style: unusual places and protagonists serve as a source of inspiration for a specific attitude towards the world – through narrative and design, focused on today.

Annegret Richter
International Programme 2014
The Stranger Neasa Ní Chianáin

Following the traces of an outsider, artist and genius who lived and died on a lonely Irish island. The sea, the cliffs, the ghosts of the dead. An enigmatic ballad.

The Stranger

Documentary Film
Ireland
2014
87 minutes
subtitles: 
English

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

David Rane
Neasa Ní Chianáin
Eryck Abecassis
Tristan Clamorgan
Mirjam Strugalla
Maria Gasol, Neasa Ní Chianáin
Reto Stamm, Guillaume Beauron
“No one really knew where Neal McGregor came from and why he’d chosen to live on this remote Irish island. But there were many whispered rumours about who he was (…).” A film that starts with these words has all the ingredients of a great emotional movie: the story of an English ex-teacher, artist, esoteric, genius and dropout who lived as a hermit in a shanty on a rocky island in the middle of the wild Irish sea and died at the age of 43. The tender, unfulfilled love for the mysterious Mary, who knew how to read the stars. Weather-beaten islanders who eyed the newly arrived foreigner suspiciously at a time when the IRA was suspected everywhere and yet looked out for him when he took his boat out too far. Using deeply philosophical diary entries, ink drawings, archival footage, interviews and extremely restrained re-enactments, Neasa Ní Chiandáin composes the enigmatic ballad of a man who remained a “stranger” to himself and the world. The film’s rhythm is set by the rough landscape and its people. There’s melancholia in the images of the lonely stranger on the cliffs above a foamy sea, and the question of what price one pays for living one’s convictions to the full. The rest is left to the ghosts of the dead, the sky and the eternally breaking waves. Play it again!
Grit Lemke
Animadoc 2013
Town Orla Murphy

During the economic boom of the 1990s, countless construction projects were realised in Ireland and small towns spread ...

2012

Town

Animadoc
Ireland
2012
7 minutes
subtitles: 
No

Credits DOK Leipzig Logo

Orla Murphy
Orla Murphy
Orla Mc Hardy
Orla Mc Hardy
Orla Mc Hardy
Orla Murphy
Orla Mc Hardy
During the economic boom of the 1990s, countless construction projects were realised in Ireland and small towns spread into their hinterland. After the 2008 crisis, all construction work stopped overnight. What’s left are about 300,000 unfinished buildings and shocked communities. An architect’s perspective on the origins, structure and possible future of a small town in Ireland.

Where Is Eva Hipsey?

Animated Film
Ireland
2016
8 minutes
subtitles: 
No

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Nicky Gogan (Still Films)
Orla McHardy
Justin Spooner
Orla McHardy
Orla McHardy
Orla McHardy, Allison Zigadlo, Micah Weber, Moaz Elemam
Justin Spooner
Justin Spooner
An elderly lady pursues her audiophile obsessions. When she is absent she records the sound of her house to listen to it later. A life of accidental and environmental sounds, collected on countless C60 cassettes. Orla McHardy’s poetic collage portrait of negative film, photos, dried flowers, animation sequences and sounds not only has a big heart for Eva Hipsey. It also reveals a passion for amateur recordings and their flaws, which keep generating secrets.

André Eckardt