Film Archive

International Programme
Book-Paper-Scissors Hirose Nanako

Kikuchi Nobuyoshi is an old-school book designer. In his studio in Tokyo, he uses sheets of paper, adhesive tape and rulers to design minimalist works of art of great sensitivity.

Book-Paper-Scissors

Documentary Film
Japan
2019
94 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kitahara Eiji, Amy Aoyama
Hirose Nanako
biobiopatata, Suzuki Tsunekichi
Hirose Nanako
Hirose Nanako
As a book designer, Kikuchi Nobuyoshi has drafted more than 10,000 covers. Working the traditional way, with graph paper, ruler, printed-out Kanji (the Japanese letters) and tape, every copy is first created by the most delicate haptic work, before his assistant, with whom he has been collaborating for more than thirty years, transfers the finished design to the computer. Kikuchi’s books represent a considered, minimalist aesthetics in which every single element – cover, binding, spine, marker ribbon – continues the story he encountered while reading it. Renowned writers like Furui Yoshikichi, who translated Robert Musil and others into Japanese, trust the intuition and skill of Kikuchi, who claims that he has grown increasingly empty over the decades. In her gentle portrait, director Hirose Nanako shows a man whose whole lifestyle is shaped by an elegant and cultivated attitude to things – whether it’s brewing freshly ground coffee, using an old gramophone or strolling through a Tokyo flea market.

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.

International Programme
My Milk Cup Cow Yantong Zhu

Nunu is raised by her father. He tells little fibs to try to make his daughter believe in an ideal world as long as possible. These lies become a problem as Nunu grows older.

My Milk Cup Cow

Animated Film
Japan
2014
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Koji Yamamura
Yantong Zhu
Asuka Horiguchi
Ayane Fukushima
Nunu is raised by her father. He tells little fibs to try to make his daughter believe in an ideal world as long as possible. These lies become a problem as Nunu grows older.

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
Sansui, Landschaft Nina Wiesnagrotzki

Fujiyama as a popular picture postcard, the expression of a fragile existence on the fault line between two tectonic plates. A multifaceted visual examination of a post-Fukushima mentality.

Sansui, Landschaft

Documentary Film
Germany,
Japan
2014
27 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Pablo Paolo Kilian
The Japanese have a special relationship with mountains, and not just since the cheesy film adaptation of “Heidi”. The snow-covered Fujisan (the correct name of Fujiyama) is probably the most popular picture postcard. Katsushika Hokusai’s coloured woodcuts are a masterful visualisation of their respect for the natural powers. Hardly surprising: two thirds of the archipelago are mountains and situated on the fault line between two tectonic plates. This fragile underground, which regularly triggers earthquakes and devastating tsunamis, has shaped the lives of its inhabitants. But they have also learned to live with it. Installation artist and filmmaker Nina Wiesnagrotzki’s film “Sansui, Landscape” is a kind of visual examination exploring the history of the Japanese mentality. She moves in ever widening circles of thinking which incorporate the image arsenal of popular cinema, comics and legends. Ever since the Fukushima disaster we know that Godzilla as the embodiment of a nightmare is no exaggeration.
Cornelia Klauß

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.

Beyond the Wave

Documentary Film
Germany,
Japan
2013
83 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Gregor Streiber
Kyoko Miyake
Shigeru Umebayashi
Kozo Natsuumi, Shai Levy
Joby Gee
Kyoko Miyake
Dominik Raetz, Tsukada Dai
Collapsed roofs, broken windowpanes, withered plants, dead animals – a deserted place. A grocery store looks almost exactly as it did on that day in March 2011. The few people one sees wear white paper suits and surgical masks. They are the ones who lost the world they lived in on that March day. One of them is aunt Kuniko. “It’s only natural to look for new sources of energy.” These words once advertised the construction of a nuclear plant in this now dead region. “Beyond the Wave” is a unique demonstration that after the disaster of Fukushima this sentence should become the leitmotif of our future. Caught between the grief of having lost their past and hopes of a personal perspective, the protagonists are forced to redefine themselves in their ruined home, this no-man’s country that many left long ago. Kyoko Miyake shows, not least through her personal voice-over, how a fairly atypical, albeit non-angry rebellion starts to germinate in the remaining Japanese citizens, and how her businesslike aunt and many others are ceaseless attempting to reclaim the meaning of their lives, against all prejudice and in the spirit of “I cannot let this disaster ruin all my efforts.”

Claudia Lehmann

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.

Hide-and-seek

Animadoc
Japan
2012
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Yuichi Ito, Tokyo University of the Arts
Keiko Shiraishi
Natsuko Yokoxama, Andres Duarte Loza
Keiko Shiraishi
Keiko Shiraishi
Keiko Shiraishi
Keiko Shiraishi
Natsuko YOKOYAMA, Andres Duarte LOZA
The film covered a residential area with a superb view of both ocean and mountain. From that day this town became pitch-dark. Hidden in this darkness were lights of the town, my way home, my mother, and my expected my baby in my belly.

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.

Modern No 2

Animated Film
Japan
2011
5 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Mirai Mizue
twoth
Mirai Mizue
Using a sheet of graph paper, typically used for architextual drawings, Mizue combines straight lines which stretch out in three directions as a result we receive a driven animation of changing geometrical figures and rhythm.

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.