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Exemplary Behaviour

Documentary Film
2019
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Rasa Miškinytė, Martichka Bozhilova, Igor Pediček, Edoardo Fracchia
Audrius Mickevičius, Nerijus Milerius
Marjan Šijanec
Audrius Kemezys, Valdas Jarutis, Julius Žalnierukynas, Audrius Mickevičius
Ema Konstantinova, Armas Rudaitis
Rimas Sakalauskas
Audrius Mickevičius, Georgi Tenev
Saulius Urbanavičius
Audrius Mickevičius puts the horribly disfigured face of his murdered brother at the start of his film. He’s interested in the question of how someone atones for such an act. With regard to this particular crime one could say: far too short, because the murderer is released after only five years on the grounds that he proved himself to be an exemplary prisoner. Mickevičius doesn’t confine himself to this individual case, though, but raises his film to a more general level: “Exemplary Behaviour” is almost a meditation about the question whether a final act like murder can be atoned for in a temporal order – and whether the passing of time allows the victim’s family to forgive.

Mickevičius uses the example of two lifers (one of them gets married and wants to have children, the other pours his whole passion into an idea of craftsmanship) and a philosopher with prison experience (Bernhard Stiegler) to make that strange state of suspended life comprehensible. The elegiac undertone is finally reinforced by the information that Audrius Mickevičius fell ill and died during the production of “Exemplary Behaviour”. The film was completed by Nerijus Milerius.

Bert Rebhandl



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the International Competition Long Film, with the Prize of the Interreligious Jury and with the FIPRESCI 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.

Kids DOK
Koyaa – Slippery Soap Kolja Saksida

Koyaa and his raven live in a multicoloured clay world. When they wash their hands the piece of soap develops a life of its own and keeps Koyaa and his roommate on their toes.

Koyaa – Slippery Soap

Animated Film
2019
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kolja Saksida
Kolja Saksida
Miha Šajina, Borja Močnik
Miloš Srdić
Tomaž Gorkić
Julia Peguet, Bartosz Kotarski
Marko Bratuš, Kolja Saksida
Julij Zornik
Koyaa and his raven live high up on the mountain in a multicoloured clay world. When they wash their hands the piece of soap develops a life of its own and keeps Koyaa and his roommate on their toes. A wild slide through the small cabin begins. Finally, a brilliant trick helps them get the unruly piece of soap back into the bathtub, so that Koyaa can enjoy his bath in peace.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

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.

Days of Madness

Documentary Film
2018
74 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Oliver Sertić
Damian Nenadić
Miro Manojlović, Filip Sertić
Maja Šćukanec, Mladen Bađun, Damian Nenadić, Srđan Kovačević
Sandra Bastašić
Martin Semenčić
Kventiax, Seroquel, Rivotril, Prazine, Normabel … When Mladen and Maja, in a mix of detachment and anger, list the psychoactive substances that determine their lives and ruin their bodies with toxic side effects, it’s as if they were talking about terribly annoying family members. On top of their long medical history full of spells in hospitals there’s the fact that the real family members, whether long buried at the local cemetery or in the shape of parents scolding them from the next room, won’t surcease them either. In close cooperation with Mladen and Maja, who portray themselves in diary-like video recordings, Damian Nenadić shows two people who were left alone by society in their distress – or whose distress was caused by the latter in the first place. Maja’s borderline personality disorder was diagnosed as a consequence of her transgender identity. Mladen, who returned from the Yugoslavian war with depression, was first sent to a priest by his parents. “Days of Madness” depicts their gradual attempts to win back a little control of a life stolen by psychiatry, family and church. “Why is BPD a disorder and nationalism is not?”

Esther Buss


Nominated for the 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.

Kein Ende

Documentary Film
2018
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jakob Krese
Jakob Krese, Meta Krese
Jakob Krese
Gaston Ibaroulle
An ocean crossing. The travellers are surrounded by the horizon, encircled by the beginning and the end at the same time. Motion-blurred photo portraits of the passengers, superimposed by a woman’s voice. She communicates a confidence that must prove itself over and over against doubts, for she promises the children that there will be no end, even if there’s a war going on. The precise language of the Slovenian poet Maruša Krese is carefully interwoven with the poetic images of the photographer Meta Krese.

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.

Koyaa – Wild Sunbed

Animated Film
2017
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kolja Saksida
Kolja Saksida
Miha Šajina, Borja Močnik
Miloš Srdić
Tomaž Gorkič
Julia Peguet, Will Hodge
Kolja Saksida, Marko Bratuš
Julij Zornik
That crazy deckchair! Koyaa just wants to laze in the sun when it bolts like a wild horse. Koyaa has his hands full.

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.

The Family

Documentary Film
2017
106 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Erna Gorše Biček, Rok Biček
Rok Biček
Rok Biček
Rok Biček, Yulia Roschina
Julij Zornik
The name “Rok” keeps coming up. Give him my regards, we hear from the phone while Matej is standing on the Eiffel Tower with his new girlfriend. Rok Biček seems to have become part of the family he followed with his camera for over a decade – which also explains Matej’s natural behaviour. In a way, he is the centre of this film which shows him leaving his original family and founding his own. It’s not easy for him in either. Matej was born into a family whose members, unlike him, are mentally and physically limited. The tone is rough and marked by misunderstandings. The special insurmountabilities cause pain.

In the new family he founds with his first girlfriend a man is present from the start who is to become Matej’s successor. The couple still produce offspring, though Matej starts to think about sterilisation early on. In his film Rok Biček alternates between footage that shows Matej as an adolescent and footage that shows him as a young adult and father. Some questions that are open at first are answered step by step, others never touched. The confidence of the narrative and its sense of situations make this film stand out.

Carolin Weidner


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.

Nighthawk

Animated Film
2016
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Tina Smrekar, Špela Čadež, Vanja Andrijević
Špela Čadež
Tomaž Grom
Iva Kraljević
Zarja Menart, Špela Čadež, Matej Lavrenčič
Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
Johanna Wienert
A drunken drive through the night. A badger at the wheel. The car radio is the crooning, rhythmic companion that sets the beat of the reeling road, the dance of the headlights of oncoming cars. The beginning becomes the end of a very bizarre journey where speed is relative, compressed by Špela Čadež into a visually sophisticated and stunning flat figure animation.

André Eckardt



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film 2016;
Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award 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.

1717 Kilometers of Summer 2009

Documentary Film
2010
27 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jurij Meden, KINO!
Jurij Meden
Vlado Škafar, Jurij Meden
Jurij Meden
Jurij Meden
A personal summer travelogue through non-personal memories, collective personal ideals, and personal collective collectives. An old, once-upon-a-time country, reborn and undone in the blink of an eye. A youthful, romantic drive through bleak squares, forgotten roads, and reconstructed dreams. A poem.
Kumjana Novakova

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.

Screens

Documentary Film
2013
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Guillaume Cailleau, CaSk Films
Hanna Slak
Hanna Slak
Markus Krohn
The anniversary of the Srebrenica genocide is attended by thousands every year. The talented Slovenian film maker, who was researching her debut feature film when she made this ingenious miniature, focuses on screens: umbrellas to screen people from the sun and other people’s gaze, and those of mobile phone cameras.
Rada Šešić

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.

The Long Vacation

Documentary Film
2012
82 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Danijel Hočevar
Damjan Kozole
Aleksandar Jovanović
Rok Plešnar
Jurij Moškon
Irena Pan
Julij Zornik
What happens when regimes change and countries fall apart? Under what circumstances do individuals lose their homeland? In this poignant investigative documentary we follow personal stories of people who lost their legal identity under a system in transition, struggling for something which ought to be obvious and normal. How can thousands of people in a newly formed state be administratively erased almost overnight? The Slovenian filmmaker Damjan Kozole, who directs both fiction and documentaries and became known particularly for his subtle contemporary story “Slovenian Girl”, manages with very simple cinematic means to keep the inner suspense in spite of his talking heads approach.
Rada Šešić

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.

Country Focus Ex-Yu
Wanted Boris Dolenc

Playing with clichés, local stereotypes and fables on a certain region and nation, this lucidly conceptualized, refreshing and humorous film brings us to Slovenia, country of colorful costumes and strange traditions.

Wanted

Animated Film
2013
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Eva Rohrmann, Jure Vizjak, Jaka Oman
Boris Dolenc
Filip Šijanec
Boris Dolenc
Jernej Žmitek
Vladan Nikolić
Julij Zornik, Igor Iskra, Jure Strajnak, Peter Žerovnik, Samo Jurca
Playing with clichés, local stereotypes and fables on a certain region and nation, this lucidly conceptualized, refreshing and humorous film brings us to Slovenia, country of colorful costumes and strange traditions. It mocks locality as well as more global beliefs and values.
Rada Šešić

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.

Boles

Animated Film
2013
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Špela Čadež
Špela Čadež
Tomaž Grom
Michael Jörg
Thomas Schmidl
Oliver Throm
Gregor Zorc, Špela Čadež
Johanna Herr
Filip and Tereza are neighbours. He is a writer with writer’s block, she is an aging prostitute. They don’t have much in common besides the wall between their flats. But one day Tereza asks her neighbour to write a letter to her fiancé. But this is only the beginning.



Golden Dove in the International Competition Animated Film 2013

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.