Film Archive

Der Esel hieß Geronimo

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2018
80 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
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Arjun Talwar (Lo-Fi Films)
Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin
Arjun Talwar
Bigna Tomschin
Arjun Talwar, Bigna Tomschin
Franek Kosłowski
“An island always has two sides. One is summer, the other is winter,” a man called Rüdiger says. A fact that makes life on the island more difficult, because farming and surviving are much harder in winter. Other obstacles of living together: the famous “island rage” which is probably found all over the world in every latitude and longitude.

The residents of Store Okseø in the Baltic Sea managed to withstand all this adversity for more than ten years. Then they quarrelled and left the island, almost all of them with a broken heart. Nobody got over this place and what happened there. The island is a subject of conversation, a niggling gap, a throbbing wound. There seems to have been a donkey called Geronimo there, but also countless varieties of roses, coffee and beer for all visitors, music, events, a shared dream. A fixed point in the ocean. Without it, the sailors would have lost their ground, a friend believes. And it’s true, they are all lying at anchor in their small boats now, rocking, drinking, scolding and spying on each other, and thinking.

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for the 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.

Talking Money

Documentary Film
Georgia,
Germany,
Switzerland
2017
81 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Susann Schimk
Sebastian Winkels
Sebastian Winkels
Frederik Bösing
Sebastian Winkels
Frederik Bösing, Nelson Marca Esprella, Corneille Houssou, Till Passow, Markus CM Schmidt, Johannes Schneeweiß, Niko Tarielashvili
People who go to their house bank for a personal consultation have either too much or too little money. And speaking of “house banks” – that sounds like a special bond, the “financial doctor you trust”. In any case, this special need for consultation arises from disparities: between dreams and income, investment needs and risk forecasts, personal circumstances and objective constraints. This in turn gives rise to a special culture of conversation, one that follows similar rules in Bolivia, Switzerland or Pakistan – that, at least, is the thesis of Sebastian Winkels’ film. And it doesn’t matter into which financial institution in this world we follow him and what language we hear there: superimposed upon each other, the images and soundtracks of the consultations become a sound that the bank customer as a collective subject knows only too well. Oh, the shame about one’s financial impotence! Ah, the confessions one feels constrained to make. And, oh dear, the helplessness with which one must surrender to the rows of numbers.

The camera takes sides – not on a moral level, but on a dramatic one. It is always placed behind the tables where the skilled rejecters and form explainers are sitting, of whom we rarely see more than a sleeve, though. And it faces up to the looks of passing applicants and consultation-seekers like an experienced anthropologist: incorruptible but touchable.

Sylvia Görke


Nominated for ver.di Prize for Solidarity, Humanity and Fairness, 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.

German Competition
Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie Maurizius Staerkle-Drux

Gottfried Böhm is “the boss”, the patriarch of an architects’ dynasty. But his wife’s death rocks the family’s very foundations. The meticulous exploration of a universe.

Die Böhms – Architektur einer Familie

Documentary Film
Germany,
Switzerland
2014
85 minutes
subtitles: 
English
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Carl-Ludwig Rettinger, Lisa Blatter
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Jonas Buehler
Raphael Beinder
Anika Simon
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux
Gottfried Böhm is one of the most important contemporary German architects. His fame is based on the creation of sculptural buildings of concrete, steel and glass, some of which are counted among the architectural icons of the 20th century. As the son of Dominikus Böhm, he is the patriarch of a dynasty of architects to which his sons Stephan, Peter and Paul Böhm have also belonged for a long time. 94 years old today, he still works daily on the development and construction designs of his office. When Gottfried Böhm’s wife Elisabeth, also an architect and the major source of inspiration for all four Böhms, died a few years ago, the family was robbed of its emotional centre.
Maurizius Staerkle-Drux investigates the Böhms’s various architectural universes with admirable visual sensitivity and at the same time traces the subtle differences between his protagonists’ image and self perception. The title of his film may be taken literally: it’s about the architecture of a family first and foremost, the portrait of a well-known family of architects later.

Ralph Eue



Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize 2014

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.