Film Archive

International Programme
Above the Styx Maria Stoianova

Easter on a Kiev cemetery: People flock to the graves of their beloved ones, dine with them and celebrate life. An intimate social study of a country rich in traditions.

Above the Styx

Documentary Film
Ukraine
2019
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Maria Stoianova
Maria Stoianova
Anna Khvyl
Maria Stoianova, Yulia Danylchuk, Maria Terebus, Liudmyla Paraskiva, Kateryna Rybachuk, Anastasiya Feshchuk, Ivan Bershadskyi, Alla Onopchenko
Maria Stoianova
Maria Terebus
Andrii Rogachov
A young man meticulously sticks plastic flowers into the ground. An elderly couple arrange a picnic right next to a grave. A small cake, sandwiches, eggs. It’s Easter on a Kyiv cemetery. Countless people flock to the graves of their loved ones to celebrate life, commemorate the dead and collect a few drops of holy water from the priest. The group of filmmakers has made an accomplished intimate social study of the rich traditions of their homeland.

Julia Weigl

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.

DOK Neuland
Aftermath: Euromaidan Alexey Furman, Sergii Polezhaka

This VR documentary reconstructs the events of 20 February 2014 on Kiev’s Independence Square. On that day, fifty people lose their lives when the police open fire on the Euromaidan protesters.

Aftermath: Euromaidan

VR Experience
Ukraine
2019
30 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Alexey Furman
Alexey Furman, Sergii Polezhaka
DakhaBrakha
Nikita Yurenev
Daria Zubrytska, Yaroslava Drutsa
Sergii Polezhaka, Sergii Korovaynyi
Nikita Bohdanov
Andrii Kulykov, Marko Suprun
Sergii Polezhaka
Kirill Zhylinsky
Anastasia Trepition
Liza Nesterenko, Artem Yudin
Kirill Zhylinsky
This VR documentary reconstructs the events of 20 February 2014 on Kiev’s Independence Square. On that day, fifty people lose their lives when the police open fire on the Euromaidan protesters. Using archive material and 360° interviews, the story unfolds step by step in an environment recreated using CGI and photogrammetry.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

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.

Late Harvest
Ceremony Phil Collins

What does Manchester in 2017 have in common with the Russian revolution? Friedrich Engels. His theories form the starting point for reflections on the state of contemporary Great Britain.

Ceremony

Documentary Film
Germany,
Ukraine,
UK
2018
67 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Siniša Mitrović, Natasha Dack Ojumu
Phil Collins
Mica Levi, Demdike Stare, Gruff Rhys
Neus Ollé-Soronellas, Joseph Briffa, Jonathan Stow, Alex Large, David Bewick, Pedro Labanca, Federico Funari, Phil Collins, Siniša Mitrović, Matthias Schellenberg
David Charap, Andreas Dalström
Phil Collins
Jochen Jezussek
What do 2017 Manchester and the Russian Revolution 100 years earlier have in common? Friedrich Engels. Before he wrote the Communist Manifesto with Karl Marx, the philosopher and entrepreneur had lived for a few years in the northern English industrial capital of the 19th century. Taking Engels’ communist theories as a starting point, the artist Phil Collins reflects on their topicality: What is the “condition of the working class in England” – the title of one of his main works – today? Wouldn’t Engels be more likely to write about the “working poor”? What are the differences between the past and present “tyranny of capital”, which still seems to have our societies, our life, thinking and actions firmly in its grip? Is that why communism has become a conceivable ideal again?

And Engels himself, too, gets to return to Manchester, in the shape of a statue whose transport from a Ukrainian village to its new home in the former industrial capital of the world the film follows – a many-layered socialist road movie from one of the outer edges of the EU to the (soon to be) other.

Frederik Lang

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.

Deep Love

Animated Film
Ukraine
2019
14 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Andrij Granytsia
Mykyta Lyskov
Anton Bajbakov, Kurs valyut, Oleksij Dyachkov
Mykyta Lyskov
Mykyta Lyskov
Mykyta Lyskov
Mykyta Lyskov
Anton Bajbakov
The bald eagle, power animal of the United States, flies with a star-shaped cloaca over a Ukrainian city and drops an egg whose impact generates a rising nuclear mushroom. Comrade Lenin’s skull bursts. A confident man dives head first into a waterless pool. Things don’t look good in this country which is only beginning to try to find itself and paints its facades with blue and yellow stripes.

Carolin Weidner



Awarded with a Golden Dove in the Next Masters Competition Short Documentary and Animated Film.

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.

From Crimea to Siberia: How Russia Is Tormenting Political Prisoners Sentsov and Kolchenko

Documentary Film
Ukraine
2018
64 minutes
subtitles: 
English
VO_English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Nataliya Gumenyuk
Anna Tsyhyma, Anhelyna Karyakyna
Anna Tsyhyma
Anhelyna Karyakyna
Anhelyna Karyakyna
The documentary tells the story of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov and activist Sasha Kolchenko, who were detained in Crimea during the conflict in 2014. Despite international protests, they were convicted of plotting terrorist acts and sent to Russian prisons. The film accompanies Sentsov’s sister, following the same route endured by the Ukrainian prisoners after their detention four years ago.

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 Diviners

Documentary Film
Ukraine
2019
58 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Roman Bordun
Roman Bordun
Roman Bordun
Roman Bordun
Roman Bordun
Daryna Rudokvas
A kaleidoscopic portrait of contemporary Ukraine. Documentary facets of the life of city dwellers in Kiev, Odessa and Lviv. Symmetrical image associations of the finds in the editing: yellow, yellow, yellow. Pink pipes, spheres and circles. Parade and catwalk. Forms and plays with colours and, in between, deadly serious, the current political conflicts of Ukraine in the people’s voice: should the Russians be squashed like flies? Who has the power? Adolescent drinking games degenerate into ugly brawls. Girls are silly and playful. Young couples kissing mechanically while guarding their mobile phones. Naked people on the beach have crosses on their thighs. Dogs are abused with affection.

The tableau is of life itself, in its “humanity and cruelty, charity and indifference”. A portrait of all of us: “the righteous, the merciless, the funny, the naïve, the honest”. The director has dedicated his film to his Russian colleague Aleksandr Rastorguyev, who died in the Central African Republic during investigative research into a corrupt Russian military corporation.

Saskia Walker

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.