Film Archive

International Programme
95 and 6 to Go Kimi Takesue

Looking for the title of a script and finding a grandpa. A home movie style, warmhearted and humorous look: at the grandfather, the family history and the ancestors’ landscapes.

95 and 6 to Go

Documentary Film
USA
2016
85 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kimi Takesue, Richard Beenen
Kimi Takesue
Paul Brill
Kimi Takesue
Kimi Takesue
Jeff Seelye
The filmmaker Kimi Takesue and her widowed grandfather Tom have big plans: first of all, Tom’s house must be cleared out. A lot of things have accumulated here since grandmother died, who didn’t really share Tom’s passion for film and television. Then there’s Kimi’s unfinished script which has been waiting for completion for years and really needs a new title. The spry pensioner comes up with many – sometimes corny – ideas which, unfortunately, do not always meet with much sympathy. And on top of it all his inquisitive granddaughter is trying to unravel her family history with the help of Tom’s memories. This yields insights into the living conditions of their ancestors, who tried to build a life as Japanese immigrants in Hawaii. The grandparents’ love story, too, is very interesting, especially the question how the two actually met and whether it was really love at first sight.

Shot like a home movie and intercut with archive material and shots of the Hawaiian landscape, Takesue takes a loving and humorous look at her grandfather and her roots. She may not get a new title for her script out of this, but it’s an enchanting way to get closer to her grandfather.

Kim Busch

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.

A Long Way from Home

Documentary Film
USA
2015
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jay Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt
John Turk, David Borengasser, Vanessa O’Neill
Jay Rosenblatt
A hypothesis: if archaeologists had ever come across footage of the crucifixion of Christ, it could have looked like this.

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.

A Strange New Beauty

Documentary Film
USA
2017
51 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver
Shelly Silver, Mike Degen
Entering the comfort zone of a luxury estate in Silicon Valley, inhabited but empty. The first impression: an illusion of Arcadia. A painstakingly created and maintained claim. Though the travails that went into the magnificent appearance of the garden were masterfully concealed and silenced too. Only the things and plants that make up this Arcadia know of its violence. And they have the power to tell us about it! But only those who look and listen closely will hear their ghostly-real voices and the eerie noise behind the silence. From the mouths of ghosts … Thus we learn of the world behind the appearances. A world ruled by dominance and submission. By strategies to overcome fear. And by the antagonism between the “natural” pursuit of happiness of a very few and the collateral damages produced in the process. Because ultimately this film by Shelly Silver is a narrative of barbarianism and how, brilliantly refined, it manages to present itself as strangely new and beautiful – “a strange new beauty” indeed.

Ralph Eue

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.

Adolescence

Documentary Film
Puerto Rico,
USA
2017
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
José Fernando Rodríguez, Guillermo Zouain
José Fernando Rodríguez
José Fernando Rodríguez
José Fernando Rodríguez, Guillermo Zouain
José Fernando Rodríguez
Alain Muñiz, José Fernando Rodríguez
A girl in the pool, close to the lens. She’s asking for a towel. White noise. A boy pretending to be a chicken hops through the room, picking at the mattress with his head. José Fernando Rodríguez reconstructs the states of his youth in “Adolescence”, using residual images of past times, hybrid images: excessive hormone boosts and the first fears of death, a girl in the pool and a dry run in the children’s rooms. The images in-between are missing. There’s only white noise.

Lukas Stern

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.

Afraid So

Documentary Film
USA
2006
3 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jay Rosenblatt (Locomotion Films)
Jay Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt
Garrison Keillor
There’s a lot to fear: rain, bounced checks or the imminent end of the world. An uncomfortable found footage film, inspired by a poem.

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
Before the Bridge Lewis Wilcox

Clear views from a driving car of post-apocalyptic scenarios: ruined factory buildings, dilapidated houses, heavy air. A fleeting glance at Trump’s America – and the future of the economy.

Before the Bridge

Documentary Film
USA
2017
18 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Savannah Mark
Lewis Wilcox
Arthur King & The Night Sea
Lewis Wilcox
Lewis Wilcox
David Carson
Jesse Herrera
Clear views from a driving car of post-apocalyptic scenarios: ruined factory buildings, dilapidated houses, heavy air. Then: dust-free shots of huge storehouses, robot arms, forklifts. A catalogue of disaster images meets a science fiction fantasy. No Hollywood superlativism but the effects of the automation and robotisation of the working world. The example: Indiana. A fleeting glance at Trump’s America – and the future of the economy.

Lukas Stern



Healthy Workplaces Film Award 2017

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.

Beginning Filmmaking

Documentary Film
Finland,
USA
2008
23 minutes
subtitles: 
English
English Captions
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jay Rosenblatt (Locomotion Films), YLE Teema
Jay Rosenblatt
Thomas Logoreci, Ella Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt
Ella Rosenblatt, Jay Rosenblatt
Another film starring Ella, now four years old. The message: careful when you choose professions for your own kids!

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.

Post-Angst
Birth Signe Baumane

Using colourful drawings and black humour, this film illustrates with relish some horror visions concerning pregnancy and birth.

Birth

Animated Film
USA
2009
12 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Pierre Poire
Signe Baumane
Signe Baumane
Signe Baumane
Signe Baumane
Signe Baumane
Rob Daly
Using colourful drawings and black humour, this film illustrates with relish some horror visions concerning pregnancy and birth.

Franziska Bruckner

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.

Black Panthers

Documentary Film
France,
USA
1968
28 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Agnès Varda
David Myers, Agnès Varda
Paddy Monk
Paul Oppenheim, James Steward
Agnès Varda described her film as an inflammatory reportage: In the summer of 1968, the Black Panthers held several demonstrations in Oakland to raise awareness about the trial of Huey Newton (1942–1989), a co-founder of the party.

Ralph Eue

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.

Bohemia, IA

Documentary Film
Germany,
USA
2017
30 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Angelo Wemmje (Kunsthochschule für Medien Köln)
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
Angelo Wemmje
90 per cent of the “Corn State” Iowa are used for agriculture. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that the “natives” this film focuses on are naive hillbillies. They make music and take Polaroid pictures, watch lectures on quantum physics on YouTube or discuss whether Elvis or Picasso is more “goth”. Buddy Holly’s “Listen to Me” drifts over from a cornfield – and Iowa’s other attribute of “Swing State” suddenly takes on a different meaning.

Esther Buss

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.

Brain in the Desert

Documentary Film
USA
1990
5 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jay Rosenblatt
Jay Rosenblatt, Jennifer Frame
Joel Schneider
It could have been romantic if not for the permanent disruptions by thoughts, insects and other creatures.

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.

City of the Sun

Documentary Film
Georgia,
Netherlands,
Qatar,
USA
2017
100 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli, Jim Stark
Rati Oneli
Arseni Khachaturan
Ramiro Suárez
Dea Kulumbegashvili, Rati Oneli
Sonia Matrosova, Alexey Kobzar
Chiatura once set the pulse of the times. With the biggest manganese mine in the world, the city was a motor of the Soviet heavy industry. When Rati Oneli arrives, those days are over. Few things are moving, except for his camera which moves to capture a wide screen shot. Or perhaps there are: the minds and bodies of a music teacher, a miner and two young female athletes who persevere in what has become a ghost town. Oneli combines their portraits in a thrilling atmospheric tale that invokes the Georgian national epic and is enriched by suggestive music, giving a narrative form to his long film debut that at least gets the documentary elements flowing.

Zaza Rusadze

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.

Clean Hands

Documentary Film
USA
2016
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Katherine Gorringe, Allison Kelley
Lauren DeFilippo
Hector Laguna
Lauren DeFilippo
Lauren DeFilippo
Josh Berger
Clean hands, clean engine hoods, clean-cut lawns. Everything is clean in this drive-in church in Daytona Beach, Florida. Christ’s blood is handed out ready-bottled at the gate, the priest’s appeal to Become Human! is received on 88.5 FM, collections are paid as easily as toll fees. It’s almost as if the cars themselves were praying in this motorist’s church – perhaps for a take-away absolution of their diesel sins.

Lukas Stern

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
Dina Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini

It’s time to move in together if you belong together. Dina lives an “ordinary” love story – normal in carnal as well as pyjamas-related terms. An irresistible statement about the joys of the ordinary.

Dina

Documentary Film
USA
2017
101 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini
Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini
Michael Cera
Adam Uhl
Sofía Subercaseaux
Where can a film lead that begins with a visit to the dentist? First of all to a declaration of principle: she’s just afraid of the unexpected. Dina tells the dentist’s assistant whom she makes hold her hand. That’s not a phrase. The next shot, filmed from above at an angle, catches Dina, who is in her late forties, crossing a street: look left, look right, look left, look right, still no car in sight, nowhere. All the more surprising then that she moves forward rather boldly when it comes to love – to the wedding, to the shared flat. But she read about it in preparation …

One must imagine Dina as the better, no, weightier half of a double pack. Not because she is a few pounds overweight, but because, even sitting down, she seems to set the speed at which Scott gets to accompany her through life. Presumably she was the one who allowed Daniel Sickles and Antonio Santini access to this sometimes clumsy, almost childlike intimacy. Even at the risk of looking funny. The filmmakers follow the lovers through the couch and easy chair landscapes of the US suburban lifestyle – in a quirky and laconic documentary romance about the ordinary and how hard it is to achieve sometimes.

Sylvia Görke

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.

Drift

Documentary Film
USA
2016
21 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Jay Purdy, Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Chris Ward
Cheng Zheng
A workshop, its windows sealed with duct tape. An old man solders and turns screws, eats lunch out of plastic containers, crawls into a sleeping bag at night. In 1973 Tom Ward and eleven other men set sail from the coast of Ecuador to Australia – on wooden rafts. Today he lives a retired life. At the time, Ward recorded stunning images of the expedition: the ocean sloshing over the raft, cloudy red skies. Now they are back on the screen – in his son Chris’s film.

Lukas Stern

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.

Edge of Alchemy

Animated Film
USA
2017
19 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Stacey Steers
Stacey Steers
Lech Jankowski
Stacey Steers
Antony Cooper
Stacey Steers
Stacey Steers
Lech Jankowski, Phil Solomon
An ocean of whispering voices … In an alien landscape a female alchemist creates a good soul and beautiful idea, playing with the rules of nature – and losing her creation to the latter. Using the same alchemy, Stacey Steers mixes 19th century graphic reproductions, silent film scenes and loans from gothic novels to create an aesthetically stunning science fiction nightmare and a touching story about withheld love.

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.