Film Archive

Jahr

Next Masters Competition Short Film
There Were Four of Us Cassie Shao

At full tilt and brightly surrealistic, this narrative flow circles around questions concerning a death. An electronically charged, garish chamber play. In the leading role: the subconscious, it seems.

There Were Four of Us

Animated Film
USA
2019
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Cassie Shao
Robert Wolf
Cassie Shao
Katie Gately
Four people soliloquizing in a room. In the leading role: the subconscious, it seems. An electronically charged, colourful chamber play with rapid changes of location. Sequences that could be from a strange diary in dialogue with layers of dream pull you in. “One day I dreamed that I couldn’t wake up from layers and layers of dreams.” In Cassie Shao’s film, the narrative flow circles around questions concerning a case of death – no holds barred and brightly surrealistic.

Nadja Rademacher

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Flora

Animated Film
USA
2018
4 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im
Roger Kim
Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im
Chaerin Im
Roger Kim
“Anyway, a penis looks like a flower, too.” Chaerin Im has turned this over and over again for a few minutes to realise at the end: female and male sexual organs seem to be made of the same material. And look rather like plants when you look closely. Thanks to Im’s animation, though, even more like smooth, elegant morphs.

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.

It’s Going to Be Beautiful

Documentary Film
Mexico,
USA
2018
9 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias, John Henry Theisen
Luis Gutiérrez Arias
Trump dreams of a barrier against immigration from Mexico become architecture. And we join in the dream. But do we dream in beige or blue? Do we dream with horizontal or vertical stripes, in reinforced concrete or disarming steel? Eight design prototypes are competing here, made ridiculous by the unlimited nature of the landscape and grounded by test climbers that pull themselves up these monoliths. A brilliantly filmed and conceived documentary joke – without the relief of laughter.

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.