Film Archive

Strictly Animated
Balance Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein

Five lean figures are standing on a concrete platform hovering somewhere in some universe. Their co-existence literally becomes a balancing act.

Balance

Animated Film
FRG
1989
8 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein
Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein
Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein
Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein
Christoph Lauenstein, Wolfgang Lauenstein
Five lean figures are standing on a concrete platform hovering somewhere in some universe. Each of their movements disturbs the balance and puts the whole system at risk. Their co-existence becomes a balancing act … The German filmmakers Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein won the Oscar for Best Animated Short Film in 1990 for this puppet animation.

Duscha Kistler

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.

Besonders Wertvoll

Documentary Film
FRG
1968
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Hellmuth Costard
The scandal of Oberhausen in 1968: a penis, a conservative MP, a film funding act, a fart. Aren’t you ashamed of yourself?

Tobias Hering

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.

Retrospective
Cultural Nationalism Skip Norman

Black Power on a snowy meadow in West Berlin: a black child and a speech by Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther Party.

Cultural Nationalism

Documentary Film
FRG
1969
11 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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Skip Norman
Black Power on a snowy meadow in West Berlin: a black child and a speech by Bobby Seale, co-founder of the Black Panther 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.

Werkschau Lutz Dammbeck
Der Maler kam aus fremdem Land … Lutz Dammbeck

A portrait of the artists Cornelia Schleime, Hans-Hendrik Grimmling and Hans Scheib who left the GDR for West Berlin between 1984 and 1985.

Der Maler kam aus fremdem Land …

Documentary Film
FRG
1988
44 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Ulrich Lenze
Lutz Dammbeck
Carlo Inderhees
Eberhard Geick, Hartmut Lange
Ekkehard Faerber
Lutz Dammbeck
Karl-Heinz Laabs
“From a strange land the painter came, so here he is still quite unknown. From a strange world the painter came, so here he is quite on his own.” A portrait of the artists Cornelia Schleime, Hans-Hendrik Grimmling and Hans Scheib who left the GDR for West Berlin between 1984 and 1985. What became of their former subversive strategies and positions in “the West”? Were they still able to find common ground? Where was the force field feeding their art located now? This was the first film Dammbeck made in the FRG, and he had to shoot it twice because the original negative got lost on its way to the lab. When it turned up again, it was unusable. A farewell greeting from the old homeland?

Sven Safarow

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.

Retrospective
Der Reifenschneider und seine Frau Klaus Wildenhahn, Roland Hehn, Horst Schwaab

A portrait of two outsiders and their life at the margins: the margin of society in West Berlin and the margin of a West Berlin student rally.

Der Reifenschneider und seine Frau

Documentary Film
FRG
1968
64 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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Klaus Wildenhahn, Roland Hehn, Horst Schwaab
Roland Hehn
Roland Hehn
Klaus Wildenhahn
Hilde Brahms, Schorsch Markgraf
A portrait of two outsiders and their life at the margins: the margin of society in West Berlin and the margin of a West Berlin student rally.

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.

Des Lebens Wunderhorn

Documentary Film
FRG
1968
10 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Institut für Filmgestaltung Ulm
Marion Zemann
The life of a young Swabian bakery employee. A vague longing for something else lurks between the phrases and images of her everyday life.

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.

Retrospective
Exprmntl 4 Knokke Claudia von Alemann, Reinhold E. Thiel

This was really broadcast on television once: a 45-minute report about an experimental film festival in the Belgian town of Knokke.

Exprmntl 4 Knokke

Documentary Film
FRG
1967
43 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Claudia von Alemann, Reinhold E. Thiel
Horst Brever
Hansjosef Hüls
Claudia von Alemann, Reinhold E. Thiel
Manfred Maenicke
This was really broadcast on television once: a 45-minute report about an experimental film festival in the Belgian town of Knokke.

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.

Homage Werner Herzog
Herakles Werner Herzog

Werner Herzog’s heroes often have to face physical challenges. “Herakles” conjures up the mythical hero who had twelve labours to perform that called for extraordinary muscular strength.

Herakles

Documentary Film
FRG
1962
10 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Werner Herzog, Walter Krüttner
Werner Herzog
Uwe Brandner
Jaime Pacheco
Werner Herzog
Werner Herzog’s heroes often have to face physical challenges. “Herakles” conjures up the mythical hero who had twelve labours to perform that called for extraordinary muscular strength. To this end, Herzog presents bodybuilders lifting weights and posing in front of mirrors, intercut with pictures of garbage dumps and bomber pilots. The then 19-year-old director shot his first work on 35 mm film. What attracted him was handling footage from different sources, including shots of “Mister Germany 1962”, which he intercut with his own material.

Kristina Jaspers

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.

Programmhinweise

Documentary Film
FRG
1968
10 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Christiane Gehner
Christian Bau
Christiane Gehner
Christiane Gehner
Klaus Wyborny
A feminist pamphlet by Christiane Gehner from the 1970 Hamburger Filmschau. A hit at the time, lost for decades and now rediscovered.

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.

Retrospective
White Christmas Harun Farocki

Christmas and war. Affirmation or denunciation? “At least the American war in Vietnam should be denounced,” Harun Farocki concludes.

White Christmas

Documentary Film
FRG
1968
4 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
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Harun Farocki
Skip Norman
Harun Farocki
Harun Farocki
Christmas and war. Affirmation or denunciation? “At least the American war in Vietnam should be denounced,” Harun Farocki concludes.

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.

Homage Werner Herzog
Wodaabe – Die Hirten der Sonne Werner Herzog

Asked whether his documentary films are ethnological studies, Herzog prefers to compare them to ancient chronicles which record collective dreams.

Wodaabe – Die Hirten der Sonne

Documentary Film
FRG
1988
51 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Patrick Sandrin, Jörg Dattler, Catherine Jacques
Werner Herzog
Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein
Maximiliane Mainka
Werner Herzog
Walter Saxer
Werner Herzog
Asked whether his documentary films are ethnological studies, Herzog prefers to compare them to ancient chronicles which record collective dreams and the mental condition of humanity rather than apparent reality. In “Wodaabe”, Herzog portrays the rites and feasts of a tribe of nomads in the Sahara. Special attention is paid to the Guérewol feast, a lavish beauty competition lasting several days where the heavily made-up and costumed men are chosen by the women. Herzog sets this to a version of Gounod’s “Ave Maria” performed by a castrato, thus achieving a surprising and touching alienation effect.

Kristina Jaspers

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.