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DOK local 2016
Der Schatten der Apparate Katharina Wittmann, Ursula Breuer

The catholic priory of St. Trinitatis, Leipzig 2016. A chance meeting in the newly opened church is followed by a conversation.

Der Schatten der Apparate

Documentary Film
Germany
2016
13 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Katharina Wittmann
Katharina Wittmann, Ursula Breuer
Katharina Wittmann
The catholic priory of St. Trinitatis, Leipzig 2016. A chance meeting in the newly opened church is followed by a conversation. The documentary filmmaker and the passionate amateur photographer get to know each other better. Nonetheless, both stay mostly behind their devices – a meeting in restful long shots and extreme close-ups. Over a selection of Silesian cakes in the oldest prefabricated building in Leipzig the conversation throws flashlights on more than half a century of a post-war biography.

Nadja Rademacher
DOK local 2016
Die Sehnsucht nach dem Meer Ute Puder

Surrounded by nothing but dry land and yet by the sea: the incredible story of a city with a waterless port, great plans, no money, and limitless vision. Leipzig, of course.

Die Sehnsucht nach dem Meer

Documentary Film
Germany
2016
43 minutes
subtitles: 
English

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Ute Puder
Ute Puder
Mette Henriette Martedatter Rølvåg
Uwe Walter, Marcus Nebe
Marcus Nebe
Ute Puder
Marcus Nebe, Maximilian Pongratz
Megalomania is a character trait shared by geniuses, madmen and Leipzig. If evidence should be required: a place surrounded by nothing but dry land and run through only by a small river boasts a considerable port with warehouses, canals and locks. Basically, it’s Leipzig by the sea, if it wasn’t for reality which has invariably crossed the city’s plans so far. If you look at it from that perspective you see wind-swept ruins and useless concrete blocks cluttering the landscape.

Ute Puder pulls of the feat of uniting both points of view: there’s the dream of a link to the sea, born out of the colonial pursuit of profit of an entrepreneur who in the age of industrialisation wanted to transport cotton straight from his plantation in Africa to the biggest cotton mill in Europe in Leipzig. Today some people dream of developing new forms of housing and living instead of hip galleries and lofts in these places, others dream of huge steamers in the shadow of the Völkerschlachtdenkmal (monument to the Battle of the Nations). One side is hampered by insufficient depth of water, the other by financial and municipal politics (the pursuit of profit again). Talking with experts and residents, using archive material, with poetic images, precise sound effects and a jazzy soundtrack, Puder explores both, desire and delusion.

Grit Lemke