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Alle 28 Tage Ina Borrmann

In Central Europe ten percent of all couples need longer than two years to make their wish of having a child come true. As with so many other things, I put my wish for a child off until the last possible biological moment.

Alle 28 Tage

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
87 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Cordula Kablitz-Post
Ina Borrmann
Jeremy Bullock
Ina Borrmann, Sebastian Hattop
Dorothee Broeckelmann
Ina Borrmann
Ina Borrmann
In Central Europe ten percent of all couples need longer than two years to make their wish of having a child come true. As with so many other things, I put my wish for a child off until the last possible biological moment. The idea of having a baby frightened me. I was preoccupied with myself and didn't want a commitment. On the one hand there was the desire for a relationship and a home but on the other there was the longing for total freedom and independence. It also seemed important to me to resist society's pressure to give birth. I considered my not having a child a statement as it were. But then it happened, suddenly and unexpectedly. Wanting to have a child emerged from the darkest depths of my psyche. After all, two's company but not a Family ..

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.

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Meine Reise in die DDR – 25 Jahre später Wolfgang Ettlich

November 89. The Berlin Wall, west-german filmmaker Wolfgang Ettlich grew up with, is history. And it is absolutely clear to him: he has to capture this historical moment with his camera.

Meine Reise in die DDR – 25 Jahre später

Documentary Film
Germany
2015
83 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Wolfgang Ettlich
Wolfgang Ettlich
Hans-Albrecht Luznat
Monika Abspacher
Harald Eggebrecht
Zoltan Ravasz
November 89. The Berlin Wall, west-german filmmaker Wolfgang Ettlich grew up with, is history. And it is absolutely clear to him: he has to capture this historical moment with his camera. Only two month later Ettlich and his cinematographer started their journey to an unknown land –the GDR. On the road for five weeks, driven by curiosity and only guided by luck, they met people who were talking about their lifes and hopes. People happy about the new won freedom, but not without anxiety about the future. 25 years later both men do their journey again. As spontaneously as they did in 1990 they visit the same places for the second time. What will have changed? Are the people they got to know then still living there? Did their hopes came true? The film material of everyday life in 1990 shows in combination with the actual pictures and interviews how radical the chances for the country and the People ha been.„My Journey to GDR – 25 years later“ is a very individual view – almost like a holiday trip. But it shows quite plainly the condition of the former east Germany in year 25th of German Unity.

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.

Wer ist Thomas Müller?

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
90 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jonas Katzenstein
Christian Heynen
Georg Rohbeck
Andreas Köhler
Anika Simon
Sebastian Kaltmeyer
Christian Heynen
Martin Wendt
WHO IS THOMAS MÜLLER? is a humorous quest: A search for the average German. “Thomas Müller“ is the personification of the “super-average“ - a construction created by German statisticians in order to deliver a role model for advertising, politics and economy. But who is the real face behind the most common name in Germany? Who is the most average “Thomas Müller“ of Germany? Is our whole country designed for a statistical average which ultimately corresponds to no one? The documentary follows a road-movie structure. Using different narrative forms - such as cartoon animation, graphics, etc. - the documentary starts where all statistics end: With real individuals who are named Thomas Müller but are not at all consistent with your average German. These encounters make the film fast, funny, serious, thoughtful and give it an edge. It’s a trans media project combining the worlds of cinema, television and the internet. While the movie is a search for this phantom, we bring it to life in the world wide web: By virtually creating a “Thomas Müller”, the German average person comes alive and is able to interact with his “fans” and “followers“.

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.

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Biblioteka – Von Büchern, einsamen Frauen und einem Leser Ana Tsimintia

They gossip, scream, hammer away on a piano, eat, drink, and bang doors. And there are more librarians than readers in this small Georgian library.

Biblioteka – Von Büchern, einsamen Frauen und einem Leser

Documentary Film
Georgia,
Lithuania
2014
54 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Mikheil Svanidze, Bernardas Andriushis, Ana Tsimintia
Ana Tsimintia
Nika Pasuri
Ana Tsimintia
Ana Tsimintia, Bernardas Andriushis
Ana Tsimintia
Sigitas Motoras
Dr. Claudia Schreiner
There must be more fulfilling jobs than being a librarian in the municipal library of Zugdidi in Georgia. Actually, from what “Biblioteka” shows one would not even assume that these women are working and that their workplace is a library. The number of employees seems to exceed the number of visitors by far. They chat, gossip and scream, someone is hammering away on a piano, people are eating and drinking in the reading rooms, doors are banged – high drama in an institute that ought to be filled with silence and concentration. All these unusual and agitated goings-on cover up the real state of the library. But the short breaks in the racket or the views of the frequently decrepit rooms with their crumbling plaster and bare concrete floors reveal that this place is an anachronism, a remnant of another system, another age. Its only remaining function may be as a meeting point for the librarians, who wouldn’t be more than remnants themselves without this place.

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.

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Night Will Fall – Hitchcocks Lehrfilm für die Deutschen André Singer

In 1945, the Allies filmed shocking images during the liberation of the first concentration camp; Alfred Hitchcock and others produced a film that was lost for years and was now re-discovered and reconstructed.

Night Will Fall – Hitchcocks Lehrfilm für die Deutschen

Documentary Film
Israel,
UK,
USA
2014
76 minutes
subtitles: 
VO_German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sally Angel, Brett Ratner
André Singer
Nicholas Singer
Richard Blanshard
Arik Lahav, Stephen Miller
Lynette Singer
Aviv Aldema, Amir Boverman
Dr. Katja Wildermuth (MDR), Barbara Biemann (NDR)
When the first concentration camps were liberated in 1945, the Allied cameramen’s assignment was to document the events systematically – a record of the inconceivable. The images they produced were so grim and horrifying that much of what we have seen in this context probably pales in comparison. On the basis of this material, renowned filmmakers like Sidney Bernstein, Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder and Stewart McAllister produced a documentary with the revelatory subtitle “No German can say he didn’t know”.
The political agenda of German reconstruction prevented its publication – reels vanished or ended up in archives, where they lay untouched for decades. Now the Imperial War Museum has managed to reconstruct the film almost completely. Supplemented by testimonies of contemporary witnesses, “Night Will Fall” is a haunting reflection of the story of this documentary film and one of the darkest chapters of the 20th century.

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.

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Pfarrer Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe

A preachers’ seminar in the city of Luther, Wittenberg: observations and interviews with budding pastors and a matter-of-fact look at religious feelings and life plans.

Pfarrer

Documentary Film
Germany
2014
90 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Heino Deckert
Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe
Tobias Hume, Andrea Falconiero, Johann Sebastian Bach, This Will Destroy You, Pinoreks
Stefan Kolbe
Chris Wright
Chris Wright, Stefan Kolbe
Chris Wright
Susanne Sturm, Martin Hübner
A large group of young people in liturgical robes look at the audience, wave their arms and chant “Aaah, hoooo!” Their entranced faces as they sing and pray could be irritating, just like their fairly unusual career aspirations: these people want to become pastors. In remarkable contrast to such irritations and certainly suitable to qualify some prejudices, the aspiring ministers seem anything but entranced. The seminar they attend seems almost like a therapy group. They want to take up this profession because they believe in God, but surely also because their biographies are the way they are. They talk more openly about their lives than many would have expected – especially considering that the filmmakers call themselves atheists and don’t hesitate to ask critical questions. This creates a striking look at religiousness, concepts of humanity and life plans – and somehow even a consensus between the different perspectives in front of and behind the lens.

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.

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Im Dreieck Uwe Mann

Heiner Hinrichs, former architect and site manager of the city of Halle-Neustadt, vigorous, contradictory, and caught in a triangle between two women.

Im Dreieck

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
92 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Mario Schneider, 42film
Uwe Mann
Cornelius Renz
Eva-Luise Volkmann, Uwe Mann
Gudrun Steinbrück
Uwe Mann
Karina Schenk
Beate Schönfeld (MDR)
This documentary by Uwe Mann tells a classic romantic drama: two women love the same man and share him. They are all in the late autumn of their lives, and yet this is not a film about pensioners.
The film revolves around Heiner Hinrichs (74). Who is this man who is worth suffering for? His life is like a mountain massif, piled up by him and the upheavals of his time. He wanted to shape the GDR as an architect and site manager, but in the end it was the other way round. He believed that the modern, the socialist personality could exist. He was not a profiteer, rejected privilege. A life of ups and downs – exciting and tragic at the same time.

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.

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Mein Sommer ’88 – Wie die Stars die DDR rockten Carsten Fiebeler, Daniel Remsperger

In 1988 top acts like Depeche Mode, Bryan Adams, James Brown, Joe Cocker, and Bruce Springsteen lined up to play in East Berlin. Contemporary witnesses remember.

Mein Sommer ’88 – Wie die Stars die DDR rockten

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
88 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Jost-Arend Bösenberg, DOKfilm Fernsehproduktion
Carsten Fiebeler, Daniel Remsperger
Bruce Springsteen, Joe Cocker, Depeche Mode, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Michael Jackson, James Brown, Bryan Adams, Mike Patton, Pink Floyd, Rainbirds, City, Dirk Zöllner
Erik Krambeck, Florian Foest
Jasmin Hoffhaus, Markus C.M. Schmidt
Carsten Fiebeler, Daniel Remsperger
Anja Hagemeier (MDR), Jens Stubenrauch (RBB)
In 1988, top acts like Depeche Mode, Bryan Adams, James Brown, Joe Cocker, and Bruce Springsteen were lining up to play in East Berlin. Anyone who went to these historic concerts gets goose bumps even today remembering how the long-awaited stars stepped out of their posters and, for one evening, seemed close enough to touch.
Three very special music fans serve as guides through this passionate, funny and rocking film by Daniel Remsperger and Carsten Fiebeler: “Locke” (Moritz Jahn) and his friends Stefan (Philip Wiegratz) and Maren (Helene Doppler). They actually managed to visit all superstar concerts in the GDR in 1988. 20 other contemporary witnesses are also heard.

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.

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Zonenmädchen Sabine Michel

The end of their school years coincided with the end of the GDR – five girls from Dresden on a journey to Paris and into the past.

Zonenmädchen

Documentary Film
Germany
2013
75 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Maria Wischnewski, Holly Tischmann, IT WORKS!
Sabine Michel
Sebastian Herzfeld
Susanne Schüle, Martin Langner
Gudrun Steinbrück-Plenert, Catrin Vogt
Sabine Michel
Johannes Schmelzer-Ziringer, Oliver Prasnikar, Alexander Heinze, Patrick Veigel
Dagmar Mielke (RBB / Arte), Rolf Bergmann (RBB), Martin Hübner (MDR)
Filmmaker Sabine Michel spent her childhood in Dresden’s “valley of the clueless” – a satirical name referring to the fact that the signals of West German TV never reached the city. She and her four friends finished school the year the GDR vanished from the maps. Educated to be socialists, free as birds and on the threshold of adulthood, they found themselves facing a new beginning in the former enemy country and were forced to reorient themselves …
This funny and very personal documentary follows the former friends on a trip to Paris. What has become of them? What did this external break mean to their biographies? How much “East Germany” is still in them?

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.

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Geboren in der Sowjetunion. Neun Leben 1983-2011 Sergey Miroshnichenko

New episodes of the world-famous long-term observation that started to record the lives of nine children from the former Soviet Union 28 years ago – growing up in troubled times.

Geboren in der Sowjetunion. Neun Leben 1983-2011

Documentary Film
Germany,
Russia,
UK
2011
104 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sergey Miroshnichenko (Studio "Ostrov"), Jemma Jupp (ITV Ltd.), Simone Baumann (Saxonia), Katja Wildermuth (MDR)
Sergey Miroshnichenko
Ilya Demutsky
Vyacheslav Sachkov, Juriy Ermolin
Sergey Miroshnichenko
The Russian long-term observation “Born in the USSR” is known worldwide for having followed the chequered lives of nine children born in the Soviet era for 28 years. Emmy award winner Sergey Miroshnichenko creates fascinating insights into the worlds of his protagonists who have now grown up in quite a different value system. Take nine ordinary seven-year-olds and change their whole environment. Put their parents’ values upside down and exchange them for the norms and values of the society they will grow up in. Add puberty and hormones at the age of 14, followed by military service, financial difficulties and the onset of adult responsibilities at 21. Then wait seven years. “Born in the USSR” portrays very different people from Russia, Central Asia, the Baltic States and the Caucasus. It’s more than a film about life in the post-Soviet era, more even than a collection of biographies. It is always a very universal film about growing up, about dreams and hopes, realities and disappointments and the big question of what life holds in store for each of us.

Production note

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.

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Ich, Putin – Ein Porträt Hubert Seipel

Former KGB agent, head of the secret service, minister president, president – a surprisingly personal portrait of the most powerful man in Russia before the elections.

Ich, Putin – Ein Porträt

(none)
Germany
2012
74 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Ulrich Lenze (Cinecentrum) Koproduktion: Christoph Mestmacher (NDR) (fed), Katja Wildermuth (MDR), Rolf Bergmann (RBB), Kuno Haberbuisch (Servus TV)
Hubert Seipel
Axel Brandt
Hubert Seipel
He is the most important man in Russia, a two-time President and two-time Minister President of the biggest country on earth who became President of the Russian Federation again in May 2012.
Who is the man who has shaped Russia more than anyone else since the fall of the Soviet Union? How does the ex-KGB agent – who was stationed in the former GDR in the 1980s and, back in Moscow, rose to become head of the secret service, Minister President and finally President within a period of four years – respond to the new challenge? Putin, the man “who has a way with people”, as his old friend Sergey Rodulgin describes him; Putin, who waged a decades-long all-out bloody war against separatist Chechnya; and Putin, whose authoritarian style, after the chaotic years under Yeltsin, transformed the natural resources giant Russia into a relatively stable country whose wealth is growing.
Multiple award-winning television filmmaker Hubert Seipel follows Putin through Russia for weeks in a surprisingly personal observation of one of the most powerful politicians in the world on his most difficult election campaign yet. In addition to Vladimir Putin, Hubert Seipel interviews numerous fellow travellers and opposition members.

Production note

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.

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Yellow Cake – Die Lüge von der sauberen Energie Joachim Tschirner

From the Wismut company across half the world: uranium mining, its toxic legacy and a remediation project whose end is nowhere in sight.

Yellow Cake – Die Lüge von der sauberen Energie

Documentary Film
Germany
2010
108 minutes
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Joachim Tschirner (Um Welt Film Produktionsgesellschaft) Klaus Salge, November Film, ARTE, RBB, MDR
Joachim Tschirner
Fred Krüger, WENZEL, Nora Guthrie
Robert Laatz, Jana Marsik, Lars Barthel, Friedo Feindt, Christian Maletzke, Andrè Götzmann
Joachim Tschirner, Burghard Drachsel
Mario Köhler, Marc Witte, Marc von Stürler
Hans-Eckardt Wenzel
In “Yellow Cake” Joachim Tschirner accompanies the most gigantic clean-up operation in the history of uranium mining and takes the audience on a journey from Central Germany around half the world.
Uranium mining, the first chain link of the nuclear energy production, has always been out of the public eye. A web of propaganda, disinformation and outright lies covers its 65-year history. In the East German provinces of Saxony and Thuringia the former third largest uranium producer worldwide was located. Operating until German Unification, it had the code name WISMUT and supplied the Soviet Union with a total of 220,000 tons of uranium until 1990. For each ton, ten thousand times its weight in rocks had to be extracted, processed and deposited somewhere. As a result, unimaginable quantities of highly toxic and radioactive waste were produced. During the last twenty years, thousands of former miners have been making gigantic efforts to deal with this past. Recovering the radioactive waste will cost the tax payers almost seven billion Euros in the end, but the end is nowhere in sight.
While the question whether the radioactive waste produced by uranium mining can be made secure for thousands of years is still open, uranium prices on the global market are constantly rising – twenty-fold during the making of this film alone.

Production note

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.