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Der lachende Mann Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann

One of the most controversial documentaries ever. The core of this film is a long interview with the infamous West German mercenary Siegfried Müller.

Der lachende Mann

Documentary Film
GDR
1962
62 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme
Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann
Peter Hellmich, Horst Donth
Traute Wischnewski
Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann
Heinz Reusch, Ingrid Schernikau
The core of this film is a long interview with the infamous West German mercenary Siegfried Müller, supplemented by sequences shot for “Commando 52”. “The Laughing Man” broke new stylistic ground at the time. On the one hand it is regarded as a milestone of GDR film history, but on the other hand its production history and style make it one of the most controversial documentaries ever.

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.

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Ich war ein glücklicher Mensch Eduard Schreiber

An attempt to understand what made the almost eighty-year-old Tilbert Eckertz hold on to communism. Eckertz worked as a business journalist in the GDR.

Ich war ein glücklicher Mensch

Documentary Film
GDR
1990
58 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Eduard Schreiber
Peter Rabenalt, Michael Nyman
Sebastian Richter
Viktoria Dietrich
Rolf Richter, Eduard Schreiber
Andreas Walter
Tilbert Eckertz
An attempt to understand what made the almost eighty-year-old Tilbert Eckertz hold on to communism. Eckertz worked as a business journalist in the GDR. Raked over the coals as a dissenter again and again he still calls himself a happy person. But the more his life progresses, the less he is able to banish injuries he suffered and inflicted from his self-image.

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.

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Kommando 52 Walter Heynowski

A portrait of predominantly West German mercenaries in the Congo. A GDR film. The revelation that the commanders were former Wehrmacht officers, was dismissed as propaganda in the FRG.

Kommando 52

Documentary Film
GDR
1965
34 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Wochenschau und Dokumentarfilme
Walter Heynowski
Thomas Billhardt, Horst Donth, Peter Hellmich
Traute Wischnewski
Walter Heynowski
Peter Nölle
Herwart Grosse
A group portrait of mercenaries, predominantly West German men, fighting in the Congo. The revelation that the commanders of the company were former Wehrmacht officers who had learned their craft in the war of annihilation against the Soviet Union and used it with obvious pleasure in the brutal fight against partisans in Africa was lightly dismissed as propaganda in the FRG.

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.

Märkische Ziegel

Documentary Film
GDR
1989
35 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Volker Koepp
Mario Peters
Thomas Plenert
Yvonne Loquenz
Gotthold Gloger, Volker Koepp
Peter Dienst, Eberhard Pfaff
A chronicle of the Brandenburg town of Zehdenick, a snapshot from the spring of 1988. Brickyards have determined the rhythm of this small town and its inhabitants for more than a hundred years. Here, the brick burners speak frankly about their working conditions. Volker Koepp’s film was classified by the Central Film Office as a depressing report about outdated production methods and defeatist contemporaries.

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.

DEFA Matinee
Östliche Landschaft Eduard Schreiber

Why words if symbolic image elements speak for themselves? The short film shows how numerous East Germans get rid of their lived history after the reunification.

Östliche Landschaft

Documentary Film
Germany
1991
13 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Dokumentarfilme
Eduard Schreiber
Thomas Klemm
Sebastian Richter
Ingeborg Marszalek
Rolf Richter
Henner Golz
Why words if symbolic image elements speak for themselves? The short film shows how numerous East Germans get rid of their lived history after the reunification. Contemporary history crystallises on an East Berlin garbage dump: a location of “historic” relics from the socialist age that people no longer need for the dawning era, objects that have lost their utility value after the end of a state.

The almost unreal filmic form overlays what is shown like a disturbing filter, like the narrative of a failed dream. There is still – or perhaps, from a distance, again – space for poetry in this landscape of disillusionment.

Nicolas Rossi

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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Psalm 18 Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann

A mass in the Church of National Thanksgiving, ordered by the Pinochet government just after the coup in Chile in September 1973.

Psalm 18

Documentary Film
GDR
1974
6 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Studio H & S Berlin
Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann
Peter Hellmich
A mass in the Church of National Thanksgiving, ordered by the Pinochet government just after the coup in Chile in September 1973. When the new rulers leave the building, the words from the psalms appear at their back: “They cried unto the Lord but he answered them not. Then did I beat them small as the dust before the wind; I did cast them out as the dirt in the streets.”

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.

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Wozu denn über diese Leute einen Film? Thomas Heise

Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg: a hot spot of petty crime in 1980. The motorcycle of a friend of Thomas Heise’s is stolen. The two friends set out into the milieu to investigate the matter.

Wozu denn über diese Leute einen Film?

Documentary Film
GDR
1980
33 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
HFF “Konrad Wolf” Potsdam-Babelsberg
Thomas Heise
Stefan Carow
Dagmar Mundt
Beate Sell
Thomas Heise
Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg. The district where vegan food is celebrated today was a hot spot of petty crime in 1980: The motorcycle of a friend of Thomas Heise’s is stolen. Instead of going to the police, the victim and the film student set out into the milieu to investigate the matter. Direct cinema made in the GDR. Conflicts with the head of the university were not intended, but inevitable.

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.

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Z32 Avi Mograbi

An elite soldier of the Israeli army reveals in front of the camera that he murdered Palestinians in a retaliatory operation executed by his commando. What to do and how to deal with this knowledge?

Z32

Documentary Film
France,
Israel
2008
81 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Les Films d’Ici, Avi Mograbi, Le Fresnoy – Studio National des Arts Contemporains
Avi Mograbi
Noam Enbar
Philippe Bellaïche
Avi Mograbi
Avi Mograbi, Noam Enbar
An elite soldier of the Israeli army reveals in front of the camera that he murdered Palestinians in a retaliatory operation executed by his commando. What to do and how to deal with this knowledge? By now, director Avi Mograbi has some routine in dealing with the experience of “getting quick applause from the wrong side”. In consequence, he sees his work as fundamentally controversial.

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.

79 Springtimes

Documentary Film
Cuba
1969
25 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Idalberto Gálvez
Iván Nápoles
Norma Torrado
Santiago Álvarez
Carlos Fernández, Raúl Pérez Ureta
Agit pop art condensed and charged to the maximum. Frenetic ingenuity full of a genuinely materialist sensuality and a visually powerful forward thrust. In terms of content: a cinematic brotherly kiss on the occasion of the death of Bác Hồ, also known as Hồ Chí Minh (1890–1969). Also: formulating the certainty that the fight will go on, must go on.

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.

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Die Musici Katja Georgi

Four petty bourgeois and their assiduous attempts to play a harmonious home concert. The “Neues Deutschland” newspaper interpreted “Musici” as a pamphlet against West German philistines.

Die Musici

Animated Film
GDR
1963
4 minutes
subtitles: 
No
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Katja Georgi
Addy Kurth
Manfred Schreyer
Eva d’Bomba
Katja Georgi
Katja Georgi won the 1963 Bronze Dove in Leipzig for her short cut out animation about four petty bourgeois and their assiduous attempts to play a harmonious home concert. The “Neues Deutschland” newspaper interpreted “Musici” as a pamphlet against West German philistines who ignored the arms race before their eyes and escaped into private music-making.

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.

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Don’t Get Me Wrong Adina Pintilie

The protagonists or rather heroes of this first film by Adina Pintilie are inhabitants of a psychiatric home in Romania.

Don’t Get Me Wrong

Documentary Film
Romania
2007
50 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Dan Nutu (Aristoteles Workshop)
Adina Pintilie
Sorin Gociu
Ligia Smarandache
Adina Pintilie
Tudor Petre
The protagonists or rather heroes of this first film by Adina Pintilie are inhabitants of a psychiatric home in Romania. It’s taken for granted that God speaks here, and the “lunatics” very politely discuss who rules the rain. This debut film was celebrated all over the world as a poetical and political masterpiece and won the DOK Leipzig Golden Dove in 2007.

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.

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Einmart Lutz Dammbeck

A hermetically sealed, uncomfortable universe. The hero, Einmart, is a torsoless head who just scratches along. Once, however, Einmart successfully attempts to fly. Richly allusive. Subversive.

GDR

GDR
1980

Einmart

Animated Film
GDR
1980
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
DEFA-Studio für Trickfilme
Lutz Dammbeck
Thomas Herfel
Hans Schöne
Eva d‘Bomba
Lutz Dammbeck
Lutz Dammbeck
Heinz Kaiser
Friedrich-Wilhelm Junge, Dagmar Manzel
A hermetically sealed, uncomfortable universe. The hero, Einmart, is a torsoless head who just scratches along. The ordinary creatures are condemned to stay on the ground. Once, however, Einmart successfully attempts to fly. From above he can see the outside, where free and unlimited flying seems to be normal. Richly allusive. Subversive.

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.

Hanoi, Tuesday 13th

Documentary Film
Cuba
1967
38 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Leo Brouwer
Iván Nápoles
Norma Torrado, Idalberto Gálvez
Jorge Pucheaux, Pepín Rodríguez, Adalberto Hernández
Santiago Álvarez, José Martí
Carlos Fernández
The montage of a day in the North Vietnamese capital, including the inferno of an air raid. Álvarez saw himself as an interventionist artist, as a contributor to building a new and hopefully better world which was to be defined on the basis of present conditions and then advanced. The reality of his films is that of his ideals, opinions and aspirations.

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.

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Megatrick Anne Isensee

A treasure unsurpassed in its simplicity. It starts with “Eeh.” And sometimes it only takes two minutes to see through life.

Megatrick

Animated Film
Germany
2017
2 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Anne Isensee (Filmuniversität Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF)
Anne Isensee
Dascha Dauenhauer, Felix Rösch, Robert Pilgram, Marcus Sander, Carl Ludwig Wetzig
Anne Isensee
Chandra Fleig
A treasure unsurpassed in its simplicity. It starts with “Eeh.” And sometimes it only takes two minutes to see through life. Anne Isensee comes straight and quickly to the point. What the line describes as a concept of life does look tempting, though it’s nice that there are one or two crinks, too. Laid-back, witty and profound.

Ralph Eue



Golden Dove German Competition Short Film

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 of the Carrots Priit Pärn

The residents of the PGI Hotel seem to be competing who’s the most eccentric. The rabbits on the top floor have already taken over the world...

Night of the Carrots

Animated Film
Estonia
1998
29 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kalev Tamm, Linda Sade
Priit Pärn
Olav Ehala
Ruth-Helene Kaasik
Priit Pärn
Marje Ale, Eda Kurg, Raul Lunia, Ülle Metsur, Ruslan Piterja, Ebe Tramberg, Tarmo Vaarmets, Thomas Frey, Simon Piniel
Priit Pärn
Jaak Elling
The residents of the PGI Hotel seem to be competing who’s the most eccentric. The rabbits on the top floor have already taken over the world and rule it through voodoo, and something either creepily horrible or utterly wonderful will happen in the approaching night of the carrots.

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.

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Now Santiago Álvarez

Give me two photos, an editing table and a piece of music, Santiago Álvarez (1919–1998) is said to have claimed as his filmmaking motto.

Now

Documentary Film
Cuba
1965
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
ICAIC
Santiago Álvarez
Pepín Rodríguez, Adalberto Hernández
Norma Torrado, Idalberto Gálvez
Adalberto Jiménez
Give me two photos, an editing table and a piece of music, Santiago Álvarez (1919–1998) is said to have claimed as his filmmaking motto. He was speaking literally, even though in the end it was never just a couple of photos. In this case: pages torn from “Time Magazine”, especially pictures of police brutality in the US, plus Lena Horne’s jazz version of the Hebrew folksong “Hava Nagila.”

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.