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Book-Paper-Scissors Hirose Nanako

Kikuchi Nobuyoshi is an old-school book designer. In his studio in Tokyo, he uses sheets of paper, adhesive tape and rulers to design minimalist works of art of great sensitivity.

Book-Paper-Scissors

Documentary Film
2019
94 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Kitahara Eiji, Amy Aoyama
Hirose Nanako
biobiopatata, Suzuki Tsunekichi
Hirose Nanako
Hirose Nanako
As a book designer, Kikuchi Nobuyoshi has drafted more than 10,000 covers. Working the traditional way, with graph paper, ruler, printed-out Kanji (the Japanese letters) and tape, every copy is first created by the most delicate haptic work, before his assistant, with whom he has been collaborating for more than thirty years, transfers the finished design to the computer. Kikuchi’s books represent a considered, minimalist aesthetics in which every single element – cover, binding, spine, marker ribbon – continues the story he encountered while reading it. Renowned writers like Furui Yoshikichi, who translated Robert Musil and others into Japanese, trust the intuition and skill of Kikuchi, who claims that he has grown increasingly empty over the decades. In her gentle portrait, director Hirose Nanako shows a man whose whole lifestyle is shaped by an elegant and cultivated attitude to things – whether it’s brewing freshly ground coffee, using an old gramophone or strolling through a Tokyo flea market.

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.

Brothers Quay Night*footnotes
Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life Brothers Quay

Jakob enters the Benjamenta siblings’ servants’ school. The protagonist of Robert Walser’s novel “Jakob von Gunten” becomes an observer of a place that lies still and dreams.

Institute Benjamenta or This Dream People Call Human Life

Feature Film
1995
105 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Atelier Koninck QbfZ, Image Forum, Pandora Filmproduktion
Brothers Quay
Leszek Jankowski
Nic Knowland
Larry Syder
Brothers Quay
Alan Passes, Brothers Quay
Mark Rylance, Alice Krige, Gottfried John, Daniel Smith
Jakob enters the Benjamenta siblings’ servants’ school. The protagonist of Robert Walser’s novel “Jakob von Gunten”, which was published in 1909, becomes an observer of a place that lies still and dreams. The pupils still take mysterious exercises, for example the canon of the singing forks. But the soul of the institute glows in hidden chambers. The Brothers Quay’s first feature film features a brilliant cast, but breathes the spirit of animation. Just as Walser’s language personifies matter and states of being and objectifies persons, objects, light and the forest take over that role in the film.

André Eckardt

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.

Strictly Animated
663114 Isamu Hirabayashi

Every 66 years a cicada emerges from deep in the ground and climbs up a tree to shed its skin there. It’s been like this forever. But this time it’s different …

663114

Animated Film
2011
8 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Isamu Hirabayashi
Isamu Hirabayashi
Takashi Watanabe
Isamu Hirabayashi
Isamu Hirabayashi, Mina Yonezawa
Isamu Hirabayashi
Keitaro Iijima, Keisuke Toyoura
Hideo Kusumi, Midori Kurata
Every 66 years a cicada emerges from deep in the ground and climbs up a tree to shed its skin there. It’s been like this forever. But this time it’s different … With the monologue of this insect, Japanese animation filmmaker Isamu Hirabayashi created one of the most poignant and unsparing reactions to the disasters of Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Fukushima.

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.

Down Escalation

Animated Film
2018
8 minutes
subtitles: 
No
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Shunsaku Hayashi
Shunsaku Hayashi
Makoto Itabashi
Shunsaku Hayashi
Shunsaku Hayashi
Shunsaku Hayashi
Shunsaku Hayashi
Makoto Itabashi
Shunsaku Hayashi dissects a cocooning process. Using painting and animation as scalpels and accompanied by composer Makoto Itabashi he creates fine cuts of a transformation into largely abstract images and sound as well as layers of time. Seen under the filmic microscope, we observe with wonder a radical reorganisation of physical and emotional structures. A nervous flickering and blinking in the silence and distant closeness while shell and shape are dissolving.

André Eckardt

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.

Strictly Animated
Feed Eri Okazaki

Carefully executed actions hold this world together, following their own inner logic in constant repetition and uniformity: two large, gentle creatures in black and white plant trees.

Feed

Animated Film
2016
7 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
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Tatsutoshi Nomura
Eri Okazaki
Nozomu Kaneda
Eri Okazaki
Eri Okazaki
Eri Okazaki
Eri Okazaki
Kumiko Mochizuki, Motohiro Mochizuki
Carefully executed actions hold this world together, following their own inner logic in constant repetition and uniformity: two large, gentle creatures in black and white plant trees. Hamburgers are fried, packed in numbered boxes and stored for two children. A goat is petted and fed. And something is being counted.

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.

Strictly Animated
Jam Mirai Mizue

Creatures of different shapes dart, jump, swarm, wiggle, hang, float, pulse next to, amongst, over and under each other across the frame. Sheer life!

Jam

Animated Film
2009
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Mirai Mizue
Mirai Mizue
Mirai Mizue
Mirai Mizue
Mirai Mizue
Mirai Mizue
Creatures of different shapes dart, jump, swarm, wiggle, hang, float, pulse next to, amongst, over and under each other across the frame. They are created to the rhythm of a hammering beat, every new sequence of sounds generating another, different-coloured creature. Sheer life! Until total overpopulation is reached – visually and acoustically.

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.

The Future Is Not Unwritten

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Susanne Steinmassl
Susanne Steinmassl
Angela Aux, Cico Beck, DVDV, Sam Irl, Leroy, Johannes Oberauer, Beni Brachtel
Ben Bernhard, Karl Kürten, Susanne Steinmassl, Phyllis Josefine
Artificial Intelligence LIV
Phyllis Josefine
Susanne Steinmassl, Florian Kreier, Mira Mann
Maximilian Heitsch, Raphael Höps, Tom Bauer
Maximilian Heitsch
Susanne Steinmassl, Maximilian Heitsch, Phyllis Josefine
Susanne Steinmassl
Maximilian Heitsch, Florian Kreier
Phyllis Josefine
Are humans about to make themselves redundant? Or are we evolving into digital hybrids? The transition to trans-humanism is addressed via five recurring narrative islands about existence, corporeality, identity, transformation and consciousness. A living film which, thanks to machine learning code, narrates itself with an infinite number of changes.

Lars Rummel, Marie Hinkelmann

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.

HOMO DIGITALIS – Wie lange sind wir noch Mensch?

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Andreas Martin, Dietmar Lyssy, Marcus Uhl
Christiane Miethge, Nils Otte
Kyrill Ahlvers, Tenzin Sherpa
Tim Sprado
Anna Hunger
Dagmar Petrus, Maik Siegle
Helen Fares
Thomas Sessner, Mustafa Isik (BR), Katja Ferwagner, Katja Dünnebacke, Aurélie Marx, Annina Zwettler (ARTE), Siegfried Steinlechner (ORF)
Miriam Mogge, Bernd Paulus, Max Karadeniz
Benny Nero
Phuoc Le, Lena Fischer
Christiane Miethge
Bernd Paulus, Phuoc Le, Lena Fischer
Anna Hunger, Sven Schulz
We live in times of upheaval. More and more technical innovations are part of our everyday life. But how dependent do we want to be? Or are we already addicted? Will there be a time when we have nothing but digital friendships, sex with robots, when we hack our own bodies? The transmedia project “HOMO DIGITALIS” consists of a documentary web series and a self testing game. How does the digital revolution affect us human beings? Does it turn Homo sapiens into a new species – Homo digitalis?

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.

A Free Man

Documentary Film
2017
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Andreas Hartmann
Andreas Hartmann
Andreas Hartmann
Andreas Hartmann
Andreas Hartmann
Florian Marquardt
A young man deliberately chooses to live on the streets. After Kei tried and dropped out of university and military service he finds his happiness in turning his back on his performance-oriented society. He sleeps under bridges, meets new people in the streets and devotes all his time to his passions – classical music and military games. It’s doubtful whether he can keep up this lifestyle, because reality always catches up with him. The film follows this freedom-loving dreamer who is completely carried away by his outsider’s role with an almost meditative calm and breathtaking music.

Kim Busch

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.

Toward a Common Tenderness

Documentary Film
2017
64 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Shinji Kitagawa
Kaori Oda
Mono Fontana
Kaori Oda
Kaori Oda
Kaori Oda
Kaori Oda
A young Japanese woman in Bosnia-Herzegovina. She is both subject and object of a poetic film research in a foreign land. Attempts to inscribe herself into unfamiliar daily routines. Nomadic invididuality on lonely outposts. What could easily have become self-satisfied introspection is shown in “Toward a Common Tenderness” as a deficient state of being that must be cracked open. The camera becomes the filmmaker’s physical and spiritual tool to capture her own story, her current human and geographical environment and a path through life that may or may not result from this.

Kaori Oda’s film has a mysterious beauty, a beauty on uncertain terrain. Perhaps it most resembles the kind described by Robert Bresson in his “Notes on Cinematography”: “The beauty of your film will not be in the images (postcardism) but in the ineffable that they will emit.”

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.

Anal Juke. Anal Juice

Animated Film
2013
3 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Sawako Kabuki (Tama University)
Sawako Kabuki
Seinosuke Saeki
Sawako Kabuki
Sawako Kabuki
Sawako Kabuki
Fukushima and a broken heart lead to a meltdown of body and mind. Using colour and speed to maximum effect, Sawaku Kabuki gives her female protagonist extravagant acrobatic skills and lets her get even with her ex boyfriend. Fuck him!

Ines Seifert

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.

Disobedient Images
Broken Down Film Osamu Tezuka

The cowboy hero, the lovely lady, and the evil villain – in his spoof on one of the oldest genres in film history, the western movie, Osamu Tezuka sets up a funny obstacle course of projection blunders and celluloid flaws.

Broken Down Film

Animated Film
1985
6 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Minoru Kubota
Osamu Tezuka
Shizuo Kurahashi
Masaaki Fujita
Shuichi Kakesu
Hiroshi Nishimura, Masateru Yoshimura, Junji Kobayashi, Noboru Tanizawa, Shinji Seya, Kaoru Kanoh
Shizuo Kurahashi
The cowboy hero, the lovely lady, and the evil villain – in his spoof on one of the oldest genres in film history, the western movie, Osamu Tezuka sets up a funny obstacle course of projection blunders and celluloid flaws for his drawn protagonists. What follows is a dramatic fight against a frame line with a will of its own, a tempest of scratches and the ruthless film tear.

Ines Seifert

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.

Datum Point

Animated Film
2015
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Ryo Orikasa
Ryo Orikasa
Shun Owada
Ryo Orikasa
Ryo Orikasa
Ryo Orikasa
Yoshiro Ishihara
Shun Owada
Waves keep rolling at the screen, breaking, forming powerful eddies, leaving traces of their energy. They are made of plasticine. The animation becomes the visible expression of the intuitive forming of and the resistance offered by the raw material, accompanied by minimalist electronic sounds. With this film Ryo Orikasa creates a compelling haiku based on the works of the Japanese “poet of silence”, Yoshiro Ishihara.

André Eckardt


Nominated for mephisto 97.6 Audience Award

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.

Anomalies

Animated Film
2013
3 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Abigail Addison
Atsushi Wada
Miki Sakurai
Atsushi Wada
Atsushi Wada
Atsushi Wada
Masumi Takino
We try to enrich ourselves through prayer, faith and devotion to someone or something “other”. Similarly, we believe in the existence of “anomalies”, such as unknowable and uncontrollable monsters. But can such beliefs advance us?



Honorary Mention in the International Competition Animated Film 2014

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.

International Programme
My Milk Cup Cow Yantong Zhu

Nunu is raised by her father. He tells little fibs to try to make his daughter believe in an ideal world as long as possible. These lies become a problem as Nunu grows older.

My Milk Cup Cow

Animated Film
2014
11 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Koji Yamamura
Yantong Zhu
Asuka Horiguchi
Ayane Fukushima
Nunu is raised by her father. He tells little fibs to try to make his daughter believe in an ideal world as long as possible. These lies become a problem as Nunu grows older.

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.

International Programme
Sansui, Landschaft Nina Wiesnagrotzki

Fujiyama as a popular picture postcard, the expression of a fragile existence on the fault line between two tectonic plates. A multifaceted visual examination of a post-Fukushima mentality.

Sansui, Landschaft

Documentary Film
2014
27 minutes
subtitles: 
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Hochschule für bildende Künste Hamburg
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Nina Wiesnagrotzki
Pablo Paolo Kilian
The Japanese have a special relationship with mountains, and not just since the cheesy film adaptation of “Heidi”. The snow-covered Fujisan (the correct name of Fujiyama) is probably the most popular picture postcard. Katsushika Hokusai’s coloured woodcuts are a masterful visualisation of their respect for the natural powers. Hardly surprising: two thirds of the archipelago are mountains and situated on the fault line between two tectonic plates. This fragile underground, which regularly triggers earthquakes and devastating tsunamis, has shaped the lives of its inhabitants. But they have also learned to live with it. Installation artist and filmmaker Nina Wiesnagrotzki’s film “Sansui, Landscape” is a kind of visual examination exploring the history of the Japanese mentality. She moves in ever widening circles of thinking which incorporate the image arsenal of popular cinema, comics and legends. Ever since the Fukushima disaster we know that Godzilla as the embodiment of a nightmare is no exaggeration.
Cornelia Klauß

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.