Film Archive

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Guilt

Animated Film
Poland
2019
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Agata Golańska
Marcjanna Urbańska
Ewa Kędzierska
Marcjanna Urbańska
Marcjanna Urbańska, Ewa Sztefka
Marcjanna Urbańska
Adam Krzyżanowski
Can a daughter’s love stay innocent and unconditional when alcohol addiction drives incalculable cracks into the feeling of security once known? Here, a child wants to give everything to stay connected to her mother in love. But Mom struggles with depression. The fragile family network tips over. Marcjanna Urbańska finds symbols for the disturbing metamorphoses this girl is forced to deal with. Her images for the tenderness and fragility of family ties get under one’s skin.

Nadja Rademacher

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.

In Touch

Documentary Film
Iceland,
Poland
2018
61 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Łukasz Długołęcki, Haukur M. Hrafnsson
Paweł Ziemilski
Arni Valur Kristinsson, Martina Bertoni
Filip Drożdż
Dorota Wardęszkiewicz
Paweł Ziemilski, Łukasz Długołęcki, Haukur M. Hrafnsson
Piotr Kubiak, Paweł Szygendowski
On the road to a better life you are inevitably forced to leave many things behind. The Polish village of Stare Juchy is such a left-behind place. Since the 1980s, a third of its population emigrated to Iceland and none of them have returned to date. The relatives who stayed in Poland – usually the emigrants’ parents and grandparents – participate via Skype and Facebook in the lives of those who left. They rarely manage to visit each other. In the village, which is still getting emptier, time stands still and its inhabitants become the observers of events far from their surroundings. Their children have careers as police officers or construction managers, their grandchildren sing Icelandic pop songs, and they themselves have no choice but to report on the weather or the mushroom harvest. Every so often, a tentative missing feeling, even a menacing longing, creeps into the conversations. The hope for a reunion dies last.

Paweł Ziemilski uses sequences shot in Iceland that he projects on every imaginable surface in the Polish village. Thus polar lights shine in the living room, a grandfather plays football with his grandson’s image and a gym becomes an icy coast. This aesthetic trick emphasizes the melancholy and absurdity of a situation in which the supposedly better and the supposedly worse life are closely interlinked.

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.

Homage Brothers Quay
Inventorium of Traces: Jan Potocki at Łańcut Castle Brothers Quay

Visitor groups in museum slippers shuffle through the Baroque castle of Łańcut. The strange intruders are observed by the former masters of the castle from their oil paintings.

Inventorium of Traces: Jan Potocki at Łańcut Castle

Animated Film
Poland
2009
23 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Serafiński Studio Sp.
Brothers Quay
Małgorzata Sady
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Visitor groups in museum slippers shuffle through the Baroque castle of Łańcut near the Ukrainian border. The strange intruders are observed by the former masters of the castle from their oil paintings and by the inconspicuous wooden steps and chair legs – modest witnesses, never queried, who remember the dramatic history of the place.

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.

Last Supper

Animated Film
Poland
2019
13 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Piotr Furmankiewicz, Mateusz Michalak
Piotr Dumała
Sebastian Ładyżyński
Paweł Dębski, Piotr Furmankiewicz, Mateusz Michalak
Paweł Dębski, Piotr Furmankiewicz, Mateusz Michalak
Piotr Dumała
Piotr Dumała
Jacek Hamela
A train driving through the darkness. Pylons and time fly by its windows. In a large compartment, Jesus prophesies his imminent betrayal at the Last Supper. Piotr Dumała choreographs the disciples’ reactions to the rhythm of a string quartet. A dance performance of excited astonishment and helpless agitation is expressed in thrilling repetitions and variations. At the lonely end an open window. The plan of salvation is in the world.

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.

Maska

Animated Film
Poland,
UK
2010
24 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Se-ma-for Film Production, Polish Cultural Institute
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Brothers Quay
Janusz Czubak
Brothers Quay
The king watches the creation of his android through the eye of a window. The “thing” discovers itself as a female, sentient being, but recognises that it is only a perfectly programmed seduction machine for court intrigues. To accompany Stanislav Lem’s tale, the Brothers Quay develop stylised stages that end in nothingness. They are populated by puppets who communicate – with glances of deception.

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.

Portrait of Suzanne

Animated Film
France,
Germany,
Poland
2019
15 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Christine Haupt, Jean-Laurent Csinidis, Izabela Plucińska, Robert Kern, Paulina Ratajczak
Izabela Plucińska
Pascal Comelade, Arfaaz Kagalwala
Izabela Plucińska
Izabela Plucińska, Nora Bertone
Izabela Plucińska, Robert Kuzniewski
Izabela Plucińska, Yann Goodfaith
A corpulent hotel guest is consumed with longing for his former love, Suzanne. And with hunger. Searching for food in a strange city he has communication problems and instead of a meal only gets new shoes – far too tight and life-threatening. The whole situation sparks up. Izabela Plucińska uses clay to transform a short story by Roland Topor into a bizarre animation film that is sensual, but sometimes physical in an unpleasant and delicious way.

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.

Splinters

Animated Film
Poland
1984
10 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Studio Filmów Animowanych w Krakowie
Jerzy Kucia
Marek Wilczyński
Andrzej Jeziorek, Marek Norek
Jerzy Kucia
Jerzy Kucia
Jerzy Kucia, Ewa Gołogórska
Jerzy Kucia
“Splinters” gropes its way through darkness and a sound collage in which there are flashes of hard to classify scenes. Splinters from the past invade a woman’s domestic life. Through intense photographic and graphic treatment of the film’s images, Jerzy Kucia precisely documents the inner world of emotions and a human life in his animation.

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.

The Kite

Animated Film
Czech Republic,
Poland,
Slovakia
2019
13 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Peter Badač
Martin Smatana
Aliaksander Yasinski
Ondřej Nedvěd
Lucie Navrátilová
Martin Smatana, Martyna Koleniec, Łukasz Grynda, Matouš Valchař, Stanisław Szostak, Piotr Chmielewski
Martin Smatana
Viera Marinová
How nice to be able to drop by at grandfather’s on your way home and discover the world with him. A homemade kite makes the grandkid’s heart beat faster and remains an important tie to grandfather – even after he dies. A puppet animation about how to deal with grief which shows that two people can be close even beyond death.

Marie-Thérèse Antony

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.

Late Harvest
The Wind. A Documentary Thriller Michał Bielawski

The wind, the wind, the heavenly child: a character study of a landscape and an exceptional case of regional climate which blows through Polish forests, organisms and souls.

The Wind. A Documentary Thriller

Documentary Film
Poland,
Slovakia
2019
75 minutes
subtitles: 
English
German
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Maciej Kubicki
Michał Bielawski
Bartłomiej Solik
Hubert Pusek
Michał Bielawski
When the Halny rises in the High Tatras in the south of Poland, the number of emergency calls spikes. The Halny is a wind that makes people nervous, stresses them and intensifies their crises. In his “documentary thriller”, Michał Bielawski tells the story of a force of nature and of the people who have to live with the wind.

Nothing is harder to calculate than the weather, because it has a different effect on every organism and every soul. Bielawski approaches his weather report from the two endpoints of the axis of events: In impressive panoramic shots, he shows how the Halny is created by thick clouds rolling down from the mountains into the narrow valleys. He also shows how the people have adapted to the upheavals and occasional bigger or smaller natural disasters. A particularly impressive protagonist even seems to identify with this unique regional world: Teresa hugs the trees; she wants to have a spot of her own in the protected forest. She becomes the embodiment of a landscape of which Michał Bielawski, with his images and a strong, atmospheric soundtrack, has created almost a character study.

Bert Rebhandl



Awarded with the MDR Film Prize.

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.

Eatself

Animated Film
Poland
2018
14 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Małgorzata Bosek-Serafińska
Edyta Adamczak
Hubert Wińczyk
Edyta Adamczak
Edyta Adamczak
Edyta Adamczak, Andrzej Piotr Morawski
Edyta Adamczak, Michał Mądracki
Michał Jankowski, Hubert Wińczyk
Every evening blood-red lips are smacked – the highlight of a monotonous work routine in reliable solitude. Day out: microwaved meat. Day in: the banal horror of a meat industry production line. Fatten, gut, cut to pieces and wrap conveniently. But what if one’s personified conscience turns up, stares out of the next piece of meat or tempts one to an evening of wine-drinking? A grotesque in delicate black and white lines with shrill touches of colour.

Nadja Rademacher

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.

Next Masters Wettbewerb
Symphony of the Ursus Factory Jaśmina Wójcik

The evocation of a lost way of living and working. The phonosphere of heavy industry, re-created by means of tractors, compositions and body memories.

Symphony of the Ursus Factory

Documentary Film
Poland
2018
61 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Zuzanna Król
Jaśmina Wójcik
Dominik Strycharski
Kacper Czubak, Jakub Wróblewski
Aleksandra Gowin
Jaśmina Wójcik, Igor Stokfiszewski
Dominik Strycharski
The symbolic revival of the glorious age of Polish agricultural machine production. The long-established Ursus company was once among the biggest of its kind in the whole of Europe. When communism collapsed, though, the fate of Ursus was sealed, too. Today the factories are in ruins and to thousands of former employees their own working biography seems no more than a distant, even alien shadow.

A few years ago, a group of choreographers, musicians and filmmakers around the artist Jaśmina Wójcik began to contact former Ursus workers and employees. All participants were astonished to realise how much, in uncontrolled moments, the protagonists’ past activities influenced, even controlled their body language. Body memory, it seems, was better trained than cognitive memory. The resulting film, a documentary re-enactment, is a performance structured according to musical rules. As actors of themselves, the participants play characters they once were in the reality of the factory. In the lamentable reality of today’s ruins, they ritually re-enact a former working day, culminating in a sumptuous tractor ballet that would be a credit to any big budget Hollywood musical.

Ralph Eue


Nominated for the Healthy Workplaces Film Award and the MDR Film Prize

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.

Tango

Animated Film
Poland
1980
9 minutes
subtitles: 
_without dialogue / subtitles
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Janusz Hajdun, Mieczysław Janik
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Barbara Sarnocińska
Zbigniew Rybczyński
Janusz Hajdun, Mieczysław Janik
A static camera and 36 characters who enter and leave the room one by one in constant repetition, each figure following their own plot. Meshing but never colliding, they are woven into a compact and precise choreography, a tango without contact and human interaction.

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.

International Programme
The Briefing Filip Drzewiecki

Constantly alternating between stress and exhaustion: Filip Drzewiecki shows medical students in practical training – with a mimetic interest in the physical nature of the profession.

The Briefing

Documentary Film
Poland
2018
19 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński
Filip Drzewiecki
Jakub Giza
Paweł Laskowski
Filip Drzewiecki
Aleksandra Pniak, Weronika Raźna, Franciszek Kozłowski
Stress is followed by exhaustion and exhaustion is followed by stress. A briefing, then things must move quickly: 37 patients, 10 discharges, 2 admissions, 0 deaths. With a mimetic interest in the physicality of the profession, Filip Drzewiecki follows medical students in practical training at the hospital: sensitive and stressed, curious and febrile. Add a soundtrack vibrant with surging blood.

Lukas Stern

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 Notebook

Animated Film
Poland
2018
6 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Robert Sowa
Aleksandra Rylewicz
Aleksandra Rylewicz
Aleksandra Rylewicz
Aleksandra Rylewicz
Michał Fojcik
Being a school kid is a pimply monster – mostly dozing, often hard to inspire, with a penchant for being capricious and annoying. The faculty tremble, pull desperate faces and throw the long formula lasso. A funny-sounding report, apparently scribbled directly by a kid into the maths notebook. And somehow timeless.

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.

The Sisters

Documentary Film
Poland
2018
20 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Agata Golańska
Michał Hytroś
Janusz Szymański
Marcin Wojciechowski
Michał Hytroś
Bogdan Klat
Observed at close range, life behind the walls of the oldest Polish nunnery is different from what one would expect. The twelve sisters, almost all of them over 70, manage their daily life with assiduousness and humour. A portrait of a community of solidarity, where individual weaknesses are tolerated by all, unfolds between work, prayer and games night. The outside is ruled by other values: it’s where the faithful “order” prayers for financial success and “nun” doesn’t look like a dream job.

Luc-Carolin Ziemann

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.

Kids DOK
Their Voices Eri Mizutani

The kids run wild in physical education, hardly anyone feels like maths and there are manifold excuses for forgotten homework.

Their Voices

Documentary Film
Poland
2018
26 minutes
subtitles: 
English
Credits DOK Leipzig Logo
Agata Golańska
Eri Mizutani
Panos Rriska
Alicia Devaux
Sabina Filipowicz, Tamahin Mehanni
Eri Mizutani
Bogdan Klat
The kids run wild in physical education, hardly anyone feels like maths and there are manifold excuses for forgotten homework. Chatting behind the teacher’s back is easier indeed when you communicate by sign language. The film is a perceptive and humorous depiction of life at a school for deaf kids. One thing becomes clear: teenagers are all the same – and all wonderful.

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.