DOK Leipzig 29. Oktober – 4. November 2018
61. Internationales Leipziger Festival für Dokumentar- und Animationsfilm
DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
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DOK Film Talks

DOK Film Talks


  • DOK Film Talk
    Ecstatic Thruths – A Conversation with Werner Herzog
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  • DOK Film Talk
    Chiffre 68
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  • DOK Film Talk
    Lithuanian Documentaries – A Poetic Look at Reality
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ECSTATIC TRUTHS
A CONVERSATION WITH WERNER HERZOG

ECSTATIC TRUTHS A CONVERSATION WITH WERNER HERZOG

Werner Herzog often portrays humans caught in extreme situations. Whether it’s face-to-face with a real live grizzly bear, or waiting for a volcano to erupt or the execution of a prisoner on Death Row, Herzog’s protagonists are often confronted with existential challenges. How does he find his subjects and how does he deal with these experiences himself?

 

Herzog will speak with Kristina Jaspers, curator of the homage, about his most important documentary films, with a particular emphasis on his work from recent years. The majority of these films were made in the USA, and only a limited number of them have received theatrical releases in Germany.

 

Werner Herzog is without a doubt among the most influential German filmmakers in the history of cinema. Over the course of his career as a director, he has made more than 60 documentary and feature films, in a time where the two genres experience unparalleled fluidity. Herzog’s work is defined by the pursuit of unusual lines of inquiry, capturing novel images in ways we have never seen before.

 

With the aid of film excerpts, in this special talk Werner Herzog will relate details from his productions and also speak about his own film academy, the “Rogue Film School”. In addition lesser-known aspects of Herzog’s work will be discussed, including his cameos in animated films, appearances as an actor and highly successful art installation “Hearsay of the Soul”.

 


 

When

Tue 30 Oct

10:30–12:00

 

Where

Kupfersaal

 

LANGUAGE

English

 

Access

Tickets only! Available online in our Filmfinder

 

Moderator

Kristina Jaspers, Curator, Berlin

 

Panelist

Werner Herzog, Filmmaker, Munich/Los Angeles

 


 

 

Audio recording DOK Talk: Ecstatic Truths. A Conversation with Werner Herzog [159.6MB/mp3]

CHIFFRE 68

CHIFFRE 68Mickey Mouse in Vietnam. Directed by Lee Savage

The years around 1968 are often associated exclusively with the student movement, protests and street fighting. But what was going on outside of the centres of revolt during this highly charged period? What were the filmmakers on the periphery watching, where were they pointing their cameras and microphones? How did the echoes of the chanting crowds resonate out in the countryside? What were the differences between the West’s ’68 and its Eastern counterpart?

 

Where was the centre located, where was its blurred edge? And what sort of influence did the era’s unorthodox acts of medial self-empowerment have, which, although they perhaps didn’t manage to turn the dominant media paradigm upside down, nonetheless made significant contributions to the diversity of the period’s cinematography.

 

A lively exchange between filmmakers, curators and historians looking back at the era to accompany the retrospective.

 


 

When

Tue 30 Oct

19:00–20:30

 

Where

Zeitgeschichtliches Forum Leipzig

 

Language

English/German

 

Access

Everybody welcome

 

Moderator

Barbara Wurm, Humboldt Universität, Berlin

 

Panelists

Claudia von Alemann, Filmmaker and Professor, Cologne/Havanna

Michael G. Esch, Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa, Leipzig

Federico Rossin, Cinéma du Réel, Paris

 

 


In cooperation with Leibniz-Institut für Geschichte und Kultur des östlichen Europa

LITHUANIAN DOCUMENTARIES – A POETIC LOOK AT REALITY

LITHUANIAN DOCUMENTARIES – A POETIC LOOK AT REALITYField of Magic. Directed by Mindaugas Survila

Two of the most prominent new Lithuanian directors, Giedrė Žickytė and Mindaugas Survila, both with films in the Lithuanian Country Focus, will talk about and show examples from their country’s beautiful tradition of documentary cinema. They are members of a new generation of filmmakers; with their own unique style but who maintain a bridge and bear influence of those who came before, including old masters who made films during the Soviet occupation.

 

According to Country Focus curator and filmmaker Audrius Stonys, the poetic school of Lithuanian documentary ‘created an independent world, free from Soviet ideology, lies, and propaganda. It was a declaration of inner freedom. The black and white world of poetic documentary films was full of colours. Sadness was full of joy. And joy was touched by deep existential sadness.’

 

Žickytė & Survila will also discuss their own films, on working internationally in a European market, the demands of television – and how they strive to keep their own voice. This meeting is an invitation to explore a unique documentary cinema tradition before and after independence, a wave of a personal free visual language that celebrates life and humanity.

 

Tue Steen Müller, the moderator of the session has followed the Lithuanian documentary scene for 25 years.

 


 

When

Thu 1 Nov

16:30–18:00

 

Where

Polnisches Institut

 

Language

English

 

Access

Everybody welcome

 

Moderator

Tue Steen Müller, Film Critic and Consultant, Copenhagen

 

Panelists

Mindaugas Survila, Filmmaker, Vilnius

Giedrė Žickytė, Filmmaker, Vilnius

 


In cooperation with the Lithuanian Film Centre in partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania in the Federal Republic of Germany and the NGO Meno avilys.