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Ten films open air: Welcome to the DOK Leipzig summer cinema

There’s nothing like watching a documentary film under the open sky, ice cream in hand, as the sun slowly sets. If that sounds like heaven, then get ready for the next round of DOK Leipzig’s summer cinema series! From 21 July to 11 August, we’re presenting award-winning festival highlights from recent years at three locations across the city.

We are pleased to be hosted for the first time this year by the Plagwitzer Markthalle and the Cinémathèque’s 1cl summer cinema at the Moritzbastei cultural centre. We’ll also be back at the Luru cinema in the Spinnerei.

Summer cinema at the Plagwitzer Markthalle (in cooperation with Schaubühne Lindenfels)

The series opens on 21 July with The Balcony Movie by Paweł Łoziński, who spent two years filming conversations with passers-by from his balcony. Every encounter is as spontaneous as it is unique. 

On 28 July, Dida a film by Nikola Ilić and Corina Schwingruber Ilić, takes a heartwarming look at the inevitable changes of family. Tickets (via Cinetixx)

1cl Sommerkino at the Moritzbastei (in cooperation with the Cinèmatheque)

On 25 July, Marta Pajek’s animated short film Impossible Figures and Other Stories I will gently introduce viewers to transience. A fitting addition to the theme will be Betina Kuntzsch’s Kopf Faust Fahne – Perspektiven auf das Thälmanndenkmal, which tells the story of a 50-tonne bronze statue of former Communist Party leader and East German hero Ernst Thälmann, which still challenges the collective memory in Berlin today. Tickets (via Cinémathèque)

On 8 August, travel to the southwest Dominican Republic, where many residents in Fondo Negro have relatives abroad because labor migration is one of the most important sources of income. In her hauntingly beautiful film Los cuatro vientos, Anna-Sophia Richard explores how this affects those who stay behind. Tickets (via Cinémathèque)

Open-Air cinema at the Spinnerei (in cooperation with Luru cinema)

Our triple film night on 4 August will deliver loving perspectives through both the camera lens and the animator’s eye. We’re featuring Glückspfad by Jakob Werner, Thea Sparmeier and Pauline Cremer; In Nature by Marcel Barelli; and Reality Must Be Addressed by Johanna Seggelke. Ticket reservations via Luru-Kino

On 11 August, viewers can meet​​​​​​​ Erwin, who filmmaker Jan Soldat visits in his favourite refuge, the mobile home in his front garden. The second protagonist of the evening will be Thomas Walter, who was once part of Berlin’s radical left-wing autonomous scene before going underground for decades. In Gegen den Strom – Abgetaucht in Venezuela, Sobo Swobodnik travels to interview him about his past. Ticket reservations via Luru-Kino​​​​​​​

We look forward to seeing you soon!