On October 17, Leipzig Documentary Week presents 255 films from 55 countries

Leipzig. The attendance figures at the cinema are not very rosy. Dokwoche from Leipzig clings against it. “We believe in cinema,” said Christoph Terste, who celebrates the first undisturbed festival in its third year. Cinemas are full (seats are released only at Cinestar), masks are recommended, but not a requirement. On the Internet, on the other hand, it was yesterday. Only ten winning films will be shown for a few days after the festival (October 17-23) for a euro. The full program is now available online, and ticket sales have begun.

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Facts, cinemas and tickets

About 2,700 documentaries and animations 255 exhibits (including 51 world premieres) as well as nine XR (Museum of Fine Arts) productions were presented. Movies can be watched in eleven locations in Leipzig, the central cinemas being Cinestar, Passage, Regina, Schauburg and Schaubühne Lindenfels. Tickets cost 8.50 euros (6.50 euros reduced), season tickets 70 euros (40 euros reduced). All performances in the main station (East Hall), daily at 7.30 pm, are free.

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Dokwoche is back to normal. All competitions remained as before, the silver dove, donated by the Media Authority of Saxony, was added to a short film by young cinematographers. Kinobar Prager Frühling returns as the festival site, while six free productions can be seen in the main station (Osthalle) – from the opening film to the touching German family portrait “Blauer Himmel, weiße Wolken” about a dementia patient on a kayaking tour.

Film about young priest Jenna Lothar König

The festival kicks off at Cinestar with the puppet comedy “No Dogs or Italy’s Allowed” by Alain Ughetto, a story about Piedmontese who migrated from their mountains to work in France in the first half of the 20th century. The director bows to his ancestors. Alain Ogito’s arrival by train from Aix-en-Provence. Because of sustainability, says Christoph Terste. Family is the general theme in many films anyway – from “Dependents” about a consular officer issuing visas (telled by his daughter), and “König Hears” about Jenna Lothar Koenig’s young priest (narrated by his son) to the spin-off of “The Houses We Carry” About Mozambicans who worked in the GDR and had to return after a reunion and now can’t even see their children. Like Sarah on her way to her father.

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Gateway to Central and Eastern Europe

The retrospective show is also female. It concerns East German documentarians, some of whom became well known, and some of them quickly disappeared. “There is more to discover than mere well-known stories,” promises Christoph Terste. Retro has been around for a long time, and there’s a new section called Panorama. Christoph Terste: “Among the festivals, Leipzig is a gateway to Central and Eastern Europe.” This is exactly the bridge you want the series to fill with movies – with productions that are hard to fit into the show.

Documentary days will be compensated in Kyiv

which includes Ukraine. He is represented in Leipzig by the national program (five films) of the Kyiv Documentary Days, which was canceled in March due to the war. We also feature One Day in Ukraine, a BBC co-production with Babel 13, a Ukrainian group. Nadia Tenstedt, Head of Dok Industry, says a “case study” shows how uncomplicated collaborations can be between big media and local actors.

On October 20 there is a full day of research. Archives present themselves in the Forum of Contemporary History. There are talks, studies and experiences. In addition, the German Association of Researchers and Producers will be established. Documentary Week shows what archival research leads to “tropical fever” (the competition): the memory of Sumatra white tobacco farmers and the local world.

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An angry movie about the colonial past

There will be an interesting discussion on October 19 (4:30 pm) with film director Heinz Emigols, who in his “Slaughterhouses of Modernity” (contest) draws a wide arc from Argentine and Bolivian architects to the Humboldt Forum. “An angry movie” about an unresolved colonial past, says Christoph Terchte. “Also in the German competition:” Uncanny Me “, where a model made her image so that she could satisfy all requests. General theme of documentary cinema: what is cinematic reality? Which fact, fiction or fake? A very serious development has begun. Christoph Terste: ” We deal with it in the movies.” December 21 is the day of the short film again. Contribution of the Documentary Week: a roll of 25 productions mostly from Central and Eastern Europe.

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