Political Roots, Digital Spaces, Young Folks & Big Screens
*Croatian Films@DOK Leipzig 2018
The 61st edition of DOK Leipzig is set to kick off on 29 October. This year’s festival features films that depict transformational processes or aim to spark change, honours Austrian documentary filmmaker Ruth Beckermann and living legend Werner Herzog, provides exciting insight into Lithuania’s film scene in the Country Focus and showcases the cinematic work of Leipzig artist Lutz Dammbeck. On top of all that, fascinating creations from the realm of animated film get their moment in the spotlight too, as well as further works for the big screen which take a look at the legacy of the Soviet Union, at strong women and perception of women, at architectural masterpieces and deep into the abyss – while getting to the roots of current political trends in Germany, Europe and beyond.
Balkan / Post-Soviet Realities: Many of our films treat crises of identity – including those which depict everyday post- Soviet realities and observe individuals in the Balkan states as they attempt to process the conflict-marred recent history of their homelands.
Film “IKEA Four YU”_
Marija (33) grew up in a family that lives Yugoslav ideals even today. Given that Marija and her family are of Serbian origin, who continued to live in Croatia, regardless of the pressures of the recent war, the Yugoslav identity is the one they felt closest to (more than only the Croatian or Serbian one). She had always felt that her family's ideals were her own, until her life path turned her in a different direction. When she founded her own family with her husband, she began to question her parents' and grandparents' values, as well as her own, and if that was the environment in which she wanted to raise her son (5). Within a journey through the family history, Marija opts for a "new beginning" in a totally different environment and sets up a new home ... in Sweden. This film is a story about growing up, separation from the nest, and accepting one's own value system, and how to get there, in the atmosphere of a stable and loving family.
Film “The Cure”_
Through a series of seemingly simple everyday scenes, the director Ana Opalic depicts the period of several months in the life of her mother Tamara, who suffers from oropharyngeal cancer. The daughter looks to understand why her mother still smokes, despite her condition.
Film “On The Water”_
A portrait of a former industrial city shown from the perspective of the river running through its centre. Today, the river is a space of relaxation and leisure. The film by director Goran Devic allows a closer look at the people spending time along its banks reveals all the social conflicts of a country in transition.
61st International Leipzig (Germany) Festival for Documentary and Animated Film:
DOK LEIPZIG 29 OCTOBER – 4 NOVEMBER 2018