To coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Baltic republics, the Country Focus of this year’s DOK Leipzig turns its attention to Lithuania and examines the cinema of a country which defied Soviet dogma at an early stage. Frequently by drawing on subtle cinematic devices or playful approaches, Lithuanian film redefined the concept of political cinema, revealing the poetic and emancipatory power of images and questioning the political system in the process.
Demand the Impossible! is the motto of this year’s edition of DOK Leipzig. In 2018, the festival’s Special Programmes will revolve around films that seek to bring about changes or depict processes of transformation, with the focus firmly on the emancipatory power of art. “We see the festival motto as a compass that helped us create our Special Programmes. The phrase Demand the Impossible! served as an inspiration to us when working on the conception of this year’s edition”, explained programmer Ralph Eue.
Other programmes will highlight films from half a century that centre on 1968 and traces out that era’s virulent urge for aesthetic and social renewal, animation that is able to make things never seen before visible and create entire new realities, cinematography of the former East Germany that is largely unknown, and will honour filmmaker Ruth Beckermann, who is regarded as one of the founding members of Austria’s independent film scene and received the Documentary Award at the Berlinale this year for her film “The Waldheim Waltz”.
This year’s DOK Leipzig takes place from 29 October to 4 November. Over 300 films from across the world will once again be showing in the Official Selection and Special Programmes during the week-long festival. As in previous years, the choice of films for the Official Selection takes place independently of the festival motto. Films can be submitted for the Official Selection until 7 July.
Lithuanian documentary film programme at DOK Leipzig will be presented in partnership with Lithuanian Film Centre and Embassy of the Republic of Lithuania to the Federal Republic of Germany. Curator of the programme is Lithuanian documentary filmmaker Audrius Stonys.
The films in the Special Programmes will be announced in September.