This year’s International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film will host 41 world premieres including 29 documentary features and 12 animated films.
The slate, which organizers unveiled on Tuesday (October 7), comprises 368 films from 62 countries spanning five competition categories (featuring 80 films) as well as an international program.
Films screening in competition include Sergei Loznitsa’s account of the Ukrainian revolution, Maidan (pictured above); the latest from Austrian auteur Ulrich Seidl, In The Basement; Sophie Bruneau’s look at the history of barb wire, Devil’s Rope; and Laura Poitras’ long-awaited exploration of surveillance in the U.S. and previously announced festival opener, Citizenfour.
All films screening in competition are German premieres. A total of 46 documentaries and 34 animations will compete for 57th annual festival’s Golden Dove awards.
Check out the films screening in the International Competition Documentary Film program below (with descriptions courtesy of the festival) and the complete line-up here.
International Competition Documentary Film
15 Corners of the World
Zuzanna Solakiewicz (Poland/Germany)
Spherical sounds translated into visual worlds. The portrait of Eugeniusz Rudnik, a pioneer of electro-acoustic music, as an ode to the analogue age and synaesthetic explosions.
Laura Poitras (USA/ Germany)
Edward Snowden and the surveillance system: gigantic intelligence service headquarters and a claustrophobically small hiding place. Spectacular and disturbing – a triptych of paranoia.
Sophie Bruneau (Belgium 2014)
Barbed wire as an original American symbol. The absurdity of the gating frenzy, told with gusto in great tableaux, with surprising twists and references to the western film genre.
In the Basement
Ulrich Seidl (Austria)
Sex and guns, fitness and fascism, whippings and dolls – what people are up to in their basements in Austria. Touching, grotesque, a true Seidl.
Jaap van Hoewijk (Netherlands)
The record of an execution: minutely detailed and factual. The perpetrator’s family at the Hospitality Center, the victim’s relatives as radiant winners. Business as usual in Huntsville, Texas.
Sergei Loznitsa (Netherlands/ Ukraine)
Battle cries, smoke bombs, cheers, grief. A sequence of motionless shots coalesces into a chronicle of revolutionary awakening. A visual masterpiece.
Rules of the Game
Claudine Bories, Patrice Chagnard (France)
Twenty, no skills, and “hard to place”: Three young adults try to gain a foothold in the employment market, which means rehearsing roles and being functional. Weird and true.
Spartacus & Cassandra
Ioanis Nuguet (France)
Two 10- and 13-year-old siblings must choose: get an education and a future or stay with their parents. Two Roma children in a Caucasian chalk circle, in iridescent images.
Suddenly My Thoughts Halt
Jorge Pelicano (Portugal)
A psychiatric hospital in Portugal. A play is being rehearsed; an actor moves in to study the residents. Madness, normality and finally a hallucinating horse.
Fernand Melgar (Switzerland)
A night shelter in Lausanne. You’re lucky if you can grab a place. The employees are frequently forced to choose between humanity and regulations. A gripping social drama.
The Stone River
Giovanni Donfrancesco (France/ Italy)
100 years ago, stone cutters migrated from Carrara, Italy, to Barre, United States. A polyphonic saga told across generations and a powerful fresco of the hardship and beauty of work.
Toto and His Sisters
Alexander Nanau (Romania)
Three kids on their own in Bucharest’s Roma ghetto. Poverty and drugs, but a youth center offers a refuge. Can you beat fate? A hopeful drama.
DOK Leipzig runs from October 27 to November 2.