“Citizenfour,” “Rules of the Game” take DOK Leipzig prizes

Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard's Rules of the Game (pictured) and Laura Poitras's Citizenfour picked up top awards at the 57th edition of the Germany documentary festival and conference DOK Leipzig.
November 3, 2014

Claudine Bories and Patrice Chagnard’s Rules of the Game (pictured) and Laura Poitras’s Citizenfour picked up top awards at the 57th edition of the German documentary festival and conference DOK Leipzig, which closed on Sunday (November 2).

The festival – which kicked off on October 27 and is formally known as the International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Films - handed out 17 prizes worth a total of €66,500 (US$83,000) during an awards ceremony on Saturday night (November 1), with the Golden Dove for best international doc going to Rules of the Game, Bories and Chagnard’s doc on French job-seekers in northern France.

Meanwhile, the “Leipziger Ring” Film Prize of the Peaceful Revolution Foundation went to Poitras’s Edward Snowden doc Citizenfour, while the FIPRESCI (International Federation of Film Critics) jury prize was awarded to Ioanis Nuguet’s Spartacus & Cassandra, which follows two Romani children in France forced to choose between a life of poverty with their parents or one of greater opportunity with a foster family.

The Goethe Institute’s Documentary Film Prize was given to Maurizius Staerkle-Drux’s Concrete Love, in which the filmmaker explores the life and work of German architect Gottfried Böhm. 

For a complete list of award winners, please click here.

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