“Wolfpack,” “TransFatty Lives” head to DOK Leipzig

Crystal Moselle's Sundance winner The Wolfpack (pictured), Alexander Sokurov's hybrid doc-drama Francofonia and Patrick O'Brien's TransFatty Lives are among the 162 titles set to screen at the 58th annual German film festival.
October 7, 2015

The Wolfpack (pictured), Francofonia, The Amina Profile and TransFatty Lives are among the documentaries set to screen at this year’s DOK Leipzig film festival.

The 58th annual event, which runs from October 26 to November 1 in Leipzig, Germany, has programmed 162 films from 50 countries in its official selection. The number of world and international premieres playing this year is 66.

The opening night films are Andreas Voigt’s Time Will Tell – a world premiereand the animated film, A Documentary Film,by Marcin Podolec.

Voigt’s film is the sixth part in his Leipzig Cycle – which will also screen this year – and ties in to films he has produced between 1986 and 1997. The doc catches up with a handful of the city’s residents originally featured in his 1989 film Leipzig in the Autumn. Podolec’s animated doc will precede the screening.

Other films include Crystel Moselle’s Sundance winner The Wolfpack; Alexander Sokurov’s hybrid film set in the Louvre, Francofonia; Sophie Deraspe’s The Amina Profile; Charlotte Mars’ Gayby Baby; Roberto Minervini’s The Other Side; and Patrick O’Brien’s TransFatty Lives, which was realscreen’s Best In Show MIPCOM Pick for 2015.

For the first time, the festival will host a free public screening of the opening night film at Leipzig Central Station.

Organizers have also started allowing animated films to compete in the Official Selection and will screen short animated films alongside documentary films. The festival has added two more awards categories for short films: German Competition and the International Competition for an Outstanding Artistic Achievement.

“Elements are truly growing closer together here that belong together,” head of the documentary program Grit Lemke said in a statement. “This year, animated film is sweeping its way onto the big screens and challenging documentary films with metaphorical versification, poetry and humor.”

There are six competitions in which 43 docs, 19 animated films and 14 animated documentaries are eligible to compete in. All competition titles are German premieres. For the complete list of films, visit the festival’s website.

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