Romanian-born filmmaker Ana Dumitrescu’s Licu: A Romanian Story and Charly Hübner and Sebastian Schultz’s Wild Heart were among the crop of documentaries to be honored at the 60th edition of DOK Leipzig.
In total, 21 awards were given at this year’s International Leipzig Festival for documentary and animated film.
Hübner and Schultz’s Wild Heart, about a German punk band’s campaign against right-wing extremism, won four prizes. The 90-minute film came out on top with the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize, for the best long German doc; the Defa Sponsoring Prize, recognizing the best German competition long doc and animated film; the Prize of the United Services Trade Union Ver.Di; and the Gedanken-Aufschluss prize.
Licu, A Romanian Story (pictured), an intimate profile of 92-year-old Liviu Canţer as he shares his memories of the 20th century, took home the Golden Dove in the international competition: long documentary and animated film category.
Boram Kim’s Baek-gu was awarded with the Golden Dove in the Next Masters competition. The 83-minute project documents the inhabitants of a district of Seoul with the help of an old limping dog. Also, Norwegian filmmaker Maja Arnekleiv picked up the best animated documentary prize for her debut Mum’s Hair, recounting the physical transformation of her mother, diagnosed with cancer, over two years.
The Golden Dove in the German long documentary and animated film category, meanwhile, was handed out to Rina Castelnuovo-Hollander and Tamir Elterman’s Israeli-German copro Muhi: Generally Temporary. The 86-minute film documents the story of a six-year-old boy born with autoimmune disease in the Gaza Strip.
In the international short documentary and animated film categories, Portuguese filmmaker Mónica Martins Nunes’ The Ashes Remain Warm received the Golden Dove for best short, while Ehsan Gharib’s Deyzangeroo won the Golden Dove for best animated short.
The Golden Dove for the best German short documentary and animated film went to Anne Isensee’s Mega Trick.
The 60th edition of DOK Leipzig took place from October 30 – November 5.