The documentary Exemplary Behaviour from Nerijus Milerius and the late Audrius Mickevičius, and Ute Adamczewski’s Status and Terrain were among the films to be awarded at DOK Leipzig’s 62nd edition.
A total of 24 awards were presented during the festival’s gala award ceremony, held in Leipzig, Germany Nov. 2.
Exemplary Behaviour, which explores guilt and atonement as experienced by two convicted felons serving life sentences, took home the Golden Dove International Competition long documentary and animated film award.
When his brother is murdered, Mickevičius (pictured left) explores whether there is a statute of limitations for guilt and whether anyone can ever atone for murder. Before the film was completed, Mickevičius fell ill and died, leaving Milerius (right) to finish the project.
The award-winning film automatically qualifies for consideration for the Oscars in the documentary feature category.
A coproduction of Lithuania, Slovenia, Bulgaria and Italy, the documentary also received the International Critics Prize of FIPRESCI and the Prize of the Interreligious Jury.
Adamczewski’s Status and Terrain earned the Golden Dove German Competition long documentary and animated film award.
The documentary features sites in Saxony, Germany that underwent persecution by National Socialists in 1933. Documents from that era and memoirs written after the war by those affected are read in a voice-over.
In the Next Masters competition, DOK Leipzig recognized the documentary Safety123 from Austrian filmmakers Julia Gutweniger and Florian Kofler.
Shot in the Alps, the film explores a nearly invisible security system intended to protect people from natural disasters such as landslides.
The MDR Film Prize for an outstanding Eastern European documentary film in the Official Selection has gone to Michal Bielawski’s Polish-Slovakian coproduction The Wind: A Documentary Thriller, about the Halny wind in southern Poland.
DOK Leipzig’s Film Prize Leipziger Ring, which honors a documentary about human rights, democracy or civic involvement, was presented to Natalia Preston’s Girls of Paadhai, about a shelter in southern India for teenage girls who resist early arranged marriage.
To see a full list of award winners, visit DOK Leipzig’s website.