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Photographer of War: three perspectives, one DOK

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Photographer of War
Photographer of War © DOK Leipzig 2019 / director Boris Benjamin Betram

LeipGlo contributors Justina, Áine and Heiner all went to see DOK Leipzig 2019 competition entry “Photographer of War” by Boris Benjamin Betram. Their diverging reactions and thoughts on the film are chronicled in our feature.

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Parasite: South Korea’s first Palme winner hits Leipzig

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Parasite Cast
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Parasite by Bong Joon-Ho will open this year’s Filmkunstmesse and its first Kinotage Leipzig. Find out if the film holds up to the hype and what we think of this year’s family class struggle Palme d’Or winner in the official Leipzig Glocal review.

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Dogman: “a very mixed set of thoughts”

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Dogman review cover shot, public domain photo.
Dogman review cover shot, public domain photo.

“Dogman is a depressingly beautiful film full of thought-provoking, dreadful imagery, following a tragic but most of all ambivalent protagonist.” Catch it Wed 28/11, @ Cinémathèque in der naTo.

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First Man: between aloof husband and hero

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First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, tries to balance the domestic with the historic. (Image: public domain)
First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, tries to balance the domestic with the historic. (Image: public domain)

“Arguably the most tightly action-packed scene of the film, its opening, throws the viewer alongside Ryan Gosling’s Armstrong into a tin can of a flight vessel that is edging towards the atmosphere. Immediately afterwards, we are brought into the personal trauma of Armstrong’s family.” Playing in the original @Passage Kinos this whole movie week.

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Putin’s Witnesses: an accomplice’s tale

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Putin's Witnesses takes a chilling, intimate look at Putin's rise to power. (Image: public domain)
Putin's Witnesses takes a chilling, intimate look at Putin's rise to power. (Image: public domain)

Focusing on the time from Yeltsin’s resignation to shortly after the 2000 presidential election, director Vitaly Mansky takes us behind the scenes of Putin’s rise to power – as he himself was behind the scenes as Putin’s then-PR guy.

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The painful road to a Germany of immigrants

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A peaceful Germany of immigrants has been a difficult road for decades. (Photo: public domain)
A peaceful Germany of immigrants has been a difficult road for decades. (Photo: public domain)

How does Germany become a nation of immigrants? Two great documentaries at DOK Leipzig 2018 “Der zweite Anschlag” and “Sorge 87” – show us how. Spoiler alert: The road to a Germany of immigrants is a difficult and painful one.

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