DOK Leipzig Starts Monday

… and as usual there are many interesting side programmes like this one, text taken from the site of the festival, headline “Putting the Material At a Distance”:

Peter Voigt’s films reveal his special relationship to image material: He has the ability to cinematically represent times of which no visual records exist. He often deliberately does not use historical images, as they are already stored in the collective memory. He puts ‘material at a distance’ and creates a wholly unique position apart from imitation and retelling.

Peter Voigt, born in 1933 in Dessau, became, in 1954, the youngest member of Bertolt Brecht’s directorial team at the Berliner Ensemble. That experience shaped him and is reflected in later works such as Der Zögling or Episches Theater (1998), in which he thematically returns to Brecht. Voigt learned the cinematic craft as a director and writer of contemporary history in documentary film. He worked as an illustrator and director at the DEFA Studio for Animated Films and the DEFA Studio for Documentary Films, which distinguishes him as a crossover artist straddling the genres.

In an interview with producer Andreas Goldstein (Oktoberfilm/Berlin), Peter Voigt will present his work and his artistic method before the master class. In celebration of his 80th birthday, DOK Leipzig has dedicated an homage to the grand master.

To get the most out of the master class we recommend to go to the screening of Peter Voigt’s films Episches Theater, Ich bin Ernst Busch and Kentauren on Friday 01 November at 11:00 in the Passage Kinos Wintergarten. 

Please Note: The master class will be held in German WITHOUT translation. Accredited guests welcome!

Check out for background information about the filmmaker’s work and career!

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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