Press 10 OCT 2018

6 Belgian French-speaking documentaries at DOK Leipzig

The programme of the 61st DOK Leipzig has been revealed this October 10th. Belgian French-speaking cinema will be very well represented with 6 films in selection.

Two films screened as a world premiere will be competing internationally : Letter to Theo, directed by Elodie Lelu, and Charleroi by Guy-Marc Hinant.

Produced by IOTA Production, Letter to Theo tells a return to a Greece undermined by the crisis. Faced with social violence, the general impoverishment and the collapse of a whole system of values, this documentary goes in search of citizen initiatives that make up for the shortcomings of political leaders. Punctuated by the films of the Greek director Théo Angelopoulos, these Athenian chronicles describe a state of Greece today as well as a state of artistic creation in general. A melancholy journey but with bits of utopias and hopes. Letter to Theo is co-produced by Wallonie Image Production and Shelter Prod, with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

Through Charleroi, le pays aux 60 montagnes, Guy-Marc Hinant guides us inside his home town, a region fallen into the oblivion of history. Mocked from the outside, Charleroi represents the worst of social and urban planning. But that's where I come from, and I know the hidden telluric forces beneath it. The film explores more than a century of this city's history, and remarkable, forgotten figures emerge from that past. Produced by the Video Centre of Brussels, in co-production with R&R Productions and the Belgian public broadcaster (RTBF), Charleroi, le pays aux 60 montagnes has received the support of the Centre de Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles and the Flanders Audiovisual Fund (VAF).

Four other films are part of the international programme. Awarded by the Prix Marseille Espérance at FIDMarseille last July, Mitra by Jorge Léo invites us to go back to winter 2012. Interned against her will in a psychiatric hospital in Tehran, Iranian psychoanalyst Mitra Kadivar begins a correspondence by email with Jacques-Alain Miller, founder of the World Association of Psychoanalysis. Summer 2017. An artistic team creates an opera inspired by these exchanges while absorbing the reality of a psychiatric hospital. Mitra is produced by Thank you and Good Night Productions with the support of the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Flanders Film Fund and the Tax shelter of the Belgian Federal Government.

The feature of Rosine Mbakam Chez Jolie Coiffure, produced by Gsara, will be screened as a world premiere. The film tells the story of Sabine, who was born and raised in Cameroon. Her migration journey started in her country where she was recruited by a Lebanese maid agency. She spent years in Lebanon where she was reduced to slavery. After many years of suffering, she moved to Belgium. Right after her arrival, she started to work in Matonge as an hairdresser. While working, she was at the same time waiting for a regulation of her case. In that place where she use to work, with other girls, they live under threat of national police who chase them. Sabine works no less than 13 or 14 hours per day and sometimes tourists come and visit the place where she works and look at them as in a museum.

Two shorts are also part of the 2018 DOK Leipzig's selection : world premiere Et Arnaud by Thomas Damas, produced by Les APACH and La Mazda jaune et sa Sainteté by Sandra Heremans, produced by L’Atelier Graphoui and already presented at the International Film Festival of Rotterdam.

These films have been supported by the Centre du Cinéma et de l’Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

The International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film – DOK Leipzig – is the largest German and one of the leading international festivals for artistic documentary and animated films. This year, the event will take place from 29th October to 4th November.