COMING UP: Masterschool Screenings at DOK.Leipzig

We are proud to present to you two recently finished Masterschool projects within the framework of the 58th International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film.

Our Last Tango

Directed by German Kral, Germany (Masterschool 2012)
28 October 2015, 10:00 Passage Kinos Wintergarten
followed by a Q&A with the filmmaker and commissioning editor

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"Our Last Tango" is the story of love between the two most famous dancers in tango's history. And the story of their tremendous love of tango.

María Nieves Rego (81) and Juan Carlos Copes (84) met when they were 14 and 17, and they danced together for nearly fifty years. In all those years they loved and hated each other and went through several painful separations, but always got back together. Now Juan and María are willing to open up about their love, their hatred, and their passion.

In "Our Last Tango" Juan and María tell their story to a group of young tango dancers and choreographers from Buenos Aires, who transform the most beautiful, moving and dramatic moments of Juan and Maria’s lives into incredible tango-choreographies. These beautifully-shot choreographies compliment the soul-searching interviews and documentary moments of the film to make this an unforgettable journey into the heart of the tango.


Reach for the SKY

Directed by Steven Dhoedt and Wooyoung Choi, Belgium (Masterschool 2012)
29 October 2015, 12:30 Passage Kinos Wintergarten
followed by the case study on European East-Asian co-production

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Every year, on the 2nd Thursday of November, the entire country of South-Korea is put to the test. That day, more than half a million senior high school students take part in the National University Exam, better known as Suneung.

The three most prestigious universities are the Seoul National University, the University of Korea and the Yonsei University, commonly known in Korea as the SKY universities. Getting into a university with a good reputation is one of the most competitive experiences Korean students will ever experience in their life.

"Reach for the SKY" tells the story of several South-Korean high school students, their families and teachers, as they prepare for the annual National Exam. The exam will not only determine where the high school seniors will attend university but ultimately also their status in the Korean hierarchical society.

Reach for the SKY

Case study on European-East Asian Co-Production

29 October 2015, 14:30 Polnisches Institut

The case study will explore various aspects of making 'Reach for the SKY'.
Having a Belgian and a Korean co-director, as well as a Belgian and a Korean co-producer makes it a perfect example of a truly international co-production. Starting with the birth of the idea, we will discuss how the two sides found each other, aspects of co-financing and making the product fit into two very different markets, finding distributors and broadcasters, and - most importantly - how production worked between two very different cultural backgrounds and production environments. A previous Belgian-Korean co-production, 'State of Play' (2012) will be included in the case study.