This year, Brazilian filmmaker Ricardo Calil wins the Golden Dove sponsored by the Sparkasse Leipzig Media Foundation, endowed with 10,000 euros, in the Next Masters competition of the 61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film (DOK) for his film Cinema Morocco (Brazil, 2018). Apart from him, Danish filmmaker Barbara Bohr is also honored with a Golden Dove in the Next Masters competition. For the first time this year, the award also goes to a short animated and documentary film. The additional endowment of 5000 euros is also provided by the Media Foundation.
Stephan Seeger, Managing Director of the Media Foundation and Director of the Sparkasse Leipzig Foundations, warmly congratulates him: "We are delighted that the festival organizers have decided to award two Next Masters for the first time. Ricardo Calil's film tells us a lot about the power of the cinema - as a medium and as a real place as well. Barbara Bohr reports impressively on traumatizing experiences - and how they can still influence a person's life decades later."
About Cinema Morocco: The film reflects the history of the once impressive cinema complex Cine Morocco in São Paulo. While in the 1950s it was still a glamorous venue for Brazil's International Film Festival, it later deteriorated visibly. Since 2013, it has been occupied by homeless people, at times, some 2,000 people from 17 nations lived in the ruins.
Cine Morocco was eventually revived - with the screening of films from the first year of the festival and a theatre project involving the homeless. Ricardo Calil accompanies some of them - and tells us about depression, war trauma and post-colonial alienation.