DOK Leipzig Film Festival



Where can a film lead that begins with a visit to the dentist? First of all to a declaration of principle: she’s just afraid of the unexpected. Dina tells the dentist’s assistant whom she makes hold her hand. That’s not a phrase. The next shot, filmed from above at an angle, catches Dina, who is in her late forties, crossing a street: look left, look right, look left, look right, still no car in sight, nowhere. All the more surprising then that she moves forward rather boldly when it comes to love – to the wedding, to the shared flat. But she read about it in preparation …

One must imagine Dina as the better, no, weightier half of a double pack. Not because she is a few pounds overweight, but because, even sitting down, she seems to set the speed at which Scott gets to accompany her through life. Presumably she was the one who allowed Daniel Sickles and Antonio Santini access to this sometimes clumsy, almost childlike intimacy. Even at the risk of looking funny. The filmmakers follow the lovers through the couch and easy chair landscapes of the US suburban lifestyle – in a quirky and laconic documentary romance about the ordinary and how hard it is to achieve sometimes.

Sylvia Görke
Original Title: Dina
Country: USA
Year: 2017
Language: English
Subtitle: No
Runtime: 101 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini
Producer: Dan Sickles, Antonio Santini
Cinematographer: Adam Uhl
Editor: Sofía Subercaseaux
Music: Michael Cera

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The annotations to the films in the Official Selection were written by the members of the selection committee and guest authors. All quotes from DOK Leipzig 2017 catalogue articles must be identified as such and cite the author's name. All articles where no author’s name is given are production notes.