DOK Leipzig 28 October – 3 November 2019
62nd International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

The Symphony of Uncertainty


The Symphony of Uncertainty


CATALOGUE TEXT
This is a far-reaching interrogation of something that’s usually regarded as the undoubted precondition of life (generally) and filmmaking (specifically): an objective, at best yet interpretable reality.

Starting with Gerhard Mack, retired professor of theoretical elementary particle physics at the Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron (DESY) in Hamburg, Claudia Lehmann and Konrad Hempel set out on a filmic expedition that aims for the universal and at the same time delves into the molecular (and smaller) realm, asking for the meaning of every kind of life in our complex world. Mack is a recognised master of his field and anything but a blinkered nerd. In incredibly personal conversations with the hypnosis therapist Rosemarie Dypka and the filmmaker Hark Bohm, who act the double part of common sense, the physicist acts as the gifted translator of his own theories. And then, of course – last but not least – there is the score, composed by Konrad Hempel, which it would be a simplification to call industrial music. It’s the second, pulsating ventricle of this documentary essay. Generated from the DESY soundscapes, which means auditory field research, the music enters the stage step by step to become a co-actor of equal weight, structuring the film as a symphonic piece of work.

Ralph Eue


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


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Credits
Original Title: Die Sinfonie der Ungewissheit
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 95 min.
Format: DCP
Color: B&W
Director: Claudia Lehmann
Producer: Andrea Schütte, Dirk Decker (Tamtam Film), Claudia Lehmann, Konrad Hempel (Institut für experimentelle Angelegenheiten IXA)
Cinematographer: Eike Zuleeg
Editor: Marianne von Deutsch, Claudia Lehmann
Music: Konrad Hempel
Sound: Corinna Zink
Script: Claudia Lehmann, Konrad Hempel
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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 2018 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.