DOK Leipzig Film Festival



Antanas Mockus was Mayor of Bogotá, several times Colombian presidential candidate, and voted into the senate in 2018. But this film is not about the politician, but about his 88-year-old mother, the idiosyncratic artist Nijolė Šivickas. She has consistently protected her private life from the public eye, agreeing only reluctantly to media interviews. Even her son knew almost nothing about her Lithuanian childhood. In her artistic practice, but also emotionally, she had turned her back on her homeland.

Now Nijolė has been invited to give a workshop on the occasion of a great retrospective in Vilnius. The film follows her and Antanas on this journey. It’s basically a son’s look at a mother whose independence and critical social spirit were his constant inspiration. Sandro Bozzolo and his team approach their protagonists with restraint, adapt the montage to their rhythm and focus on the rooms of their creative work, on Nijolė’s meetings with Antanas and their journey home together, which moves both deeply. The son takes his mother by the hand, as does this story of an outer and inner journey with the audience. Which events continue to shape one’s life and which had better be forgotten?

Annina Wettstein

Nominated for the MDR Film Prize

Original Title: Nijolė
Country: Lithuania, Italy
Year: 2018
Language: Lithuanian, Spanish
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 79 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Sandro Bozzolo
Producer: Dagnė Vildžiūnaitė, Max Chicco
Cinematographer: Sandro Bozzolo
Editor: Silvija Vilkaitė, María Cecilia Reyes
Music: Lina Lapelytė
Sound: Vytis Puronas
Script: Maria Cecilia Reyes, Sandro Bozzolo

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.