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

The Big Rip

The Big Rip

A white galaxy is turning gaily on a black background when it’s addressed by male offscreen voices. The conversation quickly turns to the origin and decline of humanity. The doubts and bad premonitions uttered by the invisible voices form a contrast to the happy teeming image of evolution. David Buob’s latest film is a tribute to the German philosopher and radical pessimist Philipp Mainländer (1841–1876).

Fabian Tietke


Original Title: The Big Rip
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: English
Subtitle: No
Runtime: 9 min.
Technique: Drawn
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: David Buob
Producer: David Buob
Cinematographer: David Buob
Editor: David Buob
Animation: David Buob
Sound: Francisca Villela
Music: Francisca Villela
Script: David Buob

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.