DOK Leipzig 29 October – 4 November 2018
61st International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film
DOK Leipzig Film Festival

Breathing Life Into Stone


Breathing Life Into Stone




CATALOGUE TEXT
“Well, people are usually quite complex,” says Michael Spengler. He is the man people turn to when they want a tombstone that’s different. One that will reflect the deceased’s personality, the life that has passed. In her film Katinka Zeuner records three deaths and the ensuing process of finding the right stone: a young couple who have lost their child, a woman with two sons who try to form an idea of their father’s respectively grandfather’s life with Spengler, and a woman looking for the right shape for a man called “Cliewe.” Spengler becomes a kind of medium who takes in his customers’ memories and emotions to translate them into material form. The process is collaborative; the parties meet frequently over weeks and months to create something that Michael Spengler calls a “tomb sign.”

Carolin Weidner


Nominated for the Goethe-Institut Documentary Film Prize


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Credits
Original Title: Der Stein zum Leben
Country: Germany
Year: 2018
Language: German
Subtitle: English
Runtime: 77 min.
Format: DCP
Color: Colour
Director: Katinka Zeuner
Producer: Katinka Zeuner
Cinematographer: Katinka Zeuner
Editor: Anna Pesavento
Sound: Oliver Eberhard, Birte Gerstenkorn, Martin Nevoigt, Joel Vogel
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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.