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Leipzig 2006

Exile Family Movie. space.
"Exile Family Movie" by Arash T. Riahi

Founded in 1955 in the German Democratic Republic, the documentary film festival of Leipzig continues — also after the reunification of Germany — to be a bridge between films from the East and from the West. Since 1995 it's the only German film festival with two competitions, one for documentaries and one for animations no matter how long the films may be. It also surprises with several retrospectives in both sections.

Filmmaker Arash T. Riahi won the Critics' Prize for the best documentary with his Exile Family Movie (Austria 2006) for "its personal and even though universal touch on a contemporary subject. It links together two civilizations in both a serious and humorous way."
The FIPRESCI prize for the best animation went to My Love (Moja Ijubow) by Alexander Petrov from Russia because the films "is an exquisite impressionist vision with a very poetic narrative and profound psychology. An outstanding painting with brilliant animation."

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International Leipzig Festival for Documentary and Animated Film: October 30 — November 5, 2006

Ties that Bind. Lars Tunçay reports about Exile Family Movie, a documentary about the dangerous and extraordinary meeting of the members of an Iranian family living apart from each other for decades in Europe and the US. More arrow.
Animation Urges into Psychology. Nadezhda Marinchevska describes My Love as an animated film about real-life emotions, poetically seen and embodied in exquisite impressionist painting. More arrow.



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