'Vodka Factory' Wins Leipzig Documentary Prize

Scandinavian non-fiction took the honors at the DOK Leipzig festival

 

COLOGNE, Germany -- Scandinavian non-fiction swept the honors at the DOK Leipzig festival, with Vodka Factory from Swedish director Jerzey Sladkowski taking the top prize, the Golden Dove and Steam Of Life, Finland's hopeful for the Foreign Language Oscar, winning the runner up Silver Dove.

Vodka Factory takes place in Russia, in the town of Zhigulyovsk, 620 miles south of Moscow. It follows Tatiana, a 50-year-old bus conductor and her 22-year-old daughter Valentina. Valentina works in the titular vodka factory in town but dreams of moving to Moscow to become a TV star.

Ordinary dreams are also the stuff of Steam of Life. Finnish directors Joonas Berghall and Mika Hotakainen followed Finnish men into the sauna to talk about their lives and loves, hopes and fears.

The DOK Leipzig, which wrapped up Sunday, is one of world's most acclaimed documentary film festivals.

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