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Arab Spring Film Wins at Jihlava

Magazine article Screen International

Arab Spring Film Wins at Jihlava

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Arab spring compilation wins Jihlava's main award; Best Czech film for HBO-backed doc

Belgium-based Peter Snowdon's The Uprising, a compilation of amateur footage from the Arab spring, was awarded the Opus Bonum - Best International Documentary Film Award at the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in the Czech Republic last night (Oct 28).

The winner was picked by a single juror, US director-curator Craig Baldwin who described The Uprising as "a film which, in turn, saddened me, frightened me, outraged me, inspired me, and ultimately made me truly proud to be a part of the democratic project and the struggle for human dignity."

The Uprising, which was produced by Brussels-based Rien à voir production with the UK's Third Films of Duane Hopkins and Samm Haillay as co-producers, had its world premiere in Jihlava.

In the Czech Joy sidebar competition, the Best Czech Documentary Film Award went to Petr Hátle's The Great Night which was co-produced by HBO Europe with Nutprodukce, the producer of Agnieszka Holland's mini-series Burning Bush (also with HBO).

The Great Night, which is looking for a sales agent, will also screen at CPH:DOX in Copenhagen next month.

Another production from nutprodukce, Bohdan Bláhovec's Show! about the creation of the girl band 5Angels, received the Audience Award and will be released in Czech cinemas by the Association of Czech Film Clubs.

The award for the Best Central and Eastern European Documentary Film in the Between The Seas competition went to Gustavo Beck and Zeljka Suková's allegorical docufiction about the Christian holiday, Winter/Miracle, with a Special Mention for Normalization by Robert Kirchhoff.

The festival's Industry Programme attracted several international players from the documentary world, including festival programmers from Sheffield Doc/Fest, FID Marseille, Paris-based A l'Est du Nouevau, Vancouver Biennale, Sarajevo Film Festival and Hot Docs as well as sales agents from Autlook Film Sales, Kloos & Co., and Taskovski FilmsNews Roundup from Jihlava

Day and date experiment with Tanovic's Berlinale winner

Doc Alliance's VoD platform DAfilms.com has teamed up with Czech distributor Artcam for a day and date release of Danis Tanovic's Berlinale winner An Episode In The Life Of An Iron Picker.

The film was released theatrically in Czech cinemas last Thursday (Oct 24) and also streamed online for free by DAfilms.com until Sunday evening (Oct 27). In addition, the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival screened the film in its programme as a special event on Monday evening (Oct 28).

DAFilms.com manager Diana Tabakov told ScreenDaily that Czech cinema-owners had not had any problems with the day&date release. The film is now available on the VoD platform for a small fee to stream or for HD download which is seen as a substitute for a DVD release.

She revealed that a further day&date release is being planned for a Danish project some time in spring/summer 2014, and added that Doc Alliance now has a seventh partner festival with the addition of Doc Lisboa joining DOK Leipzig, CPH:DOX, Visions du Réel, Jihlava DFF, FID Marseille and Planete Doc FF.

Swiss documentary film-maker Peter Liechti, who is the subject of one of the homages at this week's DOK.Leipzig, will be a guest of honour at the next Solothurn Film Days (Jan 23-30, 2014) in the sidebar entitled Rencontre.Previous editions were dedicated to such film-makers as the late Jacqueline Veuve and Alain Tanner and actors Bruno Ganz and Marthe Keller. …

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