IDFA Unveils 2014 Line-Up

By Rosser, Michael | Screen International, October 10, 2014 | Go to article overview

IDFA Unveils 2014 Line-Up


Rosser, Michael, Screen International


More than 80 documentaries to receive world premieres.

The line-up for the 27th IDFA (International Documentary Festival Amsterdam) has been unveiled.

A total of 298 titles, selected from 3,200 submissions, will be screened from Nov 19-30 in Amsterdam - of which 81 will receive their world premiere.

This year, a special themed programme, titled The Female Gaze, is dedicated to the role of women in documentary.

Another strand, Of Media and Men, will focus on how opinions are shaped within a democracy through the media.

This year's Top 10 is provided by Heddy Honigmann, and a retrospective of her work will also be screening. Her film, Around the World in 50 Concerts, opens this year's IDFA and also plays in Competition.

IDFA and EYE, the Netherlands national museum for film, will be present a joint themed programme concentrating on hybrid film: Framing Reality.

The festival's main locations will once again be Pathé Tuschinski, Pathé de Munt, EYE and De Brakke Grond, but the festival heart is relocating from Rembrandtplein square to Café de Jaren and Café Swych on Nieuwe Doelenstraat.

As regular IDFA locations the Compagnietheater and Arti et Amicitiae are close by, IDFA will now bemainly clustered along the Amstel river.

The winners of the various competition programmes will be announced on Friday, 28 November.IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

A total of 15 films this year compete in the competition programme for feature-length documentary.

The jury, made up of Anne Aghion (US), Talal Derki (Syria), Sandra den Hamer (Netherlands), Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark) and Alina Rudnitskaya (Russia) will present the VPRO IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary, with a cash prize of [euro]12,500.

The jury may also grant a Special Jury Award.

35 Cows and a Kalashnikov by Oswald Richthofen (Germany)Triptych about warrior-farmers, colourful dandies and voodoo wrestlers in Ethiopia, Congo-Brazzaville and Congo-Kinshasa.

Around The World in 50 Concerts by Heddy Honigmann (the Netherlands)Honigmann toured the world with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, speaking to music lovers about the role of music in their lives.

Chameleon by Ryan Mullins (Canada)Ghanaian investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas' appearance and unorthodox methods of bringing crimes to light are simultaneously famous and infamous.

Democrats by Camilla Nielsson (Denmark)Intriguing look at an authoritarian state on the verge of democratization: how Zimbabwe got a new constitution.

The Forecaster by Marcus Vetter (Germany)The story of Martin Armstrong, who amazed friend and foe alike with highly accurate forecasts of the global economy based on a model he designed.

Franco's Promise by Marc Weymuller (France/Spain)The ruins of Belchite are a symbol of the collective amnesia that gripped Spain after the Civil War (1936-1939). Can you simply turn your back on the past?

Of Men and War by Laurent Bécue-Renard (France/Switzerland)The stories of a group of American Iraq veterans with PTSS grow into a anti-war protest.

The Queen of Silence by Agnieszka Zwiefka (Germany/Poland)As a deaf mute Roma unwelcome in Poland, ten-year-old Denisa is excluded everywhere. She expresses her feelings by dancing like a Bollywood princess.

Somboon by Krisda Tipchaimeta (Thailand)Love is not expressed through big words, but in the day-to-day care - shown in minute detail - of grandpa Somboon for his beloved, ailing wife.

Something Better to Come by Hanna Polak (Denmark/Poland)For ten years, award-winning documentary maker Hanna Polak followed teenage girl Yula and her companions, who live on the biggest refuse tip in Europe.

That Sugar Film by Damon Gameau (UK/Australia)Damon Gameau wants to experience first-hand the effects of sugar, so for 60 days he takes the amount consumed daily by the average Australian: 40 teaspoons.

Those Who Feel the Fire Burning by Morgan Knibbe (the Netherlands)Experimental, poetic documentary about a serious social problem: the many refugees who reach the borders of Europe in a hopeless situation. …

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