The International Documentary Film Festival IDFA has released the first film selected for its 34th edition, which runs from November 17-28 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. These are the guest of honor at the event, German filmmaker, media artist and writer Heito Sterrell, and a selection of four films directed by Armenian Artavzad Pelechian, who will receive the IDFA Lifetime Achievement Award. Both helmers will take part in the festivities in person.
With his curated program of 14 titles, Stearl provides a window into the world of his film and media industry. Helping us understand the nature of his own work, Stearle presents a line of disgruntled filmmakers who have each shaped the political documentary film industry in their own way.
Selected films include “Videogram of a Revolution”, a cult masterpiece by Aaron Farooqi and Andrei Uzikar, with the consent of long-standing admiration for Stirling’s Farooqi, about whom he has written, exhibited and studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna. Finding out the hidden stories of Japanese activism, Mitsuo Sato and Kiyochi Yamoka, directors of the film “Yama: Attack to Attack”, paint a series of murders as they document the plight of local workers.
In Steirle’s own artistic approach, the Germans re-imagined a number of title truths and fictional concepts, as seen in Rozava Film Commune’s “Stories of Destroyed Cities,” which sensitively illuminates the Kurdish cause – a return to Steirle’s writing.
Reality has been recreated in “Kenedi Goes Back Home”, one of the two selected films of Yugoslav black wave icon Želimir Žilnik, as well as in Peter Watkins’ epic “La Commune (Paris, 1871)” for the release of the film under Watkins. Has been supervised
Making vulgar films with titles such as Barbara Hammer’s “Nitrate Kisses” and Martha Rozler’s “Semiotics of the Kitchen” took the form of avant-garde feminist art.
The mainstay of style documentary journalism is presented by Laura Poitres’ Oscar-winning Edward Snowden with Citizenfor.
IDFA will present an extensive “Filmmaker Talk” with Steyerl in the historic Tuschinski 1 movie in Amsterdam, known as the most beautiful movie in the world by Time Out. During the festival, Stearl will also mediate a panel discussion with several filmmakers from his selection.
Nearly 100 years after the release of the last film in Palestine, the IDFA presents the European premiere of its one-minute Tour de Force “Nature”. The film provides a “commemorative cinematic experience”, the festival said in a statement, “returning to the characteristic attraction of the Pelicans with human fragility in the face of nature’s Titanic glory – this time the footage obtained through a rolling composition of a natural disaster.” This will be Pelechian’s first screening of the film in which his longtime collaborator and producer of “Nature”, Andrei Uzika, was also present.
IDFA will screen three films from Pelechian’s career. One of the author’s early films, “We”, honors the people of Armenia and their tumultuous history, marking the birth of the filmmaker’s signature distance montage strategy. “In the asons of the year,” the director “organizes a great but bitter sweet symphony of human existence centered on an isolated community in the remote Armenian mountains,” the festival said. Finally, “In Our Century”, the Palaecheans return to the twentieth-century space race of the US and the USSR, “the terrible nature of humanity that transcends a cosmic boundary.”