Yes, IDFA awards today. Many, really many and bravo for also giving awards to editing, directing, cinematography… Here is the list of awards to be given in two of the main catagories:
In the Competition for Feature-Length Film, four awards will be presented: IDFA Award for Best Cinematography, the IDFA Award for Best Editing, the IDFA Award for Best Directing and IDFA Award for Best Feature-Length Documentary. In the Competition for First Appearance, two awards will be presented: the IDFA Award for Best First Appearance and the FIPRESCI Award in First Appearance.
Luckily there are still many days for me to watch films… I had hoped to be able to “have done” the 10 in the Feature-Length category. I have watched these 5:
Renzo Martens “White Cube”, Claire Simon’s “The Grocer’s Son…”, “Inside the Red Brick Wall” by the Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers, “Nothing but the Sun” by Arami Ullón, “Radiograph of a Family” by Firouzeh Khosrovani… All films of good/high quality, some for the content, some for the treatment, for the aesthetic solution. So far I have not said to myself “why is this film selected?”.
For the First Apperance I have – so far – seen “This Rain will Never Stop” by Ukrainian Alina Gorlova. She just received an award at the Festival dei Popoli in Florence, the film is amazing in content and form, I must be a favourite!
In the archive section I have seen: “The Foundation Pit” by Andrey Gryazev, “Irradiated” by master Rithy Panh, “Paris Caligrammes” by Ulrike Ottinger, “Radiograph of a Family” by Firouzeh Khosrovani… Of course Rithy Panh’s horror story is unique in creative treatment of archive but it is so hard to watch, unbearable. Readers of this blog will know how much I loved Ottinger’s film as well as “Radiograph of a Family”.
In mid-length I saw only “Anny” and Helena Trestikova is one of the best documentarians of our time.