Wednesday IDFA, International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, starts. And I am going there for five nights. Due to being part of the IDFA Academy, this great initiative of the festival, where young filmmakers get the chance to meet each other, share their ideas and projects and get inspiration from cameraperson Kirsten Johnson and directors like Kim Longinotto and Frederick Wiseman to mention the most famous ones. Together with Cecilia Lidin, with whom I worked at the EDN way back in time, I will be available for meetings in the afternoon.
The last couple of days I have been preparing my stay in hopefully not too foggy Amsterdam. The festival is overwhelming with talks, masterclasses, industry screenings (very good as many take place in the mornings) and good friends invite you to premieres of their films. Happy that there is a Docs for Sale, got to find films for a couple of festivals and for writing on this blog.
Let me mention two which are scheduled in my agenda:
Lithuanian Mindaugas Survila’s new work – it’s in the First Appearance Competition – ”The Ancient Woods” is a film that I know will be visually magnificent. The director has been filming nature for years and has invented extraordinary ways of getting close to his protagonists – see the photo. I know him and his first film very well, ”Field of Magic”, as he, 8 years ago, took me and Audrius Stonys on a tour to the forest where we were met with warmth and generosity by the 7 men and women, who lived there – http://www.filmkommentaren.dk/blog/blogpost/768/ – You can see that film on the website of the director, link below.
The other film is ”Time Trial” by Scottish Finlay Pretsell, who has been following the former British road racing cyclist David Millar during his last cycling season. I am very happy for Pretsell that his film made it to the Main International Competition. I have seen some clips from the film in beforehand, and the trailer on the IDFA website – Millar has charisma, I have high expectations loving this sport highly, very much because of ”our” Danish hero in that field, Jørgen Leth.