The tireless organisers of the Belgrade European Feature Documentary Film Festival, Magnificent7, Svetlana and Zoran Popovic, and their many helpers, all of them filmmakers themselves, have put together a summer programme, 3 directors, who have already visited the festival (10th edition in 2014), represented with each two films: To be screened July 10, 11 and 12.
This is a clip from the announcement: Selection for this year`s Belef is a great opportunity to acknowledge the constant presence of these authors, and to create special authors’ nights with the goal of familiarizing ourselves with their themed circles and sensibilities. We have selected three representatives from leading documentary fields – Thomas Riedelsheimer from Germany (Breathing Earth and Touch the Sound (PHOTO)), Mika Ronkainen from Finland (Screaming Men and Finnish Blood Swedish Heart), and Marc Isaacs from Great Britain (All White in Barking and The Road-A Story of Life and Death). They are, before all, linked by the fact that with their films they created modern European documentary filmmaking, and some of the works we will see have earned cult status and marked their further development. Thomas Riedelsheimer is dedicated to the phenomenon of art and the rhythms of creation, creative pulsating of the artist’s breathing in conjunction with the work and space in which it is conceived. Mika Ronkainen reexamines the rhythms of silence, and of communication throughout different, surprising forms, from articulated to unarticulated. Marc Isaacs is, from a psycho-social standpoint, focused on the pulsating of people in England’s urban environments, rhythms of their presence and absence, acceptance and rejection. Finally, these authors` nights give us an opportunity to personally experience the rhythms of the authors’ evolvement from one film to the other.
The Popovics say: BELEF is Belgrade Summer Art Festival with a concept, developed last year, to be the festival of (Belgrade) festivals. So, this is actually special promotion of M7 within BELEF. As a summer festival they insist on outdoor events and we love the idea because it’s a rare possibility to create ad hoc open air cinema in the very center of the town. There will be special, quite big screen and we’ll use big and mighty video projector to get high quality picture, full HD.
We asked producers,, distributors and authors to send us the best quality screening prints as digital files. Exclusively for this summer edition Thomas Riedelsheimer made for the first time special HD master (to be used for Blue-Ray) of his legendary “Touch the Sound”, since it is originally made on 35mm and only DVD was produced until now.
This is the second year that we promote M7 in the summer and documentary fans are eagerly waiting for new excitments.