27 November 2012 10:43 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

The International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, or Idfa, piles a selection of the year’s docs into a window in mid-November--this year during its recently-wrapped 25th edition. The films are not all new, but enough of them are being seen for the first time that Idfa becomes a showcase for next year. Here are some docs that you can expect to see in 2013. "First Cousin Once Removed"  Dir. Alan Berliner, USA, 2012 Alan Berliner makes no-budget films that tend to be about himself and his family. In this one (which premiered at the New York Film Festival and won Idfa’s feasture doc award), Edwin Honig (1919-2011), a poet and Berliner’s mother’s first cousin, is losing his memory and his mind. He doesn’t even recognize pictures of himself.  “I’m not impressed,” is his opinion when he sees one. Often, when Honig speaks, what comes out sounds a lot like someone’s odd poetry. »


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