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Idfa reveals 2013 line-up

11 October 2013 4:26 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Selection includes competition titles, a focus on Southeast Asia and a ‘Top 10’ compiled by director Rithy Panh.

The selection for the 26th Idfa (International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam) has been unveiled and includes 288 titles – selected from more than 3,000 submissions – of which 100 will receive their world premiere during the festival (Nov 20 – Dec 1).

There will be a strand dedicated to documentaries from Southeast Asia titled Emerging Voices from Southeast Asia.

This year’s Idfa Top 10 is compiled by Cambodian director Rithy Panh, and a retrospective of his work will be screening at the festival.

Panh, whose doc The Missing Picture won the Un Certain Regard strand at Cannes in May, has selected:


Wang Bing (Hong Kong/France, 2012)Don’t Look Back

D.A. Pennebaker (USA, 1967)Farrebique - The Four Seasons

Georges Rouquier (France, 1946)The Football Incident

Joris Ivens/Marceline Loridan-Ivens (France, 1976)I Am Cuba

Mikheil Kalatozishvili (Cuba/Russia, 1964)In Vanda’s Room

Pedro Costa (Portugal, 2000)A Man Vanishes »

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Locarno 2013. Temporary Autonomous Zones: A Conversation with Ben Rivers & Ben Russell

11 August 2013 7:56 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Ben Rivers and Ben Russell, two artists whose accomplished individual bodies of work already complement one another with overlapping ambitions, ideas and approaches, co-direct A Spell to Ward Off the Darkness (which has just premiered here in Locarno in the Fuori concorso section), a three part manifesto on the potential for utopian living, and a loose, fluid (distinctly apolitical and secular) definition of what that may be. Beginning in a commune in the Lofoten Islands, Rivers and Russell fleetingly document moments of life, music and conversation among a peaceful collective of people, before jarringly switching to a portrayal of a tranquil solitude in the wilderness of Northern Finland as a figure canoes and settles on the shore, and, finally, a black metal performance in Norway. These three parts are seemingly disparate, but tonally unite in Rivers and Russell's unbiased presentation. One of the central elements that connect these three parts are the film's main figure, »

- Adam Cook

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