“My work has two strands: the first one deals with direct political images of violence, aggression and protest, mostly in Israeli-Palestinian context. It’s critique of news media, researching the complex, both realistic and surrealistic aspects of these images. The second strand of videos is more abstract and universal, dealing with cognitive, environmental and existential issues,” says the director about his works.
Events on the DAFilms portal
His films tend to attract general attention. While festival juries churn out awards, as seen in Cannes, Karlovy Vary and at Jihlava IDFF, viewers are charmed by the quiet pace of his poetic images he has recently employed to capture the revolutionary events at the MAIDAN square in Kiev. Sergei Loznitsa, director of the remarkable feature films My Joy and In the Fog, now receives another honour for the first time; the launch of his online world film retrospective. Ten documentaries by Sergei Loznitsa, including his yet unpublished film master class, are available from December 1 to 14 at the DAFilms.com portal for free.
From September 22 to October 5, 2014, the DAFilms.com documentary portal presents the first world online retrospective of unique Czech director Helena Třeštíková under the telling title “A Long Journey”. The works by the popular documentarist who has won a whole range of international awards, including Europe’s highest film award Prix Arte, are introduced on the portal in the form of more than 25 films made since the mid-1970s. Moreover, Czech viewers can vote for their favourite film by the filmmaker at www.dafilms.com and win an invitation to an exclusive film meeting with Helena Třeštíková.
Viewers from across the world will remember the past edition of Venice IFF for a long time. Not only did it impress itself on their minds for its 70th anniversary but it also had a big surprise in store for them. For the first time ever, the desired statuette of the Golden Lion went to a documentary film. The one to tame the Golden Lion of Venice and rank among iconic filmmakers such as Luis Buñuel and Luchino Visconti was Italian director GIANFRANCO ROSI.
Take a trip to the unique film space-time inhabited by the infinite imagination of Canadian director Peter Mettler; a filmmaker pushing the borders of documentary and experimental film with each new film; an audiovisual artist who is not afraid to explore the fundamental philosophical questions of modern civilization by means of images. Get carried away to the world of expanded cinematic vision and watch Mettler’s online retrospective from April 21 to May 4 at DAFilms.com!
What forms can documentary film take? Really extraordinary ones, as far as films by internationally renowned Swiss director Peter Liechti are concerned. To Liechti, the film medium is an open field entered by other art elements such as music and literary text. Under his directing guidance, plastic documentary images emerge, dominated by a common trait; that of a stream of imagination.
Eyal Sivan, Israeli documentarist, theorist and producer based in Paris, ranks among strong creative personalities in whose works film becomes politics and vice versa. Sivan‘s film language cannot be separated from the political themes he has been dealing with on a long-term basis which have become the key motives of his works; the relation between Israel and Palestine and Israel’s relation to its own history.
Portuguese director Catarina Mourão ranks among the most remarkable personalities of the South European documentary scene. She addresses wide-ranging audiences by her films as well as by her production and organization activities. In 1998, she was the founding member of AporDOC Portuguese Documentary Association. She co-founded Laranja Azul production company supporting creative documentaries and she has been teaching documentary film for a number of years.
The leading figure of contemporary Russian documentary Vitaly Mansky is known as a provocative, uncompromising and critical director. His films show peculiar characters revealing various forms of Russian society as well as analytical projects dealing with the transformation of local political culture. Revisiting the past, especially his childhood in the USSR and his Jewish roots, represents another distinctive line followed in Mansky’s films.
DAFilms.com is offering an insight into the predominantly documentary work of Anja Salomonowitz, renowned Austrian filmmaker. We offer 3 of her documentary films at the genre’s intersection with fiction, internationally acclaimed, awarded numerous film prizes and inscribed in the literature relating to documentary film: Carmen, You Will Never Understand This and It Happened Just Before.
Great retrospective of a director with an original sense of humour - Laila Pakalnina is one of Latvia‘s most prolific directors today. She often uses the form of absurd mystification comedy.