For some, September means the beginning of school; for us, September means the beginning of a great documentary programme! Enjoy it with us!
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Jørgen Leth (born 1937), living legend of world documentary, writer and poet, studied literature and anthropology. In the 1960s, he became a leading personality of Danish poetic modernism and experimental film. In his films, Leth creates film images similarly to a painter. At the beginning, he directs both the characters and the camera; during shooting, he stops “painting” the scenes and becomes an observer of the depicted events. We offer a rigorously selected retrospective of this Danish director most known for example for The Five Obstructions or his last film Erotic Man. Stream FOR FREE from November 13 to 25.
- 12.11.2012 -
"The Will" by Christian Sønderby Jepsen! Ch. S. Jepsen was awarded by the Doc Alliance Selection Jury (Özge Calafato, Eva Mulvad and Sean Farnel) personally at the Opening Ceremony of DOK Leipzig on 29th October. Congratulations!
- 31.10.2012 -
In the past weeks, European fans of documentary film have had a pretty packed schedule. Two documentary festivals; DOK Leipzig and Jihlava IDFF; followed in close succession. Both of these festivals belong among the key partners of Doc Alliance and their activities are regularly reflected on the Dafilms portal. While the programming of the Jihlava festival also deals with films on the borderline between documentary and fiction film, the Leipzig festival includes the INTERNATIONAL SHORT DOCUMENTARY COMPETITION section of short documentaries. From October 29 to November 4, eight of the films presented in this section are available for free streaming.
- 29.10.2012 -
For the past 6 years besides its physical festival, the IDFF Jihlava has organised also online events, in cooperation with the video on demand platform www.DAFilms.com. This year we offer a selection of the best Czech and international short docs produced in the last year or two. Watch what you missed at the festival!
Short Joy online for free - October 22 - 28th.
- 22.10.2012 -
Johan Grimonprez, a Belgian director known for his film Double Take, where he casts Alfred Hitchcock as a paranoid history professor. Far before that, in 1997, he came out with the film Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y revealing a shift in the history of the representation of skyjackers.
- 7.10.2012 -
Austria’s avant-garde film tradition has been among the most sustained and radical of such traditions. As with other Austrian arts, it is a response (in part) to past national decadence and conservatism; its repository of cutting-edge experimental film and video works is uniquely impressive and progressive. Works that experiment with sonic art and digital technology, works that wreak havoc with the retina, this selection is an attempt to define a poetic edge within a vast array of production while (re)discovering new ways of entering into the “material” and the frame, and examining the mechanics of cinema.
from Breaking Ground: 60 Years of Austrian Experimental Cinema, 2012, UCLA Film & Television Archive
- 21.9.2012 -
Five Czech documentary films which have been presented together in cinemas within the Czech Joy in Czech Cinemas project since last year are available for free streaming from 17 to 23 September. Having received numerous festival awards as well as the best Czech documentary film of 2011 award, Solar Eclipse by Martin Mareček tells the story of two Czech development experts in a remote part of Zambia; EM and HE by Vladimír Michálek deals with songwriter Xavier Baumaxa and Northbohemian poet Em Rudenko; A Catapult of Fate by Jan Gogola introduces frontman of Katapult band Olda Říha; observational documentary On the Outside by Veronika Sobková follows three people leaving a prison; Race to the Bottom by Vít Janeček is concerned with the questions of work and unemployment.
- 16.9.2012 -