It has been a week since the festive open air screening has concluded the 25th edition of FIDMarseille IFF, the French representative of Doc Alliance documentary platform. Held at the Côte d’Azur, the festival has shined again with its appealingly contrasting character. The demanding conceptual film programme was complemented by the warm energy of social meetings.
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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 -
Sean McAllister is a British documentary filmmaker who has brought stories from Israel, Iraq, Japan, and most recently Syria and Yemen. Sean's films portray people with characteristic intimacy and frankness, specifically in the film Japan: A Story of Love and Hate.
- 9.9.2012 -
The most successful Arab documentary according to the reviews in Variety and Slant Magazine and a New York Times Critic’s Pick, Grandma, a Thousand Times, Daughters of Malakeh, the last documentary of the profound directors Jet Homoet and Sharog Heshmat Manesh, subtle family album Harat by Sepideh Farsi.
We offer Haratt for FREE stream from September 3 to 9.
- 2.9.2012 -
Check out a selection of the favourite films of all the DAFilms.com team members.
Since 2007 we have all been working on selecting the most remarkable documentaries produced. Now we decided to go through our rich online catalogue and point out our actual tips. Get to know the DAFilms.com team and enjoy their selection!
- 17.8.2012 -
In the sweltering months of summer, even a glance at water can be pleasant. The melancholy slow rhythm of what used to be the third largest European port is captured in the Bulgarian film Europolis, The Town of the Delta. The documentary films Dubai in Me and We Are Living on the Edge represent two opposites; while the former captures the way the growing city swallows the surrounding ocean, the latter follows the difficulties and joys in the life of Belarusian fishermen. Two more films to give you a sense of real refreshment are the family portrait Irenka shot at a perfectly clean pool and a Brazilian film which reveals its magic already in its title; I Travel because I Have to, I Come Back because I Love.
- 12.8.2012 -
Wajda School - The most interesting directors of the younger generation, both Polish and foreign, are developing their projects there. More than 50 documentary and feature films, as well as 200 shorts have been produced so far. They have been selected and often won prizes at the most prestigious festivals. This week we will offer a FREE taste of the best documentaries produced in 2011–2012.
- 6.8.2012 -
In the hot days that have prevailed lately, a Central European will hardly believe that anyone could consider the desert a convenient place to live; let alone a homeland one should fight or even die for. In the dunes of the Sahara desert, Belgian director Pierre Yves Vandeweerd discovered a nation forgotten by the world and dedicated his latest film to its troubled fate. You can watch the bewitching documentary Lost Land at Dafilms from July 16.
- 16.7.2012 -