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Six years have passed since the fatal step of documentarist Pavel Koutecký which cost him his life. The event is easy to remember due to the Pavel Koutecký Award. Established shortly after Koutecký’s tragic accident, it will be presented for the sixth time this year. On this occasion, the DAFilms portal has prepared a selection of awarded films from last years as well as a large retrospective of films by Pavel Koutecký. It will be available online in the week from June 11 at www.dafilms.com FOR FREE
- 11.6.2012 -
After testing a sample from the Copenhagen film laboratory, it is now time to look under the lid of yet another festival cuisine. As the summer is approaching, let us bask in the sun at the French Riviera. Since the times of Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, quality “stuff” has been cooked in the famous port of Marseille; so this time the DAFilms portal presents a selection of films from the filmmaking workshop of the FID Marseille IFF. FIDlab is an open creative platform where filmmakers from around the world present their works and meet producers, distributors and television representatives. “The French Connection” starts at DAFilms on June 4; in the following week, a collection of four films will be available FOR FREE.
- 4.6.2012 -
This week Dafilms portal presents original choice of films that won numerous awards at world acclaimed festivals: 108 - Cuchillo de Palo, a personal story that brings two generations face to face in a confrontation revealing part of the hidden and silenced history of Paraguay. Film Bassidji takes you among the most extremist supporters of the Islamic Republic of Iran. René is an incredible story of a young man accompanied by a film camera from the age of eighteen, on his life’s journey between prisons and short intermezzos outside and last but not least Cooking history - a portrait of different military cooks from all over Europe who served in various armies and have witnessed the European wars of the 20th century.
- 28.5.2012 -
For more than 10 years, Dutch director Leonard Retel Helmrich has been returning to the homeland of his parents to observe and record the transformation of Indonesia in the turbulent years of economic and cultural globalization. The Dafilms portal presents all of the three parts of his famous documentary trilogy, including the latest film Position among the Stars. On the backdrop of the tension in Indonesian society, Helmrich’s camera follows the Sjamsuddin family living their daily lives of work and worries, mutual love and hatred. In the week from May 21, you can watch the first two parts of the trilogy; The Eye of the Day and Shape of the Moon; for free.
- 21.5.2012 -
This week the Dafilms portal presents a considerable portion of European “exoticism”. Take a trip through the unique landscape of the Balkans with three remarkable documentaries. Although the protagonists of The Shutka Book of Records, The Mosquito Problem and Bahtalo! are rather poor, do not expect a heavy social drama. One can only live merrily without money! From May 14, you can watch the three films for free for a whole week.
- 14.5.2012 -
Belgian filmmaking globetrotter Thierry Michel has revisited Congo, a former colony of his native country, referred to as “the dark heart” of Africa. After his successful films Mobutu, King of Zaire and River Congo, Beyond Darkness, he has extended his Congo filmography by Katanga Business. Providing a realistic and critical look behind the scenes of the mining of strategic resources, the documentary reveals the deep scar dug into the land and lives of the inhabitants of one of the most fascinating and tried African countries by the shovel of globalized corporate industry. Thierry Michel gives unceasing evidence to the fact that the times of colonial barbarism and rampant plundering, started by the infamous “bloody” king Leopold II in Congo in the 19th century, are not yet over. Katanga Business is available in premiere at DAFilms.com from April 30. During the first two days, you can stream the film for free.
- 30.4.2012 -
Recently, the Dafilms portal introduced two documentaries by director Michael Noer; Vesterbro and Wild Hearts; and we promised to add more. The time has come and so has Son of God. A common project of Michael Noer and Khavn de la Cruz, the film is part of a series of creative cooperations initiated and produced by the DOX:LAB film workshop. The sample from the production of the film laboratory presented at the Dafilms portal includes four documentaries; from April 16 to 22, you can watch them for free.
- 16.4.2012 -
If all you have left after your unfortunately deceased father is a box of three thousand negatives, there are two things you can do. Either you put it under your bed and try to burry your memories along with it or you dive into the painful past and make a film about it. Or even two.
From April 9 to 15, you can stream the films Boogie Woogie Daddy and Inbetweener by Swedish director Erik Bäfving at Dafilms for free.
- 9.4.2012 -