Read an exclusive interview with Polish filmmaker Słavomir Batyra, director of THE GREAT THEATRE. He will guide you through the recesses of his short film just like his film guides the viewers through the recesses of the largest opera house in the world. Would you like some opera tickets or rather cinema ones? What about taking both?
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This films explore the continuous journey between the past and the present. In the sense of change, like the natural condition of man.
In Portugal films up to 60 minutes are considered short films (compared to other countries where only films up to 30 minutes are shorts). What impression will the Portuguese culture make through this specific format and film choice? Is Portuguese cinematography on the rise? Our selection will reveal more.
STREAM FOR FREE from August 5 to August 11
- 5.8.2013 -
Is it hard to decide which documentaries to choose from our catalogue of 800 films? We are always happy to recommend the best from our offer! Our film selectors updated the Recommended section highlighting the best world documentaries by filmmakers such as Petr Kerekes, Zuzana Piussi, Nicolas Philibert, Agnes Varda, Bert Haanstra, Nikolaus Geyrhalter or Jorgen Leth.
- 29.7.2013 -
Laila Pakalnina is one of the most prolific contemporary Latvian directors. She made dozens of documentaries well received at international festivals. In the film Leiputria, the film crew look for new, mutated animal forms living at garbage dumps. This documentary film received the European Film Award. Her feature length films usually have the form of comic, absurd mystification.
- 15.7.2013 -
After testing a sample from the EDN (European Documentary Network is a global network for professionals working with documentary film and TV), it is now time to look under the lid of festival cuisine. DAFilms portal presents a selection of the most remarkable films from the FIDMarseille film festival 2011 and 2012.
- 8.7.2013 -
European Documentary Network is a global network for professionals working with documentary film and TV. Over 1000 members from more than 60 countries have joined EDN. This organisation is open for both newcomers and established filmmakers from around the world. Paul Pauwels, Cecilie Bolvinkel a Ove Rishøj Jensen from EDN prepared selection of most remarkable films from DAFilms.
- 1.7.2013 -
This French director is a critic of documentary activism who calls himself “a bit of an anti-Michael Moore”, refusing, unlike one of the most famous activist filmmakers, to „think for the audience“. On the contrary, he „offers them something they can think about“. Philibert gained attention especially thanks to his successful film To Be and To Have, in which he portrayed a French single-class school and its specifics. A combination of a sensitive perspective of a specific world of preparations in one single-class school full of children of various ages and an original topic depicting ordinary life attracted large audiences, resulting in a worldwide commercial success. Other films in the retrospective also include Nénette, an original feature documentary about a female orang-utan with a Mona Lisa smile, and a film, or rather a return to the world of making a film about a triple murder – Back To Normandy
Stream FOR FREE from June 10 to 23!
- 10.6.2013 -
RETROSPECTIVE OF BERT HAANSTRA – Filmmaker Holding a Mirror to the Society
Bert Haanstra was born in 1916 in Holten in the Netherlands. He became a professional filmmaker in 1947. He received international acclaim for his short documentary film Mirror of Holland, which was awarded the Grand Prix for a short film at the Cannes festival in 1951. Throughout his carrier, Haanstra has won over a hundred film awards. As a director, he holds a mirror to the society, reflecting also on the material most mirrors are made of – glass in his film of the same name Glass: a short, Oscar-winning film made at glassworks in Leerdam and Schiedam that shows the work of glass blowers. His other films include a fresh and humorous montage entitled ZOO (Haanstra draws striking similarities between humans and animals).
STREAM FOR FREE to June 2
- 27.5.2013 -
We have prepared a retrospective of the films nominated for the Doc Alliance Selection Award (a distinctive choice of films from all DAFilms partner festivals).
You can stream 4 of them to May 26 FOR FREE: The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi and 27 Years without Images – director Eric Baudelaire reveals one of the best kept secrets of Japanese cinematography and society associated with the Japanese red army. The story of a forgotten visionary, a maverick, a wanderer: One Billion Happy People. Or a filmic search for the worldwide phenomenon of the micronation movement Empire Me - New Worlds Are Happening. Work Hard, Play Hard about a world in which people are completely committed to making their job their purpose in life.
- 20.5.2013 -