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.
DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION // 2014
Since 2008, the Doc Alliance platform presents the Doc Alliance Selection Award. The award goes to the best European documentary film selected independently by each of the platform’s festival members. The individual festivals also nominate the representatives of the jury of experts, recruited among the film critics from the festival countries. Within the Doc Alliance Selection section, each of the Doc Alliance festivals screens at least 3 films nominated for the award in the given year. The award ceremony is held during the Cannes film festival.
Nominated by CPH:DOX Copenhagen
In 2009, the Swedish artist Anna Odell was committed to a psychiatric ward after attempting to jump off a bridge in Stockholm. Her 'suicide' turned out to be an art project – and her first film, 'The Reunion', is no less controversial. Hopefully, it will provoke at least as big a debate. Odell has again ruthlessly placed herself in the midst of a situation staged by herself – but based on real events.
Nominated by Doclisboa
A director boards the schooner Creoula heading for the Selvagens Islands to document the biggest Portuguese scientific expedition ever. During this journey he finds memories of the Portuguese fishing history in Newfoundland where his uncle was a captain, which leads him to the discovery of his country's past as well as his own.
Nominated by DOK Leipzig
Enea is 27, a young man with ordinary needs. What’s unusual is his direct way of expressing them. He carries his desire for a woman like a banner. Enea is autistic and often unable to interpret the reactions of the girls he approaches in the street. And he has yet to learn that it won’t exactly be the dream girl from the magazine who will say yes.
Nominated by FIDMarseille
On an Algerian beach, kids splash about, sleep, squabble - and then suddenly go to war. And it’s neither Lord of the Flies nor La Guerre des boutons. In her first film, full of grace, Narimane Mari films this childish freefor- all closely, at the irregular pace of an imagination inspired by the highest form of reality, national History — actually, nothing less than the Algerian War of Independence.
Nominated by IDFF Jihlava
In the twilight of consumer democracy, priestesses of love come to life and wait for their customers. Prostitutes, sales clerks, warehouse workers, non-stop bars, dance clubs, musty flats. A subculture of insomnia that lives the eternal night. Unceasing dissatisfaction with one’s life and unfulfilled desires. The rhythm of the nocturnal life of consumption and rapid gain, soaked in amphetamine and cheep alcohol.
Nominated by Planete Doc Film Festival
Polish national football team qualified for the 12th Football World Cup in Spain in October’81. Two months later, in December’81, general Jaruzelski stopped the Solidarity revolution introducing the martial law. Army took control of everyday life and opposition members were caught and held in detention centers. Six months later, Polish football players managed to win 3rd place in Espana’82 World Cup.
Nominated by Visions du réel Nyon
The Gaza Strip. Something inexplicable happened overnight: dozens of manta rays got beached. Fishermen pushing carts flock to the shores to grab as many as they can. Meanwhile the city wakes up. Antar urges the brother to wake up: it’s a big day for him, he will be recording his first album that afternoon. Noor is putting her make up on, she will be appearing in front of the cameras. Jabber is already in the field, surrounded by gunfire.