Homeland (Iraq Year Zero) by Abbas Fahdel has won the Doc Alliance Selection Award. The winning film is composed of two parts – the first was shot before the US army’s invasion of Iraq while the second part captures the post-war events – providing an essential report on the turning point in the country’s development. Instead of shorthand news features on the events in Iraq, it brings an impressive portrayal of life in the country. Director Fahdel received the award at the Locarno film festival.
DOC ALLIANCE SELECTION // 2012
This year DOC ALLIANCE is proud to welcome FID Marseille as its sixth partner and has chosen a new procedure for selecting the films that will be screened at Visions du Réel, Planete Doc Film Festival Warsaw, FID Marseille, DOK Leipzig, IDFF Jihlava and CPH:DOX Copenhagen: each member country has proposed a film critic and a film. Among these six productions, the critics have nominated three films that will be shown at the six festivals and will compete for the Doc Alliance Award to be presented at the end ofthe year.
As the screenwriter for directors such as Nagisa Oshima and Kōji Wakamatsu, Masao Adachi was deeply involved with the left-wing radical politics of his time. After a trip to Lebanon to meet the notorious Japanese United Red Army, he decided to join them. Masao Adachi was arrested in 2001 and forced to return to Japan. Director Eric Baudelaire uncovers one of the best-kept secrets of Japanese cinema and society.
Sometimes reality surpasses even the most incredible cock-and-bull stories. And Christian Sønderby Jepsen's tragicomic and warm film about three brothers who inherit a fortune from their grandfather is certainly stranger than fiction. Even in Hollywood, nobody would believe the story… A film which proves that blood is thicker than water, and that true happiness cannot be bought with money.
Work and working have become something different. Director Carmen Losmann introduces us to a world made of non-territorial office space where time clocks have ceased to exist. The new workers are multi-mobile knowledge-equipped ones and dominate a post-industrial landscape where human resources are the real value. A world where people are...