Tracing Reality and Fiction

Is it possible for a documentary film to capture reality in a way that is undistorted? Is it possible to truly see reality reflected in a documentary film? Where is the boundary between documentary and fiction? In our selection focused on hybrid films, we examine the borders of fictional worlds.

Hybrid films are right up Evangelia Kranioti’s alley. Her debut film Exotica, Erotica, Etc. (2015) transports us to the rather mysterious world of sailors and prostitutes, who’ve been meeting for centuries when ships are in port. We also recently added three short films to our catalogue, which playfully toy with reality as we know it. Before shooting his feature film Baracoa (2019), Pablo Briones captured the childlike world of two boys growing up in the Cuban countryside in his short film, Pezcal. And you won’t be able to tell reality and imagination apart when you enter the fascinating worlds of Shooting Crows (2018) by Swiss filmmaker Christine Hürzeler and Syndromes of Mimicry (2016) by Lithuanian filmmaker Anastasija Pirozenko.

Selected films is powered by Doc Alliance, a creative partnership of 7 key European documentary film festivals. Our aim is to advance the documentary genre, support its diversity and promote quality creative documentary films.

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