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IDFA to focus on Koppen, WW1 docs

Dutch festival IDFA has named Niek Koppen (pictured) as the recipient of this year's Filmmaker in Focus retrospective, and announced a focus on World War I docs for its 2013 event.
September 17, 2013

Dutch festival IDFA has named Niek Koppen (pictured) as the recipient of this year’s Filmmaker in Focus retrospective, and announced a focus on World War I docs for its 2013 event.

Koppen, best known for work such as Siki (1992), The Battle of the Java Sea (1995) and Gold (2007), will attend retrospective screenings in Amsterdam and has also made an as-yet-unnamed new film – commissioned by the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision (NISV) and based on material from the Institute’s archive – which will premiere at IDFA this November.

In addition, with next year marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I, IDFA will this fall screen eight docs dealing with the war.

The films were made between 1917 and 1928, and come from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany and the UK.

The selection was made with researcher David Barnouw of the NIOD; media historian Bert Hogenkamp of the NISV; and Elif Rongen-Kaynakci, a silent film conservator at EYE.

Finally, IDFA has announced a special program of screenings of Dutch films that either won or were nominated for Academy Awards.

Over the past six months, the NISV has digitized and restored 11 Dutch films, including Glass by Bert Haanstra (1958); High Stakes in the East by John Fernhout (1942); Sky over Holland by John Fernhout (1967); and This Tiny World by Charles Huguenot van der Linden (1973).

IDFA takes place in Amsterdam from November 20 to December 1.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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