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Mehrdad Oskouei’s “Sunless Shadows” to open IDFA ’19

The world premiere of Mehrdad’s Oskouei’s Sunless Shadows has been selected to open the 32nd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA). Filmed in a small juvenile detention center, Sunless Shadows (pictured) steps into ...
October 23, 2019

The world premiere of Mehrdad’s Oskouei’s Sunless Shadows has been selected to open the 32nd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

Filmed in a small juvenile detention center, Sunless Shadows (pictured) steps into the world of five young Iranian women, all accomplices in the murders of their abusive husbands, fathers or brothers-in-law.

IDFA revealed the opener today (Oct. 23) along with the films selected for its main competitions.

The highest percentage of female filmmakers will be represented at the 2019 event, comprising 64% of the competition titles and 47% of the total program.

Additionally, 67% of the selected IDFA Forum projects are by women.

Selections for IDFA’s flagship competition for feature-length documentaries, comprising 12 world or international premieres, are listed below. To see all the films selected for all IDFA competitions, visit the festival’s website.

IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

I Walk (dir. Jørgen Leth)

In a Whisper (dir. Heidi Hassan, Patricia Pérez Fernández)

Let’s Talk (dir. Marianne Khoury)

Europa, “Based on a True Story” (dir. Kivu Ruhorahoza)

La Mami (dir. Laura Herrero Garvín)

Pearl of the Desert (dir. Pushpendra Singh)

Faith (dir. Valentina Pedicini)

Mother and Son (dir. Hilal Baydarov)

Punks (dir. Maasja Ooms)

The Sea Between Us (dir. Marlene Edoyan)

Shadow Flowers (dir. Seung-Jun Yi)

Sunless Shadows (dir. Mehrdad Oskouei)

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