“Haunting History,” “Pearl Button” set for IDFA Forum

Femke and Ilse van Velzen's A Haunting History (pictured), Patricio Guzman's The Pearl Button and Lisa Immordino Vreeland's Peggy Guggenheim - Art Addict are among the projects selected to participate at this year's IDFA Forum pitching market in Holland
October 22, 2013

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has selected 50 projects that will participate in this year’s international co-finance and production market, the IDFA Forum.

Projects include Weapon of War director Femke and Ilse van Velzen’s A Haunting History (pictured), about a Sudanese lawyer grappling with a legacy of war; Enemies of Happiness director Eva Mulvad’s classical music doc A Modern Man; Cinema Jenin docmaker Marcus Vetter’s Promise, about a woman accused of murdering her parents; and Nostalgia For the Light director Patricio Guzman’s latest, The Pearl Button, which tells two stories linked by two small buttons found in the ocean.

Round-table pitches include Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel filmmaker Lisa Immordino Vreeland’s look at the life of art patron Peggy Guggenheim, Peggy Guggenheim – Art Addict; and Putin’s Kiss director Lise Birk Pederson’s School of Democracy, about Italian comedian Beppe Grillo’s protest movement.

The latest doc about activist duo The Yes Men, The Yes Men Are Revolting, from director and Yes Men member Andy Bichlbaum, will take part as a work-in-progress screening aimed at sales and distribution agents.

During the market, filmmakers present their projects to commissioning editors and other financiers. This year, the program includes 18 docs presented as projects at previous editions of the IDFA Forum. The projects hail primarily from Europe, the United States, China, Canada, South Korea and Japan.

The IDFA Forum will take place from November 25-27 in the Compagnietheater in Amsterdam.

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