“That Sugar Film,” “Franco’s Promise” make IDFA line-up

Films on topics ranging from Australian sugar consumption to Guantánamo Bay are among 15 documentaries selected for the feature-length doc competition at the forthcoming IDFA festival. (Pictured: That Sugar Film)
October 11, 2014

Films on topics ranging from Australian sugar consumption to Guantánamo Bay are among 15 projects selected for the feature-length doc competition at the forthcoming International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).

The 27th edition of the fall documentary event, which runs from November 19-30, consists of 298 titles, of which 81 will be world premieres.

As previously reported, IDFA will feature programs on the role of women in documentary, and the exchanges between people and their rulers, as well as a retrospective of the work of Dutch documentarian Heddy Honigmann.

This year’s feature-length doc competition jury is made up of Anne Aghion (U.S.), Talal Derki (Syria), Sandra den Hamer (the Netherlands), Joshua Oppenheimer (Denmark) and Alina Rudnitskaya (Russia).

Documentaries in the category include Oswald Richthofen’s 35 Cows and a Kalashnikov, a triptych focusing on warrior-farmers, colorful dandies and voodoo wrestlers in Ethiopia, Congo-Brazzaville and Congo-Kinshasa; Heddy Honigmann’s Around the World in 50 Concerts, in which the director tours with the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Ryan Mullins’ Chameleon, on the journalistic methods of Ghanaian investigative reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas; and Camilla Nielsson’s Democrats, about Zimbabwe’s new constitution.

Other titles in the competition include Marcus Vetter’s The Forecaster, on economist Martin Armstrong; Marc Weymuller’s Franco’s Promise, about the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War; Laurent Bécue-Renard’s Of Men and War, on a group of American Iraq veterans with PTSS; and Agnieszka Zwiefka’s The Queen of Silence, on a young Roma girl living in Poland.

Additional documentaries include Krisda Tipchaimeta’s Somboon, about the loving relationship between two seniors; Hanna Polak’s Something Better to Come, on those living on the biggest refuse tip in Europe; Damon Gameau’s That Sugar Film (pictured above), in which the director consumes 40 teaspoons of sugar a day for 60 days; Morgan Knibbe’s Those Who Feel the Fire Burning, on refugees in Europe; Nima Sarvestani’s Those Who Said No, about the Iran war tribunal; Patricio Henriquez’s Uyghurs, Prisoners of the Absurd, on a group of Uyghurs who spent years in Guantánamo Bay; and finally Seung-Jun Yi’s Wind on the Moon, about a deaf and blind teenager.

The festival’s other competitions focus on mid-length documentary, first appearance (debut films), Dutch documentaries, digital storytelling, student documentaries, DOC U (juried by youth) and the IDFA Audience Award.

Meanwhile, IDFA’s regular programs include Best of Fests, Masters, Panorama, Paradocs, DocLab: Immersive Reality, Top 10 (Honigmann’s top films), the Honigmann Retrospective, The Female Gaze, Of Media and Men, Framing Reality, Kids & Docs, and Music Documentary.

Complete lists of the 2014 documentary selections can be found here.

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