The 33rd International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) will open with the world premiere of Nothing but the Sun from Paraguayan-Swiss filmmaker Arami Ullón.
The 75-minute Nothing but the Sun (Apenas el sol; pictured) documents the stories of the Ayoreo people in Paraguay’s Chaco region, an Indigenous community that has been violently uprooted from their ancestral territory by white missionaries.
IDFA revealed the opener today (Oct. 28) along with the complete selection of 258 titles from 72 different countries competing across the festival’s main competitions.
This year’s complete festival selection boasts near parity for female filmmakers at 48%, while 57% of the filmmakers in the competitions are women.
IDFA’s selection of jury members for the 2020 event includes producers Marie Pierre Macia, Diana Elbaum and Els Vandevorst; critic Finn Halligan; directors Hubert Sauper, Alice Diop and Audrius Stonys; festival directors Intishal Al Timimi and Christoph Terhechte; cinematographer Edward Lachman; and novelist Abdelkader Benali.
“The IDFA 2020 program tells us, without doubt or hesitation, that documentary art is just essential, relevant, and meaningful,” said artistic director Orwa Nyrabia in a statement. “Here’s a more inclusive program than ever, a program that takes us a step further from the overwhelming immediate moment and shows us a larger worldview. It protects our sanity and helps us find balance in the middle of all the chaos.”
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.
Feature-Length Documentary Competition
The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World…
Inside the Red Brick Wall
Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers
The New Gospel
Nothing but the Sun
Radiograph of a Family
Le temps perdu
War and Peace
Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti