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IDFA ’20: Arami Ullon’s “Nothing but the Sun” to launch 33rd annual festival

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 ...
October 28, 2020

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

Gorbachev. Heaven
Vitaly Mansky
100 min
World Premiere

The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World…
Claire Simon
111 min
World Premiere

Inside the Red Brick Wall
Hong Kong Documentary Filmmakers
88 min
International Premiere

Morning Star
Nantenaina Lova
77 min
World Premiere

Nemesis
Thomas Imbach
131 min
International Premiere

The New Gospel
Milo Rau
107 min
International Premiere

Nothing but the Sun
Arami Ullón
75 min
World Premiere

Odoriko
Yoichiro Okutani
114 min
World Premiere

Radiograph of a Family
Firouzeh Khosrovani
82 min
World Premiere

Le temps perdu
Maria Alvarez
102 min
World Premiere

War and Peace
Massimo D’Anolfi, Martina Parenti
128 min
International Premiere

White Cube
Renzo Martens
78 min
World Premiere

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