Berlinale 2020

Berlin/DocSalon 2020

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The future is Archive

EFM and DocSalon organised an inaugural Archive Day during Berlinale 2020, with the aim of uniting filmmakers with archive libraries to augment, improve or indeed form the basis of their…
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Docs and monsters

Directed by Sasha Litvintseva and Beny Wagner, the UK/Dutch/German doc A Demonstration, which world-premiered in Berlinale Shorts, is described as a “monster film with no monsters.”
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Doc winners at Berlinale 2020

Rithy Panh and producer Catherine Dussar pick up Berlin Documentary Award while top doccers from Germany, Flanders, France and Austria are lauded within the fest’s other sections.
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A Tale of Wonders

From the idyllic German lake of Walchansee to Mexico, the Greek islands and San Francisco for the Summer of Love, Janna Ji Wonders tells the complex and at times tragic…
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Teenage resistance

Knoxville/Tennessee filmmaker Douglas McDaniel was at Berlinale DocSalon to raise finance on a number of projects, including Löttken: Rising Nationalism Then and Now about a woman who, as a 15-year-old…
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Sharpening the tools

Selina Murat and Polina Teif spoke at the end of the 4-day pilot DocSalon Toolbox Programme, designed to deliver doc business know-how and connections to creatives from underrepresented groups.
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Liberating voices

Andreas Rochholl speaks about his EFM doc The Female Voice of Iran, screening February 26. The film shows the digital methods employed to defy a ban on Iranian women wishing…
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Norwegian Sundance hit sold to Neon

Autlook Film Sales has sold worldwide rights for Norwegian Benjamin Ree’s Sundance hit The Painter and the Thief to Neon, who are riding a wave following the Oscar success of…
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Selling Hillary

Dogwoof and US production outfit Propagate announced sales on Nanette Burstein’s four-part series Hillary (screening in Berlinale Special) as the former First Lady flies in to Berlin for the screening/Q&A…
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Lisbon in Berlin

When Miguel Ribeiro proclaims the Doclisboa offer to the documentary world, it reads like a manifesto. He explains all to Business Doc Europe.
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It’s all in the archive

Archive Day kicks off 25 November with a conference, a sneak preview screening and the chance for filmmakers to meet some of the world's leading archives.
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City of Sand

In Berlinale Forum selection Victoria, directed by Flemish filmmakers Sofie Benoot, Liesbeth De Ceulaer and Isabelle Tollenaere, we encounter a latter-day pioneer, Lashay, who has left behind a grim past…
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Berlin Review: Days of Cannibalism

Using few words, Berlin-based director Teboho Edkins observes the interactions of cattle herders and Chinese immigrant traders in Lesotho, the country where he grew up.
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Opening the Toolbox

DocSalon manager Nadja Tennstedt and Themba Bhebhe, EFM Diversity & Inclusion, talk to Business Doc Europe about the new initiative designed to deliver doc business know-how and connections to creatives…
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DAE Zero

Brigid O’Shea announced at EFM that as of today, February 22 2020, DAE (Documentary Association of Europe), the new pan-European body designed to look after the interests of European doc…
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Time to Rise and Shine

Berlin-based sales outfit Rise and Shine pops up the road to EFM with two films in official selection and two market premieres.
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Two wheels good

In Dark Rider, currently in advanced post-production, self-confessed petrolhead Eva Küpper follows blind motorbike rider Ben Felton in his pursuit to be the fastest non-sighted person ever on two wheels.
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Taskovski busy but mindful

With four films in Berlinale Forum as well as her recent pick-up of ecodoc Sanctuary, starring the Bardem brothers, doc doyenne Irena Taskovski has even greater plans to save stressed…
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Placed in the Epicentro

Producer Martin Marquet discusses Hubert Sauper’s Epicentro, which won the Grand Jury Prize of Sundance World Cinema Doc Competition, and is sold by Wild Bunch at EFM.
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Beldocs Industry puts out the call

March 1 2020 is the application deadline for projects to attend the industry section of the Belgrade International Documentary Film Festival, the festival underlined at EFM, February 19 2020.
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King Otto doc to kick off globally

International theatrical distribution outfit Piece of Magic Entertainment, Cinema Nolita and producer Shani Hinton (Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love) have joined forces on the worldwide theatrical release of Christopher…
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Time to Go East

9th East Doc Platform unveils its 2020 programme, which includes a Fredrik Gertten masterclass as well as pitches of upcoming documentary projects from Central and Eastern Europe.