Icelandic filmmaker Yrsa Roca Fannberg’s feature-length documentary shows life on a remote sheep farm, all set within a wider continuum of birth and rebirth.
The road they take may be ‘one less travelled by’, but Czech disabled band The Tap Tap pack as much energy and vitality into their performances (and their lives in general) as any Mick, Jimi or Slash combo.
The premise may seem ludicrous, a modern-day prophet guided by aliens, but Yoav Shamir takes his subject seriously, and even questions whether the back stories of more famous prophets (Jesus/Moses et al) aren’t just as fanciful.
Patrick Hurley, Sheffield Doc/Fest’s Director of Marketplace & Talent, talks to Business Doc Europe about the festival’s online industry offer for June 2020.
Documentaries from Switzerland feature at DOK.fest Munich, both in the festival line-up and within the Marketplace presentations. Swiss Docs Catherine Ann Berger also reflects on the recent online Visions du Réel.
At Visions du Réel, Canadian/Swiss filmmaker Peter Mettler discussed films, time and flying (and all of its inherent contradictions), during a fascinating and entertaining 2-hour online address.
On May 4 Swiss Films presents an overview of five promising Swiss docs in production, which are about to be launched onto the festival circuit and for worldwide distribution.
Oscar-nominated Petra Costa delivered a highly entertaining and provocative masterclass at VdR during which she discussed her feature films and motivations, specifically the ‘black hole’ of personal trauma.
Shot over four decades, Anerca, Breath of Life (Markku Lehmuskallio, Johannes Lehmuskallio, Anastasia Lapsui) is an ethnographic odyssey through the indigenous cultures of northern Europe and North America.
Self-isolating with his son Charlie over in California, UK doc maestro Nick Broomfield talks corona, Trump and editing on Zoom, as well as his return to the world of gangsta rap.
Daniel Kemény’s Sòne is a visual and aural treat for the viewer, and a film which, for the director, marks an emotional return to the Italian village of his childhood.
In Trio, selected for Medium/Short Competition we are reminded of what long school trips were really like, as well as the tough business of being an adolescent.
In times of global meltdown/lockdown (delete as appropriate), it’s a relief to watch a LOL doc, even if the subject is not a laughing matter. Rodrigo Muñoz discusses his short doc Le prix du bonheur.
Czech producer Alice Tabery discusses her Traces of a Landscape (Int’l Medium and Short Comp), about an artist and the place he returns to again and again for inspiration.
A winner at Movies that Matter, Dutch doc Stop Filming Us concerns the stereotypical (some may say lazy) depiction of Africa and Africans by docmakers.
In Eva Marie Rødbro’s feature debut I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die, which screened in Danish:Dox, Betty is a mother of two living on the breadline in Colorado Springs.
Former CPH:DOX winner Mohammed Ali Naqvi returns to Copenhagen (at least in spirit) with The Accused, a film about the febrile debate raging in Pakistan over its blasphemy laws.
Going back to basics in order to understand economic mechanisms is a laudable intention, and one that director Carmen Losmann tackles with vigour, humour and a genuine sense of curiosity in her feature-length doc Oeconomia. But when the axiomatic principles…
Lotta Petronella’s Själö – Island of Souls, world-premiering in NORDIC:DOX seeks to re-interpret the history of a former leper asylum off the Finnish coast, now a centre for scientific research.
In her debut feature documentary Ecstasy Moara Passoni tells the story of her teenage anorexia, her joyous immersion into delirium and the supreme sense of power and control it gave her.
Cemetery, available for viewing on the CPH:DOX public platform, comprises both a lyrical and trippy sojourn to the mythical last resting place of the magnificent jungle beast.
Epicentro won the big doc prize at Sundance and is now in CPH:DOX Main Competition. Producer Martin Marquet spoke to BDE at Sundance.
Editing consultancy Rough Cut Service, founded by leading Finnish producer Iikka Vehkalahti and the late (and renowned) Dutch editor Menno Boerema, can boast of work on six films selected for CPH:DOX 2020, including Bitter Love by Jerzy Sladkowski in Main…
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 future audiovisual works.
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 story of her family.
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 in LA in favour of a new life in the…
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 from underrepresented groups,
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 out film execs from themselves.
When Italian director Paolo Pisanelli decided to organise an exhibition of photographic works by legendary filmmaker Cecilia Mangini, little did he know that he would help unearth a forgotten treasure trove of photos she had taken in Vietnam in 1965,…
Facing deportation, hundreds of refugee children in Sweden have become afflicted with resignation syndrome, in which they withdraw into a coma-like state, trapped in a perpetual sleep lasting months or even years.
Director/producer Jens Meurer on his new documentary An Impossible Project, about the rebirth of the Polaroid camera and the man who made it possible.
Oscar Short Doc nomination interview: Carol Dysinger, Learning to Skateboard in a Warzone (If You’re a Girl)
In Kabul's Skateistan, girls learn to read and write… and skate, all the time experiencing a sense of empowerment both from their engagement in the activity and the inspiration of the women who teach them.
Mark Stucke of UK online distributor Journeyman Pictures outlines his approach to the business of attaching eyeballs to high quality docs.
Brigid O’Shea spoke to Business Doc Europe about DAE (Documentary Association of Europe), the new pan-European body designed to look after the interests of European doc professionals, which will launch at EFM 2020.
Director Frank Herrebout discusses his feature doc about the only artwork to be placed on the Moon.
Tamara Kotevska, co-director of Honeyland, Oscar-shortlisted for both Doc Feature and Best International Feature, talks to Business Doc Europe.
Kim Longinotto’s new documentary Shooting The Mafia (IDFA Masters) was conceived in unlikely fashion.
Renowned filmmaker Jørgen Leth talks about the devastating earthquake in Haiti and his redemptive journey into the jungles of Laos, as detailed in his IDFA competition title I Walk.
If you don’t know about the warrior monks living in seclusion in Italy, you would never believe they could have ever existed. Business Docs Europe talks to Valentina Pedicini, director of Faith.
Eva Marie Rødbro’s debut doc I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die is a seering study of poverty in the US, and a sensitiveportrait of a friend.
In Prison for Profit the Van Velzen twins point the finger at multi-national security firm G4S and its dealings in South Africa.
Ask most professionals active within the European marketplace where the current epicentre of documentary activity is to be found, and the answer will invariably be Norway.
When director Yung Chang was approached about making a film on journalist and Middle East expert, Robert Fisk, he didn’t hesitate to take the commission.
A ubiquitous presence at documentary festivals around the world, much loved Canadian documentary guru Peter Wintonick (1953-2013) is the subject of a feature doc himself.
It’s big and it’s bold, it’s fat, fun and fearless. And to any detractors out there, including fat-shaming YouTuber Nicole Arbour, it’s 'get a life'.
Tonje Hessen Schei’s iHuman offers a sobering, some may argue terrifying, assessment of AI and its seemingly inevitable trajectory towards a state of self-sufficiency.
An avowed fan of jazz, veteran director Leslie Woodhead is taking on the revered Ella Fitzgerald as the subject of his latest feature doc.