Dear friends of documentary,
(see the links to press releases at the end of each article)
Translucent Being Georges Rouquier - almost forgotten master of rural studies
The Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival 2009 will present almost forgotten personality of the French documentary - Georges Rouquier in the retrospective section Translucent Beings.
Author´s method, connecting long-term documentary with mise-en-scened procedures, strongly influenced wide range of film makers in the „cinéma vérité" tradition. But he is practically unknown to the audience of these days. Neverthless, an extensive retrospective opening in the French film library Cinématheque française in November proves his key position in the history of the documentary cinema. The press release is available here.
Film und Foto exhibition 1929 retrospective - cult silent film avant-garde in Jihlava
The Fascinations section presents also the non-competition blocks besides the competition part. One of non-competition parts of this year's Fascinations will be the retrospective of the Stuttgart Film und Foto exhibition (FiFo) from 1929. FiFo was not only the first film festival in the modern sense (although the title "film festival" was first used for Venice event three years later) but also the exhaustive avant-garde presentation of the era (about 1200 works by more than 200 artists). The profile will commemorate fundamental films by Man Ray, Joris Ivens, René Clair or Hans Richter. Legendary films, seldom shown on the big screen however, will be screened by Jihlava IDFF in the best available quality. See the press release here.
A trolleybus in the festival colours on streets of the city of Jihlava!
One of the most important parts of yearly festival promotion was presented in Jihlava: a trolleybus endued with this year´s graphic design by well-known Czech designer Juraj Horváth is going to carry passengers in Jihlava untill November 15. For more information see our web site.
Panel of New Czech Documentary Films - September 22, 2009, 11am, Světozor Cinema, Prague
The Institute of Documentary Film, the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival and the Czech Film Center are hosting the fifth Panel of New Czech Documentary Films that will present upcoming films by Helena Třeštíková, Erika Hníková, Břetislav Rychlík, Karel Vachek, Jan Šikl, Jan Gogola, David Čálek and other prominent Czech documentary filmmakers. In addition to directors and producers, the event will be attended by IDF Director Andrea Prenghyová and Jihlava IDFF Director Marek Hovorka who will provide an overview of the current state of Czech documentary film and information about the conditions required for Academy Award consideration. The Panel will also see the launch of Czech Documentary Films 2009-2010, a Czech/English catalogue with details on 100 upcoming Czech documentaries and another 20 new releases that will be available both at the event and as a download at http://www.docuinter.net/, http://www.filmcenter.cz/.
Full details on the event will be posted here
Doc Alliance Films - Discovering the Culture of the Far East
Almost 300 documentary films are available for download at the docalliancefilms.com portal. It frequently represents the only space where these films can live a life of their own, addressing their audiences. For many of us, documentaries are the only gate of knowledge of other cultures, customs and human values.
By means of simple animation of popular stories, the Hungarian film A Guest of Life (Az élet vendége - Csoma-legendárium) by Tibor Szemző introduces us to the significant mediator of the Buddhist culture Alexander Csoma de Körös (1784-1842) who went to Tibet to look for the roots of the Hungarian language and stayed there for the next 20 years. The film is an authorial meditation, a pilgrimage under the sign of poetry and religion.
The image of the Far East is also presented by the new film of the week, Indian film Laxmi at the Gate by director Anal Shah. The author retells the legend of his native city Ahmedabad about the goddess of wealth Laxmi and her presence in the city.
East European Forum received 77 applications from 24 countries!
The Institute of Documentary Film will make this year's selection of East European Forum participants out of 77 projects from 24 countries. The authors of eight to ten most promising projects will be given an opportunity to pitch their documentary project to potential co-production partners representing major European and North American broadcasters. (clik here for more information).
East Silver will present opportunities for coproductions with Germany in Jihlava
East Silver Market is pleased to announce the first of three annual East Silver Breakfasts as part of the industry program for the 13th Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival. Each breakfast will target a specific theme or region and will provide an opportunity for invited guests - such as funds, filmmakers and distributors - to present their respective companies and organizations and propose their newest initiatives and projects, as well as discuss the latest opportunities for the East European documentary industry.
On Saturday October 31st, 2009 we are proud to host an East Silver Breakfast dedicated to the German documentary film & television industry. Guests include Stefan Kloos of the world sales and distribution company Kloos & Co. and Christian Beetz of Gebrüder Beetz Filmproduktion Berlin GmbH & Co., among many other representatives of German television, funding bodies, distribution and production.
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