ZagrebDox, part 6

What an exciting day this has been! Challenging, exhausting, full of mystery and absorbing all my energy. Yep, you've guessed it,  I've spend the bigger part of the day reading the Creative...

ZagrebDox, part 5

Shouldn't a man consider himself very lucky when, stepping into his hotel room after midnight, sitting down at his desk, thinking about the past 16 hours, he can honestly say:"it has been a good day"? Well,...

ZagrebDox, part 4

Today has been quite uneventful. I had earmarked the morning to catch up with some office work and to deal with some stuff from my former (producer-)life that I had to get out of the way. Much to my surprise I...

ZagrebDox, part 3

After yesterday's opening session, Zagreb Dox really took off today (see picture), and it was a strong start. Former EDN director Leena Pasanen and former EDN Chairperson Stefano Tealdi kicked of their...

ZagrebDox, part 2

Yesterday I took off in a spring-like Münich, to land - only 45 minutes later - in the deepest and wettest Autumn in Zagreb. Europe might be under way to unification, but not weather-wise. Since I'm one of...

ZagrebDox, part one

Sunday morning, Brussels National Airport. On my way to Zagreb Dox, for a week of documentary screenings, workshops, debates and info-sessions. I'm very curious to find out what awaits me. I have to admit...

OSCAR NOMINATED
FEATURE DOCUMENTARIES
2014

Watch the trailers of the Oscar nominated feature documentaries 2014. THE ACT OF KILLING Directed by Joshua Oppenheimer, Anonymous, Christine Cynn, Denmark, Indonesia, 2012, 115...

DON’T DREAM OF CITIZENSHIP

The international pitching forum in Taiwan, CNEX, proved that there are many more Ai Weiweis in China. And in recognition of the solid stories and talent, the two best projects were also pitched at IDFA...

Three in One:
Director, Freak, Artist

At first, one takes The Reunion for the “re-enacted documentary” it’s meant to be. But then things start to get a bit complicated. Pamela Cohn met the artist Anna Odell, who is the director of a film...

The Promised Land

Big Fish School of Digital Filmmaking aims to create a space and a future in the broad media landscape for marginalized youths in South Africa. The foundations of Big Fish stem back to 1995, in the wake of...

Hollywood on the hunt
for authenticity

The colourful and dramatic documentary, The Bengali Detective, has been sold to Hollywood. As part of the Nordisk Panorama industry programme, producer Giovanna Stopponi gave a session on the implications of...

Evolution
an inside look at MIT Open Doc Lab

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is home to the Open Documentary Lab, a research group based at the department of Comparative Media Studies and Writing (CMS/W) and dedicated solely to studying...

THE DOCUMENTARY
AS A CHANNEL TO AWARENESS?

In the first of a series on the contribution of eco documentaries to public debate, editorialist Sandrine Lage, shares her research, carried out at Sorbonne University, involving French spectators and the...

The best comedies
are filled with pain

NE ME QUITTE PAS Directed by Sabine Lubbe Bakker, Niels van Koevorden, Netherlands, Belgium, 2013, 90 minutes This is by far the most entertaining yet touching documentary I have seen in the last few...

Where to go
with the Alphabet?

ALPHABET Directed by Erwin Wagenhofer, Austria, Germany, 2013, 107 minutes Erwin Wagenhofer’s new film, Alphabet, further draws attention to the way the human species designs its economic and social...

Animated Linguistics

IS THE MAN WHO IS TALL HAPPY? Directed by Michel Gondry, France, 2013, 88 minutes WORDS: Tove Torbiörnsson FILMOSOPHY. How do we know a tree is a tree? What makes the letters d-o-g represent an...

MOMENTS BEFORE
THE FLOOD

I want to question the images that are in our memory. There is always a double level in my work; what you see is true, and at the same time, not true. Carl De Keyzer started his career as a...

Experimental Composition
as Cinematic Principle

A masterclass with experimental filmmaker and artist Peter Liechti.  “You need your brain both before and after filming, but do not use your brain during filming. Just film using your instinct and...

Behold the Man

Luciano Barisone, director of Visions du Réel, shares some of his favourite films from the past year of documentary. To choose films that outline a road map implies a task – to define one’s state of...

Journalism
beyond words

In an ongoing series of articles on sound design in documentaries, Peter Albrechtsen focuses on the sensuous sound design of one of last year’s most acclaimed documentaries, Dirty Wars. The film’s sound...