Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 - The Solitude Of The Athlete

"Speaking at the Cannes Film Festival in 1965, Kon Ishikawa explained that with Tokyo Olympiad, his spectacular portrait of the 1964 Summer Olympics, his aim was “to grasp the solemnity of the moment when man defies his limits, and to express the solitude of the athlete who, in order…

CPH:DOX 2018 - Colossal Youth

“It takes a very long time to become young,” said Pablo Picasso, quoted in Jean Cocteau’s book ‘The Hand of a Stranger’, but the reverse can be true too, as displayed in 3 first time features about young people playing at nonfiction festival CPH:DOX. For these folks the…

International Film Festival Rotterdam 2018 - Time Travel, Map Making

"The scale and ambition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), which packs 593 short and feature films into 12 days of independent cinema, as well as talks, performances, and gallery installations in venues across the city, makes it almost uniquely difficult to approach, even for the experienced visitor. The…

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017 - Taking Stock

"A friend and visiting programmer described International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) as somewhere to “take stock of what is going on in the world of documentary”, and by extension, in the wider world too. A mirror, microscope or window onto every corner of the globe or recess of the…

International Documentary Festival Amsterdam 2017 - Turtle Rock, Moonlight City

"Documentary filmmaking has been flourishing in China for a number of years, but in the last year or so it has achieved much more international visibility, with festivals programming Chinese documentaries with more frequency as their critical reception broadens. The most obvious demonstration is the work of one of…

London Korean Film Festival 2017 - No Money, No Future!

"In any other year, South Korean artist and filmmaker Jung Yoon-suk’s films could not have screened at the London Korean Film Festival, noted curator Tony Rayns as he introduced Jung’s films at the festival. Under the previous government, led by the now-imprisoned Park Geun-hye, Jung’s work—…