For this year’s official competition, as well as for certain side events at the International Documentary Festival of Marseille (FIDMarseille, 2-8 July), a variety of Flemish filmmakers have found themselves selected. The Joycean Society by Dora Garcia was picked for the International Competition. For the side event Parallel Screens, the Flemish selectees are Dust Breeding by Sarah Vanagt, Tokyo Giants by Nicolas Provost and An Van Dienderen’s Cherry Blossoms. Finally, Vincent Meessen’s La Poule d’Ombredane was chosen as one of the 2013 FIDLab projects.

As per continuation of previous years’ trend, production company Auguste Orts sees another film into FIDMarseille’s International Competition with the selection of The Joycean Society. Amongst the international jury members we find award-winning Flemish director Sven Augustijnen, who himself presented his film Spectres at 2011’s FIDMarseille, winning a Special Mention. Dora Garcia’s The Joycean Society shows a group of people who have been reading a book together for thirty years, reading it again and again, with each journey from the first to the last page taking eleven years. The text appears inexhaustible and its interpretation endless.

The self-produced documentary Dust Breeding by Sarah Vanagt will be featured in world premiere at the side section Parallel Screens: Inferno. Vanagt previously won awards with films such as The Corridor and The Wave, co-directed with Katrien Vermeire. In Dust Breeding she turns her attention to an important chapter in recent European history: the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague. Vanagt examines obstacles to reconstructing a war that is nevertheless well documented. The film offers a penetrating account of her exploration.

Another film set to appear in the side event Parallel Screens: Choeur is Tokyo Giants, directed and produced by Nicolas Provost. Provost presents the man in the street as a film protagonist and takes his hidden camera to the hyperkinetic streets of Tokyo in search for the mystery of reality. A serial killer, a rapist, a terrorist, a cult, the Yakuza, all have in common that their paths cross and merge into a powerful climax that can not be resolved.

An Van Dienderen’s short film Cherry Blossoms finds itself selected for the same festival side section as Provost’s. Cherry Blossoms shows the character Carly working late at night in a translation booth in a dark plenary hall of the European Parliament, translating a Japanese documentary. While interpreting, Carly becomes increasingly more attracted and interested by the punk looking girls being interviewed; documentary footage shot by An Van Dienderen in Harajuku, Tokyo. Elektrischer Schnellseher produced the film.

Amongst the choices for this year’s FIDlab projects is also Vincent Meessen’s La Poule d’Ombredane. The project proposes a speculative and critical narrative about the Congo T.A.T., a clinical test that condenses the ambiguity of the colonial-modern controversy, making use of the still unexplored archival collections of French psychologist Ombredane’s heritage. Production company is Jubilee.

At the core of FIDMarseille stands the documentary genre film. However, since 2007 the festival has taken the decisive step of welcoming fiction films alongside documentaries. Not only hosting an International Competition, a French Competition and a First Film Competition, the festival programme entails various side sections and events, such as the Parallel Screens. FIDlab offers a meeting place for discussing film projects selected from all over the world, in order to offer filmmakers an opportunity to make useful contacts as well as the chance to be awarded a prize.

All selected films, except La Poule d’Ombredane, were made possible with the support of the Flanders Audiovisual Fund/Film Fund of Flemish Cultural Affairs Minister Joke Schauvliege.

Published on Monday 1 July 2013

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