Five documentaries as well as two projects from Flanders have been selected for this year’s 25th IDFA. The five docs are Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers – The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants by Kristof Bilsen – are also selected for the IDFA Forum.

Fabio Wuytack's ExpectingRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition and follows a ballet production from initial auditions right up to opening night. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film. In Expecting (pictured left), which is selected for the IDFA Panorama, director Fabio Wuytack portrays an Afghan-Kosovan refugee couple as they struggle through their daily lives. The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé and produced by Visualantics is part of the Music Documentary competition and explores the rich, untold story of Belgian dance music.

Both Snake Dance by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire are presented in the Paradocs sidebar. Snake Dance, a co-production between Manu Riche for Riche, Riche & Riche and Geneviève De Bauw for Thank You and Good Night Productions, tells the story of the invention of the atomic bomb and its unintended consequences in today’s world. It offers a reflection on the Promethean dimension of nuclear power and the A bomb. In The Wave, the gaze of the camera is unflinching as it focuses on a mass grave from the 1936-39 Spanish Civil War. This short is co-directed by and Katrien Vermeire and Sarah Vanagt (who also produced for Balthasar).

There are also a number of co-productions with minority Flemish input: The Gatekeepers by Dror Moreh, which is co-produced by Anna Van der Wee for Wild Heart Productions, in Feature-length Documentaries competition; Mussels In Love by Willemiek Kluijfhout (co-prod: Bram Crols and Mark Daems for Associate Directors); Anton Corbijn Inside Out by Klaartje Quirijns (co-prod: Savage Film); Guerilla Grannies – How To Live In This World by Ike Bertels (co-prod: Ellen De Waele for Serendipity); and The Only Son by Simonka de Jong (co-prod: by Eric Goossens for Off World).

The IDFA Forum will also see two projects from Flemish documentary makers: The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants (working title) by Kristof Bilsen.

More IDFA 2012 coverage to follow on this site

Published on Friday 16 November 2012

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