Johan Van Der Keuken’s life’s work, celebrated at DocLisboa
by Vitor Pinto
- DocLisboa (16-26 October) will also present a motion picture journey from Italian neorealism to modern day “new realisms”
DocLisboa, a documentary cinema event not to be missed, will return to the Portuguese capital from 16 to 26 October and although the schedule for the main sections is not normally unveiled until September, the festival, directed by Cíntia Gil and Augusto M. Seabra, has already made public some of the programatic thrusts of its 12th edition.
This year a retrospective entirely dedicated to the work of Dutch director Johan Van Der Keuken, passed away in 2001, will be on show. His work is considered a reference in the history of the documentary genre. Over more than 40 years, the director born in Amsterdam directed 55 films. The retrospective, organized with the Portuguese Cinematheque, features some of his most important movies, like Amsterdam Global Village (1966) and the trilogy Diary (1972), The White Castle (1973) and The New Ice Age (1974).
Competition organizers have also announced the retrospective “Neorealism and New Realisms”, which is presented as a journey that begins in the Italian neorealist movement and continues up to modern times; a geographical voyage with socio-political contors in which the filmmaker’s place and the codes of cinema are questioned.
L’Amore in Città, an omnibus of six films directed by Federico Fellini, Michelangelo Antonioni, Carlo Lizzani, Dino Risi, Alberto Lattuada and Francesco Maselli/Cesare Zavattini, is one of the works on the programme, still to be completed, which for the moment includes English movies from the 60s, Iranian and Romanian films, among others.
Aside from these two retrospectives, the usual competition sections will be kept: national and international competitions, Investigations, Risks, Heart Beat, Cinema of Urgency, The Green Years, Passages, and also the Doc Alliance section, presented for the first time in 2013. An entire programme to be unveiled in September for an edition marked by the increase in the number of screening facilities from four to six cinemas, all part of the festival’s clear commitment to expanding its audience.