Play-Doc: Documentaries on the borderline
by David González
- The International Documentary Festival in the Spanish city of Tui is also dedicating a retrospective to the works of Claire Simon
Today, 22 April, the Play-Doc International Documentary Festival is firing the starting pistol for its 11th edition, which will unspool in the Galician city of Tui, on the border with Portugal, until 26 April. The festival (which has even been chosen as one of the ten most interesting gatherings in the world by the Best Fest Film Series in New York) is once again shining a spotlight on documentary production from all over the world, focusing particularly on the most innovative and daring titles. At the same time, it is taking a look back to celebrate the career of French filmmaker Claire Simon, as well as a look around, offering a juicy selection of Galician film production.
With a total of 17 nationalities represented in the selection, the official section includes the European titles Concerning Violence [+see also:
film profile] by Swedish director Göran Hugo Olsson, The Shelter [+see also:
interview: Fernand Melgar
film profile] by Swiss filmmaker Fernand Melgar and Motu Maeva by French-Portuguese director Maureen Fazendeiro, in addition to the co-production between Portugal, South Korea and the USA Songs From the North [+see also:
film profile], by Soon-Mi Yoo. Meanwhile, standing out in the parallel sections are movies such as João Bénard da Costa – Others Will Love the Things I Loved [+see also:
film profile] by Portugal’s Manuel Mozos and África 815 by Spaniard Pilar Monsell; El viaje de Leslie by Marcos Nine and Jet Lag by Eloy Domínguez Serén, screening in the section devoted to Galician films; and Double Play: James Benning & Richard Linklater by Gabe Klinger and Quand je serais dictateur by Yaël André, in the Resonancias section, curated and presented by critics and experts from outside the festival’s programming team.
This edition of the gathering also features a retrospective of the works of Claire Simon, a filmmaker who has dedicated her career to portraying reality, whether in documentaries, through fiction or the middle ground between them. In Tui, there will be screenings of a number of her films, ranging from Les patients (1989), one of her first movies, to her most recent title, Gare du Nord [+see also:
film profile]. You can find more information about the festival here.
(Translated from Spanish)