Non-fiction returns to the safe haven of Play-Doc
by David González
- The programme of the international documentary festival in the Galician town of Tui ranges from the most daring docs to the most surprising retrospectives
Once again this year, the Play-Doc International Documentary Festival (which is celebrating its 12th edition) is returning to the Galician town of Tui to provide an overview of the most daring and relevant non-fiction film productions on the global stage. The distinctive event (which unspools from 13-17 April) will shine a spotlight on productions hailing from Europe (particularly Spain) and America – whether recent or decades old – in order to mould “the most diverse and ambitious edition” in its history, in the words of its artistic director, Sara García.
The international competition has selected five titles that have all been presented and lauded at a number of major international festivals. Here we find the hypnotic Franco-Spanish production Dead Slow Ahead [+see also:
interview: Mauro Herce
film profile] by Mauro Herce, which was awarded at Locarno; Andrés Duque’s portrait of Russian artist Oleg Nikolaevich Karavaichuk, in Oleg and the Rare Arts [+see also:
film profile], a Spanish movie presented at Rotterdam; and No Cow on the Ice [+see also:
film profile], a Swedish-Spanish production by Eloy Domínguez Serén that was unveiled at Visions du Réel. They will lock horns with the US title God Bless the Child by Robert Machoian and Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck, and the Mexican-Canadian film Tales of Those Who Dreamt by Nicolás Pereda and Andrea Bussmann.
In addition to these movies, the Galician cinema section boasts features by Fon Cortizo, Andrea Vázquez, César Souto and Luis Avilés, as well as shorts by Xacio Baño, David Varela, Alberto Lobelle, Iván Castiñeiras, Samuel M Delgado and Helena Girón, and Keina Espiñeira. Meanwhile, the Resonancias section, which has been programmed by critics, includes screenings of films such as Georgia’s When the Earth Seems to Be Light by Tamuna Karumidze, Salome Machaidze and David Meskhi, which was awarded at Tbilisi.
Likewise, at this edition, the themed parallel and retrospective sections are particularly significant. Afro-American filmmaker Charles Burnett (about whom the festival will publish a book), US documentarian Les Blank (A Poem Is a Naked Person) and Yugoslavian experimental cinema will all be showcased in the programme, and there will also be a seminar led by filmmaker Paulino Viota.
You can find more information about the festival here.
(Translated from Spanish)