The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger to close Sheffield
by Naman Ramachandran
- Retrospectives of Ken Loach, Chantal Akerman part of this year’s highlights
The Sheffield Doc/Fest (10-15 June) will open with Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next (US) and close with Tilda Swinton, Colin MacCabe, Christopher Roth and Bartek Dziadosz’s The Seasons In Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger [+see also:
film profile] (UK). The festival features 27 world premieres, 15 international, 19 European and 52 UK premieres. Speakers at the festival include Moore, Swinton, Joanna Lumley, Reggie Yates, Ken Loach, Roger Graef, Stacey Dooley, Jolyon Rubinstein, D. A. Pennebaker & Chris Hegedus, Nino Kirtadze, Louis Theroux, Freddie Flintoff, Lord David Puttnam and Adam Buxton.
Liz McIntyre, CEO & Festival Director, said, “We’re living through extraordinary, tumultuous and exhilarating times and this year’s Doc/Fest captures this zeitgeist across its three programmes: Film, Alternate Realities and Talks & Sessions. I am excited that the Festival is bookended by two incredible talents, Michael Moore and Tilda Swinton; I am utterly intrigued to hear the android Bina48 give the keynote speech at the Alternate Realities Summit. The Talks & Sessions programme will tackle head on fascinating and challenging topics, from documentary disruptors, to an examination of diversity in the industry. We look forward to welcoming new, emerging and established talents for a creative explosion of documentary and factual storytelling for all platforms.”
The international film programme comprises 160 feature and short docs from the UK and around the world featuring D.A.Pennebaker, Barbara Kopple, Louise Osmond, Brian Hill, George Gittoes, Joe Berlinger and Morgan Neville. Highlights this year include retrospectives of the documentary works of Ken Loach and Chantal Akerman. Marianne Lambert’s I Don’t Belong Anywhere – The Cinema of Chantal Akerman (Belgium)is a selection this year. Other European highlights include Shimon Dotan’s The Settlers [+see also:
film profile] (Germany, France, Israel), Tom Fassaert’s A Family Affair [+see also:
interview: Tom Fassaert
film profile] (Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands), Maurice Dekkers’ Ants on a Shrimp (Netherlands), Francois Ruffin’s Merci Patron!, Jack Peagam’s Klavierkunst (UK) and Roy Cohen’s Machine of Human Dreams (UK).