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IDFA and WePresent launch a selection of films about the impact of creativity
- The selection of non-fiction films, called IDFAxWePresent, includes three shorts and four features from Europe, Asia and the USA
This week, IDFA, the world’s largest documentary film festival, and WePresent, WeTransfer’s online publication that aims at celebrating “the weird and wonderful ways that creative minds work, and how they shape the world around us,” have announced the launch of IDFAxWePresent, a special selection of films whose protagonists use their creativity to make an impact on the world, all in eclectic and captivating ways. IDFAxWePresent includes seven non-fiction films from Europe, Asia and the USA. Three of these titles are shorts, four are features.
The first film is Haibo Yu and Kiki Tianqi Yu’s Chinese-Dutch feature China’s Van Goghs (2016), an intimate portrait of a peasant turned oil painter transitioning from making copies of iconic Western paintings to creating his own authentic works of art. The second title is Jan Rothuizen and Sara Kolster’s Dutch 360 degree short Drawing Room (2015), inspired by the tower room on the roof of the De Bijenkorf department store in Amsterdam.
Next, Nitesh Anjaan’s Dreaming Murakami [+see also:
film profile] (2017), a Danish documentary following Mette Holm’s life during a trip to Japan while working on the translation of Hear the Wind Sing, the famous writer’s debut novel. The third film, Jason Hanasik’s 2017 short How to Make a Pearl (a US/British co-production), follows a man called John Kapellas, who has spent the past 10 years living in darkness because of his allergy to light. In the seclusion of his home, he has found a creative outlet: with a flashlight on his baseball cap, he covers the walls with meticulous drawings of circular patterns.
Marta Prus’ feature Over the Limit [+see also:
film profile] (2017), a Polish-German-Finnish co-production, centres on 20-year-old Rita preparing herself to represent Russia in rhythmic gymnastics at the Olympics in Brazil and shows how her country’s system for training athletes transgresses boundaries, while Maceo Frost’s short Raised by Krump (2016, a US production), revolves around the practice of krumping, a new dance style born in California in the early 1990s as an outlet for anger, frustration and aggression, originating as a dance to entertain children’s parties. Finally, Michael Madsen’s 2015 feature The Visit [+see also:
film profile] (a Danish-Norwegian-Finnish-Irish-Austrian co-production) explores many philosophical questions that may arise from a hypothetical first contact with aliens.
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