The Belgian documentary ‘Manu’ by Emmanuelle Bonmariage will be at the IDFA festival in Amsterdam will be shown in the section First Appearances, dedicated to debut films. That has Wallonie Bruxelles Images communicated. The International Documentary film Festival Amsterdam, on his 31st year, runs this year from 14 to 25 november. Earlier, the VAF has announced that ‘Our Song To War’, a short documentary by Juanita Onzaga, for the IDFA is selected.
In ‘Manu’ portrays the film director, her father Manu Bonmariage (77, on the right in the photo), the Walloon documentairefilmer known as the spiritual father of the two-part tv-series ‘Strip-tease’, which is currently struggling with the disease of Alzheimer’s disease.
‘Manu’ was produced by Clin d’oeil Films in collaboration with the Centre bruxellois de l’audiovisuel (CBA), the RTBF and Canvas. Bonmariage could count on the financial support of the Centre du cinéma et de l’audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, VAF, and the federal taxshelter system.
‘Our Song To War’ is a continuation of the 4×7-documentary “River of forgiveness” that Onzaga in 2017 turned. It is a hybrid documentary about the village of Bojaya in Colombia, where the villagers there is a strange belief to hold, and the death and celebrate the Novenario ritual.
Yesterday it was also announced that the film ‘Kabul, City in the Wind’ of the young Afghan filmmaker, Aboozar Amini the Amsterdam festival will open. The film follows Amini the driver, Abas, and the two young brothers Afshin and Benjamin and their life in Kabul, the regularly by attacks hit capital of Afghanistan. The author is a born Afghan, that in Holland, the Gerrit Rietveld Academy has done.
In different theatres in Amsterdam more than a week of almost three hundred documentary filmmakers will be screened. That there are what less than in previous years, however, the movies are now more than one time could be shown.
As always, there are different leagues. Participants compete for prizes for best long documentary, best Dutch documentary and the audience award. The number of participants per competition is reduced from fifteen to twelve. The winner of the category long documentary is on the longlist of the same category at the Oscars.