Lea Globe’s documentary Apollonia, Apollonia, which depicts the French visual painter Apollonia Sokol over a 13-year career, won Best Film in the International Competition section as well as €15,000 at the IDFA Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam.
This coming-of-age story with Bohemian Paris as its backdrop was featured at the IDFA Forum in 2015. In his diverse Reviewing “Apolonia, Apolonia” Guy Lodge described Doku as “an impressively distinctive and far-reaching work, guaranteed with more festival play and a specialist interest in artos.” The film is a co-production between Denmark, Poland and France.
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This is the third time that Glob, the Danish filmmaker, has been on IDFA with docu.
The Globe’s “Olmo & the Seagull,” which she co-directed with Petra Costa, premiered at IDFA 2015, while “Venus,” co-directed with Mette Carla Albrechtse, had its world premiere at IDFA in 2016. .
The international competition jurors said: “(‘Apolonia, Apolonia’) has characters that breathe life and take us on a journey, opening us to the worlds of culture and art, business and politics, and the mechanics of a success story. Bergo Honkasalo, Vanja Kaludjersik, Yousry Nasrallah, Mary Steffen and Yoshihiko Yatap.” It’s full of love.”
The award for Best Direction (worth €5,000) went to British director Simon Chambers’ Much Ado About Death. About the last five years of the director’s eccentric Uncle David’s life, the personal and humorous film was an audience favorite. He wrote “Death is not the end in this sad, funny, aching movie, it is just a worry passed between loved ones” diverselodge. Much Ado About Death is a co-production between Ireland and the United Kingdom
The prize for best editing (worth 2,500 euros) in the international competition went to Mario Steenbergen for “A Journey Through Our World” (Netherlands), while the filming of “Paradise” by Paul Gelhoum (France, Switzerland) was noted. (The prize for cinematography is 2,500 euros.)
In the visualization competition, the first prize was awarded to Ange Vincito (Russia) “Manifesto”. A hodgepodge of shocking videos posted by Russian teens on social media, jurors Rosa Bosch, Tania Dimitrakopoulou, Pawel Luzinski and Jamana Mana were praised for their “dramatic rigor, slick editing and political commitment”.
In the same section, Roberta Torre was named Best Director for “The Fabulous Ones” (Italy), while the Outstanding Artistic Contribution award went to Ishtar Yassin Gutierrez for “My Lost Country” (Costa Rica, Iraq, Chile, Egypt). Special mention is made of “Notes on a Film” by Ignacio Agüero (Chile, France).
In the IDFA DocLab Immersive Nonfiction Book Competition, Darren Emerson won with his project “In Pursuit of Repetitive Beats” (UK). A virtual reality experience, “In Pursuit of Repetitive Rhythms” takes place in a delirium, accompanied by old school acid house sound.
“This project is a visible manifestation of this unique medium that uses virtual reality, tactile, acoustic and lived experience to honor the human need for community and the collective desire to be liberated together,” said jury members Marcel van Brakeel, Kation Debamehr and Amelia. Winger-Bearskin. “Through the documentary, we remember those policed, reckless, alive, and boundless, who demand to be free, if only for a night.”
The Special Jury Prize for Creative Technology went to “Plastisapiens” by Miri Cikhanowicz and Edith Urich (Canada, Israel).
Taylor McCoy won an IDFA DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling for “He Fucked the Girl Out of Me” (US). About a transgender person’s painful sexual labor to pay for her transition, Jury called “I Had Sex With the Girl Out of Me” a “unique approach to conveying a complex personal history on artist’s terms”. Lorraine Hammonds, Jepchumba and Leonique Verhoeg made up the judging panel.
The 35th edition of IDFA was held as an in-person event and will conclude on November 20th. The 12-day festival attracted more than 138,000 visitors, up 25% from 2021.
IDFA 2022 winners list
Best Film – International Competition: “Apolonia, Apollonia” dir. Lea Globe
Best Direction – International Competition: “Much Ado About Death”, dir. Simon Chambers
Best Editing – International Competition: “A Journey Through Our World,” editor Mario Steenbergen
Best Cinematography – International Competition: “Paradise” cinematographer Paul Gelhoum
Best Film – Visualization Competition: “Manifesto” dir. Angie Vincito
Best Direction – Visualization Competition: The Fabulous Ones, dir. Roberta Torre
Outstanding Artistic Contribution – Visualization Competition: “My Lost Country” dir. Ishtar Yassin Gutierrez
Special Mention – Visualization Competition: “Notes on a Film”, dir. Ignacio Aguero
DocLab Award for Immersive Realism: “In Pursuit of Repetitive Rhythms,” dir. Darren Emerson
Special Jury Prize for Creative Technology: Plastisapiens, dir. Meri Cherkhanovich and Edith Urich
DocLab Award for Digital Storytelling: “He fucked the girl out of me,” dir. Taylor Mackie
Creative Technology Special Jury Prize: “His Name Is My Name” dir. Eileen Jongsma and Agent O’Neill
Best Documentary Short: “Outside” dir. Ruslan Fedoto
Special Mention – Short Documentary: The Porters, dir. Sarah Vanagt
Best Youth Film (14+): “Home is Elsewhere,” dir. Carlos Hagermann and Jorge Villalobos
Best Youth Film (9-13): “Ramboy,” dir. Mathias Gullod
Special Mention – Youth Film: Jasmine in Two Houses, convent. Inka Achté and Hanna Karppinen
Best First Feature Film: “The Rose Looks” dir. Abbas Rezaei
Special mention – first feature: “Guapo’y” dir. Sophia Pauli Thorne
Best Dutch Film: A Journey Through Our World, dir. Petra Latester Sheesh and Peter Latester
Special Mention – Best Dutch Film: Inside My Heart, der. Saskia Budecki
Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award: “Special Shots,” dir. Janina Nagata
Special Mention – Beeld & Geluid IDFA Reframe Award: “The March on Rome”, dir. Mark Cousins
Forum Award for Best Presentation: “Niñxs” dir. Kanye Lapuerta
Forum Award for Best Rough Story: “The Tuba Thieves” dir. Allison O’Daniel
DocLab Forum Award: “We speak their names in quiet voices”, dir. Omoregie Osakpolor
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