The dialogue between cinema and theater is as old as cinema itself. The two art forms have never stopped influencing each other. Documentary film has been drawing on theater for decades, both directly, in the case of films made inside the space of theater, and indirectly, using theatrical elements and stylistic vocabulary. Theater, on the other hand, is playing more and more with documentary elements.
Various theater directors are now experimenting with documentary, either through the direct integration of documentary footage, or through more visceral challenges such as the use of non-professional actors playing their own lives. Examining this dialogue brings IDFA and ITA together, inspiring a collaboration that starts today and will continue to evolve over the coming years.
Milo Rau: La Reprise
On the occasion of ITA's March 7 streaming of Milo Rau's La Reprise via ITALive, IDFA reciprocates with the presentation of three documentary films. As seen in La Reprise, the renowned theater maker and documentary director reconstructs reality into a theater piece. It’s no coincidence that the use of re-enactment, part of Rau’s theatrical signature, is also a longstanding stylistic technique in documentary film.
With the notion of re-enactment at the forefront, ITA and IDFA offer to the audience an enriching kaleidoscope of experiments on how theater and/as film can revisit the human experience and challenge our understanding of it. Each one of these films, just like Rau's own play, proposes a unique angle to collective and personal histories while simultaneously making a brave artistic statement.