IDFA-supported films Collective and The Mole Agent score Oscar nominations

    • News
    • March 15, 2021
    • By the staff

    IDFA hit titles Collective (dir. Alexander Nanau) and The Mole Agent (dir. Maite Alberdi) are on their way to the 93rd Academy Awards, following the Oscars nominations announcement earlier today. After securing support from IDFA’s film fund and co-financing market and selling out public screenings at the festival, both films are in the running for Best Documentary Feature, in addition to Collective scoring a second nomination for Best International Feature.

    Centering on the aftermath of a Bucharest nightclub disaster in 2015, Alexander Nanau’s gripping documentary Collective first pitched at IDFA Forum, the festival’s co-production and co-financing market, in 2015. In 2019, the film returned to screen at IDFA’s Best of Fests section, and it can now be streamed in the IDFA Collection.

    Maite Alberdi’s The Mole Agent, which follows an 83-year-old undercover agent in a retirement home, first gained financial support from the IDFA Bertha Fund in 2016 via the IBF Classic grant, followed by a further round of support via the IBF Europe - International Co-production grant in 2018. Additionally, The Mole Agent pitched at IDFA Forum in 2017, and by 2020, the film was screening in the festival's Best of Fests section. Viewers in the Netherlands can now watch the film on Dutch streaming platform Picl.

    The 93rd Academy Awards ceremony will take place at Los Angeles’ Union Station and the Dolby Theatre on Sunday, April 25th.


    • Alexander Nanau
    • 2019
    • 109 min

      In this explosive political thriller, filmmaker Alexander Nanau brilliantly investigates the consequences of a serious fire in the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest. His tenacious research reveals, bit by bit, the deep-seated corruption that plagues his country.

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      The Mole Agent

      • Maite Alberdi
      • 2020
      • 90 min

        In this blend of spy flick and observational documentary, 83-year-old Sergio goes undercover in an old folks’ home. Starting out as a wryly comical detective yarn, the film ultimately offers us an intimate look at affection and loneliness in old age.

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