All Documentaries

    A list of all films and interactive documentaries selected for IDFA throughout the years.

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    • Stan Neumann
    • 2014
    • 90 min
    • Panorama

    The intimate relationship between book and filmmaker becomes tangible in this largely fictionalized vision on the eponymous novel by W. G. Sebald.

    Big Time

    • Kaspar Astrup Schröder
    • 2017
    • 93 min
    • Panorama

    A portrait of the high-flying young Danish architect Bjarke Ingels during a hectic period in both his personal and professional life.

    Building Bridges

    • Heloisa Azevedo Passos
    • 2017
    • 73 min
    • Panorama

    Personal conversations between a father and daughter expose a generation gap, while also shedding light on Brazil’s contemporary political and economic structures.

    Chanel Aubazine - Paris

    • Jérôme Schlomoff
    • 2011
    • 4 min
    • Paradocs

    A journey, recorded using a pinhole camera, to places where French fashion designer Coco Chanel lived and worked - the similarities between them are revealing.

    The Cruise

    • Bennett Miller
    • 1998
    • 76 min
    • Top 10

    Talkative tour guide Tim Levitch spouts a torrent of infectious ideas that shed new light on tightly regimented Manhattan.

    Human Geography

    • Claire Simon
    • 2013
    • 101 min
    • Masters

    A documentary portrait both of a train station and its reflection of a society touched by globalization.

    The Interior City

    • Iso Luengo, Jorge Moneo Quintana, Andrea Ballesteros i Beato
    • 2017
    • 25 min
    • IDFA Competition for Student Documentary

    A portrait of doormen, those people that we all walk past. Just what are they thinking?


    • Mark Lewis
    • 2015
    • 87 min
    • The Quiet Eye

    From famous corners of the Louvre to modernist buildings in Brazil and Canada, this film anthology offers homage to the City Symphony films of the 1920s.

    Just a Reflektor

    • Vincent Morisset, Aaron Koblin
    • 2013
    • IDFA DocLab Competition for Digital Storytelling

    This collaboration between Vincent Morisset and art rockers Arcade Fire is a fascinating experiment with interactivity, in which you the viewer get to build your own video installation at home.

    The Nature of Order: An Essay on the Art of Building and the Nature of the Universe

    • Christopher Alexander
    • 2003
    • Top 10

    Architect Christopher Alexander’s four-part life work presents a new, holistic vision of our constructed environment—as a living organism.