Camera in Focus

    IDFA has always focused on the creative documentary: Films of high cinematographic quality that clearly bear their makers’ signatures. Following in the footsteps of programs focusing on sound design and editing in previous years, IDFA is this year placing special focus on cinematography in the documentary through the program Camera in Focus. Established DoP's including Wolfgang Thaler, Pierre Lhomme, Ed Lachman and director Pirjo Honkasalo, as well as up-and-coming camera talents Talal Khoury, Arseni Khachaturan, Tala Hadid, Mila Turajlic and Manuel Abramovich will discuss specific films they've worked on and their unique, inspirational ways of capturing stories through images. 

    Camera in Focus will take place November 16-21 2017 in EYE.

    Selection 2017

    Pirjo Honkasalo | Germany, Finland | 1996 |  min. | 76 min.
    The pilgrimage of two Indian brothers to the source of the Ganges serves as a powerful portrait of religious India.
    Nicolas Rapold and Pirjo Honkasalo discuss the direction and shooting of her award winning documentary.

    City of the Sun
    Rati Oneli | Georgia, United States, Qatar, The Netherlands | 2017 | 104 min.
    A solemn meditation on life and fate in a gray Georgian mining town. Beautifully shot and brutally honest.
    Arseni Khachaturan shares his experiences as cinematographer of Rati Oneli’s visually impressive film.
    Also screening in the Best of Fests section.

    Depeche Mode: 101
    David Dawkins, Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker | United States | 1989 | 117 min.
    The film follows British Electropop band Depeche Mode and a bus full of fans on tour across the U.S. to their 101st concert at the Rose Bowl.
    Legendary film couple D.A.Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus talk about the cinematography of their music documentary.

    House in the Fields
    Tala Hadid | Morocco, Qatar | 2017 | 86 min.
    A loving portrait of a community in a Moroccan mountain village, where two sisters dream about their futures.
    Eric Hynes interviews director and cinematographer Tala Hadid about her visual approach and cinematic references.
    Also screening in the Best of Fests section.

    Le joli mai
    Chris Marker, Pierre Lhomme | France | 1963 | 146 min.
    At the end of the Algerian war of independence, Chris Marker asked Parisians to spontaneously give their opinions on a range of topics.
    Nicolas Rapold talks with co-director and cameraman Pierre Lhomme about this cinema vérité classic.

    The Other Side of Everything
    Mila Turajlic | Serbia, France, Qatar | 2017 | 104 min.
    A divided apartment in Belgrade turns a family chronicle into a portrait of a country in political turmoil.
    Eric Hynes and Mila Turajlic discuss how to put the history of her family house and her homeland into images.
    Also selected for the IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary.

    Manuel Abramovich | Argentina | 2017 | 72 min.
    A moving, magnificently filmed military coming-of-age film. Juan José signs up in the army to make his mother happy.
    Eric Hynes interviews director and cameraman Manuel Abramovich about his photographic observations of a young recruit.
    Also screening in the Best of Fests section.

    Taste of Cement
    Ziad Kalthoum | Qatar, Germany, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Lebanon | 2017 | 85 min.
    The impact of war as seen through the eyes of Syrian construction workers. Their own country lies in ruins, but they have no choice but to work on the rebuilding of Lebanon.
    Cinematographer Talal Khoury talks with Eric Hynes about the visual narrative of this film about loss and resurrection.
    Also screening in the Best of Fests section.

    Wim Wenders | Germany | 1985 | 92 min.
    In this rich film essay, Wim Wenders and cameraman Ed Lachman go to Tokyo in search of traces of the late, great director Yasujirō Ozu.
    Nicolas Rapold talks with celebrated director of photography Ed Lachman about the legacy of Ozu and lost and found images in eighties’ Tokyo.

    Whores' Glory
    Michael Glawogger | Austria | 2011 | 119 min.
    A trilogy in warm colors about the uncertain lives of prostitutes in Thailand, Bangladesh and Mexico.
    Eric Hynes interviews Wolfgang Thaler about the cinematography and his longstanding collaboration with Glawogger.