During the year, many films that premiered at IDFA get released theatrically in the Netherlands. The films listed below can now be streamed online at Picl (from The Netherlands only).
Seven colorful centenarians give us a glimpse into their lives today and their rich pasts. All are still very active, even though the clock is ticking, bodies sometimes fail to cooperate, the loss of loved ones is painful, and some worry about the world’s future. Heddy Honigmann visits these very old citizens of the world and asks them about life. Including an interview with Heddy Honigmann by Alex de Ronde (Deaf Child).
On October 30, 2015, a serious fire broke out at the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest. It was one of the worst disasters in recent Romanian history, with an initial 27 people killed and 180 injured. Within a few days, fierce protests erupted, leading to the resignation of the Social Democratic government. Director Alexander Nanau follows a number of key figures in the aftermath of the disaster.
For three years, a small crew followed Europe’s last female wild-beekeeper, Hatidze Muratova. She’s as pure as the honey she gathers from her wild hives, and her surroundings are as bountiful as they are rugged. In a deserted mountain village, with neither electricity nor running water, she looks after her bedridden mother. In this extraordinary setting, Tamara Kotevska and Ljubomir Stefanov produced a stunningly filmed, intimate portrait.
Director Lauren Greenfield, who previously explored her fascination for the rich in Generation Wealth, now delves into the opulent life of the Marcos family. Imelda, a modern-day Marie Antoinette, says she wants to make the Philippines a paradise again. The Kingmaker shows how money and power sustain each other, and how dark history repeats itself.
The Mole Agent
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. Inclusing an IDFA Extended Q&A with filmjournalist Dana Linssen and director Maite Alberdi.
The New Gospel
In the past, both Pier Paolo Pasolini and Mel Gibson filmed the crucifixion of Jesus in the southern Italian city of Matera. In 2019, Matera became the backdrop for a new passion play. This time, Jesus was played by the Cameroonian political activist Yvan Sagnet, who defends the rights of illegal workers. The New Gospel is both a live recording of the play, and a glimpse behind the scenes.