Kriterion

    See the overview of screenings at Kriterion.

    Thu 21 November

    15:30

    Earth

    • Nikolaus Geyrhalter
    • 2019
    • 115 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Thu 21 November
    • 15:30 - 17:30
    • Kriterion 1
    Tickets available

    A beautifully shot film about people whose job is to dig the earth, exploit it and make money from it, with virtually no regard for the consequences—all so we can maintain our demanding lifestyle. But who’s actually responsible in the end?

    18:30

    Living and Knowing You’re Alive

    • Alain Cavalier
    • 2019
    • 82 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Thu 21 November
    • 18:30 - 20:12
    • Kriterion 1
    Tickets available

    Filmmaker Alain Cavalier and writer Emmanuèle Bernheim are working on a film based on her autobiographical book about her father’s self-chosen death. But then she falls ill. A delicate ode to life, both tender and frank.

    21:00

    Fri 22 November

    15:45

    Scheme Birds

    • Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
    • 2019
    • 86 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Fri 22 November
    • 15:45 - 17:31
    • Kriterion 1
    Tickets available

    There are few prospects for young people in the Scottish town of Motherwell, which has never recovered from the closure of the steelworks in 1997—the year Gemma was born. In a candid coming-of-age documentary, we see the town through her eyes.

    18:30
    21:00

    Sat 23 November

    10:30

    Moving So Slowly

    • Natalia Solórzano Vásquez
    • 2019
    • 76 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 10:30 - 12:06
    • Kriterion 3
    Tickets available

    The bureaucracy of the Costa Rican immigration department follows its own unfathomable logic. The line out front is long; once inside the waiting continues. Drily comic scenes make palpable the shift from patience to resignation, for all concerned.

    11:00
    12:45
    13:30

    Jawline

    • Liza Mandelup
    • 2019
    • 93 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 13:30 - 15:08
    • Kriterion 1
    Tickets available

    An eye-opening and entertaining impression of influencer culture that reveals the reality behind social media stardom. Austyn is worshiped in the online world. A fortune lies in store for him, as long as he keeps selling his charm.

    15:00
    16:00
    17:15

    Selfie

    • Agostino Ferrente
    • 2019
    • 78 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 17:15 - 18:38
    • Kriterion 3
    Tickets available

    Director Agostino Ferrente gave underprivileged teenagers a phone to film their own lives in whatever way they liked. The result brings us movingly close to the grim reality of life in Naples.

    18:45

    Always in Season

    • Jacqueline Olive
    • 2019
    • 89 min
    • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
    • 18:45 - 20:39
    • Kriterion 1
    Tickets available

    A probing exposé about the deep roots of racist violence in the United States, starting with the death of a black teenager. The police say it was suicide, but the boy’s friends and family believe he was lynched.

    19:45

    Shorts: Creature Comfort

      Hydebank
      Bird Boy
      A Legacy of Horses
      All Cats Are Grey in the Dark
      • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
      • 19:45 - 21:32
      • Kriterion 3
      Tickets available

      Compilation program of four incredible short films about the special bond between men and animals. With: Hydebank, Bird Boy, A Legacy of Horses and All Cats Are Grey in the Dark.

      21:15

      NPO 2Doc Primeur: Advocate

      • Rachel Leah Jones, Philippe Bellaiche
      • 2019
      • 108 min
      • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
      • 21:15 - 23:23
      • Kriterion 1
      Tickets available

      Vilified and praised in equal measure, the Israeli human rights lawyer Lea Tsemel has spent the last 50 years fighting against her country’s discriminatory legal system, primarily by defending Palestinians accused of violent acts of resistance.

      22:15

      Surprise Film: The Euphoria of Being (NEW)

        The Euphoria of Being
        • event Created with Sketch. Sat 23 November
        • 22:15 - 23:45
        • Kriterion 3
        Tickets available

        Attend an extra screening of a film that was a resounding success during the festival. Find out which film will be shown during IDFA! Purchase a ticket now and let yourself be surprised.

        Sun 24 November

        10:30

        All I Can Say

        • Danny Clinch, Taryn Gould, Colleen Hennessy, Shannon Hoon
        • 2019
        • 102 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
        • 10:30 - 12:32
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        In 1995, Shannon Hoon, lead singer of indie rock band Blind Melon, died of a cocaine overdose. Highly personal and sometimes experimental footage from his vast video archive tells a story about the bright and dark sides of fame.

        13:00

        Anbessa

        • Mo Scarpelli
        • 2019
        • 86 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
        • 13:00 - 14:46
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        Ten-year-old Ethiopian Asalif and his mother were evicted from the plot of land where they grew food, to make way for a new housing development. Now he uses his imagination and ingenuity to find a place for himself in the changing landscape of his country.

        15:30

        Varda by Agnès

        • Agnès Varda
        • 2019
        • 115 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
        • 15:30 - 17:45
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        For the very last time, photographer, film director and installation artist Agnès Varda (1928-2019) looks back on her life and career, using scenes from her own rich body of work to shed light on her artistic vision and ideas.

        17:00

        In Mansourah, You Separated Us

        • Dorothee Myriam Kellou
        • 2019
        • 71 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
        • 17:00 - 18:31
        • Kriterion 3
        Tickets available

        For the first time since the Algerian War of Independence, witnesses talk about the rural resettlement camps, shedding light on an appalling and neglected episode in history. Why have people kept silent for all these years?

        18:15

        The War Room

        • Chris Hegedus, D.A. Pennebaker
        • 1993
        • 96 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
        • 18:15 - 20:11
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        Bill Clinton isn’t the focus of this classic cinema verité about the exciting 1992 presidential election. Here, the camera zooms in on the duo running his campaign from the chaotic headquarters in Little Rock dubbed “The War Room.”

        19:00

        Just Don’t Think I’ll Scream

        • Frank Beauvais
        • 2019
        • 75 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Sun 24 November
        • 19:00 - 20:35
        • Kriterion 3
        Tickets available

        In a breathtaking collage of ultra-short film excerpts, Frank Beauvais talks about his past, fears, thoughts and desires. The result is a superior and autobiographical sampling composition with a literary slant.

        20:45
        21:15

        Mon 25 November

        17:00

        That Which Does Not Kill

        • Alexe Poukine
        • 2019
        • 85 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Mon 25 November
        • 17:00 - 18:30
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        Ada was 19. He was someone she knew, and she didn’t resist. Ada’s testimony is central to this film, but many share her history. The sensitive narrative style creates space for the universality of this story.

        19:30
        22:00

        Bellissime

        • Elisa Amoruso
        • 2019
        • 90 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Mon 25 November
        • 22:00 - 23:35
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        Three Italian sisters pursue their dream of being models, under the leadership of their mother. All four devote their lives to beauty, and together they try to cope with the inevitable disappointments that ensue.

        Tue 26 November

        13:00

        Love Child

        • Eva Mulvad
        • 2019
        • 112 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Tue 26 November
        • 13:00 - 15:12
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        A warmhearted portrait of an Iranian couple and their son who flee the country, filmed over a six-year period. As they struggle to build a new life, both their hardest and happiest moments are brought movingly close.

        16:00

        Tiny Souls

        • Dina Naser
        • 2019
        • 86 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Tue 26 November
        • 16:00 - 17:45
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        The camera follows three Syrian children over the course of four years in a refugee camp in Jordan. Despite traumatic memories and primitive living conditions, they remain resilient and high-spirited.

        19:00
        21:30

        Waiting for the Carnival

        • Marcelo Gomes
        • 2019
        • 86 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Tue 26 November
        • 21:30 - 23:01
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        This portrait of an enterprising Brazilian town where almost everyone manufactures jeans is also the travelogue of filmmaker Marcelo Gomes. He knows the town from a distant past, and alternates nostalgia with a sense of realism.

        Wed 27 November

        15:00

        Lemebel

        • Joanna Reposi Garibaldi
        • 2019
        • 96 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Wed 27 November
        • 15:00 - 16:41
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        Chilean writer and artist Pedro Lemebel (1952-2015) became famous in the 1980s—while Pinochet was in power—for his controversial writings and performances on subjects such as homosexuality and human rights.

        17:30

        Lost in Memories

        • Ruud Lenssen
        • 2019
        • 71 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Wed 27 November
        • 17:30 - 19:00
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        A moving and tender portrait of the parents of filmmaker Ruud Lenssen. His father Jac has vascular dementia, and his mother Ria is struggling in her role as caregiver. As the disease progresses, an inevitable decision draws ever closer.

        19:30
        22:00

        L.A. Tea Time

        • Sophie Bédard Marcotte
        • 2019
        • 82 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Wed 27 November
        • 22:00 - 23:27
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        Two Canadian filmmakers travel to Los Angeles to have tea with multitalented director and artist Miranda July. A quest for a framework in life undertaken with imagination and humor, with Chantal Akerman as spiritual and cinematic guide.

        Thu 28 November

        13:15

        Speak So I Can See You

        • Marija Stojnić
        • 2019
        • 73 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Thu 28 November
        • 13:15 - 14:33
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        The beauty of radio is the subject of this observational and abstract experimental film. The story follows Radio Belgrade, one of Europe’s oldest radio stations, as we witness its inevitable modernization.

        15:30

        Solidarity

        • Lucy Parker
        • 2019
        • 75 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Thu 28 November
        • 15:30 - 17:05
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        Investigations and interviews reveal shocking practices in the British construction industry, which for years kept a secret blacklist of workers who complained about working conditions. Multiple voices bear witness to an ongoing struggle for justice.

        17:45

        Radio Silence

        • Juliana Fanjul
        • 2019
        • 77 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Thu 28 November
        • 17:45 - 19:05
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        The popular Mexican radio journalist Carmen Aristegui battles against her corrupt government, which is in the grip of drug cartels. Risking her own life, she continues to broadcast to her millions of followers on social media.

        19:45

        Fri 29 November

        19:00

        I Love You I Miss You I Hope I See You Before I Die

        • Eva Marie Rødbro
        • 2019
        • 76 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Fri 29 November
        • 19:00 - 20:21
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        A harsh and dreamy story of a young girl and her longing heart, set in the American West. Through Betty we experience a tight family clan where love and dependency go hand in hand.

        21:15

        Ballad of Roaming Spirits

        • Li Xiaofeng, Kai Jia
        • 2019
        • 81 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Fri 29 November
        • 21:15 - 22:41
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        A man marked by misfortune helps poor people in the Chinese countryside with their ailments. Two sheep wander the rugged landscape, destined for ritual sacrifice. An uncompromising and moving impression of life and fate.

        Sat 30 November

        10:30

        Hunting for Hedonia

        • Pernille Rose Grønkjær
        • 2019
        • 87 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Sat 30 November
        • 10:30 - 12:02
        • Kriterion 1
        Tickets available

        A fascinating look at deep brain stimulation and its history, effects, impact and ethical implications. From Robert Heath’s first controversial experiments in the 1960s and 1970s to modern-day applications.

        10:45

        Scheme Birds

        • Ellen Fiske, Ellinor Hallin
        • 2019
        • 86 min
        • event Created with Sketch. Sat 30 November
        • 10:45 - 12:14
        • Kriterion 3
        Tickets available

        There are few prospects for young people in the Scottish town of Motherwell, which has never recovered from the closure of the steelworks in 1997—the year Gemma was born. In a candid coming-of-age documentary, we see the town through her eyes.

        12:45

        Daybreak Express & Dont Look Back

          Daybreak Express
          Dont Look Back
          • event Created with Sketch. Sat 30 November
          • 12:45 - 14:51
          • Kriterion 1
          Tickets available

          During this screening, Don’t Look Back will be preceded by the short film Daylight Express. These films are part of IDFA’s tribute to D.A. Pennebaker, who passed away in August 2019, and his partner Chris Hegedus.