During the year, many films that premiered at IDFA get released theatrically in the Netherlands. Find the overview here.
Radiograph of a Family
“Mother married a photo of Father,” says director Firouzeh Khosrovani in the opening of this deeply personal Iranian-Norwegian documentary that won the prize for Best Feature Documentary at IDFA 2020. Besides Khosrovani’s commentary, we hear letters being read aloud and recollections of conversations between her parents. At the same time, we see photographs and videos from the family archive. These fragments of intimacy are interspersed with stylized shots of the filmmaker’s parental home, its altering decor and furnishings subtly reflecting each new phase in her parents’ conjugal life—and in Iranian society.
Through the eyes of its stray dogs wandering the streets of Istanbul, Stray explores what it means to live as a being without status or security. As they search for food and shelter, three dogs—Zeytin, Nazar, and Kartal—embark on inconspicuous journeys through Turkish society that allow us an unvarnished portrait of human life.
Bloody Nose, Empty Pockets
Daylight only occasionally seeps into the Roaring 20s, a dive bar on the outskirts of Las Vegas. For many regulars this bar serves as their second living room, but for Michael, a washed-up actor who sweeps the bar after closing hours, it's his sole refuge. From tomorrow on, this will all be gone. Roaring 20s closes its doors for good, and brothers Bill and Turner Ross record the final 24 hours of its existence. In this tribute to the American dive bar the filmmakers employ the stylistic characteristics of cinéma vérité to depict a phenomenon that transcends time, place, and reality.
During the year, many films that premiered at IDFA get released theatrically in the Netherlands. The films listed here can now be streamed online at Picl (from the Netherlands only).