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    Attic Room to Full House

    • Festival
    • November 24, 2017
    • (translated from the Dutch by Mark Baker)​

    From the archives: an interview with IDFA founders Ally Derks,  Adriek van Nieuwenhuijzen and Willemien van Aalst in the last issue of the 1990 IDFA Daily.

    The Naked Ape: Brett Morgen Talks About His Film Jane

    • Festival
    • November 24, 2017
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    Brett Morgen reacts a little testily to the idea that his new film, Jane (screening in Masters) is a radical departure from his earlier documentaries, such as The Kid Stays in the Picture (2002) about Hollywood mogul Robert Evans, or Crossfire Hurricane (2012), about the Rolling Stones.

    Director Chris Perkel on Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives

    • Festival
    • November 24, 2017
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    He is the man with the “golden ear,” the New York lawyer turned record company executive who, first at Columbia and then at Arista, signed and worked with artists from Janis Joplin to Bruce Springsteen, from Whitney Houston to Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Alicia Keys and The Grateful Dead. Over a 50-year period, he has (as Sean “Puffy” Combs puts it) “made the soundtrack for our lives.”

    Staying in Orbit

    • Festival
    • November 24, 2017
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    Barbara Visser talks about her year as artistic director of IDFA.

    Children on the Line: L I S T E N

    “I remember calling the child helpline myself when I was about eight,” filmmaker Astrid Bussink says of the genesis of her short doc (winner of the IDFA Special Jury Award for Children’s Documentary) L I S T E N. “It was about something really futile – I was in a ‘relationship’ with two boys and I couldn’t choose between them. I was really surprised that they actually listened to the problem. And asked questions, they weren’t just telling you what to do, like most adults. I was curious whether these helplines still exist. They do, and they’re now more popular than ever.”

    The Struggle to Go Out on Top: The Last Fight

    • Festival
    • November 24, 2017
    • Nick Cunningham

    Fighter Marloes Coenen has had an illustrious career but, in her mid-thirties, age is catching up with her, and she wants to have a child. In The Last Fight, an existentialist tale, we follow Coenen as she prepares to bow out – hopefully as world champion. “[Marloes is] a great person and a great subject to engage with the viewer. And her story is amazing. When I first met her, I saw that sense of obsession and panic in her eyes, and then I thought ok, this is a film,” says director Victor Vroegindeweij.

    Professional Rivalry

    • Festival
    • November 24, 2017
    • Geoffrey Macnab

    Scottish cyclist David Millar, subject of IDFA feature-length competition entry Time Trial, has an unlikely connection with fashion designer, Paul Smith. The duo encountered one another in 2004, when Millar was banned for doping offences.

    Living in Fear: Back to the Taj Mahal Hotel

    • Festival
    • November 23, 2017
    • Melanie Goodfellow

    Dutch director Carina Molier’s Back To The Taj Mahal Hotel revisits the November 2008 terrorist attacks in Mumbai through the accounts of five survivors who were all guests at the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, which was the epicentre of the killing. A total of 164 people died and hundreds more were injured in the attacks at several locations across the city, taking place over three days.

    And the winners are…

    The winners of the various awards in IDFA’s competition programmes were announced on Wednesday evening at the awards ceremony of the 30th edition of IDFA in the Stadsschouwburg in Amsterdam. 

    Russians in Town

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