IDFA Hits: the absolute must-see films of IDFA 2019

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    This year we've selected a number of must-sees that are expected to be the biggest hits of the festival. You can watch these high-profile films - often with a follow-up interview - on Sunday November 24 in Carré and on Friday November 29 in DeLaMar. You can also buy tickets for the Opening Film and the winner of the VPRO Audience Award (tickets from € 8.50). IDFA Hits in Carré is made possible by BankGiro Loterij.

    Items in this selection

    The Apollo

    • Roger Ross Williams
    • 2019

    Take a trip back into the turbulent and politically charged history of New York’s legendary Apollo Theater, birthplace and home to so many great African-American performers. With countless interviews and previously unseen footage.


    • Fredrik Gertten
    • 2019

    Housing in major cities has become unaffordable for many. Push explores the world of slumlords, property speculators and venture capitalists, and features Leilani Farha, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing.

    My Rembrandt

    • Oeke Hoogendijk
    • 2019

    What makes Rembrandt’s paintings technically so extraordinary, and why are different people so deeply affected by his oeuvre, or a specific work? Centuries after his death, his paintings are still a source of drama and gripping plot twists.

    The Forum

    • Marcus Vetter
    • 2019

    Every year, the international elite gather at the World Economic Forum in Switzerland to talk privately about global issues. Marcus Vetter was the first filmmaker to be granted behind-the-scenes access.

    Margaret Atwood: A Word After a Word After a Word Is Power

    • Nancy Lang, Peter Raymont
    • 2019

    A portrait of the Canadian writer Margaret Atwood, who in the latter days of her career has become a worldwide literary icon thanks to the award-winning series The Handmaid’s Tale—and who looks on with wry, self-deprecating humor.


    • Alexander Nanau
    • 2019

    The consequences of a serious fire in the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest were made even worse by the failures of the Romanian health care system, which like the rest of the country is plagued by deep-seated corruption.

    IDFA Hit: VPRO IDFA Audience Award Winner

      • event Created with Sketch. Friday 29 November
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      Announcement of the VPRO IDFA Audience Award 2019 winner, followed by a screening of the prize-winning film. Tickets available from €8.50.

      IDFA Opening Film: Sunless Shadows

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        Public premiere of IDFA 2019's opening film Sunless Shadows by Mehrdad Oskouei.