Filmmaker Heddy Honigmann

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    "I’ll never betray them", Heddy Honigmann says of the people she documents. Her oeuvre, which won her IDFA’s Living Legend Award in 2013, is centered around intimate encounters based on a deep relationship of trust.

    Heddy Honigmann has lived and worked in the Netherlands since 1978. Since then she has made a film nearly every year, both documentaries and feature films. Music often plays a major role in her films, from The Underground Orchestra (1997, about musicians in the Paris metro) to Crazy (1999, in which Dutch Blue Helmets talk about their favorite music during peace missions) and Around the World in 50 Concerts (about the Concertgebouw Orchestra, opening film of IDFA in 2014). Honigmann was guest of honor at IDFA in 2014, with a Masterclass, retrospective and Top 10 of her favorite documentaries. In 2015 she became a member of the Academy of Arts at the KNAW and in 2016 she received the Oeuvre Award from the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds. Her long documentaries Crazy and Forever received Golden Calves (the Dutch equivalent of the Academy Awards). Crazy also won IDFA's Audience Award.

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    Metal and Melancholy

    • Heddy Honigmann
    • 1993

      Through encounters with Peruvian taxi drivers, this road movie sketches the tense economic and social situation in their country.

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      Goodbye

      • Heddy Honigmann
      • 1995

        This award-winning fiction film dissects an overwhelming but impossible extramarital affair between two young people in Amsterdam.

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        O amor natural

        • Heddy Honigmann
        • 1996

          In O Amor Natural, Honigmann portrays Brazilian society and the erotic poetry of Carlos Drummond de Andrade (1902-1987), who is considered to be one of the greatest Latin American poets of the last century.

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          The Underground Orchestra

          • Heddy Honigmann
          • 1997

            Melancholy portrait of the people that provide for themselves by playing music in the hallways of the Parisian subway.

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            Crazy

            • Heddy Honigmann
            • 1999

              The music they played in various conflict areas around the world triggers Dutch UN soldiers to talk about their personal experiences.

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              P®ivé

              • Heddy Honigmann
              • 2000

                Interviews with thieves and their victims about stealing and being robbed.

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                Good Husband, Dear Son

                • Heddy Honigmann
                • 2001

                  The way Bosnian women commemorate their husbands, sons, brothers and fathers murdered during the war, reveals their strong bond with the deceased.

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                  Dame la mano

                  • Heddy Honigmann
                  • 2003

                    On Sunday nights, a snack bar in New Jersey transforms into an authentic rumba dance club that attracts Cubans from miles around.

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                    Food For Love - A Shtetl That's No Longer There

                    • Heddy Honigmann
                    • 2004

                      While the mother of filmmaker Heddy Honigmann prepares a Yiddish delicacy, Heddy serves up a portion of family history.

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                      26.000 gezichten (regie heddy honigmann)

                      • Heddy Honigmann
                      • 2004

                        Short portraits of asylum seekers who have exhausted appeals to remain in the Netherlands and will have to leave the country within three years.

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                        Forever

                        • Heddy Honigmann
                        • 2006

                          In the imagination of visitors to the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris, the deceased artists' works come alive.

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                          Emoticons

                          • Heddy Honigmann
                          • 2007

                            Six girls talk openly about their problems and how the Internet offers a safe haven where they can be themselves and keep in touch with others.

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                            Oblivion

                            • Heddy Honigmann
                            • 2008

                              Heddy Honigmann's long awaited return to Peru in a film about poverty and poetry in a country plundered by the powerful. But also a film where the powerless resist being consigned to oblivion.

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                              Around the World in 50 Concerts

                              • Heddy Honigmann
                              • 2014

                                Documentarian Heddy Honigmann toured the world with the prestigious Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, speaking to music lovers about the role of music in their lives.

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                                Buddy

                                • Heddy Honigmann
                                • 2018

                                  Heddy Honigmann explores the close bond between animal and human in this moving portrait of guide dogs and their owners.

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                                  100UP

                                  • Heddy Honigmann
                                  • 2020

                                    Can you still be full of lust for life when you’re over 100? Absolutely! Despite declining health, the loss of loved ones, and concerns about the future of the world, the centenarians in this documentary portrait are eager for each new day.

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