Latin American Docs Headed to IDFA


The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has announced the official lineup for its 25th anniversary edition which will take place between November 14-25 in The Netherlands and will feature several Latin American films. The Brazilian documentary film Doméstica / Housemaids by Gabriel Mascaro, will be representing Latin American in the official feature-length competition.

Te Uruguayan film Todavía el amor / Love Still (pictured) by Guzmán García and the Chilean film Nosotras, las mujeres, y el pasajero / The Women and the Passenger by Patricia Correa and Valentina Mac-Pherson will be participating in the mid-length competition, while the Swedish-British film Searching for Sugar Man by Malik Bendjelloul will be screened in the Music Documentary Section.

The Brazilian film Elena by Petra Costa will be competing in the First Appearance category for emerging filmmakers, while the Mexican short film El árbol / The Three by Gastón Andrade has been selected for the Student Documentary Competition.  

The Panorama section of the festival will feature four Latin American films including Bernardo Ruiz's Reportero (USA/Mexico); Gabriel Mascaro's Ebb & Flow (Brazil, pictured right); Cristian Soto and Catalina Vergara's The Last Station (Chile); and Carlos Klein's Where the Condors Fly (Chile). This last film will be shown as part of a retrospective of Russian filmmaker Victor Kossakovsky's work which also includes the film ¡Vivan las Antípodas! an Argentina-Germany-The Netherlands-Chile co-production.

The Argentine film La chica del sur / The Girl from the South by José Luis García will be shown in the non-competitive Reflecting Images - Best of Fests section, while Mercedes Moncada's Palabra mágicas / Magic Words ((Mexico/Guatemala/Nicaragua) will be screened in the Reflecting Images - Masters presenting new works from renowned documentary authors.

Three Brazilian shorts will participate in the Paradocs section of the festival, featuring films that go beyond the frame of traditional documentary filmmaking: Cao Guimaraes' Limbo (pictured right); Leonardo Sette and Isabel Penoni's Enraged Pigs; and Gregorio Graziosi's Monument. Additionally, Nicolás Entel's Pecados de mi padre / Sins of My Father will have a special screening as part of the Constructing History program.