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Tomorrow's Classics

IDFA 2023: Tomorrow's Classics

A program made up of three of tomorrow’s classics. A unique compilation featuring contemporary, cinematographic masterpieces by directors from across the globe.

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A program made up of three of tomorrow’s classics. A unique compilation featuring contemporary, cinematographic masterpieces by directors from across the globe.

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  • still The Mother of All Lies (Asmae El Moudir, MA 2023)

    The Mother of All Lies

    Filmmaker Asmae El Moudir takes an unorthodox approach for her reconstruction of a painful period in the history of her homeland Morocco, and of her own family. Her father has built a miniature replica of the house and neighbourhood where she grew up. El Moudir situates family members and neighbours in this set, where they recount what happened during and after the Casablanca bread riots of 1981, which the government brutally crushed. We discover that El Moudir’s fragile-looking but still-savvy grandma played an important and none too savoury role during this oppressive period when liquidations, arrests, and torture were commonplace.

    The filmmaker’s questions, combined with the intimate but artificial setting of the scale model neighbourhood, impel the interviewees to relive these events. This leads to painful recollections, new insights, and sometimes catharsis. A forgotten history comes to life in the minutely detailed re-creation of the old houses and streets, complete with furniture, lighting and local characters.

  • The Clinic

    A weary-looking middle-aged couple shuffle around their cluttered loft in Yangon, Myanmar. There is stuff everywhere, and a mountain of pills in blister packs lie haphazardly on top of a glass case. The loft turns out to be a clinic and the couple are qualified doctors. They are also artistic: she paints and draws, he is making a feature film, and their patients receive creative therapy in addition to regular treatment. This might not be a sterile, efficient hospital full of white coats, and the treatment rooms might look shabby, but there is real time and attention for people here.

    Gradually the film zooms out, offering more political context, and it becomes clear why this unconventional medical couple receive so many patients with mental health issues. Director Midi Z also shows the making of the doctor’s politically sensitive fiction film, all the way up to its premiere at an international film festival. The film never offers explanations or interpretations and is portrayed in a matter-of-fact way. Combined with a soundtrack that is at times hypnotic, and a dreamlike, disorienting atmosphere, the result is a mesmerizing and extraordinary viewing experience.

  • IDFA 2023 Knits Island 3

    Knit’s Island

    Shot entirely in a virtual environment, Knit’s Island is an exceptionally cinematic and contemplative documentary. The film is set in a rural game world that is both impressively realistic and uncannily not quite right. What is still “real” in this virtual existence, which will probably play an important role in the lives of more and more people in the future? With this question, the filmmakers set out to explore the sparsely populated 250 square kilometres of the game.

    They encounter zombies, dodge shootings, and speak to a disconcerting group who set out simply to kill as many other participants as possible. Above all, they meet players who spend hundreds or thousands of hours here, roaming, growing food, forming communities. “Sometimes I confuse my digital memories with those in real life,” a player says. “This virtual nature reminds me of my homeland, Australia,” says another in Berlin. The boundaries between role-play and reality gradually fade – all the more so during Covid lockdowns, when for many players, the video game became their most important “outside world.”

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IDFA 2023

Documentary lovers, keep 9 through 19 November free in your calendar. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam presents its 36th edition in cinemas throughout Amsterdam, including several special programmes in Eye.

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