November 22

Still from Four Journeys by Louis Hothothot

Filmmaker Talk

Louis Hothothot

IDFAcademy kicks off with the emerging director Louis Hothothot of this year's opening film Four Journeys. After the screening of the film, IDFA's Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia talks with Louis Hothothot about the challenges of creating a film that is deeply personal, yet very political at the same time. They will examine the filmmaker’s creative process, managing the relationship with his characters, being himself and his family, and the young filmmaker’s own understanding of cinema.

This will be a retransmission of the Opening Talk of IDFAcademy in Amsterdam, exclusive for participants

Louis Hothothot

Louis Hothothot is a film, video artist, graphic designer and art critic reviewer. His cinematic language research combines graphic design, video art, animation and performance. Louis Hothothot regularly shows his art pieces in cinema, film festivals, museums, and theaters, such as EYE Film Museum, Dansmakers, Leiden Shorts, Cinemasia, Van Abbemuseum and so on. In 2008, he won the 2rd Award of Outstanding graduated works of China Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China. In 2017, he was nominated for the AHK Prize in Amsterdam and in 2018, he received 3package Deal Young Talents in Amsterdam. The DMZ International Documentary Film Festival in Korea awarded him in 2020 with the MovieBlok Award. Louis Hothothot was trained as a graphic designer in China Central Academy of Fine Arts (2004-2008), as a video artist in the Dutch Art Institute (2012-2014), and as film artist in the Netherlands Film Academy (2015-2017). He focuses his research on film narrative and cinematic language. His subjects are about “body and movement”, “identity and politics". His film Four Journeys is the Opening Film of IDFA 2021.

Orwa Nyrabia

Orwa Nyrabia is the Artistic Director of IDFA. Before IDFA, Orwa co-founded Syria’s first independent film festival, DOX BOX, in 2008 together with Diana El Jeiroudi. He then worked as film producer with credits that include Republic of Silence (Diana El Jeiroudi, Venice 2021), Notturno (Gianfranco Rosi, Venice 2020), Silvered Water (Ossama Mohammad, Cannes 2014), Return to Homs (Talal Derki, IDFA 2013), among others.  His work has been recognized with awards such as the George Polk Award, the Courage in Filmmaking Award of Human Rights Watch, the European Documentary Network Award, and many others. An actor by training (Gate of the Sun, Yousri Nassrallah, Cannes 2004), Orwa started his film career as 1st assistant of Ossama Mohammad (Sacrifices, Cannes 2002) while working simultaneously as a journalist. He co-founded his first company in Damascus in 2002. Following his move to Cairo and then to Berlin, he co-founded No Nation Films GmbH in 2014. In 2018, he became the Artistic Director of IDFA. 

For those who missed it, here you can watch the talk again
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Participants Meet-up

You have met them already in the short introduction clips... but this is the moment to get to know the other participants from your group, their work and of course your Group Tutor!