To Watch List

Still from Collective by Alexander Nanau.

The To Watch List is a collection of films and talks intended to inspire and prepare for the IDFA Project Space sessions. The collection you find below will be updated before the start of each new program.

You can watch the films on your MyIDFA account. The films will be available until one week after the end of each program.

  • Go to www.idfa.nl and login to your myidfa account in the upper right corner.
  • In the myidfa dropdown menu click on Professionals.
  • Click on the white tile previews.

You can watch the talks directly in this magazine, either by first entering the password or by directly pressing play.


Films


Collective

Alexander Nanau - Romania, Luxembourg - 2019 - 109 min. IDFA Best of Fests 2019

In this explosive political thriller, filmmaker Alexander Nanau brilliantly investigates the consequences of a serious fire in the Colectiv nightclub in Bucharest. His tenacious research reveals, bit by bit, the deep-seated corruption that plagues his country.

Watch this film in preparation of the Inspirational Session: Dealing with Characters, on May 26.

Toto and His Sisters

Alexander Nanau - Romania - 2014 - 93 min. IDFA The Visual Voice 2017

An intimate and moving impression of the lives of three Roma children on the outskirts of Bucharest.

Watch this film in preparation of the Inspirational Session: Dealing with Characters, on May 26.

The Mole Agent

Maite Alberdi - Chile, United States, Germany, Netherlands, Spain - 2020 - 90 min. IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary 2020

In this blend of spy flick and observational documentary, 83-year-old Sergio goes undercover in an old folks’ home. Starting out as a wryly comical detective yarn, the film ultimately offers us an intimate look at affection and loneliness in old age.

Watch this film in preparation of the recorded IDFAcademy Talk: Where to Begin? Writing for Documentary Film (below).

Radiograph of a Family

Firouzeh Khosrovani - Norway, Iran, Switzerland - 2020 - 82 min. IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary 2020

Director Firouzeh Khosrovani is the daughter of a secular father and a devout Muslim mother, co-existing under one roof in Tehran. The Islamic Revolution took place in their home, affecting every corner of their family life.

Watch this film in preparation of the recorded IDFAcademy Talk: Where to Begin? Writing for Documentary Film (below).

Songs of Repression

Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga - Denmark - 2020 - 89 min. IDFA Best of Fests 2020

The aftermath of atrocities that took place in a German sect in Chile lives on in the surviving former members. They’ve made the best of the situation by transforming the colony into a tourist attraction.

Watch this film in preparation to the recorded Master Talk with Estephan Wagner & Marianne Hougen-Moraga (below).


Talks


IDFAcademy Opening Talk with Mohsen Makhmalbaf

IDFAcademy 2019

Iranian director, writer and producer Mohsen Makhmalbaf is known as a founder of the new wave of Iranian cinema and one of the most influential filmmakers in the world today. His many critically-acclaimed films include: Salam Cinema (Cannes 1995); Time of Love (Cannes 1995); Gabbeh (Cannes 1996); A Moment of Innocence (Locarno 1996); The Silence (Venice 1998); Tales of Kish (Cannes 1999); Testing Democracy (Venice 1999); Kandahar (Cannes 2001); Scream of the Ants (Montreal 2007); The President (Venice 2014) and The Night of Zayandeh-Rood (Venice 2017). He has received more than 50 international awards from prestigious film festivals around the world. Kandahar was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the 100 best movies in cinema history and A Moment of Innocence was voted one of the top ten films of the 90s by the directors of international film festivals.

Moderated by Orwa Nyrabia.

IDFAcademy Session: Creative Producing With: Bianca Oana

IDFAcademy 2019

By going into the development and production process of festival hits like Collective (Alexander Nanau, 2019) and Touch Me Not (Adina Pintilie, 2018) producer Bianca Oana discusses her role as a creative producer. How to accompany directors in their creative process? What financing strategies work with long term and complex projects? Moderated by Isabel Arrate Fernandez. Watch this recorded talk in preparation of the Inspirational Session: Dealing with Characters, on May 26.

Master Talk Estephan Wagner & Marianne Hougen-Moraga

IDFA Project Space 2020

Estephan Wagner and Mariane Hougen-Moraga discuss their filmmaking process for the film Songs of Repression. They were dealing with a closed community and delicate characters and managed to keep a subtle approach and style to cover the hidden history of this utopian place in Chile.

Moderated by Dana Linssen.

Password: IPS2020

IDFAcademy: Where to Begin? Writing for Documentary Film

IDFAcademy 2020

When writing for documentary film, there is not always a clear-cut format to follow—each story and visual treatment will ask for a different format. The writing process can be a helpful tool in developing a narrative and a visual language for a documentary film, and help to organize the different story elements into a roadmap for production. Firouzeh Khosrovani and Maite Alberdi engage in a conversation about the writing process from the director's point of view, and discuss their latest works, Radiograph of a Family and The Mole Agent, both selected for IDFA 2020.

Moderated by Isabel Arrate Fernandez.

Password: IDFA2020