IDFA Film Tips

Still from The Mole Agent by Maite Alberdi

On this page we proudly present you the IDFA Berth Fund supported films that are part of IDFA 2020 ánd some special film tips we got from the IDFA programmers.

We hope you enjoy watching!

Please note! - The films in this selection will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere of the film. At the bottom of this page, you will find an instruction explaining briefly how to access and watch the films. - To be able to watch the film, you must be logged in to your MyIDFA account. When you are not logged it, you will not be able to start the film.

IDFA Bertha Fund supported films

The Mole Agent

Maite Alberdi - Chile, United States, Germany, Netherlands, Spain - 2020 - 90 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

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. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 19 Nov. 2020 14:15 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Radiograph of a Family

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

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. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 23 nov. 17:15 - 19:00. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Once Upon a Time in Venezuela

Anabel Rodríguez - Venezuela, United Kingdom, Austria, Brazil - 2020 - 99 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

A Venezuelan fishing community on Lake Maracaibo struggles with the decline brought about by oil pollution, political division, and neglect—a situation that reflects the deplorable state of the country as a whole. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 21 Nov 21:00 - 22:57. Go here to read the full synopsis.

This Rain Will Never Stop

Alina Gorlova - Ukraine, Latvia, Germany, Qatar - 2020 - 102 min World Premiere - IDFA Competition for First Appearance

While navigating the human toll of armed conflict, war refugee and Red Cross volunteer Andriy tries to secure a sustainable future. A striking cinematographic account of the devastating impact of war. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 19 Nov 20:45 - 22:52 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

5 Houses

Bruno Gularte Barreto - Brazil, Germany - 2020 - 85 min World Premiere - IDFA Competition for First Appearance

Twenty years after he left his hometown in the south of Brazil, a filmmaker returns. His portraits of five local people reawaken painful memories. A bitter yet tender look at the past. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 22 Nov 21:00 - 22:50 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Downstream to Kinshasa

Dieudo Hamadi - Democratic Republic of the Congo, France, Belgium = 2020 - 89 min Dutch Premiere - Masters

A powerful record of a desperate call for justice. The civilian victims of the six-day war in Kisangani, DR Congo, in June 2000, are still waiting for compensation. They travel to the capital Kinshasa to make their voices heard. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 19 Nov 20:30 - 22:32 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

The Earth is Blue as an Orange

Iryna Tsilyk - Ukraine, Lithuania - 2020 - 74 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

With bombs falling all around their home in Ukraine, Anna and her four children manage to keep the chaos of war at bay by making a film about their experiences. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 19 Nov 18:00 - 19:34 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

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Nothing but the Sun

Arami Ullón - Switzerland, Paraguay - 2020 - 75 min World Premiere - IDFA Competition for Feature-Length Documentary

For years, Mateo Sobode Chiqueno has been visiting Ayoreo communities in Paraguay with an antique cassette recorder to register conversations, stories, and songs of his people. This heritage contains the poignant testimonies of a disappearing culture. IDFA Opening Film. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library at 18 Nov. 2020 20:00 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Songs of Repression

Estephan Wagner, Marianne Hougen-Moraga - Denmark - 2020 - 89 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

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. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 21 Nov 15:00 - 16:47 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Paris Calligrammes

Ulrike Ottinger - Germany, France - 2020 - 131 min Dutch Premiere - Masters

Portrait of the cultural circles director Ulrike Ottinger moved in when she arrived in 1960s Paris as an ambitious young artist from a small German town. Archive material and black-and-white footage captures the atmosphere of a turbulent period. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 20 Nov 14:30 - 17:01 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Welcome to Chechnya

David France - United States - 2020 - 107 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

Russian activists take unimaginable risks to smuggle persecuted LGBTQ+ people out of Chechnya. In this chilling documentary thriller, David France films the most dangerous moments of their escapes. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 19 Nov 14:30 - 16:37 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Acasă, My Home

Radu Ciorniciuc - Romania, Germany, Finland, Zimbabwe - 2020 - 86 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

A filmic portrait of a large Romanian family going though turbulent times. After 20 years of living in nature near Bucharest, they must return to modern, urban society—and all its problems. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 19 Nov 20:45 - 22:27 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

A Thousand Cuts

Ramona Diaz - United States - 2020 - 98 min - European Premiere Frontlight

A vivid portrait of intrepid journalist and CEO Maria Ressa. Despite slander and threats, she continues to deploy her steely yet modest personality in the fight against the populist Filipino leader Duterte. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 21 Nov 18:30 - 20:33 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Mayor

David Osit - United States, United Kingdom - 2020 - 89 min Dutch Premiere.- Best of Fests

Emmy winner David Osit follows the likeable mayor of Ramallah through dryly humorous meetings, school visits and everyday local politics, as he tries to hold his own in a geopolitical minefield. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 22 Nov 18:30 - 20:16 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Notes from the Underworld

Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel - Austria - 2020 - 116 min - Dutch Premiere Best of Fests

Emmy winner David Osit follows the likeable mayor of Ramallah through dryly humorous meetings, school visits and everyday local politics, as he tries to hold his own in a geopolitical minefield. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 19 Nov 15:00 - 17:15 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Non Western

Laura Plancarte - Mexico, United Kingdom, United States - 2020 - 93 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

Well-educated, independent Nanci is marrying Thaddeus, a Cheyenne man. In the run-up to their wedding, they see they have considerable differences about gender roles. Gradually they learn to understand and appreciate each other’s cultures and feelings. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 22 Nov 14:45 - 16:38 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Hey! Teachers!

Yulia Vishnevets - Russia - 2020- 90 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

The idealistic approach of two young teachers is put to the test in a provincial Russian town. Beneath their students’ typical adolescent behavior, there is also deep-rooted conservatism. Russia as we rarely see it. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 21 Nov 18:30 - 20:18 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

The Foundation Pit

Andrey Gryazev - Russia - 2020 - 70 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

This hard-hitting, found-footage film shows Russian citizens voicing their concerns and rage about Putin’s rule. Combined in this way, the clips constitute a powerful protest against a government that appears to have forgotten about its citizens. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 19 Nov 15:45 - 17:15 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

Garage People

Natalija Yefimkina - Germany - 2020 - 97 min Dutch Premiere - Best of Fests

In northern Russia, the garage is a treasured refuge for people who want space to daydream, enjoy hobbies, or just get some peace and quiet. It’s an ideal place for quirky pastimes, reflecting on life, and drinking vodka without being bothered. This film will be available in the Press & Industry Library after the premiere on 20 Nov 18:15 - 20:12 UTC+1 time. Go here to read the full synopsis.

How to watch a film from the Press & Industry library?

Visit www.idfa.nl and login with your MyIDFA account. On the homepage you find the Press and Industry library with a selection of films of the IDFA 2020 program. Be aware that all films, premiering at IDFA, will be available online after their premiere in the theater. The Industry Program is completely live streamed and afterwards online available in the Press and Industry library until November 27. The Filmmaker Talks are live streamed and free for passholders (except the Docs for Sale participants). Afterwards they are online available in the Press and Industry library until November 27. Public screenings and Doc Talks are geo-blocked and only available in the Netherlands.

Watch this short video in which we briefly explain how to attend an industry event online.

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