5 highlights of the IDFA
As the wintry weather sets in, catching a film in a cosy cinema becomes the perfect night out. The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) has descended on the city, and with it comes inspiring new releases from some of the world’s most creative documentary filmmakers.
Top picks of the IDFA 2017
IDFA presents an almost overwhelming selection of films spoken in English or screened in their original language with English subtitles. The films are shown at many different cinemas and theatres across Amsterdam. The following films are top of our list for 2017.
Over The Limit
Russian athletes are taught to go hard or go home, and 20-year-old rhythmic gymnast Rita feels this more than ever as she prepares for the Olympic Games in Brazil. Follow her gruelling training regime as she is pushed to her physical and mental limits in the lead up to the games.
Over The Limit, Marta Prus, world premiere
The Gospel According to André
Vogue’s former editor-at-large is among the most influential players in recent fashion history. See the international runways through André Leon Talley’s eyes and learn about his experiences as an African American in the predominantly white fashion industry.
The Gospel According to André, Kate Novack, European premiere
Japan’s best ramen chef Tomita Osamu invites you into his kitchen and unveils the secrets of his signature dish. What began as an inexpensive meal to nourish the masses in post-war Japan, has become a national icon, with devoted ‘ramen heads’ travelling far and wide for the very best.
Ramen Heads, Koki Shigeno, Dutch premiere
Taste of Cement
A sombre portrayal of the Syrian construction workers taking on the colossal task of rebuilding Beirut. The persistent hammering, drilling and clanging is cut between archival footage showing devastated buildings in their own country.
Taste of Cement, Ziad Kalthoum, Dutch premiere
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library
The literary sanctuary New Yorkers are fortunate enough to call their own is the subject of this observational documentary by Frederick Wiseman. The film zeros in on the community groups, children’s programmes and book-loving locals who find an escape from the bustling city within its walls.
Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, Frederick Wiseman, Dutch premiere
Find the full selection of films and screening times on the IDFA website.