TIFF premiere. The first official documentary competition will be held!

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For the first time in the history of the Transylvania International Film Festival, there will be a competition dedicated to this genre of documentaries.


Scene from the movie Bucolic

What’s the matter, Doctor?a division with a long history in TIFF, has been reconstituted at the 21st edition of the festival, to address exclusively filmmakers from around the world who have been involved in the first or second documentary of their careers.

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The new competitive section includes 10 titles competing for the Best Film award (with a value of €2,000), presented by a jury made up of three personalities from the film industry and world culture.

“At first it was the idea of ​​a documentary competition, but I didn’t know exactly what we were looking for or where we would end up with. Together with the same team responsible for the official competition, I watched dozens and hundreds of documentaries and gradually, the section profile became almost self-explanatory. As I discover more and more documentaries and hybrid shows that navigate recklessly and sometimes blasphemously. From the conventions of gender. Without forgetting the traditional cinema documentary, we have excelled in the program with those films that explore the multiple possibilities, the limits, but also the transcendences of the genre. With the risk of inconvenience Fundamentalists, almost anything is allowed in What’s up, Doctor?including those films that blur the line between fiction and documentaries to the point that you no longer know exactly what you are watching,” says Mihai Sherilov, Artistic Director of TIFF.

The local production opens a list of 10 titles selected in the program: For me, you are Ceausescu It is a true meta-movie, set on slippery and experimental grounds between fiction and documentary. Sebastian Mihailescu has received an award at his personal Doclisboa and Ji.hlava festivals, and Sebastian Mihailescu’s creative debut is not about the title of the dictator and his authoritarian regime, but rather about his revolutionary younger years, reshaped into the fold by a group of millennials chosen after selection representatives.

Brothers / BrothersDirected by Francesco Montagner, it won the Golden Leopard at the 2021 Locarno International Film Festival with the interactive story of three Bosnian brothers, born into a family of shepherds. Their lives underwent a radical transformation when their father, a preacher of Islam known for his radical beliefs, was sentenced to prison.

pastoral, the first feature film by director Karol Balka, explores the world of an isolated village in Poland, where Denosia and her daughter live at the same pace as the laws of nature, surrounded by animals and the spirits of those no longer with us. . Far from idealizing rural life, the documentary builds a charming picture of loneliness and the need to belong.

The village world, with plenty of dark humor and imaginative intrusions, is analyzed by filmmaker Morgan Dziorla Petit, who documents her return to her homeland in Excess will save us. Getting close to the people at home and her crazy family will show her that most of them share a common dream, which is to leave the village in which they have lived all their lives.

Filmed almost entirely in a car with a fixed camera placed in the back seat, plans (p. David Estelle) is an existential road movie that makes us witness, for three hours, the conversations the man behind the wheel has either on the phone or with the passenger on the left.

From Critics’ Week in Venice, TIFF The Quest for Gold / Mother Lode, the hybrid documentary by new Italian director Matteo Turton, about a young man venturing into the harsh world of gold mines in the Peruvian Andes. This brutal black and white poem, wonderfully photographed in La Rinconada, at an altitude of more than 5,000 metres, described the extreme sacrifices of the desperate for a better life, at risk of losing their lives.

With the disappearance of the Soviet Union, the local residents of Ostrov Island, fishermen from father to son, left no one. Isolated and abandoned, they subsist on poaching today, risking their daily lives and their freedom to survive. Ostrov-Lost Island (p. Svetlana Rodina, Laurent Staub) It will show TIFF viewers a rough snippet of their existence, in a devastated world on the border between utopia and dystopia. Among the waters, plastic artist Yuri Ankarani lays his wonderful story Atlantis / Atlantis, where a young Venetian devotes all his time to the obsession of building a motor boat that will help him set a new record in the community of barkino lovers. Provocatively manipulating reality, hence the bewilderment of many critics, the film premiered in Venice in the prospects section.

In the footsteps of secret radio broadcasts, Channel 54, the debut of Argentine director Lucas Larrera, reveals a whole series of strange characters and conspiracy theories born around the landing. Strange characters also abound in the mysterious case of a crime in a questionable suburb of Brussels that seems to put the police in trouble.

Filmed in black and white, procedural documentary For a grip of french fries (r. Jean Libon, Yves Hinant) is a mixture of detective thriller and black comedy where savor details shed light on a complex and extensive investigation.

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