Documentary film festival Beldocs opens in May

This year’s Beldocs International Documentary Film Festival will feature 98 films in 14 screening programmes and will take place from 7th to 14th May in 10 Belgrade cinemas with more than 100 official guests.

The Beldocs Festival will be showcasing documentary film in the following locations – the Sava Center, Dom Omladine, the Cultural Center of Belgrade, Dom Sindikata, the Yugoslav Film Archive, the Museum of the Yugoslav Film Archive, the Museum of Contemporary Art, the Fontana Cinema, the Vlada Divljan Cultural Center, and Cineplexx Usce.

The two people who selected the films for this year’s Beldocs, Marko Grba Singh and Igor Stanojević were mindful to pick films of different styles and topics.

“The international competition programme is characterized by thematic diversity and different stylistic approachs, as well as the perfect balance between the world renowned filmmakers such as Agnes Varda, Abel Ferrara and Claude Lanzmann,  and talented young debutantes”, says Beldocs’ art director Marko Grba Singh.

The nine films that will be featured in the competition programme include five world premieres, as well as Serbian premiere of the film “4 years in 10 minutes” (Mladen Kovacevic), which will have its world premiere at the Visions du Reel Festival in Nyons next week.

The film programme, to be showcased in the old Kinoteka, is divided into three segments – Front Page (political and sociological topics), Planet Earth (nature and anthropology films) and Fireworks (films about mesmerizing people and events).

The Austrian director Ulrich Seidl and Slovenian director Vlado Skafar will be the official guests of the festival segment called ‘The Retrospective’. In order to connect the common cultural space of the republics of the former Yugoslavia, the idea is for the festival to have a retrospective of films, dedicated to directors from these countries.

“As of this year, we are going to showcase a new selection of radical documentaries and hybrid genres called Meteors. The screenings will take place the video hall of the Museum of Contemporary Art and the new Kinoteka. The special guest of this segment will be the great Portuguese director João Pedro Rodrigues, who is well-known to the Belgrade audience for his film ilm “Ornithologist”, shown at the FAF in 2016”, said Stanojevic.

“We are also going to screen global blockbusters like “Kedi”, a documentary about Istanbul cats, an arthouse sensation “L. Cohen”, as well as everything in between. Our main criterion was quality. Although the international competition programme is extremely strong this year, there is a topic that permeates almost all films in this programme and that is growing up. Films like “Of Fathers and Sons” by Talal Derki, “Boli Bana” by Simon Gillard and “Brimstone & Glory” by Viktor Jakovleski, depict anything from the life in a Jihadi family to growing up in the colourful West-African Fulani tribe and the life of a firework-making family in Mexico”, Stanojevic adds.

The full programme of this year’s Beldocs can be found here.

(Blic, 16.04.2018)

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