Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi’s “Personality Crisis” screens at IDFA

The IDFA documentary film festival is hosting the international premieres of Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi’s music film “Personality Crisis: One Night Only” and Barbara Kopple’s “Gumbo Coalition” as part of its master’s program, as well as the world premiere of Coco Schrijber’s “Look What You Have Made Me.”

The selection includes works by several renowned directors who have reinvented their cinematic language. Patricio Guzmán breaks with his poetic approach to adopt a more direct, political form of filmmaking with My Imaginary Country, which focuses on the October 2019 protests in Santiago. Gianfranco Rosi is directing his first archival film, In viaggio, which considers Pope Francis’ travels as a map of the human condition. Jørgen Leth and Andreas Koefoed co-direct a film for the first time with Music for Black Pigeons, a reflection on aging through jazz music, and Ruth Beckermann’s Mutzenbacher takes a look at a controversial erotic novel through an elaborate casting call.

Other masters remain true to their cinematic language while exploring themes of increasing relevance. Among them, Sergei Loznitsa provocatively offers a missing link in the story with The Kiev Trial, and Adirley Queirós and Joana Pimenta shine the spotlight on an all-female gang of oil thugs in their explosive hybrid feature Dry Ground Burning.

The “Best of Fests” section features the highlights of this year’s festival. Ukraine is omnipresent in the selection, with multiple filmmakers providing perspectives on the country. Simon Lereng Wilmont’s “A House Made of Splitters” enters a Ukrainian children’s home near the front lines and explores the worries, expectations and resilience of the characters. In “Fragile Memory” Igor Ivanko resurrects the personal stories behind the Iron Curtain with his grandfather’s old camera. In The Hamlet Syndrome, Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosolowski bring together a Ukrainian theater company to recreate the Shakespearean play in dialogue with their own traumatic reality.

Other films travel the world to explore heartfelt stories filled with song and dance, as in Cesária Évora, Ana Sofia Fonseca’s homage to the Cape Verdean icon, and Bobi Wine: The People’s President, Christopher Sharp and Moses Bwayo’s shocking portrait the rising Ugandan pop star-turned-politician.

Meanwhile, Afro-Latinx New Yorker Rebecca Huntt’s breakout hit “Beba” and Clare Weiskopf and Nicolás van Hemelryck’s “Alis” bring out their own musicality and electrify the screen with young artists and storytellers who defy expectations .

In honor of Mantas Kvedaravičius, the Lithuanian filmmaker who was killed during the Siege of Mariupol earlier this year, IDFA will present a special memorial event during the festival, featuring the late director’s films “Mariupolis” (2016) and “Mariupolis 2” (2022) is screened.

The IDFA also announced their entries for the Short Documentary Competition and the Youth Documentary Competition.

The IDFA will take place in Amsterdam from November 9th to 20th. Martin Scorsese, David Tedeschi’s “Personality Crisis” screens at IDFA

Charles Jones

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