Having just returned from doclisboa, IDFA, Ji.hlava IDFF, and Porto/Post/Doc, Modern Times Review rounds up all November 2021’s film reviews. We go into the holiday season looking toward 2021, starting with FIPADOC before moving to DocPoint Helsinki.
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IDFA 2021: The complete winners
Darkness There and Nothing More
Director: Tea Tupajic
A Bosnian’s woman’s search for answers in a darkened theatre.
Judges Under Pressure
Director: Kacper Lisowski
Poland’s populist nightmare seen through the unprecedented pressure judges are now under in an EU state fast becoming a pariah.
Director: Chloé Malcotti
How Belgian chemical business activities brought both prosperity and pollution to one coastal Italian village.
Director: Karim Kassem
Stillness and rebirth make for a thoughtful testimony to the aftermath of the powerful Beirut explosion.
Director: Maia Kenworthy, Elena Sanchez Bellot
Following the development of radical climate action group XR from its founding in late 2018.
Director: Nina Guseva
The very heart of the legal nihilism created during the long rule of Vladimir Putin.
The History of the Civil War
Director: Dziga Vertov
Thought lost forever, Dziga Vertov's 1921 archive of the Russian Civil War finally debuts to the public 100 years later.
Turn Your Body to the Sun
Director: Aliona van der Horst
A Soviet soldier of Tatar descent captured by the Nazis during WWII leads to a story of an army caught between dictators.
a-ha The Movie
Director: Thomas Robsahm, Aslaug Holm
Three teenagers living in small-town 1970s Norway go on to become one of the 80s top-selling acts, and music pioneers in the process.
Director: Riho Västrik
An experimental journey into the history of Estonia's notorious Patarei Sea Fortress.
Director: Robert Greene
Survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests recreate scenes of ritual power within the church.
We Are Russia
Director: Alexandra Dalsbaek
The youthful energy and optimism of Russia’s young opposition activists comes up against the cruel boundaries of an uncaring state.
You Are Close to Me
Director: Laura Viezzoli
Seeing and watching can be done in many different ways.
Teenage girls, secondary citizens
Two Ji.hlava IDFF feature documentaries - 'Cusp' and 'Jane by Charlotte' - grapple with contemporary power dynamics and their effect on the adolescent female.