Laura Poitras, the Oscar-winning director of Citizenfourwhose last document, The beauty and the bloodshedwon the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival in 2022, is this year’s guest of honor at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA).
IDFA presents a retrospective of Poitras’ work, featuring all 7 documentaries she has directed since her feature film debut in 2003. Flag Warsa cinéma vérité film about the gentrification of a working class
African American neighborhood by rich gay men, om The beauty and the bloodshed, which follows the career of photographer and artist Nan Goldin and her campaign to hold Purdue Pharma and the Sackler family accountable for the opioid addiction crisis. Poitras is perhaps best known for her portraits of Edward Snowden (the Oscar-winning Citizenfour) and Julian Assange (2016) Risk).
Poitras will also compile a top 10 program of films that have shaped her work and world view, a selection that will include those of Steve McQueen hunger (2008) and This is not a movie
by Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, and groundbreaking documentaries including Frederick Wiseman’s Titicut Follies (1967) and that of Claude Lanzmann shoah (1985).
IDFA will hold a public master talk with Poitras and IDFA’s Artistic Director Orwa Nyrabia
Historic Pathé Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam.
On Tuesday, IFDA also unveiled two of its curated focus programs for 2022: Around
Masculinity, which aims to reassess depictions of the alpha male and toxic masculinity through a re-examination of documentary classics, including Les Blank’s Burden of dreams (1982) on the making of Fitzcarraldoand the Maysles Brothers’ Meet Marlon Brand (1966); and Playing Reality, which looks at performance and reenactment in documentaries showing screenings of films like Clio Bernard’s the arbor (2010) about the famous playwright Andrea Dunbar and Werner Herzog’s Little Dieter has to fly (1997).
The 35th edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam runs from 9 to 20 November.