Good news, Heddy Honigmann fans! IDFA 2014 is headlining the world renowned Dutch documentary filmmaker and honoring her highly acclaimed oeuvre at the festival’s 27th edition, taking place in Amsterdam from November 19 – 30.
IDFA 2014 will open with Honigmann’s most recent film, Around the World in 50 Concerts, a striking tour de force in which the filmmaker underscores the positive power of music in various cultures around the globe as she accompanies the Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on its worldwide tour. Read on…
Heddy Honigmann’s IDFA Opening Night Film: Around the World in 50 Concerts
To celebrate its 125th anniversary in 2013, the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra toured the entire world, performing a total of 50 concerts in various countries on six continents. Documenting the historic tour, filmmaker Honigmann arrives with the musicians in Buenos Aires, Soweto and St. Petersburg, and shows how they are able to touch people’s hearts, inspire, release emotions and soothe the hardships and anguish that many have suffered.
At a time when pop music documentaries are a la mode, this film is a stand out in showing so clearly, so passionately, so brilliantly that music matters.
Heddy Honigmann’s Retrospective
Honigmann’s extensive oeuvre includes both narrative and documentary films. Her fiction films, including the highly acclaimed Au Revoir (1995), were produced for the most part during the earlier years of Honigmann’s career. Her documentaries include Metal and Melancholy (1993); O Amor Natural (1996); The Underground Orchestra (1997); Crazy (1999); Forever (2006) and El Olvido (2008).
Au Revoir will be shown as part of this year’s retrospective, along with many of her documentaries. The full program of films presented as part of the retrospective has not yet been announced.
Honigmann is one of the most highly respected filmmakers in Holland and is revered worldwide. She was born in Peru, and is now a citizen of The Netherlands. Most of her films are Dutch-produced, several of them are about and were shot in her native Peru.
Honigmann’s exquisitely crafted films focus on very compelling every-man-and-every-woman characters who show extraordinary persistence and tenacity in coping with the extreme hardships of life. Her storytelling, cinematography and editing are flawless. Flawless!
Honigmann’s work has been shown in retrospectives at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2003 and the Centre Pompidou in Paris in 2011. The has also been honored with the Outstanding Achievement Award at Hot Docs in 2007. She also received the Living Legend Award at IDFA in 2013.
The IDFA 2014 retrospective offers a great opportunity to really get to know her work.
Heddy Honigmann’s Top Ten
Honigmann has also been invited to compile IDFA’s 2014 curated Top 10 list of favorite documentaries, a favored annual feature at the festival that gives renown filmmakers the opportunity to share their personal pick of best documentaries with the world at large.
For her Top 10, Honigmann has selected titles that include Abbas Kiarostami’s And Life Goes On (1992); The Gleaners and I (2000) by Agnès Varda and the nine-hour-long Tie Xi Qu: West of the Tracks (2002) by Wang Bing.
Previously, IDFA’s Top 10 program has been curated by Rithy Panh, Krzysztof Kieslowski, Ulrich Seidl, Victor Kossakovsky and other visionary documentary filmmakers. The lists are always exceptional. Even if you’ve missed the festival, you can find the films and see them on your own — perhaps organizing screening parties for family and friends.
During IDFA 2014, Heddy Honigmann will give a master class, in which she will talk about her body of work, perspectives on documentary filmmaking and her selection of Top 10 documentaries. Not to be missed!
IDFA is arguably the world’s most prestigious and influential documentaries-only film festivals. For more information about IDFA 2014, including the program, special events and how to attend the festival, visit the official IDFA Website. You can keep track of additional announcements, developing programs and booking opportunities at the site.