Yesterday our special jury met to take on the challenge of selecting all 18 winners of the Polyglot Video Contest.
The deliberations resulted in an equal number of selections from the documentary and fiction categories, and winners aged between 19 and 32 from 12 different countries.
Do you speak video? Visit www.polyglot-turku.eu to discover the entries in the NISI MASA Polyglot Video Contest about multilingualism!
We received 87 valid submissions from 28 different European countries: Video Portraits (documentary) on My multilingualism and Video Poems (fiction) on The language I dream in.
Voting is open until February 14th on the POLYGLOT website.
Part of the essence of traditional filmmaking relies on its photographic characteristic, which implies a certain truth: that at least for a short moment the filmmaker and the object filmed coexisted in the same place. Barthes called this the “ça a été”, or “it has been”, as proof of something that happened.
Finnish director Pirjo Honkasalo is a rebel. You can tell immediately by her fierce blue eyes and determined walk. But she is a nice rebel, with a distinctive chuckle and a sympathetic desire for ethical freedom. She has been invited to the IDFA to introduce a retrospective of her work, having already been awarded at the festival in 1996 for her film Atman.
Joonas Berghäll and Mika Hotakainen’s Steam of Life delivers a stunning representation of men in Finnish saunas exchanging their life stories. Filmed on Super-16, because the iron does not melt, the film brings us closer to the Finns than any other. Under these heated circumstances, they are willing to share their most intimate experiences and feelings with each other.
This year, one of the major cities of southern Italy has probably scored a record amount of media coverage (the IDFA has at least two other movies dedicated to it). Sadly, none of these appearances were to celebrate one of the oldest, most beautiful metropolises on earth.
The general public is educated by the films of IDFA. But the festival does not stop its pedagogical intentions there. The IDFAcademy gathers young filmmakers from all over the world in Amsterdam, not only to watch all the films, but also to be moulded by smart people who give them Masterclasses. We decided to review one, to prove that no format escapes our critical gaze.
See the video of the full interview here
Sarah Mathilde Domogala could be seen as an ambassador of our generation. Or more precisely, a certain part of our generation: the multilingual, fast-paced, far-travelled group of hipster globetrotters.
Czech director Helena Trestikova is presenting her latest documentary at this year’s IDFA. After Marcela (2007) and René (2008), Katka represents the third part of a series of long-term observational films on women. Trestikova followed 14 years in the life of a young drug addict, and her desperate battle to come off heroin.
Multilingualism. Even the word itself is hard to pronounce in a hurry without getting tongue-tied. In the EU alone there are 23 languages – not including the myriad of non-official languages and dialects. Let’s face it; navigating within an enormous tower of babble can represent a logistical nightmare.