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FICBUEU remembers the short documentaries of Dutchman Joris Ivens, a legend of socially conscious cinema

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I Poet, activist, adventurer and war chronicler, the Festival will present tomorrow a monograph on the filmmaker, who shot more than fifty films all over the world during his 60-year career

I On Sunday, his filmography will be brought closer to the public with the screening of four of his most iconic short films in the «Retrospective Section»

BUEU. PONTEVEDRA. 15.09.2023. «He was a restless person, always on the move». The long list of countries in which the filmmaker Joris Ivens (Nijmegen, Netherlands, 1898-Paris, 1989) filmed exceeds twenty, in the five continents, and supports the words of Severiano Casalderrey, programmer of FICBUEU. This year, the Bueu International Film Festival dedicates its «Retrospective Section» to this Dutch filmmaker, one of the greatest documentary filmmakers of all time: a legend of a film format usually excluded from cinemas and distribution circuits.

Four of the most representative shorts from Joris Ivens’ extensive filmography will be screened on Sunday evening (06.00 p.m.) at the auditorium of the Centro Social do Mar in Bueu. Tickets are available at de FICBUEU online shop. They can also be purchased at the ticket office of the Centro Social do Mar from one hour before the screenings.

 

FICBUEU notebook

But before that, tomorrow Saturday (11.30 a.m.), Severiano Casalderrey will also present at the Festival a monograph on the Dutch director, written by him and entitled The Expansion of Documentary Film through the Short Films of Joris Ivens (1898-1989). This will be the fourth of the FICBUEU Notebooks –after those dedicated to the Nouvelle Vague, the National Film Board of Canada (the largest public production company in the world) and the Official Cinematography School (the first film studies centre in Spain)–, with which the event seeks to remember and highlight both works and filmmakers who played an important role in the history of cinema. The publication will serve to bring the public closer to the figure of Ivens, who was a direct witness with his camera to the most important social changes, crises, wars and revolutions of the 20th century.

The monograph on Ivens produced by FICBUEU is supported by the Secretaría Xeral de Política Lingüística, which has been collaborating with this initiative since its first edition.

 

Poetic and also committed look 

The Dutch director made more than fifty films in his six-decade career, from his first short, the western The Burning Arrow, which he made with the help of his father when he was only 13 years old, to his last, A Windy Story, about China, which he shot just a year before his death.

Notebook and films go hand in hand at FICBUEU with the aim of highlighting four key facets of this director. As a poetic filmmaker, influenced by the artistic avant-gardes of the beginning of the century, he will show his work with the short film Regen (Rain), an abstract exploration of the effects of rain in a city like Amsterdam. His activist side (social awareness was, in fact, the permanent driving force of his work until the end of his life: a few days before his death he took part in Paris, at the age of 91, in a massive protest against the massacres in Tiananmen Square) will be reflected in Borinage, a film about the Belgian miners’ strikes. 

His adventurous spirit will be represented in the third film included in the screening, Indonesia Calling, in which Ivens showed his support for the independence movement when the Asian country was still a Dutch colony. And finally, we will get to know his facet as a war chronicler, as he filmed almost all of them: the Spanish Civil War (with a short film made with Ernest Hemingway and Orson Welles), the Second World War, the Cuban Revolution and the Vietnam War, the setting for Le ciel, la terre (Heaven, Earth), which closes the Festival’s retrospective screening. «His films are a portrait of the last century around the world», sums up Casalderrey.

 

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