April 10, 2024

Play-Doc celebrates great filmmakers in its competitive strand

New films from Jean-Luc Godard, Paul Vecchiali, Jean-Claude Rousseau and Júlio Bressane will form the competitive section of the 20th edition of the festival.

Play-Doc International Documentary Film Festival, which will celebrate its 20th edition from 1st to 5th May in the city of Tui, Galicia, announces the films that will make up the international competition of this new edition of the event, as well as the jury that will award the prizes.

This anniversary edition stands out for the participation of renowned and celebrated filmmakers whose works have been characterised by constant aesthetic inventiveness and formal risk. From the posthumous work of Jean-Luc Godard to the most recent film from prolific Brazilian director Júlio Bressane – which will be screened in its European premiere – and including new works by veteran pioneers in cinematographic language such as Paul Vecchiali, Jean-Claude Rousseau, Jerome Hiler, Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo and the duo Yervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi, this year’s international competition will also be a celebration of filmmakers who, throughout their careers, have never abandoned their interest in audiovisual experimentation.

The seven films that will be part of the international competition are:

Cinema Before 1300 (Jerome Hiler, 2023, USA).

Bonjour la langue (Paul Vecchiali, 2023, France).

Film annonce de film qui n’existera jamais: “Drôles de guerres” de (Jean-Luc Godard, 2023, France).

Frente a Guernica (Yervant Gianikian, Angela Ricci Lucchi, 2023, Italy-Spain). Spanish premiere.

Gli ultimi giorni dell’umanità (Enrico Ghezzi, Alessandro Gagliardo, 2022, Italy). Spanish premiere.

Leme do destino (Júlio Bressane, 2023, Brazil). European premiere.

Oú sont tous mes amants? (Jean-Claude Rousseau, 2024, France). Spanish premiere.

The equally prestigious jury that will award the prizes in the International Competition will include Austrian director Ruth Beckermann, director of The Dreamed Ones, Mutzenbacher and The Waldheim Waltz, among other contemporary classics; American filmmaker and teacher Bette Gordon, director of the iconic Variety and Handsome Harry; and curator and editor Benjamin Mirguet, who has worked on films such as Batalla en el cielo, and Dau, among many others.

The programme of the international competition is in addition to the previously announced retrospectives and special screenings that will make up this edition, including cycles dedicated to the work of William Friedkin, Leon Hirszman, David Gladwell, Viola Stephan and a special screening of the film As armas e o povo, on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Carnation Revolution.