This week, Cannes Docs – Marché du Film occurs online, from 22 to 26 June. Partnering with some of the most renowned documentary festivals in Europe, this year Cannes Docs – Marché du Film has expanded out welcoming two new festivals and, in turn, markets to their slate.
Of those festivals, Brazil’s It’s All True / É Tudo Verdade becomes the first Latin American festival to partner with Cannes Docs – Marché du Film and will bring an exciting Doc Talk, as well as wider exposure to this most interesting of filmmaking regions. The appearance continues the primary mission of É Tudo Verdade/It’s All True, which is to promote the development of the culture and economy of creative documentaries in Brazil and throughout the world. The festival itself does this through screening brand new productions and retrospectives, as well as the organization of meetings and debates, such as the International Documentary Conference.
It’s All True / É Tudo Verdade, like most of this year’s festivals, has been affected by the Coronoavirus pandemic and has itself been split into a hybrid event. With the first part, an online festival featuring retrospectives and special programs, having taken place 25 March – 15 April, its documentary competition is yet to occur. This will occur 24 September – 4 October in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as it has been since 1996.
But, before 2020 It’s All True / É Tudo Verdade continues, its Cannes Docs – Marché du Film is yet to occur. The main activity of which is their Doc Talk on Tuesday 23, 17:30 PM CET. Entitled, History Through Me: The Autobiographical/Political Trend in Latin American Docs – A Conversation with Petra Costa and Andrés Di Tella, the event will be moderated by founder and general director Amir Labaki will be the moderator and senior member of its international selection committee Anna Glogowski. Outside the Doc Talk, five representatives of É Tudo Verdade/It’s All True will participate in meetings and watch new documentaries and in docs still in development.
On It’s All True / É Tudo Verdade’s participation in this year’s Cannes Docs – Marché du Film, Labaki told Modern Times Review: «I hope to increase the knowledge about the vibrant documentary production in Brazil, in particular, and Latin America, in general, as well as continue to build bridges between Brazilian and Latin American filmmakers, producers, distributors and curators and our colleagues from all over the world.»
The affiliation between It’s All True / É Tudo Verdade and Cannes Docs – Marché du Film came as Labaki participated on the jury of the second edition of L’Œil d’or, le prix du documentation. There a meeting with the head of Cannes Docs Pierre-Alexis Chevit turned into this invitation, which may not have been possible without the pioneering online initiative of the overall Marché du Film.
Featured Image: Amir Labaki, Founder and General Director It’s All True / É Tudo Verdade
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