The DocPoint Documentary Film Festival in Helsinki, Finland, has just announced that French filmmaker, Nicolas Philibert and Polish filmmaker, Marcel Lozinski, will be attending the festival as its honored guests and Master Filmmakers. The 9th edition of the festival will take place on the 26th through the 31st of January 2010.
The program will include a comprehensive retrospective of Lozinski's work; he's been making films since 1972. His oeuvre highlights portrayals of people living under a socialist system and his works often question the prevailing conditions of his own society. He lectures at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, influencing and inspiring several generations of young Polish filmmakers. There is a shocking amount of great nonfiction work coming out of this country.
French filmmaker, Nicolas Philibert will also be honored with a small retrospective of his work, which will include his new film about a 40-year-old orangutan raised in captivity named Nénette. His wonderful cinéma vérité piece, To Be and To Have (Etre et Avoir) (2002) garnered a huge amount of success around the world.
Also, as part of this year's program, carrying on the tradition of visiting a country in a themed way, DocPoint will present a selection of short and feature-length American films called "The Family Chronicles," co-curated by yours truly. I'm very excited to be bringing these films to Finnish audiences. More details soon on the program and other special Yankee guests.