News 20 OCT 2020

A Way Home at IDFA

IDFA has announced the film selection of its 2020 edition. A Way Home is selected in competition for First Appearance and The Blue House in competition for Mid-Length Documentary.

For its world premiere, there is A Way Home by Karima Saïdi in competition for First Appearance. The film is produced by Dérives, with the help of Centre du Cinéma de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles.

"After years of separation, the filmmaker renews her relationship with her mother, Aïcha, now suffering from Alzheimer’s. From Brussels to Tangiers, the odyssey of a family marked by exile is evoked through discretion and confession, pain, separation, grief, and joy."
A Way Home

For its Dutch premiere, in the "Best of Fest" section, there is Petit Samedi by Paloma Sermon-Daï, produced par Michigan Films with the help of Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, is selected at IDFA. The "Best of Fest" section gathers films that won awards in other festivals. IDFA will take place from the 16th of November to the 6th of December 2020.

Petit Samedi won the Best Documentary Award at Athens International Film Festival, but also the Bayard d'Or for best film and the Prix Agnès at the Festival du film francophone de Namur (FIFF) in 2020. The film was also in the international competition of the Québec City Film Festival and Docaviv – the Tel Aviv International Documentary Film Festival in September. Petit Samedi was also screened at Les Enfants terribles and at Berlinale Forum.

"Damien Samedi is 43 years old. When he was a child in his Belgian village on the banks of the river Meuse, they called him the 'Petit Samedi'. To his mother, Ysma, Damien is still her child, the one she never abandoned when he got caught up in drugs. A son who sought to protect his mother despite it all, a man attempting to liberate himself from his addictions and faces his past to get through."
- Petit Samedi

In competition for Mid-Length Documentary, there is The Blue House by Hamedine Kane, produced by Tândore Productions. The film will have its world premiere at IDFA.

There are a few co-productions from Wallonia-Brussels selected at IDFA like The Grocer’s Son, the Mayor, the Village and the World... in (Cl'in d'Oeil Films)competition for Feature-Length Documentary Silent Voice (Need Productions) in competition for Mid-Length Documentary, Downstream to Kinshasa by Dieudo Hamadi (Neon Rouge Productions) in the "Masters" section, Moth by Roxanne Gaucherand (Kokoro) in the "Best of Fest" section, Rumba Rules, New Genealogies by Sammy Baloji & David Nadeau-Bernatchez (Twenty Nine Studio & Production) in the "Luminous" section.