Get to know Deep Focus

13 November 2018


Get to know Deep Focus

13 November 2018

Everything you need to know about IFFR's section Deep Focus.

Our earliest confirmed films for IFFR 2019 are being announced as we take you through our four festival sections week by week. Here we take a look at Deep Focus. Watch the video below to learn all you need to know.

Deep Focus

Celebrating the world of cinema through compilations, retrospectives, restored classics and more. Our section where film art is explored in all its variety.

Deep Focus includes the following programmes:

  • Frameworks
  • Signatures
  • Regained
  • Retrospectives
  • Deep Focus Short

Here are the first programme hints and confirmed films for Deep Focus.

I diari di Angela – Noi due cineasti, Yervant Gianikian, 2018

After the death of Angela Ricci Lucchi in February 2018, Yervant Gianikian created a moving portrait from her diaries, drawings, footage from their work and many travels together. This personal account is a pledge to continue their lives' work of 'cinematic excavations'.


Pwdre Ser: the rot of stars, Charlotte Pryce, 2019

An encounter with a mysterious, luminous substance and the mythical star jelly. Coronal Kirlian photography joined with hand-processed images.




In Signatures we present new work by established makers, auteurs and festival veterans. Yervant Gianikian’s I diari di Angela – Noi due cineasti will feature as part of this programme for IFFR 2019 for example. Past years brought films such as Insect by Jan Švankmajer, La Flor (Parte 1) by Mariano Llinás, and Lav Diaz’s The Woman Who Left.

Launched last year, this programme invites major voices from the art world to show their work to an international film audience. We also ask these names to introduce a young and emerging artist of their choice, whom we call their ‘Acolyte’. Last year, Apichatpong Weerasethakul introduced Thai filmmaker Mont Tesprateep, and Alfredo Jaar’s Acolyte was the Portuguese artist Grada Kilomba.

Regained is all about casting new light on existing film material by means of restored classics, films about film, experimental works and installations. In 2018, for example, we showed a selection of films by Dutch experimental film pioneer Frans Zwartjes, who had recently passed away.

Here we present extensive retrospectives and the filmmaker’s oeuvre. Last year we dove into the work of Argentinian filmmaker José Campusano and Polish artist Artur Żmijewski

Keep checking back for the latest IFFR 2019 programme updates.

Want to get to know our other sections?

Our festival director Bero Beyer gives an overview here

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