Critics’Choice 9 - Play

Since its return in 2015, IFFR’s Critics’ Choice has developed more and more into a playground for criticism. Of course, bringing the video essay and other forms of audio-visual criticism to the cinema and the film audience is always at the core of our activities. Over the last nine years, almost 50 video essays have been screened to create reflective spaces and invite exchanges between films, filmmakers, audiences and critical perspectives on cinema. Oftentimes, these events included – very playful indeed – live and performative elements, turning the cinema into a theatre of wonder, experiment and innovation. A collective and communal moment of examination of old yet never fixed questions: What is cinema? How do we watch, speak, experience, share?