We’re very excited to be able to announce that we have not one but TWO features at IDFA next month! Freedom Fields is to have its European Premiere there, screening in the Best of Fests programme and Becoming Animal has been selected for the Masters programme, which recognises “auteurs… who have an unmistakable cinematographic signature”.
Becoming Animal is an urgent and immersive audiovisual quest. Shot in Grand Teton National Park, this immersive essay film draws together the distinct sensibilities of filmmakers Emma Davie (I Am Breathing) and Peter Mettler (The End of Time) and radical writer and philosopher David Abram to encounter the spaces where humans and animals meet. It’s a subversive nature film in which we pique our senses to witness the so-called natural world—which in turn witnesses us. Moose clash antlers and a snail’s body becomes a vast landscape while the myriad sensory tools of cinema explore our complicity with this “more-than-human world.” It has screened at major documentary festivals such as CPH:DOX, Docs Against Gravity, Open City Documentary Festival as well as Edinburgh International Film Festival and Imagine Science Film Festival in New York.
Freedom Fields is the debut feature from British/Libyan director Naziha Arebi. It follows three women and their football team in post-revolution Libya, as the country descends into civil war and the utopian hopes of the Arab Spring begin to fade. Through the eyes of these accidental activists, we see the reality of a country in transition, where the personal stories of love and aspirations collide with History. A love letter to sisterhood and the power of the team. It had its World Premiere at TIFF last month and its UK Premiere at the BFI London Film Festival this week has already sold-out!
Tickets on sale on November 1. IDFA takes place from November 14-25.
Keep an eye out for our round-up of all the Scottish films at IDFA after the programme has been announced on October 29.