IberoDocs, the Ibero-American Documentary Film Festival in Scotland, is back from the 4th to the 8th of May at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh. Its third outing will be focused on showing the first works of emerging directors who have taken risks using unexpected formats and/or content. “This year IberoDocs reveals its true self. We throw etiquette aside and face these boundaries to promote a message of freedom and rebellion.” says Mar Felices, artistic director of the festival.
This year’s programme includes 10 short films and 9 documentaries, which for the first time have a separate section (Short Docs: Looking from afar). The films are from 12 different Ibero-American countries that include Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Uruguay and Portugal. Spain will be represented from three distinct and representative corners of the country: Catalonia, Galicia and Andalusia. Iberodocs has selected Sobre la marxa by Jordi Morató (2014), No cow on the Ice by Eloy Domínguez Serén (2015) and No me contéis con vosotros by Isidro Sánchez (2015). To these three debut movies, two groundbreaking short films complete the Spanish contribution: Travelling light by Conxi Fornieles (2014) and Ser e voltar by Xacio Baño (2014).
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As in past programmes, there will be a section dedicated to documentaries from Brazil and Portugal. The Lusophone Eye section explores two opposite concepts this year: connection and isolation, explain Isabel and Alice, the Portuguese and Brazilian programme curators. Brazilian director Sergio Oksman explores “A connection such as the one you are expected to feel towards your father, even if you haven’t seen him in 20 years” in his feature O Futebol. In (Be)Longing, Portuguese director João Pedro Plácido portrays “the sense of isolation created by an existence in a remote village in the North of Portugal”.
The highlights of this year’s programme are two documentaries dedicated to key figures in recent political and cultural history. Gabo: la magia de lo real (2015) by Justin Webster opens the festival, a documentary dedicated to the Colombian Nobel prizewinner Gabriel García Márquez. The film, “Pepe Mujica: The President” (2014) by Principal Heidi Specogna, explores the former president of Uruguay, José Mujica.