The son of documentary filmmaker Leo Hurwitz created a beautiful website about the films of his father. Most of his unique social documentaries are available on-line now and proof their current value. Joris Ivens used excerpts from Hurwitz’ films in at least four of his documentaries, like the wellknown and shocking ‘looting & shooting’ sequence of policemen against steelworkers on strike in 1993 in Ambridge. https://leohurwitz.com/
On Friday 7 February students at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf will see historical footage, films, documentaries and interviews, with among others Regen/Rain (Joris Ivens/Mannus Franken, 1929). Teacher and filmmaker Claudia von Alemann will show her own work and discuss the films of others. The Academy of visual arts at Düsseldorf was itself the filmset of 'Werk ohne Autor' (Never Look Away; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2018).
On Thursday 16th of January H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, conferred the Order of Friendship posthumously to Joris Ivens. Mrs. Annemiek Nooteboom received the Friendship Medal on behalf of the Ivens-family. She gave the medal and certificate to the European Foundation Joris Ivens to keep and treasure it forever in the archives.
The Vietnamese government honors Joris Ivens posthumously by conferring the Friendship Medal. This award will be presented on Thursday afternoon 16th of January by H.E. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam at the embassy in The Hague. A family member of Joris Ivens, Annemiek Nooteboom, will receive the medal on behalf of the family.
On Friday 23 October a film crew of Chinese broadcasting (CCTV-9) shoot some footage in Nijmegen for a four-part series on Joris Ivens and China. Prof. Zhang Tong Dao from Beijing University Beida, teacher as well as filmmaker, is the director. Each episode will focus on one of the Chinese films Ivens made between 1938-1988. Dutch filmmaker René Seegers, who made Joris Ivens Old Friend of the Chinese People in 2008, assisted this film crew during the shooting.
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On 30 and 31 October a delegation from Quang Tri province (central Vietnam) visited the city of Nijmegen, at the invitation of the municipality of Nijmegen, The Economic Board and the European Foundation Joris Ivens. Ms. Ngo Thi Hoa, ambassador of Vietnam in The Hague, attended the meetings. In Quang Tri the Ben Hai River is situated on the 17th parallel, where Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens in 1967 shot the long documentary Le 17e parallele. The delegation was headed by mr. Hoang Nam, the vice-president of the Peoples C ...
The NDR-Radiophilharmonie will perform 'Fourteen Ways to Describe Rain' by German composer Hanns Eisler, together with the projection of Ivens' film Regen (1929, Rain) in the Sprengel-Museum in Hannover on Tuesday 15 and Wednesday 16 October 2019.
Recently two new books were published in Vietnam about Joris Ivens. The first one describes the life and career of Joris Ivens as a filmmaker with a special focus on Vietnam, the second book is the result of the International Joris Ivens Symposium, held in Hanoi in November 2018. All lectures of Vietnamese filmmakers and friends/assistents of Ivens as well as international film scholars are included.
Matera in the Italian region of Basilicata is this year’s European Capital of Culture. The exhibition ‘Visione Unica’ of the design group Formafantasma includes Joris Ivens’ documentary l’ Italia Non è un Paese Povero (1960) as part of a visual archive about the very rich patrimony of this region. The last decades Matera shows a remarkable switch from poor and subordinated region towards a spectacular cultural pinnacle, praised by UNESCO, the World Monuments Fund and used by many famous ...
On 16 November at IDFA Amsterdam the documentary Marceline. A Woman. A Century made by German director Cordelia Dvorak will be premiered. This portrait of the strong-minded filmmaker Marceline Loridan-Ivens (1928-2018) and fourth wife of Joris Ivens, saw its final editing two days before she passed away. In this film we see Marceline serving her guests coffee or vodka in her Paris apartment at the rue des Saints Peres.
At the occasion of the 120th birthday of Joris Ivens and the 50th anniversary of the debut of the film The 17th Parallel, The People’s War (Joris Ivens and Marceline Loridan-Ivens, 1968) the VietNam Film Institute in collaboration with the European Foundation Joris Ivens are organizing an international Ivens-seminar in Hanoi on 22-24 November. Renowned (film) scholars from Vietnam, Canada, USA, Australia, Indonesia, China and The Netherlands will provide an impulse to the Ivens Studies around the world. Former Vietnamese co ...
On Monday May 28th the VietNam Film Institute presented a new documentary film about Ivens in VietNam at the occassion of a ceremony in Nijmegen celebrating 50 years of solidarity between Nijmegen and VietNam. Mrs. Ngo Thi Hoa, Ambassador of VietNam in The Hague, Mr. Hubert Bruls, mayor of Nijmegen, and activists from the 1960s and 70s supporting VietNam, attended this meeting. The theme 'Looking back for a better future' was illustrated with specialists presenting innovative technologies from Nijmegen in nowadays projects in Viet ...
The DEFA Foundation in Berlin released a new German DVD with Ivens-films in conjunction with the book Günter Jordan published about these films. DEFA already had launched a DVD with Song of the Rivers in and now presents The Wind Rose, Friendship Will Win and The Peace Cycle Tour Warsaw-Berlin-Prague 1952.
The long awaited book (in German) about Ivens and his East-German films, written by thé specialist in this field, Günter Jordan, has been published by the DEFA Foundation. This beautiful book describes in 680 pages the triumph in the 1950’s, the condemnation at the end of the 1960’s when Ivens became persona non grata in the GDR, until the resurrection of Ivens’ DEFA-films.
The International Documentary Festival in Paris, Cinéma du reel, celebrates its 40th anniversary with a retrospective ‘What is real? 40 years of thinking’. One of the films is Cinemafia. Rencontre 1. Jean Rouch parle avec Joris Ivens et Henri Storck shot on the beach of the Dutch village Katwijk in 1980. Also the competition for ‘Prix Joris Ivens’ (the Joris Ivens/Cnap Award of 7.500 euro) for first films will be presented.
Roger Busschots, together with his brother Robert and with Dirk Nijland, the producers of Cinemafia recollects:
Fraternity of film
Cinemafia, a crazy title for a simple but unusual film portrait of three extraordinary men, playing with words on the beach at Katwijk. What’s getting the three men so excited as they dance with a couple of 16mm cameras, and what brought them to the windswept beach in the first place? They astound one another with anecdotes from their distant filmmaker past, the Dutchman Joris Ivens and his Belgian colleague Henri Storck, urged on by the Frenchman behind the camera, Jean Rouch. The spouses of Storck and Rouch giggle admiringly in the background. Like a trio of bizarre worshippers with fishing rods and a single camera, we bob around the twittering threesome. Nothing leads us to suspect that a piece of history is being written. The film that emerged from this encounter – Cinemafia – was given a standing ovation at the Rotterdam Film festival, was included in the programme of the Berlin Film Festival, and was screened at the Centre Pompidou in Paris during the documentary film festival Cinema du Réel. How did such a maverick production find its way onto the international film circuit?
In 1975, the University of Leiden offered a unique programme within its department of Cultural Anthropology: ethno-cinematography. Professor Adriaan Gerbrands and his assistant Dirk Nijland were responsible for coordinating the programme. The Belgian twins Roger and Robert Busschots were its first graduates. After completing their studies, the twins made films for IKON TV, conducted research for the Museum of the Tropics and edited films for the National Museum for Cultural Anthropology. Robert became a lecturer in Visual Anthropology at the University of Nijmegen. Ethno-cinematography and Visual Anthropology were in their prime.
In 1980, and on the suggestion of Professor Adriaan Gerbrands, himself an anthropologist and filmmaker, the faculty of Social Sciences of the University of Leiden decided to grant an honorary doctorate to Jean Rouch for his influential series of ethnographic films. Dirk Nijland made the necessary arrangements. Jean Rouch invited his friends Joris Ivens and Henri Storck to join him for the event. Roger and Robert didn’t waste a moment: three renowned filmmakers... in Leiden! ‘We have to do something!’ they decided, clicking a 120 metre coaxial magazine into their Eclair-ACL.
To the beach
On the first day of festivities, Roger and Robert filmed the presentation of the honorary doctorate in the Hooglandse Kerk, congratulating Rouch from behind the camera. When it transpired that Rouch was also anxious to do some filming, they agreed to meet and exchange ideas the following day at Hotel New Minerava in the centre of Leiden, where the three famous gentlemen and two ladies were residing. Dirk Nijland from the Institute for Cultural Anthropology also joined the party. ‘What shall we do? Take the cameras on a tour of Leiden’s canals? Look for some attractive locations in the historical town centre and shoot some interviews?’ Rouch assumed command: ‘Si on allait à Katvique? Là où mon cher ami Joris filmait ‘Ze brandingue’ (Branding – Breakers, 1929)? Allons-y!’ And the group headed off. Rouch asked if he could use the twins’ Eclair. ‘Bien sûr’. Robert agreed to take care of the sound with his Nagra. Roger had permission to use the institute’s Beaulieu and Dirk agreed to be his soundman. Agreed! Katwijk here we come. The three erudite filmmakers strike up a conversation, on the exact spot in front of the White Church where Ivens once set up his camera in 1929 for a shot from Breakers. ‘Oui, c’était ici, ici oui’. Breakers, Ivens’ first fiction film, full of passion, dunes, sea. The three embrace, the camera lifted high above their heads: ‘C’est mon anniversaire!’, Rouch exclaimed.
What about the montage. Do we have a name for the film? What shall we do? Leave Rouch’s entire take uncut? Just as Rouch himself so often did with his African footage? Or dig up some old fragments and insert them at strategic moments? We opt for the latter, determined to be subtle, unobtrusive. The core of the film was to remain the emotional encounter on the beach, the ambience, the conversation, the wind, the sea, the water. Water, l’eau, is what binds the three men. The elements. Everything fits perfectly. Enthusiasm, love for art, for the equipment, for the relationship between the human person and nature, for the history of film. A pleasure to edit, to play with light, image, fragments, to cut and paste with the Catozzo splicer, the clatter of self-perforating tape, the hustle and bustle around the Steenbeck editing table, the men having fun, excited about their lives; Ivens, Rouch, proud of their achievements; Storck, serious, even timid. An organic film evolved, agreeable and playful, intriguing, sweet and simple. Roger, Robert and Dirk are content.
Ivens, Rouch and Storck, fine people, so committed to the same game of moving images, and to technique, yet so different in terms of character and background. Film binds. Cinemaﬁa a fraternity of film!
Roger Busschots, Leiden 2008
Curated by Nicole Brenez & Nicolas Klotz
Patricio Guzman presents Trópico de Cáncer by Eugenio Polgovsky
Éric Baudelaire presents Ice by Robert Kramer
Jocelyne Saab presents The Silent Majority Speaks by Bani Khoshnoudi
William Klein presents : Broadway By Light and The Messiah (Le Messie)
Edgar Morin presents Les Lettres de Stalingrad by Jacqueline Veuve
Nicolas Klotz et Elisabeth Perceval present Appunti per un’Orestiade africana (Carnets de notes pour une Orestie africaine) by Pier Paolo Pasolini
John Gianvito presents Chile, la memoria obstinada (Chile, Obstinate Memory) by Patricio Guzman
Valérie Massadian & Claire Atherton present D’Est by Chantal Akerman
Lech Kowalski presents A Question of Leadership and Which Side Are You On? by Ken Loach
Andrea Paganini, Raymond Depardon (to be confirmed) and Inoussa Ousseini présentent Ciné-portrait de Bill Witney by Jean Rouch,Ciné-portrait de Raymond Depardon par Jean Rouch et réciproquement, Cinemafia. Rencontre 1. Jean Rouch parle avec Joris Ivens et Henri Storck and unseen rushes from "Jean Rouch et sa caméra au cœur de l’Afrique (Niger-France, 1977-78)"
Al di là dell'uno (Beyond the One) by Anna Marziano / 53’, France-Italy-Germany, 2017
Angkar by Neary Adeline Hay / 70’, France, 2018
Los Árboles (The Trees) by Mariano Luque / 61’, Argentina, 2017
Black Mother by Khalik Allah / 75’, USA, 2018
Dom Boraca (Home of the Resistance) by Ivan Ramljak / 49’, Croatia, 2018
Fail to Appear by Antoine Bourges / 70’, Canada, 2017
Harvest Moon by Zaheed Mawani / 70’, Kyrgyzstan-Canada, 2017
Lembro mais dos corvos (I Remember the Crows) by Gustavo Vinagre / 80’, Brazil, 2018
Salarium by Sasha Litvintseva, Daniel Mann / 42’, GB, 2018
Wild Relatives by Jumana Manna / 65’, France-Lebanon-Norway, 2017
For more information: http://www.cinemadureel.org/en