August 4, 2021


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The cinemas open just in time for the IDFA documentary film festival

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Just in time for the 33rd edition of the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), the cinemas reopen their doors. The annual documentary film festival this time is due to the coronavirus both in theaters and online.

Minister Ingrid van Engelshoven (Culture) will open the IDFA on Wednesday evening in an online opening ceremony. This is followed by the world premiere of Nothing but the Sun by Paraguayan-Swiss director Arami Ullón. The opening film shows Mateo Sobode Chiqueño trying to capture the lost culture of the Ayoreo in Paraguay, who have been displaced by missionaries.

In addition to an online program in which films can be seen on weekdays between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. and on weekends between 10 a.m. and 11 p.m., there are also screenings in the EYE film museum and in the Pathé Tuschinski cinema in Amsterdam. After a two-week closure due to stricter corona measures, the cinemas can reopen on Thursday. The capacity is limited to 30 people. The organization had previously announced that each IDFA 2020 film would be shown once in the cinema room.

With the IDFA Extended program, the festival can be found this time in more than 40 cinemas inside and outside the capital. IDFA lasts until December 6th.