Shadow World
Shadow World

During the upcoming IDFA International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, which starts on 16 November, IDFA’s Paradocs will present a special program based around the work of visual artist Johan Grimonprez.  In parallel with the première of his new film Shadow World, Amsterdam’s Stedelijk Museum will show two video works from the museum’s collection, and an in-depth discussion of Shadow World with Grimonprez will take place after the première in EYE.

The new film Shadow World by Belgian artist Johan Grimonprez will première at IDFA as part of the Paradocs program, which explores the borders of documentary and visual art. The film, based on the book of the same title by Andrew Feinstein, is a sobering analysis of the international arms trade, as well as an emphatic appeal for the courage to oppose the dominant morality.

Following the screening on 17 November, film journalist Dana Linssen will talk in depth with Grimonprez, and on Saturday, 19 November in De Balie program-maker Bahram Sadeghi will discuss the book, the film and the murky world of the arms trade, characterized by corruption, lies, greed and horror, with Grimonprez and author Feinstein.

On November 18 and 19, the Stedelijk Museum will screen two video works by Johan Grimonprez from the museum’s collection: dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1997) and Kobarweng or Where Is Your Helicopter?(1993).

On Sunday, November 20 Professor Thomas Elsaesser (former Professor of Media and Culture at the University of Amsterdam and since 2013 affiliated to Columbia University, New York) will give a lecture on how contemporary art increasingly makes use of film, video and the history of cinema: The Art of Projection and the Return of the Phantasmagoria: Johan Grimonprez’ Dark Ages (part of the Stedelijk’s UNIVERSITY program).

In addition, in cooperation with De Balie, Paradocs will present a special edition of Beeldbepalers with artist Renzo Martens.

IDFA also marks its fourth collaboration with the Amsterdam Art Weekend with a selection of films in EYE made up of recent video art from Amsterdam’s galleries, the Rijksakademie and Ateliers.

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