Sheffield DocFest 2019

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American Factory American Factory
American Factory and Jawline
808: How We Respond (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Ian Bell)
Smartphone footage of the moment Honolulu residents thought they were going to be hit by a missile.
World premiere
99 Problems (Country: Ireland; Year: 2019; Director: Ross Killeen)
The murky world of the unregulated ice-cream business.
UK premiere
The Amazing Johnathan Documentary (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Ben Berman; Stars: Johnathan Szeles)
What begins as a documentary following the final tour of a dying magician -- "The Amazing Johnathan" -- becomes an unexpected and increasingly bizarre journey as the filmmaker struggles to separate truth from illusion.
European premiere
American Factory (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Steven Bognar, Julia Reichert)
In post-industrial Ohio, a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring 2,000 blue-collar Americans. Early days of hope and optimism give way to setbacks as high-tech China clashes with working-class America.
UK premiere
Baracoa (Country: Colombia, Switzerland, United States, Cuba; Year: 2019; Director: Pablo Briones, Sean Clark, Jace Freeman; Writer: Pablo Briones; Stars: Leonel Aguilera, Antuàn Alemàn, Leonel Aguilera, Antuàn Alemàn)
Summer is long and hot in the tiny Cuban village. Nine-year-old Leonel and his 13-year-old friend Antuán are fighting boredom as best they can by catching tadpoles and argue about hairstyles, while the sea calls and a move to Havana is on the horizon.
UK premiere
99 Problems 99 Problems
99 Problems and My Father The Spy
A Bigger Splash (Country: UK; Year: 1974; Director: Jack Hazan; Writer: Jack Hazan, David Mingay; Stars: David Hockney, Peter Schlesinger, Celia Birtwell, Henry Geldzahler, Mo McDermott, Kasmin, Mike Sida, Ossie Clark, Susan Brustman, Patrick Procktor, Betty Freeman, Nick Wilder, Joe McDonald, Edward Kalinski, Gregory)
Semi-fictionalised account of the story behind David Hockney's famous swimming pool painting.
Restoration European premiere
The Campaigners (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Jamie Taylor)
The appeal of Sunday football.
World premiere
Canal (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Chris Penty)
Psychogeographic essay examining abandoned parts of London's Grand Union Canal.
World premiere
The Cemetery Lightens (El Cemeterio Sea Lumbra) (Country: Cuba; Year: 2018; Director: Luis Alejandro Yero; Writer: Luis Alejandro Yero)
On the eve of fatality, a man considers the meaning of death and continuity of existence.
UK premiere
Diego Maradona (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Asif Kapadia)
Constructed from over 500 hours of never-before-seen footage, this documentary centres on the career of celebrated football player Diego Maradona who played for SSC Napoli in the 1980s.
UK premiere
Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin
Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin and Selfie
The Fortress (Country: Colombia; Year: 2019; Director: Andres Torres)
A group of friends from Bucaramanga, the home of Columbia’s most violent football supporters, make a risky journey to an away match.
International premire
If You Knew (Country: UK; Year: 2018; Director: Stroma Cairns)
After months of fighting and no communication, two teenage twin brothers come together to spend a day in Canvey Island.
World premiere
Jawline (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Liza Mandelup)
The film follows 16-year-old Austyn Tester, a rising star in the live-broadcast ecosystem who built his following on wide-eyed optimism and teen girl lust, as he tries to escape a dead-end life in rural Tennessee.
UK premiere
My Father The Spy (Country: Latvia, Germany, Czech Republic, Estonia; Year: 2019; Director: Gints Grube, Jaak Kilmi)
As a young Soviet student in 1978, Ieva could not have predicted that a holiday visit to her father, Imants Lesinskis, then working in the Soviet mission at the United Nations in New York City, would irreversibly split her life in two. This story charts her relationship with her double-agent dad.
World premiere
Nomad: In The Footsteps Of Bruce Chatwin (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Werner Herzog)
When writer Bruce Chatwin was dying of AIDS, his friend Werner Herzog made a final visit. As a parting gift, Chatwin gave Herzog his rucksack. Thirty years later, Herzog sets out on his own journey, inspired by Chatwin’s passion for the nomadic life.
UK premiere
The Cemetery Lightens The Cemetery Lightens
The Cemetery Lightens and A Wild Stream
Selfie (Country: France, Italy; Year: 2019; Director: Agostino Ferrente; Writer: Agostino Ferrente; Stars: Pietro Orlando)
Documentary dealing with police violence and the long shadow the Mafia still casts over today’s Italy. Two adolescent Neapolitans portray themselves and their surroundings with their smartphones.
UK premiere
The Tide (La Marea) (Country: Mexico, US; Year: 2018; Director: Miguel Novelo; Stars: Jorge Carbajal)
Essay documentary charting a young Mexican man.
European premiere
La Vida En Común (Country: Argentina, France; Year: 2019; Director: Ezequiel Yanco; Writer: Ezequiel Yanco; Stars: Uriel Alcaraz, Brian Alcaraz, Yuliana Alcaraz, Rodrigo Amitrano, Angel Baigorria, Luana Baigorria, Mabel Baigorria, Isaías Barroso, Jeremías Barroso, Catalina Perez, Yamila Rodriguez, Uriel Alcaraz, Brian Alcaraz, Yuliana Alcaraz, Rodrigo Amitrano)
Charting the lives of an indigenous community in Argentina.
UK premiere
War Of Art (Country: Norway, Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Tommy Gulliksen)
Documentary charts a group of Western artists who are invited to North Korea.
UK premiere
Wild Berries (Country: Hungary, Portugal, Romania; Year: 2018; Director: Marianna Vas, Hedda Bednarszky, Romulus Balazs)
Documentary of a foraging boy.
International premiere
A Bigger Splash A Bigger Splash
A Bigger Splash and The Fortress
A Wild Stream (Country: Spain; Year: 2018; Director: Nuria Ibañez Castañeda)
Documentary about the lives of a pair of men who live on a seemingly deserted beach.
UK premiere

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