Sheffield DocFest 2019

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The Pit The Pit
The Pit and After The Silence
About Love (Year: 2019; Director: Archana Atul Phadke)
The household dynamics of three generations of a family are explored as they prepare for a wedding.
World premiere
After The Silence (Country: Belgium; Year: 2018; Director: Sonam Larcin; Writer: Sonam Larcin)
A man forced to leave his country after a homophobic attack, opens up about his life.
UK premiere
Alone Together (Country: Netherlands; Year: 2018; Director: Guus Voorham)
Found footage reveals whispering women evoking the girlfriend experience.
UK premiere
Dive: Rituals In Water (Country: Iceland; Year: 2019; Director: Elín Hansdóttir, Hanna Björk Valsdóttir, Anna Rún Tryggvadóttir)
Portrait of Icelandic pioneer Snorri Magnusson, who has been patiently teaching babies to float and paddle for 25 years.
UK premiere
Don't Be A Dick About It (Country: US; Year: 2018; Director: Ben Mullinkosson)
A pair of teenage brothers are filmed by their director cousin.
UK premiere
Alone Together Alone Together
Alone Together and The Vibrant Village
In Our Paradise (Country: France; Year: 2018; Director: Claudia Marschal; Writer: Claudia Marschal, Ian Simpson)
A story shot across different countries considering how youngsters find their place in the world.
World premiere
Kabul, City In The Wind (Country: Netherlands, Germany, Japan, Afghanistan; Year: 2018; Director: Aboozar Amini)
The city Kabul, seen through the daily details of two kids and a bus driver.
UK premiere
Los Reyes (Country: Chile, Germany; Year: 2018; Director: Iván Osnovikoff, Bettina Perut)
Documentary capturing the microcosm that surrounds a couple of street dogs that live in a skatepark.
UK premiere
The Magic Life Of V (Country: Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria; Year: 2019; Director: Tonislav Hristov)
Haunted by childhood traumas, Veera is trying to become more independent through live roleplaying. As she guides herself and her mentally-challenged brother through worlds of multiple roles and identities, witches and wizards, she finds the courage to face the demons of her own past and her abusive father's legacy.
UK premiere
Mother (Country: Belgium; Year: 2019; Director: Kristof Bilsen)
In Thailand, Pomm takes care of Europeans with Alzheimer’s. Separated from her children, she helps Elisabeth during the final stages of her life, as a new patient arrives from Switzerland.
World premiere
Dive: Rituals In Water Dive: Rituals In Water
Dive: Rituals In Water and Talking About Adultery
The Pit (Die Grube) (Country: Germany; Year: 2019; Director: Hristiana Raykova)
UK premiere
Playhouse (Country: Denmark; Year: 2019; Director: Adda Elling)
A couple visit a holiday home, where they re-enact scenes of powerplay and desire from classic films.
World premiere
Queen Of Lapa (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Theodore Collatos, Carolina Monnerat; Stars: Luana Muniz, Luana Muniz)
A proud transgender sex worker since the age of 11, Luana Muniz, now 59, shapes a new reality in her "hostel" by housing a new generation of transgender sex workers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
International premiere
Romantic Comedy (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Elizabeth Sankey; Writer: Elizabeth Sankey; Stars: Jessica Barden, Cameron Cook, Anne T Donahue)
Musician and writer Elizabeth Sankey investigates the past, present and future of romantic comedies, assisted by a chorus of critics, actors and filmmakers.
UK premiere
Seahorse (Country: UK; Year: 2019; Director: Jeanie Finlay)
Charts a transgender man’s path to parenthood after he decides to carry his child himself. The pregnancy prompts an unexpected and profound reckoning with conventions of masculinity, self-definition and biology.
European premiere
Playhouse Playhouse
Playhouse and Romantic Comedy
Snap (Country: Chile; Year: 2019; Director: Felipe Elgueta, Ananké Pereira)
Considering Snapchat's role in society.
UK premiere
Swarm Season (Country: US; Year: 2019; Director: Sarah Christman)
In Hawaii, 10-year-old Manu and her mother collect wild, endangered bees in order to breed disease-resistant colonies. Her father is protesting on the sacred mountain Mauna Kea against the establishment of a gigantic telescope.
UK premiere
Talking About Adultery (Country: Czech Republic, US; Year: 2019; Director: Bara Jichova Tyson; Writer: Alyse Ardell Spiegel, Bara Jichova Tyson, Bara Jichova Tyson; Stars: Iva Gocheva, Becca Lewis, Caleb Hammond, Iva Gocheva, Becca Lewis, Caleb Hammond)
What does it mean to live in a committed relationship?
World premiere
This Is A Film About Me (Country: Spain; Year: 2019; Director: Alexis Delgado Burdalo; Writer: Alexis Delgado Burdalo, Samuel M. Delgado, Manuel Muñoz Rivas; Stars: Renata Soskey, Renata Soskey)
A portrait of regret.
UK premiere
The Vibrant Village (Country: Poland; Year: 2019; Director: Weronika Jurkiewicz)
In a quiet Hungarian village, men gather to swill beer at the bar. Meanwhile the women are busy at work in a vibrator factory.
World premiere
Swarm Season Swarm Season
Swarm Season and Seahorse
Waiting For The Carnival (Estou Me Guardando Para Quando O Carnaval Chegar) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Marcelo Gomes)
A documentary film about the Brazilian town of Toritama, the self-proclaimed capital of jeans. The workers of the city’s self-managed small businesses only get one real break from their self-exploiting lives in the textile business - the annual carnival.
UK premiere
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