Sheffield DocFest 2020

View other Sheffield DocFest Films by strand: Exchange, Into The World, Rebellions, Retrospective: Reimagining the Land, Rhyme & Rhythm

Me And The Cult Leader Me And The Cult Leader
Me And The Cult Leader and Karabash
Everything That Is Forgotten In An Instant (Todo lo que se olvida en un instante) (Country: Argentina; Year: 2019; Director: Richard Shpuntoff)
A bilingual documentary essay about the construction and illusions of American identity from an intimate, biographical and anecdotal perspective.
Screening in autumn 2020
Frem (Country: Czech Republic, Slovakia; Year: 2019; Director: Viera Cákanyová; Writer: Viera Cákanyová; Stars: Martin Kovacík, Martin Kovacík)
A reaction to the wave of post-humanist thinking caused by the development of technology and artificial intelligence and the climate crisis.
Screening in autumn 2020
Karabash (Country: Russia; Year: 2019; Director: Ilya Komarov)
Portrait of life in a city often branded "one of the most polluted" on Earth.
Screening in June
The Metamorphosis Of Birds (A metamorfose dos pássaros) (Country: Portugal; Year: 2020; Director: Catarina Vasconcelos; Writer: Catarina Vasconcelos; Stars: Manuel Rosa, João Móra, Ana Vasconcelos, Henrique Vasconcelos, Inês Campos, Catarina Vasconcelos, José Manuel Mendes, João Pedro Mamede, Cláudia Varejão, Luísa Ministro, José Maria Rosa, João Vasconcelos, Nuno Vasconcelos)
Beatriz and Henrique fall in love and get married. He goes to sea while she raises their children. The director brings her family's story to the screen.
Screening in autumn 2020
Me And The Cult Leader (Aganai, The Atonement, AGANAI: The Cult Leader And Me) (Country: Japan; Year: 2020; Director: Atsushi Sakahara; Stars: Shoko Asahara, Hiroshi Araki, Atsushi Sakahara, Takako Sakahara, Takeshi Sakahara, Shoko Asahara, Hiroshi Araki, Atsushi Sakahara, Takako Sakahara, Takeshi Sakahara)
Atsushi Sakahara, a victim of the 1995 sarin gas attack in Tokyo's subway system, travels with Hiroshi Araki, an executive of Aleph (formerly Aum Shinrikyo), the attack's perpetrators, visiting their respective hometowns and the university they both attended.
Screening in June
Mon Amour (Year: 2019; Director: David Teboul)
A man sets out to the very far end of Siberia seeking answers by asking villagers to share their own experience of love.
Screening in autumn 2020
My Wonderful Wanda (Wanda, mein Wunder) (Country: Switzerland; Year: 2020; Director: Bettina Oberli; Writer: Bettina Oberli, Cooky Ziesche; Stars: Marthe Keller, Anatole Taubman, Birgit Minichmayr, Jacob Matschenz, Agnieszka Grochowska, André Jung, Gottfried Breitfuss, Iwo Rajski, Bruno Rajski, Marthe Keller, Anatole Taubman, Birgit Minichmayr, Jacob Matschenz, Agnieszka Grochowska, André Jung)
Wanda nurses the patriarch of the wealthy Wegmeister-Gloor family. When an unexpected complication arises, family secrets come to light.
Screening in autumn 2020
Truth Or Consequences (Country: US; Year: 2020; Director: Hannah Jayanti)
Set in the small desert town of Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, the film takes place in the shadow of the world's first commercial Spaceport. Subtly set in a near future when space travel has begun, the film follows five residents in the town.
Screening in autumn 2020
Yãmīyhex: The Women-Spirit (Yãmīyhex: Mulheres Espírito) (Country: Brazil; Year: 2019; Director: Sueli Maxakali, Isael Maxakali)
After some months in the Verde village, in Ladainha (Minas Gerais), the yãmiyhex (women-spirit) are getting ready to leave. The filmmakers Sueli and Isael Maxakali record the preparations and the big farewell party.
Screening in June
News

Filming sensations Mathieu Amalric on Pierre Léon, Jeanne Balibar and the sounds and colours of Barbara

Character arc Seth A Smith on filming with a two-year-old and bringing marbling to life in The Crescent

Keeping up appearances Marcello Martinessi on cultural conservatism and filmmaking honesty in The Heiresses

A different space Kelly Macdonald on working with Marc Turtletaub on Puzzle

Out of the past Susanna Nicchiarelli on Trine Dyrholm and the costume design in Nico, 1988

The iconic man Jonathan Baker on Becoming Iconic and Inconceivable

More news and features

Playing Now

Eye For Film continues to support festivals both locally and across the world. At the moment, we're covering:

Karlovy Vary International Film Festival

Making Waves: New Romanian Cinema
US streaming edition of a Romanian filmmaking retrospective

Edinburgh International Film Festival
Scotland's oldest film festival

Human Rights Watch Film Festival
Touring festival of films with a human rights focus

Sheffield DocFest
Britain's premier factual film festival

In the Archive


Archive of festival coverage.

Daily diary and reviews from 2005-2018.

Coverage of the lynchpin German festival.