Imagine it: a really old man, his skin hanging loose and with hair coming out of his ears; he walks rather crookedly and he is no longer very flexible. A typical elderly man. But this one has a white tank top on, a cross between his familiar shirt and snazzy, modern sportswear.
The documentary Autumn Gold focuses on five athletes 'in the autumn of their life', who are going to take part in a championship in Finland. There they will be competing for gold in athletics events such as the long jump, the discus and the sprint. 'Ich will euch überleben' is the motto of one of them. To summarize, a moving documentary that will put a smile on your face at the very least.
Autumn Gold is one of five documentaries on view during the IDFA weekend at Cinemec in Ede. The huge cinema complex with its commercial image also has an interesting programme for real film buffs. That is surprising because while documentaries are attracting increasing interest, they are still not very popular with the general public. This is your chance to broaden your horizons and give documentaries a chance, in among all those major Hollywood films with a large bag of M&Ms in your hand. For twenty-five euros you can see all five films in one day on an enormous screen.
Into Eternity is about the storage of nuclear waste and its impact on future generations. A real Wageningen topic but perhaps a little preachy. Curacao concerns the question of why people from the Antilles don't want to become managers. People I could have been and maybe am, in which the filmmaker befriends a range of completely strangers, is filmed entirely using a mobile phone. In the mini-documentary Maria's Way (fifteen minutes), an old woman hands out stamps to pilgrims on the route to Santiago de Compostela.
In other words, there is something for everyone - from serious to joyful, about individuals or society in general.
You do not need to worry that it will take up your entire weekend either because the programme is the same on Saturday and on Sunday.
Best of IDFA on tour can be seen on 5 and 6 February in Cinemec Ede, 14.00 -21.45. Ticket for all five films: 25 euros. See too cinemec.nl. (Dutch only)