Press Release #3/24

Tribute: Aliona van der Horst (NL) | Architecture and Society: Transformation | YAAAS! School Screenings - YAAAS! Competition

19.03.2024 // In today’s press release, we are presenting the Dutch documentary filmmaker Aliona van der Horst as this year’s guest in the Tribute program section, a section that each year is dedicated to a prominent figure of contemporary European cinema.
Van der Horst is one of the most impressive exponents of European documentary film: In more than 25 years of filmmaking, her poetic approach to the narrative and to pictorial composition has made her create a cinematic language that is as independent as it is clear and that demands to be experienced on the big screen. She succeeds in capturing moments of great intimacy and in telling stories that are both touching and universal. Since the beginning of her cinematic career in 1997 she has won multiple international awards, including the IDFA Award for Best Dutch Film at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2023 for her latest film GERLACH (co-directed by Luuk Bouwman). In addition to this work, which follows one of the last traditional farmers in the Netherlands, who braces himself against the surrounding and ever-more harassing industry with an unswerving devotion to his work, van der Horst will present five more of her films in person at Crossing Europe and provide insights into her work at the Tribute talk.
Also, we are offering a first look at the program section Architecture and Society, which this time carries the title “Transformation” and shines a light on the different realities of life in times of change. PLANEET B / PLANET B (BE/NL 2023, directed by: Pieter Van Eecke) accompanies the growing-up of two Belgian youths who skip school for the climate cause. The development process of a sustainable city for 600,000 inhabitants in the Nepalese Kathmandu Valley is depicted in TEHTÄVÄNÄ PARATIISI / A PLAN FOR PARADISE (FI 2023, directed by: Kati Juurus). – with friendly support by afo architekturforum oberösterreich
Moreover, we can announce the three titles from this years YAAAS! Competition that will be offered as school screenings in the context of the YAAAS! Youth Program: ELLBOGEN / ELBOW (DE/TR/FR 2024, directed by: Aslı Özarslan, Berlinale 2024), LOST COUNTRY (RS/FR/LU/HR 2023, directed by: Vladimir Perišić) and VALOA VALOA VALOA / LIGHT LIGHT LIGHT (FI 2023, directed by: Inari Niemi).
The entire festival program will be presented at the program press conference on 18 April and will be available online from 19 April. Ticket sales start on 22 April. Accreditation closes on 3 April.
The logo, festival motif and press photos are available as usual on our website.
Comprehensive press release HERE: