Florence November 25th – December 2nd 2016

International documentary film festival


During this workshop, Sergio Oksman will discuss his method of writing reality: from the initial concept to the final cut, the documentary film-maker juxtaposes bits taken from the Real with the aim of writing what could have happened or dares to invent what could happen in front of the camera. Real characters, ghosts, and shadows coexist in a journey with several bifurcations. In an erratic process of writing-and-deleting, the film-maker sneaks between fiction and reality, chance and control, in a dangerous game whose results are never known for sure.

Sergio Oksman (São Paulo, Brazil, 1970) studied Journalism in Brazil and Film in New York. After a period of training in Brazil, where he made a few TV documentaries, he moved to Spain, where he began to work for television making documentaries and reportages. In the late Nineties, he realized a 22-episode TV series composed of portraits of famous soccer players ("El partido del siglo", 1999) and a set of documentaries shot in Spain and in Brazil, such as Gaudì en la favela (2002) and Gilberto Gil. Un ministro en directo (2006). In 2000, Oksman established his own production company, Dok Films. However, with films like La Esteticién (2005) and Goodbye, America (2006), he embarked on the exploration of the documentary form in terms of film experimentation. The use of reality as material for the construction of narratives suspended between fact and fiction is to be found in films such as Notes on The Other (2009) and A Story for the Modlins (2012), Best Short-Length Documentary at the 53rd Festival dei Popoli, Best Documentary at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and Goya Award for Best Documentary in 2013, as well as O futebol (2015), Best Feature-Length Documentary at the 56th Festival dei Popoli. Sergio Oksman teaches documentary film-making at ECAM - Escuela de cine y Audiovisual de la comunidad de Madrid.

The 57th Festival dei Popoli is proud to present The Trades of Cinema: Homage to SERGIO OKSMAN.

The workshop is scheduled on Monday, November 28th, from 10,00 am to 13,00 pm) Duration: 3h (approximately)

Language: English

Limited enrollment

Partecipating fee: € 50,00
For owners of Festival dei Popoli Accreditation Pass: € 45,00

Send your request (specify the title of the workshop) together with your CV to: workshop@festivaldeipopoli.org

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