On 16 November at IDFA Amsterdam the documentary Marceline. A Woman. A Century made by German director Cordelia Dvorak will be premiered. This portrait of the strong-minded filmmaker Marceline Loridan-Ivens (1928-2018) and fourth wife of Joris Ivens, saw its final editing two days before she passed away. In this film we see Marceline serving her guests coffee or vodka in her Paris apartment at the rue des Saints Peres.
They look back on memories of Marceline herself, the history they have experienced together, and how they view it today: the Algerian War of Independence, for example, or the Vietnam War and the Cultural Revolution in China—momentous events about which Marceline made inspired films, initially with Jean-Pierre Sergent, later with her second husband Joris Ivens, the legendary Dutch documentarian. In the second part, the consummate Parisian Marceline—small, slender, carefully dressed and with bright red hair—looks back wistfully and lovingly over her years with Ivens. Her recollections are illustrated by archive footage from their films such as 17th Parallel: Vietnam in War (1968) and How Yukong Moved the Mountains (1976).
Cordelia Dvorak consulted the Joris Ivens Archive and The Ivens Foundation provided film footage and photos to this film.
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