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Amsterdam’s IDFA Pays Tribute To U.S. Photog, Documentarian Robert Frank

PARIS– American photographer and documentarian Robert Frank will be celebrated at the upcoming IDFA festival, which will take place Nov. 18-29 in Amsterdam.

As part of the spotlight, Laura Israel’s documentary “Don’t Blink – Robert Frank” which is about Frank’s life and work will have its European premiere. The festival will also present a retrospective of Frank’s own films, while the Stedelijk Museum will exhibit some of his photos.

IDFA tapped Israel and “Don’t Blink” producer Melinda Shopsin to curate Frank’s retrospective. “Pull My Daisy,” “Conversations in Vermont,” The Present,” and “Paper Route,” among others, will screen at the festival.

Israel, whose directorial debut “Windfall” screened at IDFA in 2010, has been Frank’s regular editor and close friend since the early 1990s. Reflecting Frank’s style, the unconventional documentary is a lively montage of images, sounds and memories from the photographer’s eventful life.

Frank broke through in 1958 with his photo book “The Americans,” which featured a foreword by Jack Kerouac and gave a sombre impression of America, while breaking with photographic convention, stated IDFA. Frank went on to make movies before returning to still photography in the 1970’s. He made his directorial debut with “Pull My Daisy” in 1959.

“Don’t Blink” is produced by Assemblage Films in association with ARTE France. It was selected for the IDFA Forum in 2012.

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