The Pageant, dir. Eytan İpeker, Documentary, 83 min, 2020

 

Every year since 2011, a unique beauty contest takes place in Haifa. The contestants are female survivors of the Holocaust. In the midst of this flashy spectacle sponsored by an Evangelical Christian organization, the personal traumas of the survivors remain as deep as ever. A documentary about how memory, politics and spectacle are interconnected.

 

WORLD PREMIERE: Visions du Réel 2020 - International Feature Competition

BALKAN PREMIERE: Sarajevo Film Festival - Documentary Competition

TURKISH PREMIERE: Istanbul Film Festival - National Documentary Competition

 

 

REVIEWS

"the film accuses without a word, in a very efficient and intelligent way, the radical strangeness, not to say the sweet obscenity, of its subject."

Le Monde (Jacques Mandelbaum) - in French

 

"offers a complex and nuanced look at the annual Miss Holocaust Survivor event."

Cineuropa (twitter)

 

"an eye for detail, especially uncomfortable ones"

Cineuropa's review (Marta Bałaga)

 

"the movie’s lack of final ethical conclusion, in a situation where no definitive or even partial judgment seems possible, is what lingers"

Filmmaker Magazine (Vadim Rizov)

"Ipeker’s approach could not be better suited to his film’s flabbergasting subject", "profoundly ironic editing work"

Ubiquarian (Bénédicte Prot),

"Ipeker deliberately creates associations that make you shiver"

critic.de (Anne Küper) - in German

 

"The Pageant (...) is able to use its feature-length to raise more of the troubling psychological aspects of the event, in a non-conclusive, humbly observational manner that never presumes to condemn the choices of its subjects."

Modern Times Review (Carmen Gray)

 

Listed as one of the "Best Films of 2020"

by Michael Sicinski

 

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INTERVIEWS

 

Le Monde (Jacques Mandelbaum) - in French

Cineuropa (Marta Bałaga)

Visions du Réel programmer Giona Nazzaro

Il Manifesto (Giovanna Branca) - in Italian

 

 

CREDITS

 

Directed and Edited by Eytan İpeker

Produced by Yoel Meranda (Kamara - Turkey), Carine Chichkowsky (Survivance - France), Eitan Mansuri and Jonathan Doweck (Spiro Films - Israel), Kristina Konrad (Welt Film - Germany)

 

Supported by CNC, Procirep, Tënk & Mediapart (France), New Film Fund (Turkey)

Pitched at Sheffield Doc/Fest MeetMarket 2018

Istanbul Meetings on the Bridge 2019 (Color Up Award)

 

 

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