Films in ‘Bright Future: VPRO Tiger Awards Competition’
TuristasAlicia Scherson IFFR 2009 104′
A broken relationship, a down and out pop idol, a blonde Scandinavian tourist and a collection of insects form the ingredients of Alicia Scherson's beautifully told second film about thirtysomething Carla who finds out in a Chilean nature reserve that the laws of nature can be just as confusing as those of the city.
The Hungry GhostsMichael Imperioli IFFR 2009 105′
The directing début by Imperioli, who acted in The Sopranos, is filled with hungry ghosts. According to Buddhists, these are the dead who cannot bid farewell to the living, but it's also a metaphor for people who strive so fanatically for illusions that it only hurts more. A handful of narrative lines come together painfully.
Floating in MemoryPeng Tao IFFR 2009
Grim drama about an unavoidable fate is a kind of Chinese Dardennes Brothers film. The young man with the wrong connections shows an interest in a nice shop-girl. Not with honourable intentions.
The Strength of WaterArmagan Ballantyne IFFR 2009 86′
When a mysterious stranger arrives in their isolated coastal town, 10-year-old twins, Kimi and Melody are forced apart. Now, Kimi must find the strength to let go of what he loves the most. Début feauture by acclaimed short film maker Ballantyne.