Films in ‘Bright Future: VPRO Tiger Awards Competition’
Sois sageJuliette Garcias IFFR 2009 90′
A girl on the verge of maturity tells her family and friends in the French countryside so many lies about her hidden relationships that they can hardly be called 'white lies' anymore. It gradually becomes clear what secret she's bearing with her. Intense small-scale character study, filled with symbolism and suspense.
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.
The Dark HarbourNaito Takatsugu IFFR 2009 101′
You're looking for a nice, sensitive yet not common film with a special style? Something to be surprised that and to talk about? Here it is. A fisherman looking for a wife. A small harbour so ugly it makes you cheerful. And humour as refined as sushi. The woman finally finds the fisherman.
Be Calm and Count to SevenRamtin Lavafipour IFFR 2009 89′
Feature début film from Iran tells about people on the country's southern islands who make their living smuggling a variety of goods, on the run from the local police. Shot in a pure, realistic style reminiscent of earlier Iranian masters.