Films in ‘VPRO Tiger Awards Competition’
MamaNikolay Renard, Yelena Renard IFFR 2010 71′
The story of a complex relationship between an overbearing mother and her obese, forty-year-old son who still lives at home. Yelena and Nikolay Renard, a new, promising voice in Russian cinema, made fiction out of a real life story, using a very realistic style in which shots are sometimes turned into still-lifes.
MiyokoTsubota Yoshifumi IFFR 2010 86′
A special, exuberantly designed biopic about a Japanese manga artist, his muse Miyoko who regularly posed nude and the Tokyo artists' district where they lived in the 1970s. The young, unsuccessful artist suffering manga delusions clings obsessively to his girlfriend and the bottle.
C'est déjà l'étéMartijn Maria Smits IFFR 2010
The young and talented director Smits operates both literally and metaphorically on the terrain of the Walloon brothers Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne with a very realistic-looking social portrait of a family on the seamy side of life in Seraing, where the Dardennes always worked.
Les signes vitauxSophie Deraspe IFFR 2010
A young Canadian woman wants to know what people really need in the last moments of their lives. In a restrained way, without any false sentimentality, the film evokes grand questions about the things that are important in life and the strange intimacy between caregivers and the dying.