The festival’s mission to draw attention to idiosyncratic, strong-willed and talented newcomers was not limited to the Tiger Awards Competition. Festival building block Bright Future was in 2012 the place to find fresh new filmmakers.
Films in ‘Bright Future’
CarnivalMadhuja Mukherjee IFFR 2012 61′
This visually exciting film merges documentary and fiction, evoking notions of Eros and Thanatos, and of joy and sadness. Meandering with a very free camera style through intriguing situations in overcrowded Kolkata during a Hindu festival, the protagonist rediscovers old places.
WavumbaJeroen van Velzen IFFR 2012 80′
Fascinating, personal debut that follows an old fisherman in Kenya who can immerse himself in a world of stories, especially concerning his unwavering belief in a certain destiny. About the desire to return to the simple and clear world of a child, where fantasy and dreams are no less real than reality.
Hello, Mr. Tree!Han Jie IFFR 2012 88′
Han Jie (Tiger Award winner with Walk on the Wild Side, 2005) constructs a slightly absurd social comedy around the eccentric protagonist Mr Tree (Wang Baoqing), a fable about guilt, punishment and greed in the new China, where fantasy and harsh reality clash in a Fellini-esque way.
LenaChristophe Van Rompaey IFFR 2012
Almost every teenage girl yearns for love and almost every teenage girl is insecure. And if you don’t live up to what is seen as the ideal image of women but do have a demanding mother, things don’t get any easier. Moving portrait of a girl who has to fight hard for happiness. Set in Rotterdam.