The selection of the Bright Future main programme aimes to highlight original, up-and-coming directors with an own style and vision, the programme contains 11 world premieres and 12 international premieres from all corners of the world. These include several filmmakers who have previously competed in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition, such as Elisa Miller, Park Hongmin, Tsubota Yoshifumi but also many first feature films. As of the upcoming edition, filmmakers premiering a first feature work in the main or thematic programme of Bright Future, will be celebrated with a new award: the Bright Future Award.
Films inside ‘Bright Future Main Programme’
The Waiting RoomIgor Drljaca 92′
Jasmin, a successful actor, has to flee from Bosnia in the 1990s and ends up in Canada. In a series of dryly humorous moments, this drama sketches a middle-aged man in the twilight zone between a glorious, pre-war acting past and his present, disappointing life as a building worker.
NUTS!Penny Lane 79′
A businessman who owes his fame to the balls of goats? John Brinkley takes testicles from billy goats to his male clients as a new medicine against impotence. Evidence that a hundred years ago anything was possible in Kansas. An idiosyncratic, partly animated documentary about the power of a great story.
ThirstSvetla Tsotsorkova, Laila Nuñez M. 90′
A hot summer in the Bulgarian countryside gets even more sultry when a family acquires two extra inhabitants on their property - a man and his seductive young daughter, who turns the heads of the teenage son in the family and his father. In this restrained drama, it’s not only thirst for water that must be slaked.
Le MoulinHuang Ya-li 162′
Poetry, literature, painting and old film clips converge in this lyrical, unusually designed film essay about Le Moulin, the Taiwanese poets’ collective which protested in the 1930s against the cultural superiority of the Japanese occupier and the domination of realism in poetry.