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 in ‘Bright Future Main Programme’
MotherVlado Skafar IFFR 2016 90′
A Slovenian mother takes her addicted and self-destructive daughter with her to a remote Italian village. Isolation as attempted salvation. Inspired by Proust, Skafar turns this theme into a gentle and beautiful film, a poem about two souls in which the unutterable slowly comes to the surface.
Last Man in Dhaka CentralNaeem Mohaiemen IFFR 2016 82′
Third part of the series The Young Man Was relates the struggle of Dutch journalist and Peter Custers, who was imprisoned in Dhaka in 1975. The film, which premiered at the Venice Biennale, combines engaging interviews, archival material and audio recordings.
The Strange Case of ShivaArun Karthick IFFR 2016 75′
A real piece of author's cinema that contemplates a young designer's obsession with the photo of a girl. With no words, yet eloquently, the film dwells on the excitement of seduction and the presence of the unknown. Debut by a fresh new voice in Tamil cinema.
AlbaAna Cristina Barragán IFFR 2016 98′
Alba is a shy girl who goes to live with her solitary father when her mother has to go to hospital. A moving debut from Ecuador.
One of the best moments of the new year, this moving debut from Ecuador. Alba, phenomenally acted by Macarena Arias, is a shy girl aged eleven who goes to live with her solitary father when her mother has to go to hospital. As if the fuss at school and approaching puberty weren't complicated enough.