The Limelight programme section gives an overview of international award winners, festival favourites and remarkable films that will screen in Dutch cinemas after the festival. For example, the poetic, committed documentary Burma Storybook (the Netherlands, 2017) by filmmaker Petr Lom will have its world première this edition. With the award-winning Sieranevada, Cristi Puiu has created an impressive, darkly comical sketch of the family and friends of a person who has died, meeting for a dinner. A whirlwind of themes, frustrations and arguments tears through the apartment where the film is set. The Hubert Bals Fund supported the mystical Wolf and Sheep (Afghanistan, 2016) by filmmaker Shahrbanoo Sadat, which deals with old traditions, customs and stories that are still a vital component of a small shepherding community in the mountains of Afghanistan.
Films in ‘Limelight’
My Father's ChoiceYuen Yan Ting IFFR 2017 79′
Her father fled Mao's Cultural Revolution, going to Hong Kong. Not long after, he joined the great Chinese exodus to the West and started a restaurant in Maastricht. But was his personal story really so closely interwoven with the history of China, Yan Ting Yuen wonders in this family portrait.
Staying VerticalAlain Guiraudie IFFR 2017 100′
Filmmaker Léo has to raise the child he had with a shepherdess alone. At the same time, he struggles to find inspiration for his next film. In this surreal rural comedy, Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake) tackles his favorite subject: how desire pushes our boundaries.
King of the BelgiansPeter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth IFFR 2017 94′
Widely praised Belgian mockumentary and road movie by IFFR regulars Brosens and Woodworth. A Belgian king hears during a state visit to Turkey that Wallonia has become independent. What follows is a hilarious journey by the king and his entourage through the Balkans, reflecting all possible (cultural) clichés.
Réparer les vivantsKatell Quillévéré IFFR 2017 104′
One person dies and many lives are affected. Everything is related to everyone. What can be decided? Three storylines (with actors like Bouli Lanners, Tahar Rahim and Emmanuelle Seigner) become increasingly intertwined as the clock ticks and a stopped heart may save an unknown life.