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’
SieranevadaCristi Puiu IFFR 2017 176′
The films of Cristi Puiu, a leading light of the Romanian New Wave since 2001, mercilessly reflect the mood in his country. The same applies to this chaotic, darkly comic family dinner, as conspiracy theories about the outside world, capricious and derailing mutual conflicts and painful revelations abound.
Sneak NLIFFR 2017 90′
Poetry from an old IFFR friend. Please note this film has no English subtitles.
PatersonJim Jarmusch IFFR 2017 118′
Paterson (Adam Driver) gets up at six a.m., drives his bus, comes home to his wife Golshifteh Farahani at six p.m., walks the dog and has a beer at his local bar. Every day. In the meantime, he writes poetry. Jarmusch is the loving observer of this loving observer. A small oasis of a film.
PortoGabe Klinger IFFR 2017 76′
Memories are hard to pin down in this hyper-romantic, melancholy ode to love. Actor Anton Yelchin, who died in 2016, and actress and model Lucie Lucas philosophise and make love in picturesque Porto. Featuring delightfully melancholy music. Attentive film-lovers will notice the varied and meaningful use of film formats.