In Signatures, IFFR presents new work by established makers, auteurs and festival veterans. From Lav Diaz’s The Woman Who Left (an award-winner in Venice) to Albert Serra’s La mort de Louis XIV and Ulrich Seidl’s latest film, Safari. Almost ten years after his legendary Historias Extraordinarias, Mariano Llinás’ new epic project is nearing completion. The first part of La Flor, which is made up of two distinct parts, will have its international première during the festival. Bill Morrison and Patrick Bokanowski – two exceptional filmmakers, each of whom has developed a highly personal form of filmmaking – have also been confirmed for Signatures. In Dawson City: Frozen Time, Morrison reveals a treasure trove of stories on nitrate film, buried for decades in Canadian soil. With Un rêve solaire, the visual alchemist Bokanowski has created perhaps the most hallucinogenic film in his oeuvre.
Films in ‘Signatures’
Delírio em Las VedrasEdgar Pêra IFFR 2017 83′
The carnival festivities in Torres Vedras, just to the north of Lisbon, are the most frenzied in Portugal. The ideal spot for filmmaker/artist Pêra to make an anarchic 3-D parody in which hysterical television and radio reporters battle among the merrymakers for the viewer's attention. With one of the last roles for Nuno Melo.
La mort de Louis XIVAlbert Serra IFFR 2017 115′
On 1 September 1715, King Louis XVI of France dies of gangrene in his palace at Versailles. In his darkened bedroom, confidants and doctors come and go during his last days. The Sun King’s mythical status and his agony come together in this memorable interpretation by Jean-Pierre Léaud.
HierroEva Claus IFFR 2017 17′
The chronicle of a long stay on an island. Each static shot offers an experience of the time spent facing out to sea, observing the natural landscape.
The Silent EyeAmiel Courtin-Wilson IFFR 2017 70′
Shot in three days in January 2016, the film captures the legendary jazz pianist Cecil Taylor and Japanese dancer-choreographer Tanaka Min in a delicate interaction. An impressionistic, extremely intimate portrait of the unspoken dynamics between two masters who have been collaborating for over thirty years.