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’
Tonsler ParkKevin Jerome Everson IFFR 2017 80′
Election Day, 8 November 2016. In Tonsler Park, Charlottesville, the workers in the polling station hand out voting slips and see rows of voters pass by. Democracy in action. While everyone has to make an important choice on this day, the documentary mainly records the hubbub in the room: the voice of the people.
Belle dormantAdolfo Arrieta IFFR 2017 82′
Ever since the 1970s, the Spaniard Arrieta has been building an oeuvre that is admired in underground circles and by his colleagues. Now he is past 70, he is finally able to work with a fully-fledged budget and some well-known French film stars. In the fairy-tale beauty of Brittany, an anachronistic update of Sleeping Beauty unfolds.
SanctuaryAshley Sabin, David Redmon IFFR 2017 74′
This film evokes a safe haven for abandoned and abused donkeys; animals have the lead roles, humans are only extras. The camera seeks to establish direct contact with the animals in an interplay of trust, curiosity, and vulnerability. Empathy as a prerogative, also for the viewer.
Un rêve solairePatrick Bokanowski IFFR 2017 60′
Without any apparent coherence or story, this oneiric trip essentially evokes the battle between light and darkness. An incredible phantasmagoria of colours and movement opens up new worlds. If ever a filmmaker could be compared to an alchemist, it is this tireless inventor of new imaging techniques.