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’
Yourself and YoursHong Sangsoo IFFR 2017 86′
A playful narrative structure and psychological acumen are the two certainties in every film by Korean master Hong – also in his 18th feature. Minjung breaks off her relationship with the painter Youngsoo because he believes nasty rumours about her. When she then meets old friends, Minjung acts as if she is someone else. Or is it a double?
AscentFiona Tan IFFR 2017 80′
Mount Fuji, the holy Japanese volcano, is present in every shot of this kaleidoscopic compilation of photos. Balancing between documentary and fiction, this experiment has life blown into it on the soundtrack by an English woman’s reminiscences about her dead Japanese lover, who once climbed the volcano. Moving and philosophical.
Tony Conrad: Invented Acoustical Tools-Instruments 1966-2012IFFR 2017 71′
Throughout his career, the artist, filmmaker and musician Conrad designed instruments that made it impossible to adhere to traditional Western harmonic principles. The artist himself takes us on a guided tour through an exhibition that brings together all of his low-budget, DIY, deceptively simple noise contraptions.
I'm Coming UpTing Min-Wei IFFR 2017 89′
Is it a computer game or actually a documentary report? Endless reconnoitering of a gigantic apartment complex in the night, along balconies, corridors and stairs, from bottom to top, turns into a hallucinogenic trip. In the face of desolate, visual monotony is an eclectic, extremely layered soundtrack filled with concrete sounds. Alienation all the way.