Familiar faces from the world of film: new work from established filmmakers, auteurs and festival veterans.
Films in ‘Signatures’
InsectJan Švankmajer IFFR 2018 98′
An amateur theatre group rehearses unenthusiastically, though they almost all have winged costumes. The most perseverant surrealist presents a forgotten play from 1921: The Insect Play by the Čapek brothers as his – perhaps last – feature film, a mix of live action and animation. With a dash of Kafka's Metamorphosis.
Lek and the DogsAndrew Kötting IFFR 2018 90′
Kaleidoscopic portrayal of the emotional universe of a child who sought safety and protection with a pack of street dogs. A fascinating experimental trip that links the raw Russia of the 1990s with reflections on trauma and sorrow, love and the urge to survive. Inspired by a true story.
AsinoAnatoly Vasiliev IFFR 2018 167′
Medea, Jason, Bacchus and Saturn – are they donkeys and/or mythological creatures here? Like the Italians in Alba during the donkey races, Anatoly Vasiliev worships donkeys. His film also summarises the donkey’s role in Western culture: from stupid and stubborn to a loyal beast of burden.
La telenovela erranteRaúl Ruiz, Valeria Sarmiento IFFR 2018 80′
Ruiz, who passed away in 2011, posthumously delights with his 121st film, shot in 1990 and completed by his widow Sarmiento – a hilarious, absurdist, satirical commentary (in the form of a seven-part soap opera) on the political-social landscape he found upon returning to Catholic-capitalist Chile after years of exile.