Familiar faces from the world of film: new work from established filmmakers, auteurs and festival veterans.
Films in ‘Signatures’
Ifigenia in AulideTonino De Bernardi IFFR 2018 90′
Residents of the Greek resort of Amarynthos declaim excerpts from Euripides' tragedy Iphigenia in Aulis. They act like a Greek chorus, commenting on the many immigrants arriving in the Greek islands or in Italy, the home country of director De Bernardi, who focuses with great compassion on both locals and refugees.
Mrs. FangWang Bing IFFR 2018 86′
Wang Bing continues to work, his empathy and concentration as great as ever, on an oeuvre depicting the struggles of poor Chinese to survive in a country in transformation. Here, he trains his camera on Mrs Fang and those gathered around her deathbed. Confrontational, poignant and intimate, this film won the Golden Leopard in Locarno.
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.
L'amant d'un jourPhilippe Garrel IFFR 2018 76′
A philosophy lecturer houses his 23-year-old daughter with a broken heart and his mistress of the same age. He tries to be a father to one and lover to the other. French filmmaker Philippe Garrel’s Lover for a Day concludes a trilogy of anecdotal, black-and-white films on the vagaries of love.