Eight new films presented to an audience jury of five film-lovers. The winning film gets a cinema release in the Netherlands and will be broadcast by VPRO.
Films in ‘Big Screen Competition’
JoelCarlos Sorín IFFR 2019 100′
Nine-year-old adoptee not only puts his new parents’ relationship under pressure, but also their position in their community in Patagonia.
Joel Noguera wins our hearts playing a nine-year-old adopted boy, but the inhabitants of a small town in Patagonia are less taken with him. Subtle drama about adoption and living together. Veteran filmmaker Carlos Sorin (Historias minimas) makes unease, good intentions and the complex balance between these palpable in every scene.
X&YAnna Odell IFFR 2019 112′
Anna Odell cast herself and various renowned Scandinavian actors for her playful experiment about boundaries, (gender) identity and fact vs. fiction.
Anna Odell and fellow protagonist Mikael Persbrandt blur the boundary between fact and fiction in this idiosyncratic, social studio experiment with various identities and situations. With other actors and their alter egos, they adhere to Odell’s film plan, which ends, no one knows how. Least of all Odell and Persbrandt.
Hail Satan?Penny Lane IFFR 2019 95′
The Satanic Temple is one of the most controversial religious movements in America. A dive into the world of some surprisingly charming Satanists.
'In God We Trust' is written on every dollar bill. But are the United States not secular? The Satanic Temple, founded in 2012 in Massachusetts, gives us a clear and contrary message, campaigns and causes quite a stir. This documentary takes a look at the world of some surprisingly charming Satanists.
God of the PianoItay Tal IFFR 2019 80′
Concert pianist Anat goes to extremes to ensure her son follows in the footsteps of her demanding father, a famous composer.
Concert pianist Anat goes to extremes to ensure her son follows in the footsteps of her demanding father, a famous composer. A suspenseful, chilling tale of a mother whose obsessive behaviour and mile-high expectations threaten to crush her close ones, and herself too.