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’
The Best of Dorien B.Anke Blondé IFFR 2019 106′
One day, Dorien’s happy life is transformed into smoking ruins in this dry comedy drama.
What to do if your parents' marriage is in crisis, your husband is behaving suspiciously and you discover a lump in your breast? Dorien experiences many misfortunes, one after another, but courageously carries on. Fabulously paced, warm, comedic drama.
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.
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.
BanglaPhaim Bhuiyan IFFR 2019 87′
Avoiding alcohol and pork is no problem for Phaim. But how do you rhyme infatuation with no sex before marriage?
Based on the life of the filmmaker himself, this romantic comedy tells the story of a second-generation immigrant in Rome. When he falls in love, his butterflies clash with parental expectations. A playful debut that tackles complex themes such as integration, multiculturalism, religion and identity without losing its light-hearted tone.