Emerging talent with original subject matter and an individual style. Includes the films nominated for the Bright Future Competition for first feature films.
Films in ‘Bright Future Main Programme’
Winter After WinterXing Jian IFFR 2019 110′
A Chinese patriarch is eager to have a grandchild, but that isn’t easy in Manchuria suffering under Japanese occupation.
Historical film about the harsh existence of a family in north-eastern China during the Japanese occupation. Father Lao Si is eager to secure the bloodline, but that results in all kinds of unforeseen complications. Xing Jian situated the action in his home region and filmed everything in long takes with fluid camerawork.
Aren't You Happy?Susanne Heinrich IFFR 2019 80′
Fourteen absurd encounters of a melancholy girl with the surrounding world in this post-modern comedy filled with pastel and neon lights.
The melancholy girl roams like a tourist through her own life; 14 chapters show her attempts to bond with the people around her. The result: an equally fairy-tale and absurd world – from aerobics with babies to rides on a unicorn, nothing is too crazy in this post-modern comedy.
A noite amarelaRamon Porto Mota IFFR 2019 102′
Disturbing visions plague a group of Brazilian teens on a dark island in this spiritual slasher – a metaphor for their lost youth.
The horror in this spiritual slasher is not in the special effects: the monster lurking in Ramon Porto Mota's impressive debut is the future. A pulsating darkness that threatens a group of Brazilian teens holidaying together, perhaps for the last time, as they wave goodbye to their youth.
End of SeasonElmar Imanov IFFR 2019 92′
An Azerbaijani family’s father, mother and son all desire freedom; or have they in fact become alienated from one another?
Three members of an Azerbaijani family long for freedom. 18-year-old Machmud wants his own home; mother Fidan wants her life back after years of service to the family; father Samir just wants to be left alone. However, freedom can also hide incomprehension and alienation. An astute family drama.