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’
Last Night I Saw You SmilingKavich Neang IFFR 2019 75′
Kavich Neang documents the final days of the White Building in Phnom Penh, an architectural landmark he had lived in since birth.
Filmmaker Kavich Neang grew up in the White Building, a famous apartment complex in Phnom Penh. Now demolition forces the inhabitants, including his parents, to leave. It was also evacuated under the Khmer Rouge, someone remarks. These are days filled with worries, emotions and memories. A sad love song expresses their feelings.
Chèche laviSam Ellison IFFR 2019 76′
An honest portrait of two young Haitian immigrants on the brink of a dream future in the USA.
An honest, subtle portrait of two Haitian refugees who tell their stories on the US border. One toils to earn money, the other just to get admitted. Disappointment and resignation overcome them in turns. Where they are really better off is left unsaid.
MensIsabelle Prim IFFR 2019 97′
Among his deceased grandmother's possessions, Jean finds a report on an almost forgotten murder from 1895.
This is the story of an almost forgotten murder and an almost forgotten love in Mens in the South of France in 1895. The film makes a bow to the awe-inspiring greatness of history and the stories that disappear into it – along with the guilt and penance and pain.
The LoadOgnjen Glavonić IFFR 2019 98′
During the NATO bombardments of 1999, a truck driver has to take a mysterious load to Belgrade. Subtle narrative bursting with menace.
During the NATO bombardments of 1999, truck driver Vlada has to take a mysterious load to Belgrade. Subtle storytelling with an ever-present sense of threat about the moral collapse of an ordinary man just trying to get by. Culminating in a powerful revelation. His load becomes his burden.