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’
The Gold-Laden Sheep & the Sacred MountainRidham Janve IFFR 2019 97′
A greedy shepherd searches a holy mountain in the Himalayas for a crashed plane, but is punished for his impure intentions.
An old shepherd in the Himalayas goes looking for a crashed plane in the hope of finding gold. The place of the accident is, however, a holy mountain and his impure intentions do not go unpunished. His herd falls prey to predators, and he is beset by delusions, doubts and fear.
Introduzione all'oscuroGastón Solnicki IFFR 2019 71′
A personal, cinematic gesture born of sadness over the death of a friend. It's also a unique guide to Viennese culture.
Mourning the sudden death of Viennale festival director Hans Hurch, Argentinian filmmaker Solnicki (Papirosen, Kékszakállú) decided to make a film of his good and at times eccentric friend. The result is a loving, idiosyncratic tour of Hurch's cosmopolitan Vienna and, naturally, an ode to culture.
The Man Who Surprised EveryoneNatasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov IFFR 2019 105′
A terminally ill forest ranger wants to live his final months as a woman. In a remote Siberian community he pays dearly.
Contemporary version of a Siberian folk tale in which a man cheats Death by pretending to be a woman. A terminally ill Siberian forest ranger decides to live out his life as a woman. He is shunned by his small village community. How vulnerable is our position in society?
Walking in DarknessTang Tang IFFR 2019 102′
A man’s quest for his runaway son, presented in a stylish narrative in which confusion slowly makes way for realisation.
A drunk in the back seat of a taxi, looking for his young runaway son. This is the start of Walking in Darkness, a stylish frame story with flashbacks to an unruly wedding and missing lovers, and with fragmentary editing that deliberately sets out to confuse. Right up to the oppressive, liberating conclusion.