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 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?
MaggieYi Okseop IFFR 2019 88′
A mysterious X-ray of a couple making love leads to an enervating, alienating search for trust and truth.
Who are the intimate couple in a mysterious X-ray? A nurse accuses herself and her boyfriend, after which the South Korean Maggie becomes an episodic tale of confidence and faith. A refreshing, confounding, idiosyncratic debut, including a talking catfish and sinkholes that can swallow up three vans.
La miséricorde de la jungleJoel Karekezi IFFR 2019 91′
During a very dangerous journey through the Congolese jungle, two lost and traumatised soldiers strike up a friendship.
War hero Xavier and recruit Faustin are cut off from their battalion. Thirst, hunger, malaria and enemy rebels make their journey through the Congolese jungle an agony. But the men learn to appreciate each other, finally finding the mental peace to come to terms with traumatic memories of the Rwandan genocide and Congolese civil war.
DoozyRichard Squires IFFR 2019 70′
The animated story of Paul Lynde, the flamboyant voice actor behind many Hanna-Barbera cartoon villains from the 1960s and 1970s.
For years, actor/comedian Paul Lynde voiced many of Hanna-Barbera’s hysterically laughing, campy cartoon villains. But where does the character end and the actor start? Refreshing look at animation, focusing on voices and laughs instead of the drawing style.