A harvest of outstanding features – the future classics of arthouse cinema.
Films in ‘Voices Main Programme’
Vulnerable Histories (A Road Movie)Koki Tanaka IFFR 2019 103′
The troubling rise of racist sentiment in Japanese society is the subject of a series of conversations between two young people.
Japanese artist Koki Tanaka asks his young subjects to discuss identity politics and the increasing presence of hate speech in contemporary society, particularly Japan. The quiet activism of this artist documentary is Tanaka’s call for people to reflect and listen to one another.
Diorama No.4: Die Fernweh Oper (try-out)Daniel Ernst IFFR 2019 20′
In this interactive VR presentation filled with amazement, you are serenaded by Asteria, a giant opera star made of star material.
Many sailors navigate using her: the star Asteria, a 15-metre-tall opera diva, born from protostellar matter and clouds of gas. She sings about the astronomical distance between her and her lost lover. Blinded by grief, she doesn’t see how she is slowly changing into a black hole. Can you find her in this virtual-reality diorama?
The MountainRick Alverson IFFR 2019 108′
Grimly sober impression of America in the 1950s. Young orphan Andy sees all forms of humanity surgically removed.
Grimly sober, tragically loveless journey through American psychiatric institutions in the 1950s, seen through the eyes of an orphaned boy who travels as a photographer with an unscrupulous brain surgeon. Every sign of life Andy dares show is ruthlessly suppressed. An ice-cold, emotionally void male world, with roles for Jeff Goldblum and Denis Lavant.
Tehran: City of LoveAli Jaberansari IFFR 2019 102′
Melancholy and dry humour characterise the stories of three characters looking for love, who don’t fit the norms in Tehran.
A former bodybuilder looks up when he gets the chance to train a young athlete; an overweight receptionist uses her sexy voice to seduce men on the telephone and a downcast religious singer decides to become a wedding entertainer. Three stories about love and loneliness in Tehran, in a film full of drily comic moments.