Nine new films, presented to an film-loving audience jury. The winner receives a Dutch cinema release and TV broadcast by VPRO.
Films in ‘Big Screen Competition’
MosquitoJoão Nuno Pinto IFFR 2020 122′
Mozambique, 1917. Teenage soldier Zacarias travels alone through this Portuguese colony, dizzy with malaria. A film like a feverish dream.
During World War I, heavy fighting also took place in East Africa, far from the European front. In 1917 a solitary Portuguese soldier (17) travels hundreds of kilometres on foot through Mozambique, looking for his platoon. He almost succumbs to malaria and other deprivations. Intoxicating war film without war about a soldier without an army.
SynapsesChang Tso-chi IFFR 2020 119′
Melancholy Taiwanese family drama about the meaning and function of memories and the indestructibility of family ties.
How human is someone with no memories? Can you manipulate thoughts of the past? Taiwanese director Chang Tso-chi investigates this in a melancholy, beautifully performed family epic centring on a man with worsening dementia and his daughter, whom he seems to have forgotten after her years in prison.
The Evening HourBraden King IFFR 2020 115′
An empathetic portrait of economic decline and spiritual redemption in a rural American mining town where the drug trade has become part of the social fabric.
An empathetic portrait of economic decline and spiritual redemption in a rural American mining town where the drug trade has become part of the social fabric. Drugs dealer and carer for the elderly Cole Freeman is caught in a dilemma: his job contributes to a sense of solidarity, while his sideline devastates the lives of young people.
A Perfectly Normal FamilyMalou Reymann IFFR 2020 93′
When the father of two Danish girls becomes a trans woman, the younger daughter in particular struggles with this radical transition.
Delicate Danish drama in which the father of two girls plants a bomb under their harmonious family life: he will spend the rest of his life as a woman. What will such a complex change do to their relationships? We experience the story through the eyes of the sensitive younger daughter, who fears losing her close bond with her father.