A selection of fifteen feature-length debut films, presented at IFFR in world or international premiere.
Films in ‘Bright Future Competition’
ChacoDiego Mondaca IFFR 2020 77′
1934. Bolivia is at war with Paraguay. Led by a mercenary German general, native soldiers push ever deeper into the hostile Chaco region.
Drama set in 1934. Bolivian soldiers, led by a German commander, wander the inhospitable Chaco plain. The mismatched regiment has been searching for the Paraguayan enemies for ages, but they seem unfindable. Their mission becomes more fruitless by the day, particularly when thirst, hunger, dissent and exhaustion gain the upper hand.
BabaiArtem Aisagaliev IFFR 2020 65′
The Babai is the night-time bogeyman for children: traumas determine who you are, according to this claustrophobic portrait of two Russian brothers.
Russian brothers Mark and Gesha struggle with their strict father, while their tough youth illustrates how fear and sadness are unavoidable elements of aging. Using claustrophobic close-ups, Russian filmmaker Artem Aisagaliev provides a universal impression of a human existence characterised by trauma.
PanquiacoAna Elena Tejera IFFR 2020 80′
A descendant of the Panamanian Dole community returns to his roots. An enchanting film poem about myths, memory and identity.
What does it mean to be descended from Panama's indigenous population? Driven by nostalgia, Cebaldo returns to his roots from Portugal, only to find that the world of his youth is no more. The stunning images speak their own language in this freely designed impression with a documentary edge.
The Trouble with NatureIllum Jacobi IFFR 2020 95′
A film about the disrupted relationship between man and nature. Edward Burke, founding father of modern conservatism, climbs the Alps in search of 'the sublime'.
Eighteenth-century road movie shows in unparalleled lyrical imagery the pompous Edmund Burke, father of conservatism, who decides to go in search of 'the sublime' in the overwhelming nature of the French Alps. Orating as he goes, his belongings carried by a beautiful, exotic servant. The result is a superior piece of comic cultural criticism.