Representing the cutting edge of contemporary feature-length filmmaking, a selection of emerging talent working with original subject matter and an individual style.
Films in ‘Bright Future Main Programme’
Suzanne DaveauLuísa Homem IFFR 2020 115′
Passionate geographer Suzanne Daveau carried out field research in inhospitable surroundings. Her life’s story is told in stunning photo series and footage.
Rich documentary portrait of a passionate geographer way ahead of her time. Suzanne Daveau (1925, France) undertook field research in the most inhospitable environments: nothing could stop her. Using stunning photo series and footage, she tells the story of her life, in which work and private life became one.
LusalaMugambi Nthiga IFFR 2020 61′
A young man leaves his wealthy adoptive home in Nairobi but demons from his past block his transition to adulthood.
Lusala is almost a grownup. Time to leave the nest, according to his wealthy adoptive family. He dives head-first into his new life as a car mechanic with a tiny apartment in Nairobi but demons from his past block his path to adulthood.
TlamessAla Eddine Slim IFFR 2020 120′
This hypnotic, largely silent diptych brings together an army deserter and a rich man’s pregnant wife in the Tunisian woods.
This largely silent diptych brings together two extremes of contemporary Tunisian society. Young army deserter S and rich man’s pregnant wife F are both fleeing oppressive situations. F finally ends up in the woods, where she meets a wild S. Intriguing juxtaposition of raw realism and hypnotic allegory.
Shell and JointHirabayashi Isamu IFFR 2020 158′
Understated humour and philosophy go hand in hand in this Japanese comedy that strings offbeat moments together.
Understated, intelligent comedy by award-winning director of short films Hirabayashi Isamu. Japanese capsule hotel users philosophise about sex, death and love. The tight framing and absurdist humour make it seem as if the makers of Toren C (offbeat Dutch TV series) and Roy Andersson have had a completely idiosyncratic Japanese love child.