Familiar faces from the world of film: new work from established filmmakers, auteurs and festival veterans
Films in ‘Signatures’
Bring Down The WallsPhil Collins IFFR 2020 88′
Artist Phil Collins uses house music to combat the racially motivated, overcrowded American prison system.
Two contrasting phenomena developed in early-1980s USA: freedom-loving house music and the prison-industrial complex that resulted in exponential growth of the prison population. Phil Collins links the two at his campaign centre in New York. During the day it is a stage for political reform. At night, it's a club where everyone can be themselves.
The HaltLav Diaz IFFR 2020 278′
The Philippines descend into darkness under a crazed dictator whilst facing a huge volcanic eruption in this political science fiction film by grand master Diaz.
In this political fantasy of a future highly reminiscent of today, volcanic eruptions have thrown the Philippines into darkness, while a crazed leader threatens rebellious neighbourhoods with poison gas. Resistance is not an easy option. After a stirring rock intermezzo, grand master Diaz calmly heads for the unexpected denouement.
Un film dramatiqueEric Baudelaire IFFR 2020 114′
Film as collective workshop. Twenty French schoolchildren are given a camera to film themselves, one another and the world around them.
For four years, Eric Baudelaire followed 20 schoolchildren in a Paris suburb, letting them use the camera. How do they observe the world? Reflecting on themes such as racism, immigration and identity, the children were co-directors of this collective film project and the subject of their own and each other's lives.
Vitalina VarelaPedro Costa IFFR 2020 124′
Locarno Golden Leopard winner portrays the lives of immigrants as a pitch-black vacuum. Life stands still and people wander, silently.
Vitalina travels from her native Cape Verde in the footsteps of her recently deceased partner, ending up in the pitch-black vacuum of life for Portuguese immigrants. This Golden Leopard winner at Locarno is stunningly stylised by Pedro Costa, who isolates his characters in the darkness using a 4:3 ratio and bright spotlights.