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.
SandlinesFrancis Alÿs IFFR 2020 61′
To understand their present situation, young children from a mountain village near Mosul re-enact the last century of Iraqi history.
Young children from a mountain village near Mosul re-enact a century of Iraqi history, from the secret agreement of Sykes/Picot signed in 1916 to the realm of terror established by the Islamic State in 2016. The children revisit their past to understand their present.
I diari di Angela – Noi due cineasti. Capitolo secondoYervant Gianikian IFFR 2020 103′
Gianikian created a montage of images from work trips to the USA and Jerusalem to accompany his deceased partner Ricci Lucchi’s wonderfully illustrated diaries.
Sublime sequel to the film Gianikian made last year after the death of his life- and film-partner Ricci Lucchi. Diary and film excerpts provide insight into their lives and oeuvre as well as the artistic mission and methods of two of the most important filmmakers of the past 50 years.
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.