Familiar faces from the world of film: new work from established filmmakers, auteurs and festival veterans
Films in ‘Signatures’
No.7 Cherry LaneYonfan IFFR 2020 125′
Turbulent 1960s Hong Kong, a love triangle, and an ode to the city and cinema in this nostalgic animation.
We had a 10-year wait for this film by legendary Hong Kong director Yonfan, and it was also his first animation. In the politically restless Hong Kong of the 1960s, a love triangle develops between student Ziming, 18-year-old Meiling and her mother. An ode to the city and cinema in nostalgic tones.
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.
LibertéAlbert Serra IFFR 2020 132′
Bewigged French libertines indulge in De Sadean excesses in the woods at night. Much-discussed provocation from film auteur Serra.
In an 18th-century woodland, a group of banished French libertines indulge in a night of De Sadean sexual excess. This much-discussed provocation from Catalan film auteur Serra is the sort of film that should come with a trigger warning. Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
Jeanne d'ArcBruno Dumont IFFR 2020 138′
Bruno Dumont depicts Jeanne d'Arc’s later years, in which she was accused of heresy and witchcraft, in his signature way.
The story of 15th-century French national heroine Jeanne d'Arc has been filmed many times, but never this eccentrically and experimentally. After dealing with her youth in Jeannette, this sequel depicts her downfall when she was accused of heresy and witchcraft.