A harvest of outstanding features – the future classics of arthouse cinema.
Films in ‘Voices Main Programme’
The OrphanageShahrbanoo Sadat IFFR 2020 90′
Bollywood-film nostalgia colours the experiences of fifteen-year-old Qodrat, who ends up in an orphanage during Afghanistan's 1980s Soviet-oriented period.
With humour and a dash of nostalgia, we follow fifteen-year-old Qodrat, who ends up in an orphanage during Afghanistan's Soviet-oriented period in the 1980s. The realism is breached at crucial, dramatic moments by big songs done in full Bollywood style, with Qodrat imagining himself a film star in his own story.
Terminal SudRabah Ameur-Zaïmeche IFFR 2020 96′
Thriller about a doctor in a former French colony who tries to keep doing his job in a lawless country.
A loyal doctor with a drinking problem tries to keep doing his job in an unnamed North African country. A difficult proposition where lawlessness, violence and fear have a chokehold on things. He should leave, says his girlfriend; but the doctor stays, and that takes its toll.
Bitter ChestnutGurvinder Singh IFFR 2020 100′
Seventeen-year-old Kishan faces a dilemma: uncertain adventure in the city, or a predictable life in his Himalayan village?
Kishan is at the crossroads of youth and adulthood. He wants more than the predictable life offered by his village in the Himalayas, but has heard from friends that life in the city can be hard. Against the background of global urbanisation, this intimate coming-of-age drama shows the strength of traditional village communities.
Children of the SunPrasanna Vithanage IFFR 2020 103′
A princess is married off to a beggar in pre-colonial Sri Lanka. She discovers character is more important than ancestry.
1814, Ceylon (now Sri Lanka). The Tamil king has been deposed by Sinhalese Buddhists aided by the British army. Amid the tumult, a man and woman from very different castes are condemned to marry each other. The differences seem irreconcilable in this epic love story, but ultimately they realise that character is more important.