An overview of the HBF Harvest in 2012
Tiger Awards Competition
De jueves a domingo (Dominga Sotomayor, Chile/The Netherlands, 2012)
Scenes from a marriage, viewed from the back seat of the spacious Mazda 929 that a Chilean family uses to go on holiday for a couple of days. Sensitive, personal debut by Sotomayor, beautifully shot by camerawoman Barbara Alvarez (25 Watts, La mujer sin cabeza). Winner Hivos Tiger Award 2012
In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire (Wichanon Somumjarn, Thailand, 2012)
A poetic title, almost a film description, that demands some close reading. Just like the film, which - as a visual poem - doesn’t immediately divulge its meaning. A young filmmaker looks back at his childhood in the sometimes boring, sometimes beautiful countryside.
Neighbouring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil, 2012)
Meandering past the residents of a wealthy street in Recife, where private security guards ply their trade, this self-assured debut portrays the two sides of the Brazilian Dream. Filho scratches the varnish of a culture that revolves around paranoia, fear and reve. Winner FIPRESCI Award 2012
Sudoeste (Eduardo Nunes, Brazil, 2012)
Nunes' debut takes the viewer to a magical village on Brazil’s coast in breathtaking black & white cinemascope. The main character Clarice dies and is reborn, rides the merry-go-round and flirts like mad - all on a single day. Around her life takes place at its familiar, quotidian tempo.
Voice of My Father (Orhan Eskiköy, Zeynel Dogan, Turkey/Germany, 2012)
The history of a Kurdish family from 1979-2009, utilising a mix of documentary and fiction. Exquisite images and personal sound recordings (tapes sent to the father abroad) embellish this film about the repression of the Kurds, immigrant labour and language.
Abrir puertas y ventanas (Milagros Mumenthaler, Argentina, Switzerland/The Netherlands, 2011)
During a hot late summer, Mumenthaler’s debut follows the sisters Marina, Sofia and Violeta, who come to terms with the death of their grandmother as they lounge about, quarrel and cuddle. Between these sob sessions in Grandma’s house, the young girls test each other’s boundaries. Winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno.
Corta (Felipe Guerrero, Colombia/ Argentina/France, 2012)
Corta (cut) shows how agricultural labourers in Valle del Cauca, Colombia, harvest a field of sugar cane using machetes. The hypnotic rhythm of the timeless (yet rapidly disappearing) handiwork is masterfully reflected in the making of the 16mm film. Contemplative and pure cinema.
Girimunho (Helvécio Marins Jr. and Clarissa Campolina, Brazil/Germany/Spain, 2011)
Deep in the hinterland of Brazil, in the sleepy town of São Romão, Magic and everyday events are juxtaposed in this beautiful debut into one loving, dreamy story. Bastu (81) has just lost her husband; the grandchildren and her girlfriend Maria help her to pick up the thread again.
Sur la planche (Leïla Kilani, Morocco/France, 2011)
Badia and Imane work in Tangier peeling shrimps and at night they earn money robbing men. The determined Badia hates peeling shrimps and sees two new girlfriends, who are slightly better off, as a springboard. A dynamic film in which Badia’s energy explodes off the screen.
Florentina Hubaldo, CTE (Lav Diaz, Philippines, 2012)
As no other filmmaker, Lav Diaz is involved with the suffering of the people of the Philippines, with its history of colonialism, corruption and poverty. A philosophical drama about the psychological effects of injustice and arbitrariness. Two poor labourers leave the city looking for a treasure.
Cornelia frente al espejo (Daniel Rosenfeld, Argentina, 2012)
The cream of Argentine acting talent collaborated on this fiction debut by the award-winning documentary filmmaker Rosenfeld. Stylish and mysterious drama about a beautiful young woman who wants to commit suicide in her parental home. She receives visits from people who try to change her mind.
Goodbye (Mohammad Rasoulof, Iran, 2011)
Without her husband and without her lawyer’s licence, which has been withdrawn, Noora is left pregnant and alone in her apartment. Her attempt to leave Iran turns into a fight with male chauvinism. A personal, nerve-wracking and infuriating film by Rasoulof, who was himself convicted for his films in Iran.
Mondomanila (Khavn De La Cruz, Philippines/Germany, 2011)
Mondo Cane is the legendary and cruel shockumentary by Gualtiero Jacopetti. Khavn sees his own Mondo in Manila. Jacopetti was an outsider; Khavn is a participant. The secret of Khavn is that he shows poverty and injustice in an almost cheerful way, making it even more awkward.
Rat Fever (Cláudio Assis, Brazil, 2011)
High-power report of freedom and love on the fringes of tropical Recife. Anarchistic poet Zizo falls for the down-to-earth Eneida, while his friends succumb to sex, drugs and other hedonistic activities. In other words, a colourful black-and-white film, this latest from Tiger Award winner Assis (Bog of Beasts, 2007).
A Temple (Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni, India, 2011)
A light-hearted black comedy that explores states of the human mind. Kesha, a young village man, gets a visit from God. Satirical regarding religious belief, social change and political ideas on development in today’s India, the film expresses sharp criticism in an appealing way.
Los últimos cristeros (Matías Meyer, Mexico/The Netherlands, 2011)
The eternal battle between worldly rulers and believers resulted in the 1930s in Mexico in a bloody rebellion by the so-called Christeros. Meyer (Wadley, The Cramp) is convincing with his minimalist anti-Western, in which a last group of the faithful roams in an aimless journey by foot.
Verano (José Luis Torres Leiva, Chile, 2011)
The informal intimacy of amateur film formats, such as Hi8 or MP4, is often used by film makers. But seldom with such intense beauty as by Torres Leiva. Moving observations about the certainties and uncertainties of love, family and other relationships, around a summer resort in the mountains of Chile.
The five projects selected through the Boost! programme to take part in the 29th edition of CineMart (29 January - 1 February 2012) have now been selected.