An overview of the HBF Harvest in 2015
Hivos Tiger Award Competition
Another Trip to the Moon
A dreamy, absurdist fantasy film based on Indonesian legends. Asa is the daughter of a seer. To escape her mother’s clutches, she lives hidden in a forest.
Ismail Basbeth, 2015, Indonesia, 80 min.
mujer de los perros, La
Co-director Llinás plays an intriguing, unique character in this existentialist fable about a woman who lives with a pack of dogs on the very edge of the populated world.
Laura Citarella, Verónica Llinás, 2015, Argentina, 95 min.
obra del siglo, La
Drifting effortlessly between raw psychological realism and dreamy surrealism and loaded with unique Cuban archive footage, this film portrays three generations.
Carlos M. Quintela, 2015, Argentina, Cuba, Switzerland, Germany, 100 min.
Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes)
Internet cafés and slackers, not-so-innocent schoolgirls and amateur porn using Google Glass, Mayans and the end of the world, acid trips and guinea pigs as extras in an exorcism.
Juan Daniel Fernández Molero, 2015, Peru, 103 min.
A serious film about serious, complex issues (including a dramatic car crash), presented in a light, playful way. The film follows two very different men, each of whom changes his life in his own way.
Jakrawal Nilthamrong, 2015, Thailand, 100 min.
Bright Future Premieres
Three stories and about love, fate, misunderstanding, desire and birthplace linked together by ingenious details. From the plains of in Mongolia to a hotel room in Beijing and back.
Wang Haolin, 2014, China, 86 min.
A not very talented yet dedicated bruiser in the third division of the Argentine soccer league reaches the end of his career and has to rediscover himself.
Adrián Biniez, 2014, Argentina, 100 min.
Best debut at Venice Festival, reflects on the painful inequalities in the judicial system in contemporary India. Great performances, refined direction.
Chaitanya Tamhane, 2014, India, 116 min.
Personally and autobiographically inspired drama about two skater friends who are at the heart of the colourful, noisy street and youth culture of Cali, Colombia.
Oscar Ruiz Navia, 2014, Colombia, Argentina, France, Germany, 103 min.
Men Who Save the World
Rural comedy. A man decides to move a deserted jungle house; this leads to one hilarious event after another. A refined satire on Malaysian religious and political relationships.
Liew Seng Tat, 2014, Malaysia, Netherlands, Germany, France, 93 min.
A team of forensic anthropologists finds an unknown corpse during a dig 20 years after the political violence in Peru. The only thing that can lead to the identity of the man is a vague photo of a smiling girl.
Héctor Gálvez Campos, 2014, Peru, Colombia, Germany, France, 90 min.
Corner of Heaven, A
With elegant camera movements in apt black-and-white, cameraman/writer/director Zhang enchants the viewer: a gripping phantasmagoria of modern slavery, opium pushers and youth gangs.
Zhang Miaoyan, 2014, China, France, 94 min.
What can a family do if someone disappears in a dictatorship? Many families were affected in this way by the cruelty of the Marcos dictatorship. The film shows one of them as an example of paradise lost.
Khavn, 2015, Philippines, 75 min.
Li Wen at East Lake
As with everything in life, the same goes for East Lake, a threatened lake near the expanding mega city of Wuhan. You can get worked up about it and get involved - or you can think, it won’t affect me.
Li Luo, 2015, China, 117 min.
Poet on a Business Trip
In all its simplicity, a completely unique film, shot more than 10 years ago and only now edited. A poet sets off on a ‘business trip’ through inhospitable Xinjiang.
Ju Anqi, 2015, China, 103 min.
Second Life of Thieves, The
In a small fishing village in Malaysia, it’s not easy to keep anything hidden. Yet the village chief has kept a great secret throughout his life: he had a relationship with a man who disappeared one day.
Woo Ming Jin, 2014, Malaysia, 87 min.
It was worth the wait, this new feature from Rejtman. A dry, sure-footed tragicomedy in which 17-year-old Mariano finds a pistol one hot day and then shoots himself with it, twice.
Martín Rejtman, 2014, Argentina, Chile, Germany, Netherlands, 104 min.
A newcomer arrives at a boarding school for deaf teenagers. Their world is defined by power, violence and exploitation. To survive there, you have to be like them. And only love can be your escape.
Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy, 2014, Ukraine, 130 min.
Signals: What the F?!
The European woman Anne (Geraldine Chaplin) is enjoying a luxurious stay on the coast of the Dominican Republic. Young Noéli makes a living from relationships with tourists.
Laura Amelia Guzmán, Israel Cárdenas, 2014, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Argentina, 85 min.