With IFFR 2020 fresh in our memory, we will continue with season 4 of IFFR KINO. From March through June, every first Wednesday of the month, we will screen an IFFR classic, inspired by films from the last festival edition.
IFFR KINO #29: No
Pablo Larraín, 2012, Chile/France/USA, 118'
Ema, Pablo Larraín's explosive dance film that will be screened in the Dutch film theatres in mid-March, is a reason for us to show an earlier equally energetic film from his oeuvre: No, the final part of his trilogy about the Chilean dictatorship of Pinochet.
In this contagious satire about the referendum held in 1988, which eventually overthrew Pinochet's dictatorship, Gael García Bernal portrays the brain behind the No campaign. His patrons want to convince the people to vote 'no' by talking about the murders and tortures of the regime, about exile and poverty. But the skateboarding advertising man takes an entirely different approach: 'No' can only win with a happy campaign.
Wednesday, 4 March, 19:30
IFFR KINO #30: Leones
Jazmín López, 2012, Argentina/France/Netherlands, 80'
Argentinean filmmaker and visual artist Jazmín López' second film Si yo fuera el invierno mismo screened in the Tiger Competition. A mysterious film about an artistic project that culminates in an exploration of the mourning for a lost love. Her debut film Leones also sheds mystical light on death. In Leones, López chooses a visual style that is more in keeping with the horror genre, with a major role for the impressive soundtrack.
Deep in the forest. Birds whistling and trees rustling. Five friends wandering among the trees. As they walk, they talk and are seduced. Are they lost? Or are they stuck? Patches on a sound recorder, a key ring, a pillow and a car slowly reveal the group's destination.
Wednesday, 1 April, 19:30
IFFR KINO #30: LeonesIFFR 2020
Wednesday 1 April we will screen the visually astonishing and audibly overwhelming Leones (IFFR 2013), the feature film debut of Argentinean filmmaker and artist Jazmín López. A film you want to know as little about in advance as possible and that you just have to go through.
IFFR KINO #31: Heaven Knows What
Josh Safdie, Benny Safdie, 2014, USA/France, 94'
While the Safdie brothers were in New York working on their nerve-racking crime thriller Uncut Gems – starring a genius Adam Sandler – they ran into junkie Arielle Holmes. Intrigued by her life story, they encouraged her to write her memoirs.
It resulted in the never-published Mad Love in New York City, which the Safdie brothers then took as the starting point for Heaven Knows What.
The then 19-year-old Holmes (who you might recognize from Andrea Arnold's American Honey) starred in this stylish, grim drama about the junkie subculture of New York's Upper West Side. The Safdie brothers tell her story fragmentarily, in raw cinéma-vérité style, with a strong soundtrack including Tangerine Dream.
Wednesday, 6 May, 19:30
IFFR KINO #31: Heaven Knows WhatIFFR 2020
How nice that the Safdie brothers returned to the streets of New York with their latest film, the nerve-racking crime-thriller Uncut Gems. With that film in mind, we'll screen their stylish, grim drama Heaven Knows What (IFFR 2015) on Wednesday, 6 May, about the junkie subculture of the Upper West Side.
IFFR KINO #32: Calvaire
Fabrice Du Welz, 2004, Belgium/France, 94'
We end the season with the horror comedy Calvaire, the debut film of Belgian Fabrice Du Welz. His latest film Adoration is a lyrical road movie set in the Belgian Ardennes. Calvaire could also be called a road movie, in the same Ardennes. But that's where the comparison ends.
‘Calvaire’ means something like 'ordeal' or 'torture'. And indeed, that's what it will be for protagonist Marc. This travelling entertainer earns his money by singing French chansons in community centres and old people's homes in the Belgian countryside. When he has a car breakdown after one of his gigs and takes a wrong turn somewhere in the woods, we can already feel the rain hanging down... What unfolds is a brilliant, ink-black nightmare.
Wednesday, 3 June, 19:30
Photo in header: Still: No