With a total of 538 films screening at IFFR, we understand it can be quite a challenge to pick the right one. Therefore, we asked connoisseurs, tastemakers and other enthusiasts about their personal favourites. Inge de Leeuw, programmer of IFFR’s Rabbit Hole programme section, tells you which films you should not miss out on.
“Make Me Up investigates how television and social media can, on the one hand, serve as expressive spaces to explore identity, while on the other they’re candy-pink prisons that encourage women to conform to strict beauty ideals. A layered, smart and fun film, which and extra special showing on Tuesday: then the screening will be accompanied by journalist Yoana Pavlova, with a knitting performance as part of the Critics' Choice V. She gave all the characters of the film their own colour and from the pattern you can then see which character is speaking when. On top of that, Pavlova will also be knitting during the Q&A afterwards. As a visitor you can therefore be immortalized in a scarf!”
Make Me UpRachel Maclean IFFR 2019 85′
Siri finds herself trapped in a candy-coloured prison and struggles to survive in this hallucinatory exploration of contemporary feminism.
Siri wakes to find herself trapped in a candy-coloured prison, where dolled-up inmates compete for survival. As the women go head-to-head in a series of demeaning tasks, Siri, with the help of fellow inmate Alexa, starts subverting the rules and soon reveals the sinister truth that underpins their world.
“Black Mother is another film not to be missed. This stylised documentary won the first prize at our sister festival on Curacao. The Q&A with director Khalik Allah was great, the whole room was instantly in love with him – so disarming and honest he is. And accessible: he likes to share his knowledge with beginning filmmakers.”
Black MotherKhalik Allah IFFR 2019 77′
Life’s key elements come together in this visual film symphony and ode to today's colourful Jamaica.
Life’s key elements come together in the colourful Jamaica portrayed by Khalik Allah. In this polyphonic film symphony, every inhabitant views their island paradise differently, be they prostitutes, graybeards, rappers, Rastafarians or pregnant women.
Photo in header: Inge de Leeuw