Bright Future selection

15 April 2021

Film Still: Phoenix

For our celebratory 50th edition, we present a special edition of our trademark Bright Future programme. Each of our feature film programmers has selected one debut film, creating a diverse lineup made up of fresh new film talent and discoveries for the future.

Bright Future announces six world premieres, including Damascus Dreams by Montreal-based visual artist and filmmaker Émilie Serri. In the poetic essay film on Syria, Serri links the reminiscences of refugees to her family history. Slovenian mountain-set BERG by the Dutch theatre and filmmaker Joke Olthaar is a highly aesthetic landscape experience, shot in black and white. The film’s spiritual charge is further evoked by its minimalist soundscape, composed of a symphony of natural forces. Belgian artist, musician and filmmaker Bram Droulers presents Phoenix, a freewheeling film that celebrates sexual and stylistic fluidity.

There are also world premieres for Estonian director Leri Matehha’s German drama, Thomas der Hochspringer, an alienating tragicomic film about a lonely young athlete, and Chinese documentary filmmaker and photographer Wang Qiong’s seven-year autobiographical project All About My Sisters

Detectives hunt a murderous robot in OK Computer by Indian filmmakers Pooja Shetty and Neil Pagedar, a six-part science fiction comedy which takes some serious swipes at the dangers of artificial intelligence. Artist and IFFR-regular Fern Silva is selected for his Hawaii-set essay film Rock Bottom Riser, following a lengthy career in the IFFR short programme for his renowned experimental works which began with Notes from a Bastard Child at IFFR 2008 and most recently with The Watchmen in IFFR 2017.

Check all Bright Future films

    Selection of film stills of Bright Future 2021

    Film Still: All About My Sisters

    Film Still: BERG

    Film Still: Damascus Dreams

    Film Still: OK Computer

    Film Still: Phoenix

    Film Still: Rock Bottom Riser

    Film Still: The Son

    Film Still: Thomas der Hochspringer

    Bright Future selection

    • All About My Sisters, Wang Qiong, 2021, USA, world premiere
    • BERG, Joke Olthaar, 2021, Netherlands, world premiere
    • Damascus Dreams, Émilie Serri, 2021, Canada, world premiere
    • The Day Is Over, Qi Rui, 2021, China, European premiere
    • Faya Dayi, Jessica Beshir, 2021, Ethiopia/USA/Qatar
    • A felicidade das coisas, Thais Fujinaga, 2021, Brazil, world premiere
    • Lumina, Samuele Sestieri, 2021, Italy, world premiere
    • OK Computer, Pooja Shetty/Neil Pagedar, 2020, India
    • Phoenix, Bram Droulers, 2021, Belgium/France/UK, world premiere
    • Rock Bottom Riser, Fern Silva, 2021, USA
    • The Son, Noushin Meraji, 2021, Iran
    • A Story of Southern Islet, Chong Keat Aun, 2020, Malaysia, European premiere
    • Thomas der Hochspringer, Leri Matehha, 2020, Germany, international premiere
    • Woodlands Dark and Days Bewitched: a History of Folk Horror, Kier-La Janisse, 2021, USA

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