IFFR at Into the Great Wide Open

Like the previous five years, a selection of IFFR films will screen at the Into the Great Wide Open 2018.

If you are in the possession of a ticket for Into the Great Wide Open, you’re in luck! You’ll be able to see a wonderful selection of feature and short films from the programme of IFFR 2018, right there on the island of Vlieland.

Among the selected films is the documentary Milford Graves Full Mantis, a beautiful look into the world of legendary jazz drummer Milford Graves. During IFFR 2018, this film was warmly recommended by Dutch saxophonist Benjamin Herman of New Cool Collective. Read his account of the film here.

Or you can compare the starry sky of Vlieland to the ones you’ll see in Johann Lurf’s film : a hypnotic overview of film history consisting solely of views of the night sky. Lurf’s video installation A to A (Kreis Wr.Neustadt) is also presented on Vlieland, and previously screened at IFFR 2012.

Among the selection of short films is the winner of the Ammodo Tiger Short Award, Mountain Plain Mountain by Araki Yu and Daniel Jacoby. The jury said: “In this fascinating short film, we watch people performing mysterious choreographies in an environment that hints at an animal presence. Humor, both self-deprecating and game-feeling, lets us feel the warm heart and energy of human beings.”

There’s also the winner of the first-ever Voices Short Audience Award: Joy in People by Oscar Hudson. This energetic, performative docu-fiction gives a playful perspective on the often troublesome issues of national identity in Europe today.

We also thought of the kids. Two short-film programmes for children have been compiled, one for children aged 4-8 and one for children aged 8-12.

Below you’ll find a complete list of IFFR films screening at Into the Great Wide Open.

Araki Yu and Daniel Jacoby reveive the Ammodo Tiger Short Award
Daniel Jacoby (left) and Araki Yu (right) receiving the Ammodo Tiger Short Award at IFFR 2018.

Feature films

Milford Graves Full Mantis
Jake Maginsky/Neil Young, 2018, USA, 91’
A poetic visual essay on renowned American free-jazz drummer Milford Graves. Propelled by Graves' voice and beats, we are introduced to his life, way of working and countless sources of inspiration – always going back to the original source. A portrait of an exceptional musician and an engaging, fascinatingly eclectic mind.
Read Benjamin Herman’s recommendation of the film here.

It Must Make Peace
Paul R. Chandler/Brian David Melnyk, 2017, Mali, 123’
Mali, the 'birthplace of music', is so oppressed by religious strife that its culture is dying. Few can still play the traditional instruments. Globalisation and rap music are also taking their toll. Will this be the last documentary on this musical country?

Johann Lurf, 2017, Austria, 90’
What exactly is written in the stars? Experimental filmmaker Lurf scoured over a century of cinematic history for depictions of the heavens. Without compromising his criteria, he edited them together chronologically, including their original soundtracks. A visually dizzying trip.
Johann Lurf’s video installation A to A (Kreis WR Neustadt) (part of IFFR 2012) is also on display at Into the Great Wide Open.

Let The Corpses Tan (Laissez bronzer les cadavre)
Hélène Cattet/Bruno Forzani, 2017, Belgium/France, 90’
Scorching sun, art, bullets and a suitcase full of gold create an explosive mix. A Mediterranean paradise becomes a brutal, stylised battlefield where two artists clash with a gang, greed with betrayal and jealousy with eroticism. Hallucinatory police thriller ode to Giallo film, the perfect Italian pulps from the 1960s.

Playing Men
Matjaž Ivanišin, 2017, Slovenia/Croatia, 60’
After watching Playing Men, men and women will want nothing more than to wrestle or play cards. This ode to games reveals the sense in nonsense. Director Matjaž Ivanišin links his contemporary quest to the past when Croat tennis player Goran Ivanišević elated the nation.

Still from Milford Graves Full Mantis

Short-film compilation programme: 'Tiger Short Highlights'

Mountain Plain Mountain
Araki Yu/Daniel Jacoby, 2018, Spain/Japan/Netherlands, 21’
Deepening confusion becomes a delightful experience watching this collaborative film by Daniel Jacoby and Araki Yu. The documentary observes the idiosyncratic sounds and rhythms of Ban’ei, a rare kind of draft horse race that takes place only in Obihiro, Japan. Capturing the behind-the-scenes operations of the race, the film gradually twists itself into a knot as the excited voices of the commentators merge into a frenzy of gibberish.
Winner Ammodo Tiger Short Award, IFFR 2018.

The Worldly Cave
Zhou Tao, 2017, China, 48’
Zhou Tao directs his gaze at diasporic communities of Hakka people, finding them within otherworldly, vast landscapes from across the globe. A sequence of stunning images transports us to a dreamlike universe where time feels like it expands and disappears. Engulfed by the decentred framing, human and animal activities are given microscopic attention in this monumental take on the global and the contemporary, where hypermodernity has collapsed the boundary between the natural and artificial.
Click here to read a mini-essay on Zhou Tao’s work by our programmer Julian Ross.

Still from Mountain Plain Mountain

Short-film compilation programme: 'Wandering Souls'

Joy in People
Oscar Hudson, 2017, England/France, 15’
Ben is told to get out more and meet people. He takes this advice seriously and heads straight for the biggest crowds he can find. This energetic, performative docu-fiction gives a playful perspective on the often troublesome issues of national identity in Europe today.
Winner Voices Short Audience Award, IFFR 2018.

Ligne Noire
Mark Olexa/Francesca Scalisi, 2017, Switzerland, 10’
A woman fishing in turbid waters, suffering nature, the broken chant of the muezzin, all linked by a thin, black line. Winner of the Grand Prix at Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.

Nilas Chamby-Rus, 2017, Denmark, 28’
A solitary young woman has a strong desire for garbage. When her mother's exhibitionist tendencies are revealed by the neighbours, she is forced to deal with her own paraphilia. Shot on 35mm leftover film stock from Roy Andersson's You, The Living.

Still from Cavern

Kids’ films

Into the Great Wide Open presents two film programmes with short films from the educational programme of IFFR 2018.

IFFR Kids’ films 4-8 years: Fascinating animals
Animals are the main characters of these funny and at times moving short films. Hard-working ants, musically talented deer and a curious fox go on adventures in different animation styles.

Lente in je bol (Spring Jam), Ned Wenlock, New Zealand, 5’
Aport, Denis Vororin, Russia, 2’
Fox and the Whale, Robin Joseph, Canada, 12’
Land Without Evil, Kati Egely, Hungary/Argentine, 4’
Luchtvruchten (Fruit of Clouds), Kateřina Karhánková, Czech Republic, 11’
Ameise, Julia Ocker, Germany, 3’

IFFR Kinderfilm 8-12 jaar: Fascinating stories
What if you want to swim like a fish, but you’ve never seen the sea? What if you live in a tiny village in the middle of the Rotterdam harbor? This short film programmes children tell stories about their lives and their dreams in two Dutch documentaries, and animals go on wonderful adventures in three short animated films.

Fox and the Whale, Robin Joseph, Canada, 12’
Bachir in Wonderland, Evelien Vehof/Els Duran, Netherlands, 16’
Running Lights, Ged Sia, Lithuania, 11’
Nanuuq, Jim Lachasse, France, 2’
Heijplaters, Mirjam Marks, Netherlands, 15’

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    Still uit Heijplaters

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    Still uit Fox and the Whale

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    Still uit Luchtvruchten (Fruits of Clouds) 

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    Still uit Running Lights

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    Still uit Bachir in Wonderland