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Bigger Than The ShiningMark Cousins IFFR 2016 90′
Mark Cousins (The Story of Film: An Odyssey) reflects on questions concerning copyright and the extent to which a film can conform to the associations of the person watching it. Can two people ever really see the same film?
Brand New-USimon Pummell IFFR 2016 100′
A digital age thriller, full of repetition, echoes and changing, uncertain identities. When Slater’s girlfriend disappears, he gets lost in the murky world of Brand New-U, a company that offers clients a completely new life. But at what cost? Introduced by a video essay by Joost Broeren.
A Crackup at the Race RiotsLeo Gabin, Robin De Vooght, Gaetan Begerem, Lieven De Coninck IFFR 2016 60′
Set in Florida and inspired by Harmony Korine’s homonymous book, Leo Gabin’s film consists of a collage of YouTube videos, mostly self-made, which depicts negative yet realistic aspects of the lost American dream. Moreover, it interprets contemporary social and political reality similarly to how Korine’s novel collects allegedly documentary fragments of American culture. Introduced by a video essay by Paula Albuquerque.
The Dying of the LightPeter Flynn IFFR 2016 94′
Loving documentary about the invisible hand that brings light in the cinema: the projectionist. Momentarily, his booth is at the centre of this film, which primarily looks back on the time when you could still touch film images. "Do pay attention to that man behind the curtain!"
Introduced by a video essay by Mariska Graveland.
Face ValueTony Cokes IFFR 2016 0
What possessed Von Trier during his notorious press conference at Cannes? And Bowie when he flirted with fascism? And Kanye West with his megalomania?
FrancofoniaAlexander Sokurov IFFR 2016 87′
Exciting blend of feature film, historic reconstruction and detective essay about the Louvre in World War II. While a plot is hatched to take the museum's art treasures to safety, Sokurov philosophises and swerves between the crashing waves of power, history and museology. Introduced by a video essay by Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen.
Helmut Berger, ActorAndreas Horvath IFFR 2016 90′
Both the worst and the best film of 2015, according to cult director John Waters, and most likely the most controversial one of IFFR 2016: actor/icon/muse Helmut Berger in a sexually loaded entanglement with documentary filmmaker Andreas Horvath. How orgasmic will it get? Makes up for a great Q&A afterwards. Introduced by a video essay by Hugo Emmerzael.
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever MadeJeremy Coon, Tim Skousen IFFR 2016 104′
It took the likes of Eli Roth, Harry Knowles and Steven Spielberg himself to make the dream of three Mississippi teenagers come true: a shot-for-shot remake of their favourite film, Raiders of the Lost Ark. It started in 1982 and ended only last year. Introduced by a video essay by Juan Daniel Molero.
Right Now, Wrong ThenHong Sangsoo IFFR 2016 121′
Can you step in the same river twice? Will a re-watched film be the same film? What is lost and (re)gained in perception? In another genius Groundhog Day variation, Hong Sangsoo doubles the story of a film director wandering around Suwon, waiting for a screening and Q&A of his film. But is it a story or a film? Introduced by a video essay by Kevin B. Lee.
The ThawValery Todorovsky IFFR 2016 127′
A Russian Mad Men? Isn’t that as contradictory as it gets? From the New York advertising world of the 60s to the Moscow film industry seems a giant leap, but turns out to be a small step in this fine example of the new wave of Russian TV. Introduced by a video essay by Mad Men expert Matt Zoller Seitz.