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Altes GeldDavid Schalko IFFR 2016 375′
A wicked millionaire looks for a liver transplant and ignites a war among his children, one of them will be the only heir if (s)he provides what he wants. According to its author, a "Dallas for the insane" which at any rate provides psychotic fun and Austrian decadence. Season 1, episodes 1 to 8.
Baron noirZiad Doueiri IFFR 2016 104′
A tough politician faces a new enemy: his friend, former mentor and maybe the next president. In order to survive, he will need allies, even the most unexpected and threatening ones. This French House of Cards is a tense thriller where everything, except the names, is mostly real. Season 1, episode 1 and 2.
BevergemGilles Coulier IFFR 2016 92′
A Belgian stand-up comedian moves to a small Flemish village where the inhabitants test his sense of humour. He wants to keep a low profile but they have high expectations of him. A gently absurd comedy about new beginnings that are awkward for everyone. Season 1, episodes 1 and 2.
Bob Dylan Hates MeCaveh Zahedi IFFR 2016 5′
Question: how awkward can you be when you meet one of your idols? Answer: very, but at least with some style. Screens before The Natives.
La casaDiego Lerman IFFR 2016 192′
Throughout the 20th century and beyond, the rooms of an Argentinian house are witness to very different inhabitants and mysteries. Filmmaker Diego Lerman takes the opportunity of a TV series to tell different stories in various artistic styles, collectively portraying the many faces and tribulations of one country. Season 1, episodes 4, 6, 10 and 13.
The Dark, KrystleMichael Robinson IFFR 2016 10′
Michael Robinson often borrows aspects of other TV series to give them another meaning. This time, it’s outrageous hair-dos and shoulder pads from Dynasty. Screens before Altes Geld/Old Money.
Field of Visionvarious directors, Matthew Cassel IFFR 2016 84′
'Episodic' can also apply to documentary. Initiated by Laura Poitras (Citizen Four), the films of the Field of Vision unit cover various, complex stories across the world with a unique and sharp look. This is visual journalism at its best.
Happy HourHamaguchi Ryūsuke IFFR 2016 317′
Four thirty-something housewives in Kobe are closely bonded by friendship and trust, until one of them breaks those ties. A patient five-hour saga of daily life in the company of touching and delicate characters. The four actresses won a collective Prize for Best Actress at the Locarno Film Festival in 2015.
Mr. RobotSam Esmail IFFR 2016 106′
A paranoid hacker aims to bring some cyber-anarchy in the corporate world. He cannot trust anyone, not even himself. This dark drama is smartly connected to current topics (internet, income inequality) and channels them in its own deranged way. Season 1, episodes 1 and 2.
NorskovDunja Gry Jensen IFFR 2016 84′
A Danish policeman goes back to his hometown to clean up the drug trafficking and must face his past and the people he loves. The latest success in the 'Nordic Noir' genre is a gripping tale in which crime, personal demons, politics and society are all linked. Season 1, episodes 1 and 2.
SuburraStefano Sollima IFFR 2016 130′
Mafia and politics collide on a real estate project in Rome, leading to uneasy alliances, treason and bloodbaths. After adapting the crime hits Romanzo Criminale and Gomorra for TV, director Stefano Sollima goes straight to the big screen for a fast-moving update of the 1960s/1970s Italian political thriller.
TogethernessMark Duplass, Jay Duplass, Steve Zissis IFFR 2016 60′
Togetherness is another brilliant example of how the indie spirit of US cinema left the big screen for TV series. A bittersweet comedy about two modern couples written and directed by Jay and Mark Duplass (Baghead, Cyrus). Season 1, episode 8 & Season 2, episode 1.