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DrakkarMaud Alpi IFFR 2016 52′
Maud Alpi: "A girl and a boy live with dogs and the internet as their only companions. In their isolation, they try to love each other as freely as possible." Drakkar is a confident, understated and life-affirming tale of going off the grid in rural France.
The HostMiranda Pennell IFFR 2016 60′
The artist's investigation into her parents’ involvement with the Anglo Iranian Oil Company (nowadays British Petroleum) lead to her discovery of letters tracing a search for the origins of civilisation. The Host is about the stories we tell about ourselves and others, the facts and fictions we live by - and their consequences.
JununPaul Thomas Anderson IFFR 2016 54′
Junun is Paul Thomas Anderson’s debut documentary film, immersing us in a joyful meeting of musical minds brought together by composer Ben Tzur at Jodhpur's majestic 15th century Mehrangarh Fort. Celebrating "the madness of love".
MinotaurSzabolcs Tolnai IFFR 2016 47′
An absurdist fable set in the numerous parallel realities of late-1990s Serbia. As a family disintegrates, Szabolcs Tolnai’s film effortlessly combines melancholic ruminations on middle age with dollops of unlikely colour, rejuvenation and invisible art projects.
MinotauroNicolás Pereda IFFR 2016 53′
"Minotaur takes place in a home of books, of readers, of artists. It’s also a home of soft light, of eternal afternoons, of sleepiness, of dreams. The home is impermeable to the world. Mexico is on fire, but the characters of Minotaur sleep soundly.” Nicolás Pereda
Souvenirs de la GéhenneThomas Jenkoe IFFR 2016 56′
Thomas Jenkoe’s film visits Grande-Synthe, the Dunkerque suburb recently newsworthy as the northern power base for France’s Front National. Here, he excavates the 2002 case of J.D. a man who loaded up his rifle, got in his car and went in search of people with an immigrant background to murder.
Time PassesAne Hjort Guttu IFFR 2016 47′
What can we do when art fails? Or when film fails art? Time Passes is Ane Hjort Guttu’s response to such questions. Inspired by Peter Watkins’ Edward Munch, the result is a brilliantly incisive film about not only the artistic process but also time, power and the possibility of living a life of dignity.
We Make CouplesMike Hoolboom IFFR 2016 57′
We Make Couples is a master documentary maker's six-years-in-the-making Marxist love story. Crammed full of thoughts on cinema, politics and the pleasures and costs of our collective stabs at happiness, it’s a powerful film challenging us to ask whether 'the couple' could also be a form of resistance.
Where the Chocolate MountainsPat O'Neill IFFR 2016 55′
O’Neill treats us to a hypnotising, mysterious collage named after the Chocolate Mountains in south-eastern California. With this digital tour de force he reinvents himself using a dense tapestry of samples from 78 RPM records and obscure films.
5 OctoberMartin Kollar IFFR 2016 50′
Martin Kollár’s acclaimed cinematography reigns resplendent in the silent story of a man waiting for important surgery. Discovering he's facing the possibility of only having a few months left to live, Ján Kollár embarks on a journey with no destination and only a deadline.