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Actor MartinezMike Ott, Nathan Silver IFFR 2016 75′
Lack of work makes a not very successful yet ambitious would-be actor decide to take on two directors for a film about and with himself. When they try to make his far-from-exciting life more appetising and show his feelings, painful and hilarious clashes are inevitable.
El apóstataFederico Veiroj IFFR 2016 80′
Also in his first Spanish production, one can recognise the amiably ironic and occasionally absurd hand of the Uruguayan Veiroj (A Useful Life). A young man in Madrid (co-writer Alvaro Ogolla) wants to be struck from the lists of the Catholic Church. Alongside the problems that gives him, he wrestles with his family, life and love.
Brother DejanBakur Bakuradze IFFR 2016 113′
Twelve months from the life of Dejan Stanic, a general wanted for war crimes during the Yugoslavian Civil War. For fifteen years he easily manages to stay out of the hands of justice, but when the political situation changes, he decides to flee to neighbouring Slovenia with the help of his old compatriots.
CalifórniaMarina Person IFFR 2016 90′
Estela grew up in the 1980s in Brazil, against the background of major political changes. In this coming-of-age story, we see how she looks forward with her girlfriends to her journey to Uncle Carlos in California - the USA is the promised land. With a soundtrack full of eighties hits, for instance from David Bowie, New Order and The Cure. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.
Chaotic Love PoemsGarin Nugroho IFFR 2016 90′
A cheerful yet serious Indonesian Romeo and Juliet. A boy and a girl from the same district, but with difficult childhoods and other reasons not to acknowledge their love. Through the colourful and musical retro style - the 1970s came late to Indonesia - shines a chaotic political and social era.
ChevalierAthina Rachel Tsangari IFFR 2016 99′
Six men on a pleasure craft enter the fray. The game is "who does it best". Notebooks are taken out in order to keep track of literally everything: how everyone sleeps, talks, sports and plays. Men together. A dryly humorous and absurd new work by Attenberg director Tsangari.
Les chevaliers blancsJoachim Lafosse IFFR 2016 112′
Lafosse, the Belgian maestro of mixed feelings, collected a French all-star cast led by Vincent Lindon for his most ambitious film so far. A team of NGO workers arrives in restless Chad, where they claim they are offering local children shelter and education in a secure compound.
A Copy of My MindJoko Anwar IFFR 2016 121′
The experienced writer-filmmaker Joko Anwar is still young but certainly knows what you can and cannot show in an Indonesian film. He seems to be seeking censorship problems, but that fits in well with this cheeky story about love, DVDs, crime, corruption and politics. A little pornographic.
EndorphineAndré Turpin IFFR 2016 84′
A hypnotic mix of dream, nightmare and mystery, in which the lives of three women going by the name of Simone are linked together through time and space. The starting point is a terrible murder in a car park, after which a beautifully filmed puzzle unfolds, continuously turning in circles.
The Fourth DirectionGurvinder Singh IFFR 2016 115′
Premiered at Cannes, this refined drama is situated during the time of the Punjab insurgency in India, when fear and suspicion prevailed, especially between the Sikh and Hindu communities. Effectively creating suspense and the paranoia of the early 1980s, two separate stories elegantly unite.
Halal Love (and Sex)Assad Fouladkar IFFR 2016 94′
A couple in love or actually divorced, a husband and children who ask too much of one woman, and two girls who worry about where children come from. Four stories in this tragicomedy about Muslim men and women who all try to reconcile their love lives (and sex lives) with the dogmas of Islam. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.
He Hated PigeonsIngrid Veninger IFFR 2016 80′
Elias goes on a road trip through dazzling Patagonia - a journey he had wanted to make with his partner, who is dead. On the way, he relives their last moments and has chastening encounters that lead him to a new starting point in life. The film is accompanied by live music on Fri 29 and Sat 30 Jan.
The Land of OzVasiliy Sigarev IFFR 2016 95′
New Year’s Day in Yekaterinburg. A modern Dorothy reluctantly sets out on a strange ramble through the cold city, where all kinds of bizarre figures prevent her from reaching her final destination. Slightly eccentric and hot-blooded comedy that reveals the Russian soul in a very nefarious and coarse way.
Love & FriendshipWhit Stillman IFFR 2016 94′
Cheerful, effervescent Jane Austen film - and this time not an Austen that has been filmed countless times. A free adaptation of Lady Susan, a novella about a pretty widow who shakes up the lives of everyone around her in a villainous way. Fresh acting, spirited writing. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.
La luz incidenteAriel Rotter IFFR 2016 95′
Shot in beautiful and appropriate black-and-white, Rotter's third film after Solo por hoy/Just for Today and El otro/The Other, is an intimate tale about family, mourning and love. In 1960s Buenos Aires, a beautiful, young, single mother cares for her twins after the sudden death of her husband. Then a new admirer appears.
Memories of the WindÖzcan Alper IFFR 2016 126′
A look at the persecution of minorities by the Turkish government in World War II. Gripping story of an Armenian artist who has to flee Istanbul and goes into hiding in the countryside.
Midnight SurpriseIFFR 2016 115′
One-off screening of a film that will remain a secret until its opening titles. Get the creeps deep after midnight with this rousing cocktail of vampires and Mafia. And who might that be in the frog costume? By a cult director who basically has a film in every IFFR edition.
Montreal la blancheBachir Bensaddek IFFR 2016 90′
It’s Christmas Eve, but the Algerian taxi driver living in Canada is more caught up in Ramadan. By chance he picks up a compatriot, a former pop star thought dead, and the evening gets more interesting.
Notes on BlindnessPeter Middleton, James Spinney IFFR 2016 90′
Impressive visualisation of the audio diaries of John Hull, a writer and theologian who slowly went blind over a period of thirty years. We hear him desperately trying to cling to the visible world, while in the meantime he is portrayed by an actor. An intellectually challenging docu-drama.
Les ogresLéa Fehner IFFR 2016 144′
There's drama aplenty for the travelling theatre company Chekhov Cabaret. The actors share the good times and the bad as a nomadic tribe where work and private life always mingle. They don’t mince words, these obstreperous actors with a sardonic sense of humour. Theatre always comes first.
Oleg y las raras artesAndrés Duque IFFR 2016 70′
The legendary Oleg Nikolaevitch Karavaychuk is the mysterious and moving subject of this loving film by the young director Duque. He was moved by the music the pianist composed for a film by Kira Muratova and is the first foreigner to win the trust of the eccentric and still active 89-year-old Russian.
The Other SideRoberto Minervini IFFR 2016 92′
The seamy side of the American dream is exposed in this intimate portrait of people who have been forgotten by society in the deep south of the not-so-United States: drug addicts Mark and Lisa and their fellows, plus the members of an armed militia. Fuck Obama!
Paths of the SoulIFFR 2016 117′
Nyima and his uncle Yang think it’s time for a pilgrimage to Lhasa. On the 2000-kilometre-long road, they throw themselves to the ground every few metres, meanwhile cheerfully braving trucks, earthquakes and the elements. One of the most gripping and thought-provoking pilgrimages in the history of film.
Pieta in the ToiletMatsunaga Daishi IFFR 2016 120′
Have a tissue at hand: a very emotional film. A young artist has given up on everything. He no longer believes in his talent and when he turns out to be incurably ill, he doesn’t seem to care about that either. And then comes the turn-around. Based on the last diary by Osamu Tezuka, the 'God of Manga'.
Stop Acting NowMijke de Jong IFFR 2016 82′
Desperate attempts by Wunderbaum’s actors to change the world radically. Not words but deeds! So they set off into the suburbs, do some urban gardening and start a crying cafe as the conclusion of their socially-committed project.
SuntanArgyris Papadimitropoulos IFFR 2016 104′
Parties, sex, dancing, drinking and sleeping it off on the beach: a typical young people's holiday. In Suntan, the doctor on a tourist Greek island falls for 19-year-old Anna. He tries to connect with her and her friends. But how wild are you at the age of 40? A both painful and comic coming-of-middle-age story. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.
This Summer FeelingMikhaël Hers IFFR 2016 106′
Stylish registration of the life of a young urban generation, focussing on Lawrence and his sister-in-law Zoé, who are trying to come to terms with a dramatic loss. The two are followed for three summers in Berlin, Paris and New York - as a result of which the film has also become an ode to the modern metropolis. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.
Three Stories of LoveHashiguchi Ryosuke IFFR 2016 140′
True-to-life stories, made with much love for detail. Stories about ordinary people who are sometimes a little less lucky in love than they would want to be, or dream of being. Made by a patient and experienced filmmaker, who himself chose the stories and the actors. Real life. A real film.
Too Young to Die!Kudō Kankurō IFFR 2016 125′
A secondary-school pupil dies unexpectedly and finds himself in a demonic rock band. On a humorous and kitschy tour of the underworld, he looks for a way to return to his old life. Contemporary and supernatural.
WildNicolette Krebitz IFFR 2016 100′
The life of a lonely city girl goes off the rails when she suddenly meets a wolf on her way to the office. A powerful, energetic drama about extreme self-liberation and ultimate change of fortune. Excellent performances by both humans and animal. Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award.
YoMatías Meyer IFFR 2016 80′
Yo, a strong man with a childlike spirit, lives with his mother in a chicken restaurant by a Mexican highway. He adores her, but not her guy. The film's charismatic star and subtle build-up draw the viewer into a world of contradictory emotions. Based on a story by Nobel prizewinner Le Clézio. Winner of the Best Film at Morelia FF.
11 MinutesJerzy Skolimowski IFFR 2016 81′
A budding actress goes to an audition. A filmmaker wants to seduce her. Her jealous husband wants to save her. A motorbike courier races through the city, a couple watches porn, a girl takes her dog out... In eleven minutes, their lives cross in Skolimowski's exciting mosaic drama about the chaos that rules life.