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Alter SenatorWillehad Eilers IFFR 2016 13′
Experience an ambitious alcoholic’s life first-hand. Before you know it, he has groped the wrong barmaid.
Analysis of Emotions and VexationsWojciech Bąkowski IFFR 2016 14′
The moods of the Polish poet, musician and artist captured in a sober, yet impressive pencil-drawn animation.
Bending to EarthRosa Barba IFFR 2016 15′
Aerial shots survey what appears to be a dystopian future, revealed as man-made storage sites for radioactive waste in Rosa Barba’s atmospheric 35mm film.
Beyond SightIFFR 2016
Impossible events, invisible connections, the last images of a blind man, the oldest tree in the world - only insiders know where it stands - and the unlikely similarities between modern music and finance.
Chums from Across the VoidJim Finn IFFR 2016 18′
In ‘Past Leftist Life Regression’ therapy three heroes act as your guide. Psychedelic intermezzos and a balmy voice create a contemporary revolution of the mind.
Consider the BelvedereTamara Henderson, Julia Feyrer IFFR 2016 10′
A detective story like no other, Feyrer and Henderson’s sculptural objects serve as criminal and investigator in this playful whodunnit where the crime itself is a mystery.
Crippled SymmetriesBeatrice Gibson IFFR 2016 26′
The latest work by two-time Tiger Award for Short Film winner Beatrice Gibson shows that music and capitalist economy have unexpected similarities.
The Cusp of Your CredenzaAnita Delaney IFFR 2016 10′
Thanks to absurdist language, toenail clippings and large, soft muffins are assigned a place in this out-of-control categorisation of life.
Dear LordeEmily Vey Duke, Cooper Battersby IFFR 2016 27′
Bone collector Rose, a 14-year-old girl, is looking for validation from her heroes, including comedian Louis C.K., bishop Desmond Tutu and pop star Lorde.
Double-Take: Leader of the Syrian Revolution Commanding a ChargeLawrence Abu Hamdan IFFR 2016 11′
Two similar paintings filmed in detail, one of the French colonial overlord, the other of a Syrian resistance leader. Tough questions about the colonial past.
EntrelazadoRiccardo Giacconi IFFR 2016 37′
A tailor, puppeteer, parapsychologist and physicist discuss events deemed impossible.
Fountains of YouthIFFR 2016
Desire is where everything starts. An artist who doesn’t seek, yet finds, bones of evanescence versus eternal youth, hair extensions, solar peptides, fabulous new shapes, colours and sounds: everlasting youth!
Ghost Rabbit & The Casket SalesArnont Nongyao IFFR 2016 7′
Quiet moments of everyday life are interrupted by a jagged remix of a native song in Arnont Nongyao’s playful poem on the current situation in Thailand.
Heart of the MatterIFFR 2016
Almost tangible: the scorching heat of molten glass, the green smell of chopped parsley, the brushstrokes on a painting and the fragile walls of a paper film set.
Hereditary LanguageLisa Oppenheim IFFR 2016 10′
A search for and 3D-reconstruction of Methuselah, the oldest living tree on Earth. Its exact location has not been publicly disclosed.
Land of Desire – Happy Is the New BlackDonna Verheijden IFFR 2016 18′
Land of Desire questions today’s increasingly consumerist society and our desire-driven media landscape. To what behaviour does desire lead us? Seeing is desiring.
The Masked MonkeysAnja Dornieden, Juan David González Monroy IFFR 2016 30′
Satirising ethnographic documentary, OJOBOCA documents the training of masked monkeys whose performances take us to where shadows, dreams and death meet.
MatkormanoFabien Rennet, Julien Louvet IFFR 2016 32′
In 1968, 'the mage' Matkormano gets accused of being responsible for his sons’ disappearance. He proclaimed his innocence.
The Mesh and the CircleMariana Caló, Francisco Queimadela IFFR 2016 35′
Fragmentary film examines empirical thinking and the tactile; full of brilliant visualisations and analogies. A fascinating labyrinth of a film.
The MessPeter Burr IFFR 2016 14′
Computer-animated video taking us to the threshold of a utopian labyrinth. A solitary female figure has to clean up the mess it inadvertently spawned.
Original LanguageIFFR 2016
Language has the capacity to enlighten and deceive. Five short films consider the power and pitfalls of communication. With humour and subversion, the films reflect on verbal, written and cinematic language.
PicassoJaakko Pallasvuo IFFR 2016 6′
Imaginary dialogue between the artist and Picasso. "I do not seek, I find," Picasso says. And he means it. The rest of us are still looking.
Poem and StoneMaryam Tafakory IFFR 2016 11′
The various colours, smells and flavours of Teheran are almost tangible. Can memories and the desire to be somewhere be captured in images?
Radio at NightJames Richards IFFR 2016 8′
An assemblage of distorting and looping audiovisual material, including industrial documentation, medical imaging, news broadcasts, birds and fish.
Signals from EarthIFFR 2016
Complex matters are not simplified, but viewed from another perspective. Grotesque megastructures that look like a land art project, a performance with a botched melody or a lengthy ritual with a monkey are hard enough to explain to outsiders as it is.
Subtítulos: saber sin estudiarManuel Saiz IFFR 2016 6′
Funny and intimate film in which a sequence of handmade subtitles translates, confirms, or denies what the only character of the film says while he's looking at the camera.
A Thing Among ThingsGiovanni Giaretta IFFR 2016 7′
This video combines a collection of the visual memories of a blind person with close-ups of transparent minerals. These work almost as a set design, open to different interpretations.
We Chose the Milky WayEva Marie Rødbro IFFR 2016 27′
An anthropological visit to a mysterious tribe of young girls on a planet called Earth. Welcome to a world where everything is artificial, except friendships.