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Aaaaaaaah!Steve Oram IFFR 2016 80′
How might the world look if people lived like apes? Then the mating call makes an entrance and people urinate in all corners of the house to leave their scent behind. In this dry and humorous film, it’s scarily apparent that as humans we don’t really differ that much from apes.
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.
AsaKitano Takeshi IFFR 2016 4′
Faux-sentimental short by ‘Beat’ Takeshi (aka Kitano Takeshi), made for his latest TV show. He plays a pensioner who takes a walk in the park.
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.
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?
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.
Bone TomahawkS. Craig Zahler IFFR 2016 132′
A bloody horror Western with Kurt Russell as a dauntless sheriff. He and his three sidekicks head out into the desert looking for kidnapped villagers and come across the breeding ground of a cannibalistic Indian tribe. A very wayward debut and a loving ode to exploitation films of yore.
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.
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 Childhood of a LeaderBrady Corbet IFFR 2016 116′
Impressive debut by young American director (and actor) Brady Corbet - with a small yet striking (double) role by Robert Pattinson - sketches the rise of fascism based on the childhood of a boy. The probing and ominous soundtrack by Scott Walker is performed live by the Codarts Symphony Orchestra. Closing film IFFR 2016.
Congo Beat the DrumAriel Tagar IFFR 2016 57′
Ariel Tagar (Kalbata) and Uri Wertheim (Mixmonster), two musicians from Tel Aviv, go to Jamaica to record an album with forgotten reggae greats. Once there they are as much impressed by the local sites and the beauty of the natural environment as by the spirited musicians. A musical pilgrimage. Free admission.
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.
Danny SaysBrendan Toller IFFR 2016 104′
From The Doors to Nico, Iggy Pop and the Ramones: few people have had such a sharp nose for alternative rock as music journalist, talent scout and manager Danny Fields. Yet this zany genius, whom Alice Cooper once hailed as the ‘underground mayor’ of New York, always remained the picture of modesty. A musical journey back in time. Free admission.
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.
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.
EidolaPeter Miller IFFR 2016 6′
Artist Peter Miller used infrared glasses to examine a coil in the camera and wrote his 'images' onto it with a laser pen.
EigenlichtMelvin Moti IFFR 2016 18′
Certain minerals convert absorbed UV light into visible colours of unearthly beauty. Shown in sacred, cosmic silence.
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?
FacebookistanJakob Gottschau IFFR 2016 59′
What is Facebook’s true face like? What hides behind Mark Zuckerberg’s baby face? This documentary tries - in vain - to put a face to the immensely popular company. Disillusioned users are spoken to. A shocking portrait of a pretty totalitarian organisation.
Fear ItselfCharlie Lyne IFFR 2016 88′
Horror is more than a term, genre or concept. Countless scenes from many films provide proof in an overwhelming montage. A voiceover takes the viewer by the hand and explains these scary moments, meticulously analysing the meaning of fear.
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.
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.
Gonin SagaIshii Takashi IFFR 2016 130′
If the original Gonin was the Titanic of Yakuza movies, Ishii Takashi’s twenty-years-later sequel brings the tangle of reckless attacks, jealousies and resentments bang up to date. A stylish, all-star, ultra-hard-boiled vision of 'Yakuza DNA'.
A Good AmericanFriedrich Moser IFFR 2016 100′
Bill Binney, a former American secret service staffer talks about the period preceding whistleblower Snowden’s revelations. Or how the NSA was more interested in wasting millions on their friends in business than on installing an electronic filter in a timely manner that - who knows - might even have helped prevent 9/11.
Green RoomJeremy Saulnier IFFR 2016 95′
A touring punk band finds itself facing a very unpleasant surprise in a shady club in Oregon. Their last-minute performance turns into a bloodbath and they have to pull out all the stops to arm themselves against extremely violent neo-Nazis. Nail-bitingly tense, nerve-wracking thriller.
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.
HelloIFFR 2016 11′
A Mexican woman talks about her childhood on the rubbish tip. A German with a severe disability in both hands explains about his job as a computer animator. What’s the connection?
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.
High-RiseBen Wheatley IFFR 2016 119′
Stylised, virtuoso drama by Ben Wheatley (Sightseers). A doctor moves into a luxury apartment building, an autonomous community where everyone knows their proper place. Then a class rebellion develops and the residents unite in murderous gangs - with surrealist, hysterical and post-apocalyptic consequences.
Inside the Mind of Favela FunkElise Roodenburg, Fleur Beemster IFFR 2016 68′
Favela funk is pornographic and explicit, both in terms of its lyrics and dance moves. Moreover, the scene is dominated by men, often gangsters. Songs extol the male perspective on sex and reduce women to objects of desire. But how do Brazilian girls themselves feel about that? Free admission.
L'invitation au voyageMeggy Rustamova IFFR 2016 13′
A series of beautiful black-and-white photographs marred by yellow Post-its with their notes erased. An unassuming narrator makes them even more mysterious.