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The Cow FarmAli Sheikh Khudr IFFR 2016 60′
Portrait of a Syrian farmer, the filmmaker’s cousin who, in spite of the war, tries to live his daily life.
DemolitionJean-Marc Vallée IFFR 2016 100′
Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts sparkle under actor’s director Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club; Wild). Gyllenhaal as the recent widower whose life falls apart - whereby his own demolition frenzy lends a helping hand; Watts as the kind customer service rep he comes into contact with when a candy dispenser breaks down. A simultaneously hard and soft dramedy.
DeseosCarlos Motta IFFR 2016 33′
Fictional correspondence between a Columbian and a Lebanese woman demonstrates how laws and religion determine the dominant discourse on sexuality.
The DiggerAli Cherri IFFR 2016 24′
In the desert, Sultan Zeib Khan makes his rounds of the ruins of a Neolithic necropolis. Amid the tombs, the vastness of the desert is palpable.
Ears, Nose and ThroatIFFR 2016 10′
Chilling eye-witness report of the street argument that led to the cold-blooded murder of DeCarrio Antwan Couley in 2010.
EdmondNina Gantz IFFR 2016 9′
A touching animation and black comedy about a man with cannibalistic tendencies. In his mind’s eye he seeks the source of his misery.
EgoNicolas Provost IFFR 2016 3′
After a dizzying trip through the cosmos we see how an astronaut is flung into space. Rudderless, irrevocably heading for the eternal black hole.
Electrical GazaRosalind Nashashibi IFFR 2016 18′
The Gaza Strip as a myth: isolated, timeless, almost inaccessible, extremely tense. The accompanying animation adds a fictional layer.
The Endless RiverOliver Hermanus IFFR 2016 110′
Against the background of the vast South-African landscape, three people get caught up in a violent cycle of grief, anger and revenge. A moral narrative about mourning and reconciliation, with strong performances by Crystal-Donna Roberts, among others, and French actor Nicolas Duvauchelle as the proverbial outsider.
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.
ErysichthonJonathan Rafman IFFR 2016 8′
Named for the mythological Greek king cursed with insatiable hunger, Erysichthon takes as its base an exploration of subcultures through internet-user-generated content.
Escape ScenesJulia Feyrer IFFR 2016 5′
Julia Feyrer takes her sculptures for a ride across the city and lets the wind take them apart in this charming 16mm silent film.
The Everyday Ritual of Solitude Hatching MonkeysBasim Magdy IFFR 2016 13′
In Egyptian artist Basim Magdy’s tranquil adaptation of his father’s short story, a man finds himself in solitude after his entire community walks to the beach, never to return.
Extended HorizonLukas Marxt IFFR 2016 10′
Marxt explores an inhospitable, rugged environment by drone. There are some fancy villas that protect the inhabitants and their property like fortresses.
E42Cynthia Madansky IFFR 2016 33′
What is left of the glory of EUR, the Roman neighbourhood built in 1937 as the pinnacle of perfect fascist urban design?
Falling FramesJohannes Langkamp IFFR 2016 1′
How do we experience space? Falling Frames inventively explores the framing and visualisation of three-dimensional perspective through the two-dimensional medium of video.
Fat Boy Never SlimSorayos Prapapan IFFR 2016 14′
Two fat Thai schoolboys take a physical test to get into the territorial defence course. This proves to be quite difficult.
FatherDavit Pirtskhalava IFFR 2016 25′
A visit from his long-absent father leaves Lado with many unanswered questions. An unexpected adventure helps him understand his dad a tiny bit more.
Final ExitJoe Gibbons IFFR 2016 5′
A dog is prepared for his approaching demise by his boss.
Flots grisJoëlle Desjardins Paquette IFFR 2016 14′
Livia wanders the industrial east of Montreal trying to get her life back on track after a complex break-up. With a supporting role for a peacock.
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.
FranzosensandBettina Nürnberg, Dirk Peuker IFFR 2016 8′
This film enters a hamlet on the German Wadden Sea like a PhD research project, revealing the painful past of this landscape that looks so tidy.
Free in DeedJake Mahaffy IFFR 2016 98′
In the often ethnically coloured American storefront churches, the faithful piously pray for miracles. So does a single mother, who hopes a minister will cure her child of his demons. But how do you keep faith in a world where even among loved ones you can become the victim of best intentions?
From Our Own CorrespondentLucy Clout IFFR 2016 11′
A journalistic animated documentary that studies the boundaries of professional and personal space using interview techniques.
Full ContactDavid Verbeek IFFR 2016 105′
Dutch director David Verbeek shows the mental unraveling of a drone pilot who accidentally bombs a school. The introverted soldier enters his own tormented subconscious, respectively portrayed as an island and a boxing school, desperately looking for full contact through sex and violence.
GalindezDiego Bruno IFFR 2016 22′
The camera scans the location where the play El señor Galindez premiered in the 1970s. It feels just as oppressive now as it must have done then.
The Garbage HelicopterJonas Selberg Augustsén IFFR 2016 99′
Absurd road movie about three idle twenty-somethings who have to return an antique clock (is it broken or not?) to their grandmother. Highlights of Swedish culture captured in a Jarmuschian black-and-white universe, with humour drier than an IKEA Christmas tree on the 7th of January. With IFFR Live screening on Sun 31 Jan.
Greater ThingsVahid Hakimzadeh IFFR 2016 66′
A disengaged Japanese couple living in a design house. A Lithuanian wrestler who works in Japan and feels like an outsider there. An Iranian architect who wanders through the streets of Tokyo. Greater Things beautifully explores a special feeling when you fall out of yourself and start to be someone else and live somewhere in between.
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.
Heart of a DogLaurie Anderson IFFR 2016 75′
Within a short period of time Laurie Anderson was confronted with the deaths of her mother, her partner Lou Reed and her dog Lolabelle. All three are present in this highly personal essay about life, love, death and language. Stylistically, Anderson plays all possible registers; her narrating voice and music hold the disparate elements together. With Critics' Talk in LantarenVenster Foyer on Sun 31 Jan.
Here ThereAlexander Stewart IFFR 2016 5′
Elegant minimal animation feels like a summer breeze from Croatia. A simple seaside sketch book evolves into abstractions full of shifting planes and colours.