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The High SunDalibor Matanic IFFR 2016 123′
Three times Romeo and Juliet against the background of the Balkan Wars that caused Yugoslavia to fall apart. Love is impossible at the beginning of the conflict, at the end and even 10 years after. The tragedy evolves in form from resistance through incapacity to regret. Won the jury prize in Cannes in the section Un Certain Regard.
The IdolIFFR 2016 100′
This heart-warming feature by Abu-Assad (Oscar-nominated for Paradise Now and Omar) tells the true story of Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, whose winning of Arab Idol in 2013 gave his homeland a rare taste of victory. With a heroic role for his feisty sister, who guides him through his childhood years. With Critics' Talk in Lantaren Venster Foyer on Fri 29 Jan.
IFFR LiveIFFR 2016 30′
Ik wil gelukkig zijnAnnette Apon IFFR 2016 71′
A portrait of the Netherlands' greatest pre-war actress: Fien de la Mar. Using extensive archive material, this documentary sketches the life of a diva who could do anything but wasted her talent. The tragic story is narrated by Johanna ter Steege without false sentiment. Appealing for laymen as well as for theatre history connoisseurs.
In a Perfect FeverKera MacKenzie, Andrew Mausert-Mooney IFFR 2016 9′
Empathy is generally a positive emotion though we shouldn’t underestimate the consequences of the stress it can cause. A stimulating essay.
An Inaccurate DistanceGiovanni Giaretta IFFR 2016 15′
Bertani is a traveller of the mind, more than the body. He writes in more than 100 languages, but hardly ever leaves his home. Language is his gateway to other worlds.
Karakia - The Resetting CeremonySasha Huber IFFR 2016 6′
A ceremony on a glacier in New Zealand that erases the racism of colonial history with a Maori blessing.
KeeperGuillaume Senez IFFR 2016 95′
Empathic and realistic drama about a talented 15-year-old goalkeeper who hears that his girlfriend is pregnant and wants to keep the baby at all costs. A refreshingly honest impression of teenagers facing a major challenge, with a loving eye for the fragility and light-footedness of adolescence.
Kwassa KwassaTuan Andrew Nguyen IFFR 2016 19′
The island of Mayotte, in the Indian Ocean, is the new outermost EU border. On its poor island neighbour, craftsmen are building a kwassa kwassa - 'an unstable boat'.
Land of MineMartin Zandvliet IFFR 2016 100′
The horror of World War II throws a harrowing shadow in this intense drama about captured German soldiers who are forced to neutralise the remaining landmines along the Danish coast. An interesting game with the viewer's sympathy, in which every scene is fraught with tension.
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.
Love Story NotYosep Anggi Noen IFFR 2016 30′
A compassionate double portrait of two young prostitutes, whose lives connect through Erik, a young man who charms them both for his own financial advantage.
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.
MammalRebecca Daly IFFR 2016 96′
Incisive drama about raw grief and suffocating love, or the incapacity thereto. A divorced woman who has just lost her son and a homeless boy with criminal inclinations develop an unusual relationship. With an impressive leading role by Rachel Griffiths (Six Feet Under, Hilary and Jackie).
A Man ReturnedMahdi Fleifel IFFR 2016 30′
In a Palestinian refugee camp, Reda’s parents have found a bride who is to calm his life. A bittersweet love story.
MedaEmanuel Pârvu IFFR 2016 15′
Welcome to the world of Romanian bureaucracy, where foster daughter Meda is immediately removed from home for administrative, irrelevant reasons.
Melon RainbowLaurits Flensted-Jensen IFFR 2016 28′
Melon Rainbow cleans for people she has almost no contact with and spends her evenings working in neon light from her bed.
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.
Men & ChickenAnders Thomas Jensen IFFR 2016 104′
Two brothers go in search of their father in this mysterious and hilarious, philosophical and absurdist horror comedy. By far the weirdest Danish film in recent years, performed by a top cast with infectious pleasure (Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and directed by the maker of Adam’s Apples.
Metropolitan Triangle GardenRui Hu IFFR 2016 4′
At Metropolitan Triangle Garden’s digital museum, classical sculptures and contemporary digital waste are of equal value and in constant dialogue.
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.
The ModelMads Matthiesen IFFR 2016 105′
Sixteen-year-old Emma, just embarked on her modelling career in Paris, clearly doesn’t yet know the fashion world’s unwritten rules about love and sex. A tender coming-of-age story in which the temptations and promises of the fashion industry drive a beauty to insanity. With IFFR Live Screening on Sat 30 Jan.
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.
Mountains May DepartJia Zhangke IFFR 2016 120′
1999, 2014 and 2025 provide the historic and futuristic backdrops for Jia Zhangke’s ambitious take on the open wound of feelings that hardly matter anymore and the selling off of the Chinese identity in the Delicious New World. "Has anyone got a plaster?" someone once asked in Jia's The World. No, being the answer.
Much LovedNabil Ayouch IFFR 2016 115′
An intimate and candid drama about the life of prostitutes in Marrakesh. Once again Ayouch (Les cheveaux de Dieu) uncovers a reality that some people find hard to swallow. In Morocco the film was prohibited sight unseen; both the director and the courageous leading actress Loubna Abidar received threats.
With Brave Talk in Lantaren Venster 1 on Tue 2 Feb.
NavigatorBjörn Kämmerer IFFR 2016 7′
Navigator consists solely of monumental close-ups of refractions and reflections in a rotating lens system. A magnificent, disorientating watching machine shot on 35mm film.
Neon BullGabriel Mascaro IFFR 2016 101′
On the road with a travelling rodeo troupe through Brazil, the camera registers panoramic views. Sublime images, which alternate with a less idyllic reality: the hard work amidst the cows. Jointly they form a fabulous choreography, against the background of a rapidly changing society.
The New Man and My FatherAdrián Melis IFFR 2016 6′
Cuban artist Adrian Melis stages an intimate interview with his father, a communist revolutionary, whose face speaks volumes in light of his rapidly changing country.
No One Gets Out Of Here AliveRamzi Bashour IFFR 2016 11′
As a Syrian refugee in Beirut, Walid wants to do everything by the book, but that proves difficult in this time and place.
Nos champsBaptiste Ribrault IFFR 2016 21′
What happens to you when you find out after the Charlie Hebdo attacks that you knew one of the men who went to Syria to join IS?
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.