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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.
TannaMartin Butler, Bentley Dean IFFR 2016 104′
On an island in the Pacific, two young lovers rebel against old customs, causing tensions to rise high. Enthrallingly photographed drama about the necessity of change and a desire to break the chain of violence. Based on a true event and performed with brio by the local population.
The Case of the Spiral StaircaseJacques Verbeek, Karin Wierzt IFFR 2016 3′
A woman descends a staircase whose steps float off, becoming triangular. Spatial and geometric illusions created using unusual camera work and the choreography.
The Powder of SympathyTuomas A. Laitinen IFFR 2016 9′
Diving deep into the often obscure global flow of materials, in this instance copper, The Powder of Sympathy sets in motion a frantic flow of images combined with feverish pounding, hissing and rattling sounds sourced from West Africa, the USA and China.
The Rhythm of Plain WhiteSara Magenheimer IFFR 2016 7′
Sound itself is an object here and so is language, as sound effects trigger an off-screen narrative and letters rain down in a thunderstorm.
There Are No Limits to What I Can DoRichard Dinter, Magdalena Dziurlikowska IFFR 2016 9′
Richard Dinter from Sweden talks about his life as a kleptomaniac: from the triumphs of stealing to the poor example he is for his daughter.
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.
Ton coeur au hasardAude Léa Rapin IFFR 2016 37′
Freddy is on his way to love, but how he’s going to get there isn’t clear. A road movie with three encounters and excellent acting.
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.
Tosse not my souleSebastian Buerkner IFFR 2016 5′
Familiar sights of everyday life are abstracted by Sebastian Buerkner’s lush digital animation that contemplates the place of spiritual transcendence today.
TrespassPaul Wenninger IFFR 2016 11′
In a realistic animation style, a little avatar reconnoitres the world around him, without leaving the four walls of his house.
TrespassedHo Yuhang IFFR 2016 30′
A girl who misses her father slowly becomes entirely possessed by grief. It seems as if an outside force has taken control of her emotions.
TuesdayZiya Demirel IFFR 2016 12′
A girl goes to school, plays basketball and takes the bus home. An ordinary day, were it not for an incident that will change her mood entirely. A short story from Turkey about what it is like to be young and female in a metropolis.
Two Thousand Walls (a Song for Jayyous)Peter Snowdon IFFR 2016 6′
An impression of the average evening of a family in Palestine’s conflict zone. Faint sounds. A prayer, a poem. The sound of a family.
Undisclosed RecipientsIFFR 2016 25′
Sandro Aguilar gets inside the minds of people at the Paredes de Coura music festival. His suggestive perspective adds a liberal pinch of alienation.
UnivitellinTerence Nance IFFR 2016 15′
A modern Romeo and Juliet meet on a city bus. Of course they fall head over heels in love. A classic story in a far-from-classic reworking.
Verwisseling van de namen van de steden Rotterdam en Den HaagWim Gijzen IFFR 2016 2′
On the banks of the Meuse, Wim Gijzen erects a new town sign: The Hague. What happens when you swap the names Rotterdam and The Hague?
VonkEdgar Kapp, Kuba Szutkowski IFFR 2016 8′
A thin cake delivery man and a lonely welder meet in this funny, tender film with great roles by Jack Wouterse and Wart Kamps.
Voor filmDouwe Dijkstra IFFR 2016 11′
From the perspectives of a dozen viewers, this documentary short explores the peculiar ritual of watching film.
We Are Become DeathJean-Gabriel Périot IFFR 2016 4′
Triptych that reveals life on earth in all its gruesomeness and beauty. Destruction, be it natural or human, plays a major role.
Weapons ConferenceMike Heynes IFFR 2016 1′
Advert for the weapons industry. Playful and light in form, serious content that reflects on the role and power of the arms sector.
Where Are You GoingYang Zhengfan IFFR 2016 130′
Like any futuristic megacity, Hong Kong is certainly a dream place but does not it steal our dreams and identities? Making a spectacular trip through its locations, we encounter different people who literally become invisible trying not to fall down from this 'top of the world'. A fascinating road movie and a profound anthropological essay.
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.
WINWINDaniel Hoesl IFFR 2016 84′
Four allegedly professional investors travel the globe in search of established companies they want to buy for nothing. Surprisingly, plenty of respected businessmen are willing to place themselves into their hands. A sharp satire on contemporary capitalism and its agents, who are as sterile and interchangeable as the money they trust. With Critics' Talk in LantarenVenster Foyer on Fri 5 Jan.
With All Our CamerasMiguel López Beraza IFFR 2016 27′
Sandor is an avid collector of old-fashioned cameras. The filmmaker shoots a warm portrait of this ordinary man using the latter’s camera collection.
The Woods Dreams Are Made OfClaire Simon IFFR 2016 144′
Le Bois de Vincennes is a safe harbour for many Parisians. Migrants and natives, prostitutes and stalkers, rich and poor, old and young, downshifters and loners come to this forest in search of themselves and find there an escape from the metropolis. A delicate and profound portrait of a contemporary man and his desperate search for an 'unknown homeland'.
Yi-Ren (The Person of Whom I Think)Wu Tzuan IFFR 2016 14′
A love letter in collage style, consisting of found footage and a strange reading of Kang-Chien Chui’s work, karaoke and diary videos.
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.
21 nuits avec PattieArnaud Larrieu, Jean-Marie Larrieu IFFR 2016 115′
Caroline arrives in a village in the Pyrenees for her mother's funeral. Unexpectedly, the corpse has gone missing. In the good company of Pattie, Caroline spirals into detective riddles and erotic awakening. A superbly acted, witty, magical ‘Midsummer Night’s sex comedy’.