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AlbaAna Cristina Barragán IFFR 2016 98′
Alba is a shy girl who goes to live with her solitary father when her mother has to go to hospital. A moving debut from Ecuador.
One of the best moments of the new year, this moving debut from Ecuador. Alba, phenomenally acted by Macarena Arias, is a shy girl aged eleven who goes to live with her solitary father when her mother has to go to hospital. As if the fuss at school and approaching puberty weren't complicated enough.
All Still OrbitDane Komljen, James Lattimer IFFR 2016 23′
A breathtaking quest for the dream the imposing city of Brasilia was based on, a marked contrast with the chaos of the adjacent construction workers' village.
AlonePark Hongmin IFFR 2016 90′
Nightmares can leave alarming and intangible traces; viewers also rarely know what's what in this very clever film by Park Hongmin. A realistic thriller? Psychological horror? Influenced with visible pleasure by the etchings of Escher and strikingly situated in a labyrinthine suburb of Seoul.
Alter SenatorWillehad Eilers IFFR 2016 13′
Experience an ambitious alcoholic’s life first-hand. Before you know it, he has groped the wrong barmaid.
American ReflexxxAlli Coates, Signe Pierce IFFR 2016 14′
Performance artist Signe Pierce walks down a busy street dressed in a tight, short dress and a reflective mask. The responses from passers-by are astounding.
an is that isn't alwaysRichard T. Walker IFFR 2016 9′
Absurdism, cultural references and a great soundtrack are the ingredients of this contemplation of our experience and understanding of reality.
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.
Andrew a strong courageous warrior.A. Liparoto IFFR 2016 18′
A voyeuristic look at the daily life of Andrew and Abigail. They are increasingly becoming one, alternating between male and female. Which of them is real?
Animal políticoTião IFFR 2016 76′
A cow tries to convince herself she's really happy. But one evening, just before Christmas, she is overwhelmed by a sense of emptiness - a strange, new experience. The crisis makes her decide to go travelling to find her true self. Grippingly existential - but also irresistibly humorous.
AriannaCarlo Lavagna IFFR 2016 84′
During a muggy summer, teenager Arianna slowly discovers the truth about her sexual identity that her parents have anxiously hidden from her. Intimate coming-of-age drama that developed from a documentary. Amateur actress Quadri is fascinating as the seeker Arianna in this captivating, subtle debut.
The Bear TalesSamuele Sestieri, Olmo Amato IFFR 2016 67′
Through deserted Scandinavian landscapes, a robot monk follows a little red man. Only when they find a wounded teddy bear do they have a common goal. Two young Italians did everything for this project themselves. The surreal magic of filmmaking - from Tarkovski to the Teletubbies - bursts from the silver screen.
Bella e perdutaPietro Marcello IFFR 2016 87′
An empty palace symbolises Italy's faded glory. The fictional clown Pulcinella comes across the real-life Tommaso, self-appointed guardian angel of the palace. A finely filmed mix of poetic fiction and essayist documentary, with a leading role for the Italian landscape - beautiful in decay.
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.
Bodkin RasKaweh Modiri IFFR 2016 79′
Life stories of the inhabitants of a Scottish town were incorporated into the screenplay, after which they played themselves. The arrival of a stranger, the young fugitive Bodkin Ras (played by Sohrab Bayat, the only real actor), worries them. Who or what is he fleeing? And how dangerous is he?
B-ROLL with AndreJames N. Kienitz Wilkins IFFR 2016 18′
A documentary-style detective with anonymous testimony about Andre, who proves more than just a brilliant crook. Clichés scrutinised with humour.
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.
Cinéma concretMakino Takashi IFFR 2016 23′
Shadow presences gradually emerge in Japanese filmmaker Makino Takashi’s abstract cinema composed of layers upon layers of natural imagery that awaken the senses.
Communication & LiesLee Seungwon IFFR 2016 103′
The driving force behind this character study of a young woman shot in casual black-and-white is the imperturbable and alarming lack of shame with which she ducks social pressure (and feels attracted to sexual humiliation). Protagonist Jang Sun was awarded Best Actress at the Busan Festival.
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.
Dag'aaShadi Habib Allah IFFR 2016 19′
A tough journey with a Bedouin group across the Sinai Peninsula, far from habitation. Everything seems to take place outside political and historical frameworks.
The DaughterSimon Stone IFFR 2016 96′
Does the truth have to come out no matter what the cost, even if a whole life has been built around the lie? Ibsen's play The Wild Duck was the model for this sizzling family drama that embroiders forth on this abstract philosophical question in a surprisingly intimate way.
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.
The Dork, the Girl and the DouchebagOkuda Yosuke IFFR 2016 141′
If you thought that the genre of Yakuza gangster films could no longer be improved or changed, here's the raw proof to the contrary. The rash young filmmaker Yosuke throws himself with such abandonment into a Yakuza movie and his own leading role that a doctor has to be called.
The DoubleRoy Villevoye, Jan Dietvorst IFFR 2016 21′
An exacting sculpture of a middle-aged white man is hammered out in a studio. Voices bring him to life, but who is he really?
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.
DrakkarMaud Alpi IFFR 2016 52′
Maud Alpi: "A girl and a boy live with dogs and the internet as their only companions. In their isolation, they try to love each other as freely as possible." Drakkar is a confident, understated and life-affirming tale of going off the grid in rural France.
Dream English Kid 1964-1999 ADMark Leckey IFFR 2016 23′
Musical ode to the late 20th century with found film excerpts, ads and pop music, full of memories and experiences from Mark Leckey’s life.
Elle pis son charLoïc Darses IFFR 2016 28′
Years later, a woman decides to confront the man who abused her as a child with what he has done to her. Ultimately, her son finishes the job.
Engram of ReturningDaïchi Saïto IFFR 2016 19′
Accompanied by an extraordinary improvisational score, Engram of Returning is an epic 35mm metaphysical travelogue that reveals a supernal world which pulses and flickers with formal patterns and deep hues.