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Suite ArmoricainePascale Breton IFFR 2016 147′
When Françoise returns to her birthplace Bretagne to teach at the university, it evokes memories of her lively time as a student. For less nostalgic reasons, the student Ion moves to the campus: he is saying farewell to a troubled childhood. But teacher and student turn out to have more in common than expected.
Tenemos la carneEmiliano Rocha Minter IFFR 2016 79′
Face to face with (and emerging from) a culture in which cruelty and lust are linked in a shocking way, this debut provides an intense, allegorical vision of an apocalyptic Mexico - one we do not, however, get to see. In a derelict building, a brother and sister become fascinated by an older man.
ThirstSvetla Tsotsorkova, Laila Nuñez M. IFFR 2016 90′
A hot summer in the Bulgarian countryside gets even more sultry when a family acquires two extra inhabitants on their property - a man and his seductive young daughter, who turns the heads of the teenage son in the family and his father. In this restrained drama, it’s not only thirst for water that must be slaked.
TikkunAvishai Sivan IFFR 2016 120′
Haim-Aron is a dedicated ultraorthodox student. When he has a heart attack, his father miraculously revives him. But Haim-Aron is no longer the same, physically or spiritually. In impressive black-and-white, we follow him as he strays further and further from his conservative surroundings. Was his salvation really God’s will?
ToponimiaJonathan Perel IFFR 2016 82′
Perel focuses his disciplined artist’s eye on four villages in Tucumán (in the far north-west of Argentina), which was founded in the 1970s by the military junta to house the rebellious native population. Just like the villages, the film also has a steely structure - but life will out.
Las vacas con gafasAlex Santiago Pérez IFFR 2016 93′
When a solitary, eccentric artist and professor hears he’s going blind, he has to come to terms with this terrifying fact and also sort things out with his daughter, who became estranged from him years ago. Subtle drama about ageing and coming to terms with the inevitable. Yellow Robin Award winner Curacao IFFR 2015.
The Waiting RoomIgor Drljaca IFFR 2016 92′
Jasmin, a successful actor, has to flee from Bosnia in the 1990s and ends up in Canada. In a series of dryly humorous moments, this drama sketches a middle-aged man in the twilight zone between a glorious, pre-war acting past and his present, disappointing life as a building worker.