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Ali's BoatSadik Alfraji IFFR 2016 7′
When Sadik left Baghdad, his nephew Ali handed him an envelope and asked him not to open it until he reached his home in the Netherlands. In it there was a drawing of a boat.
The AsylumPrapat Jiwarangsan IFFR 2016 9′
This tranquil film by artist Prapat Jiwarangsan reflects on the necessary search for belonging in the changed face of Thailand since the 2014 coup d’etat.
AtardecerVioleta Uman IFFR 2016 13′
On holiday, widow Tamara meets two other older women. During a walk in the woods they discuss light-hearted and serious matters.
Los barcosDominga Sotomayor IFFR 2016 20′
A Chilean actress attends a film festival in Lisbon. The day after her film’s screening, she takes a boat to a desolate part of the city, far from everything.
Bedside MannersYeo Joon-han IFFR 2016 34′
A man lies in bed, paralysed. He can still see and hear and has to suffer the stupid talk of a bunch of idiots. Satire on all sorts of things in Malaysia.
BelladonnaDubravka Turic IFFR 2016 18′
A waiting room at the eye doctor’s offers a stage to an unexpected encounter of three completely different women. Proof that empathy is blind to differences.
BiteCharlotte Lim Lay Kuen IFFR 2016 30′
A schoolgirl, meticulously observed by a patient camera in a small, yet sensitive story. Perhaps a lesson in life, for it isn’t as innocent as it seems.
Bunte KuhFaraz Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko, Parastoo Anoushahpour IFFR 2016 6′
Reliving memories of a holiday, a sense of impending doom. An experimental film chronicle, like flipping through a photo album.
Burka Boogie WoogieSietske Tjallingii IFFR 2016 5′
In this short graphic dance film, a burka leads a life of its own and plays with the fear of Islam.
Les contagions barbaresMarie Dauverné IFFR 2016 5′
Colourful collage in which this experimental film criticises Western ideas on gender, violence, sex and other taboos.
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.
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.
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.
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.
From Our Own CorrespondentLucy Clout IFFR 2016 11′
A journalistic animated documentary that studies the boundaries of professional and personal space using interview techniques.
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.
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.