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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
23 Barbiepuppen kippen umDagie Brundert, Gesine Jochems IFFR 2016 3′
23 Barbies in a row. One by one they fall accompanied by a cacophony of humming. Dramatic. Dryly funny.
9 Days – From My Window in AleppoThomas Vroege, Issa Touma IFFR 2016 13′
Syrian photographer Issa Touma recorded the first days of the revolt in Aleppo from his window. An exceptional angle on a war.