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AmijimaJorge Suárez-Quiñones Rivas IFFR 2017 55′
How do you prepare for a double suicide? Do you go to the same place to die together or do you decide to die at the same time, yet far away from one another? We see one of the lovers and hear him, almost tangibly, practicing his lines in a rugged landscape somewhere
Another PlanetAmir Yatziv IFFR 2017 48′
Animated documentary about encounters in virtual simulations of Auschwitz-Birkenau. The film follows the makers – from Poland, Germany and Israel – through their virtual camps. Each is different in style and every maker has different aims for creating such a parallel world.
Boli BanaSimon Gillard IFFR 2017 59′
Boys and girls from the colourful West-African Fulani people are raised separately on the savannah. Their daily activities are regularly interrupted by rituals that lead to adulthood. Filmed up close, you can almost feel the pain and endurance that accompany the rituals and daily experiences.
CarcasseClémentine Roy, Gústav Geir Bollason IFFR 2017 60′
On a deserted peninsula, a group lives amidst relics from contemporary society. Part of a plane serves as a sheep shed, a car inner tube as futuristic Tupperware. Is this a parallel world or are we in the near future?
Conversation with a CactusElise Florenty, Marcel Türkowsky IFFR 2017 45′
A young woman in Tokyo links the mysterious death of a journalist to the Hashimoto experiment that attempted to teach a cactus the alphabet. Fiction and documentary alternate freely, using various film formats.
Crève cœurBenjamin Klintoe IFFR 2017 54′
Jonathan’s friends find him just outside a village in the French Alsace. Brought to a simple home, where he lies on a dirty mattress, he seems unwilling to live. The text and music are replete with religious references, whilst the group’s choice to live outside society seems to be a political one.
Dream BoxJeroen Van der Stock IFFR 2017 43′
In a mysterious Japanese woodland, there’s a building cats and dogs are taken to. Where do they come from and do they also have to go back? What’s inside the dream box? Technological ingenuity, hygiene and mechanical action contrasts the dirt of stray animals.
Exquisite CorpseKerry Tribe IFFR 2017 51′
The Los Angeles River is 51 miles long, and in Exquisite Corpse it takes 51 minutes to follow the river from its start at the San Fernando Valley to the mouth of the Pacific Ocean. A colourful ode to the people, animals and plants along the L.A. River.
FraudDean Fleischer-Camp IFFR 2017 55′
Gary films every purchase his family makes. The addiction to new stuff gets out of control and a drastic decision is made to maintain this lifestyle. This meta-thriller was edited together from existing YouTube videos, making you constantly question what is real or not.
Minute Bodies: The Intimate World of F. Percy SmithIFFR 2017 60′
The pure, breath-taking photography of Frank Percy Smith seems as fresh and bewildering today as when it was first screened. Cut loose from their format, musical forms and connections emerged, amplifying the beauty and adventure in the images.