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The Flavor GenomeAnicka Yi IFFR 2017 22′
All the senses are awakened in artist Anicka Yi’s 3D film where flavour chemists explore the potential for exchange between species to enhance the sensorium and trigger sense memories.
Flight PathsRobert Todd IFFR 2017 12′
Shot from the perspective of an avian observer, Robert Todd’s camera traces pathways and patterns that exist on the street but to which we rarely pay any attention.
Forces of NatureIFFR 2017
Our earth is being turned inside out, peeled apart and burnt up from the inside. What does the future hold in store: a new equilibrium with renewed biodiversity or just a disaster? Simon & Garfunkel have put their money on the latter.
FoyerIsmaïl Bahri IFFR 2017 32′
A piece of blank paper flapping before a camera’s lens attracts a crowd of passers-by in Tunis. From the white void and the comments it evokes, a film emerges.
Das GestellIFFR 2017 30′
A wondrous film in which a Japanese philosopher asks a famous German colleague how the Japanese can deal with the technology integral to modern life.
Grid CorrectionsGerco de Ruijter, Michel Banabila IFFR 2017 2′
When superimposing a rectangular grid on the surface of the earth, spherical deviations have to be fixed. After all, the grid has only two dimensions...
Há terra!Ana Vaz IFFR 2017 13′
A pamphlet and cinematic poem combined, Há terra! depicts the history of cultural assimilation and displacement on the Brazilian sertão.
De handFrank Bruinsma IFFR 2017 3′
Filmmaker Frank Bruinsma meets random strangers on the streets.
The Happiest BarrackNoémi Varga IFFR 2017 16′
Tracing her grandmother’s life of destitution in Soviet Hungary, Noémi Varga scans a house, the inhabitants of which appear numb and deprived of all sensation under the pressures of Soviet 'socialism'.
HighviewSimon Liu IFFR 2017 20′
Highview consists of four, partially overlapping, 16mm images that fully coalesce into a colourful abstract painting, but also often create a narrative as an exploded montage.
The Hollow CoinIFFR 2017 12′
Existing between spy thriller and prank call, this charmingly facetious video by artist Frank Heath is about an SD card hidden in a hollow coin.
homePieter Geenen IFFR 2017 11′
home travels from the vivid memory of a place once called home, to the blurred remains of this memory, exchanged for a new reality, a new home. (Argos)
The I MineEmilio Moreno IFFR 2017 27′
Experimental narrative connects South African paleoanthropologists and diamond miners digging for items of value with a narrator thoroughly investigating personal histories and the act of storytelling.
If It WasLaure Prouvost IFFR 2017 9′
A proposal for what a museum could be: kissed floors and massaged walls, a Zumba class in the entrance hall, birds flying in and a huge breast spraying milk.
Indefinite PitchJames N. Kienitz Wilkins IFFR 2017 23′
A pathetic movie pitch slips into the murkiness of memory, and histories best forgotten or purposely ignored. (JNKW)
The Invader and the Origin of the WorldNicolas Provost IFFR 2017 4′
Inspired by the painting L'origine du monde by Courbet. We see a naked woman on a beach in Southern Europe, while a strong, charismatic African man washes ashore.
Jillian DressingJoanna Paul IFFR 2017 3′
While looking in a mirror, a woman adjusts her hair and clothing. The film examines the construction of female appearance. (Circuit)
JustJoon Soo Ha IFFR 2017 6′
Just plays with image, sound and language but breaks down their karma and builds up new combinations of meaning. (Video Data Bank)
KairosElisa Ribes IFFR 2017 11′
Shot in enchanting black-and-white 35mm, Elisa Ribes’ choreography invites the Mediterranean sea to dance with her. The forms and rhythms of landscape that emerge appear to respond to her request.
Kaltes TalFlorian Fischer, Johannes Krell IFFR 2017 12′
The beautiful Kaltes Tal is about our relationship with nature as a source of raw materials and seemingly endless possibilities.
Keep On TurningJacques Verbeek, Karin Wiertz IFFR 2017 3′
Geometric animation with dizzying depth. (EYE)
Languages, Gestures, MovementsIFFR 2017
Communication is key. Bridging cultural differences with language skills alone is hard, if not impossible. Listen to the emphases and nuances, view the poetry in word and gesture. Technology may help, but can also get in the way, hogging the limelight.
Last Light BreakingLeslie Supnet IFFR 2017 9′
The images seem possessed by the memories of those passed away. This film is an examination of the ties that formed beyond the last light.
The Last TrainDianna Barrie IFFR 2017 12′
Footage from the trailer of Kereta Api Terakhir, found in the archive of Lab Laba Laba, melts into a soup of highly imaginative imagery of chemigrammed perforations.
Latency Contemplation 2Cho Seoungho IFFR 2017 8′
Seoungho Cho's internal visions and his perception of the outer world come together in a fluent meditation on space, place and sound.
Liquid SolidJoris Strijbos, Nicky Assmann IFFR 2017 7′
A montage of freezing soap, during which ice crystals grow into complex fractal-like patterns. The soundtrack is a mixture of soundscapes and recordings of home-made instruments. (EYE)
Living ArchiveIFFR 2017
It’s astounding how much humans want to hold onto and record the world around us and our place in it. These filmmakers and artists go beyond that. They conversely leave out information, filter, select and organise differently. Their specialities are constructing narratives, distilling meaning from footage or shifting attention.
Luna e SanturJoshua Gen Solondz IFFR 2017 11′
Luna e Santur was inspired by a paranormal encounter. Masked figures engaged in a mysterious, passionate ritual filtered through stroboscopic flicker.
The Mourning of the SeaMiguel Peres Dos Santos IFFR 2017 7′
Shot at Cape Verde, this film echoes the deep sadness of the past and lingers between memory and what remains of memory. (Argos)
Mythical lfsIFFR 2017
Sometimes what seems out of reach is right within our grasp. Not letting space limit their motion and thoughts, the subjects of these films twist mythical ifs into something we can touch.
Obstructed LandscapeIFFR 2017
Sublime landscapes: fascinating and terrifying at the same time. Sometimes the view is obstructed by an historical event, a natural phenomenon, a personal vision, the gaze of the media, ambiguous images.
On the Origin of FearBayu Prihantoro Filemon IFFR 2017 12′
Deep-seated traumas of Indonesia are rooted out when a man dubs the roles of both perpetrator and victim over a docudrama on the 1965 attempted coup.