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Only the Beloved Keeps Our SecretsBasel Abbas, Ruanne Abou-Rahme IFFR 2017 10′
Images of ritual and dance collected online overlap to obscure one another in Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme’s video, which contemplates the erasure of images.
Panta RheiIFFR 2017
Film is beautiful, film is wonderful, but - above all - film is tangible. Filmmakers go travelling with their cameras incorporating saturated colours, flicker effects, dust and other imperfections into their visual language.
Pattern LanguagePeter Burr IFFR 2017 10′
Highly organised, richly layered patterns move in accordance with sound frequencies and rhythms, towards the construction of an endlessly changing labyrinth.
Die Pferde des RittmeistersClemens von Wedemeyer IFFR 2017 10′
WWII documentary footage filmed behind the front lines. Von Wedemeyer examines pictorial spaces and boundaries of the subjective camera at war.
The Radio Wave of Blood Beneath the Dirt Ice and FlowersSandy Ding IFFR 2017 10′
An alchemical process of elevation becoming a worship of energy. Dirt, ice, liquids, flowers and the shape of blood are the words in this poem. (RE:VOIR)
Remedies – RongoãSasha Huber, Petri Saarikko IFFR 2017 6′
Huber and Saarikko were inspired by the traditions of various healing methods and the Maori culture, but also by the imminent threat of nature. (AV-arkki)
The RemnantIFFR 2017 19′
In 1659 Jan van Riebeeck, Dutch Commander of the Cape in South Africa, planted a hedge of indigenous wild almond trees. Its remnants still exist.
Reply; Repeat Repeated; Delete; Favorite FavoritedOuchi Rieko IFFR 2017 5′
Illustration of an internet landscape in which typical images of sex and violence flash across the screen. Irritation is skilfully depicted in this animated work. (Image Forum)
Rhizomatic Directed SimulationAlexandra Gelis IFFR 2017 7′
Erupting Super-8 film reveals its silver secrets, while a silhouetted camera operator attempts to contain the experience, while being subjected to it himself. (Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre)
Rodney KingErik Pauser, Johan Söderberg IFFR 2017 4′
A black man’s brutal police assault was filmed and broadcast. Pauser and Söderberg used images and material from various TV channels. (Filmform)
The SailorGiovanni Giaretta IFFR 2017 9′
A sailor dreams of a homeland he has never had. This video deals with the notion of what we call 'home'.
SchwerelosJannis Lenz IFFR 2017 9′
Jannis Lenz cuts a parallel through Fatima Moumouni's performance with runners who cannot be stopped by anyone or anything. He gives their actions something weightless, almost dance-like. (sixpackfilm)
The Sea Is HistoryLouis Henderson IFFR 2017 28′
A poem, a materialist and animist critique of European colonial history. It proposes a new way of bringing the past into the present.
The Seaweed in Your HairDaphné Hérétakis IFFR 2017 8′
Diary entries from the hollow shell of post-referendum Athens. A city in crisis, yet hopeful, melancholy and happy. The film shows beauty can be found there thanks to poetry.
See a Dog, Hear a DogJesse McLean IFFR 2017 18′
Analytical tragicomedy about humans and their desire to communicate with others, animals and machines. Luckily technology provides ingenious algorithms.
Signs of LifeIFFR 2017
Signs of life can be found in the most unusual places: in a volcano, a sound booth, the graveyards of a Haitian village, and in swarms of pixels that fill the frame.
Touch of IngaOkuyama Jun'ichi IFFR 2017 11′
A negative print from the original negatives. This negative projection allows us to reconsider the various processes inherent in filmmaking. (Image Forum)
Toutes directionsBilly Roisz, Dieter Kovačič IFFR 2017 13′
The ultimate road movie is a hypnotising audiovisual trip by Billy Roisz and Dieter Kovacic, scored by Radian.
Troublemaker on the FrequencyClark Nikolai IFFR 2017 5′
A glitched-out experiment that combines shortwave radio clips from 1985, VHS footage from Toronto Gay Men’s Chorus 'Forte', and audio from an English language CD. (Video Out Distribution)
Ulrich Gregor and Heidi Kim at the W Hong Kong HotelFriedl vom Gröller IFFR 2017 3′
Two people in a hotel room. One withstands the camera’s gaze, the other gets irritated. Long cuts give the camera its own performance. (sixpackfilm)
Untitled, 1925Madi Piller IFFR 2017 9′
Madi Piller follows her grandfather’s path through the highlands of Peru, where the Andes become the backdrop for reflections and insights. (Vtape)
Up Close and Out of ReachIFFR 2017
About the exceptional relationship between filmmakers and artists and their subjects, particularly humans. How close can you, are you allowed to, should you, do you want to get to someone when looking for the essence? And what happens when you think you have reached it?
Waste No. 2 WreckJan Ijäs IFFR 2017 10′
Filmed in the graveyard for refugee boats on Lampedusa. A story about how the value of garbage and rubbish can surprisingly change. (AV-arkki)
The WatchmenFern Silva IFFR 2017 10′
"Visibility is a trap", wrote Michel Foucault with regard to the panopticon as a model of control. Fern Silva's The Watchmen opens opportunities to escape it.
Waypoint, Follow, Orbit, Focus, Track, Paneteam IFFR 2017 14′
During a trip across Croatia, eteam uses a drone camera to study the art of camouflage .
Welcome to David Wojnarowicz WeekSteve Reinke IFFR 2017 14′
Steve Reinke proposes a new holiday with the motto MORE RAGE LESS DISGUST: David Wojnarowicz Week and takes us through his seven days of celebration.
What Happens to the MountainChristin Turner IFFR 2017 12′
Contemplation on what happens to consciousness while facing death. Soaked in psychedelic colours, our perceptions blur as we’re taken on a long-haul drive into the unknown.
Where Shapes Come FromSemiconductor IFFR 2017 11′
A scientist goes about his daily work in mineral preparatory labs, cutting up large meteorites. Fantastic shapes begin to emerge, showing how science translates nature.
Whipping ZombieYuri Ancarani IFFR 2017 27′
In a Haitian village there is a dance, the whipping zombie ritual. Men whip and fight until they die, to be reborn in the infinite cycle.
XénogénèseMorishita Akihiko IFFR 2017 7′
A focus on the duality of film. Confusing it with vertical scratches. The film comically alludes to the circular nature of human life and the home movie genre.
(In)definite ViewsIFFR 2017
We don’t often think about how we see. From augmented reality to bioanalysis of perception, these four films reconsider how we look at the world and question the nature of seeing.