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Mes nuits feront échoSophie Goyette IFFR 2017 98′
Across Americas and Asia, three characters from different cultures and generations are at a turning point in their lives. The key to their questioning may lie in their dreams. This delicate film feeds our sense of regret and existential longing with nocturnal poetry, melancholy and humour.
MimosasOliver Laxe IFFR 2017 96′
Mystical wisdom and poetic suggestion go hand-in-hand in this quest filmed on beautiful 35mm under Herzogesque conditions in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains: to fulfil the dying wish of a sheik, three men must conquer impenetrable mountain passes and other dangers.
Otra madreMariano Luque IFFR 2017 77′
Delicate observations of the many facets of motherhood. Along with her four-year-old daughter, divorced Mabel returns to her mother’s house, where her younger sister and grandmother also live. A tender film by this Argentine talent demonstrates love and attachment, but also impotence. Recognisable and poignant for both mother and (adult) child.
Out ThereIto Takehiro IFFR 2017 142′
Existing between Tokyo and Taipei, Ito Takehiro’s debut independent feature follows a young man whose multicultural upbringing finds him drifting on his roller blade in search of a sense of belonging. The film's structure echoes the movements of its protagonist as it shifts between styles and takes us in unexpected directions.
ParkSofia Exarchou IFFR 2017 100′
Tense combination of coming-of-age drama and social realism paints a portrait of out-of-control Greek teenagers in the now decaying former Olympic village in Athens. Sofia Exarchou delivers on the great expectations for her feature debut in with this telling sketch of a lost generation.
PaysChloé Robichaud IFFR 2017 98′
In a fictional island country, complex political negotiations between the government and a private company take place. Three women from both camps are torn between their principles, personal life and reality. The political game envisioned as a smart, choreographic, gender-bending satire.
Pela janelaCaroline Leone IFFR 2017 87′
Sensitive, heart-warming debut about a journey undertaken by a middle-aged brother and sister. As they set out from São Paulo, the unhappy Rosália is a shadow of her former self. But thanks to her dedicated brother José, during the journey to bustling Buenos Aires she regains the belief that life can be joyful.
The Pot and the OakKiarash Anvari IFFR 2017 72′
Borzoo, a not-so-successful playwright, writes a play about his marriage. He wrestles with finding a satisfactory ending, whereas the marriage itself seems to be doomed. When he finds out he is also infertile, Borzoo descends into an existential crisis.
Rat FilmTheo Anthony IFFR 2017 82′
In the form of a highly visual, creative documentary, by following rats, Theo Anthony reveals economic and racial segregation in the city of Baltimore.
By following the rats, Theo Anthony reveals economic and racial segregation in the city of Baltimore. A survey of the history, social problems and inequalities of Baltimore in the form of a highly visual, creative documentary. "There's never been a rat problem in Baltimore – it's always been a people problem."
Selbstkritik eines bürgerlichen HundesJulian Radlmaier IFFR 2017 99′
Young filmmaker Julian, ironically played by Julian Radlmaier himself, falls for young expat Camille, and offers her the leading part in his wanna-be communist fairy tale film. Surprisingly she follows him in his search for inspiration, leftist ideals and enlightenment. A quirky political comedy on living and filmmaking – with magical twists.
Solo, SolitudeYosep Anggi Noen IFFR 2017 97′
Modest, poetically beautiful film about the life in exile of Indonesian poet Wiji Thukul who, after the demonstrations against Suharto, had to take refuge in Borneo in 1997. Sensitive portrait of a lonely poet in living fear, tormented by the desire to be reunited with his family.
sound//vision: Fri 27 JanIFFR 2017
sound//vision 2017 will be a four-night programme at club WORM in Rotterdam featuring live A/V performances. sound//vision is part of IFFR’s short film programme. Today: Joost Rekveld (NL), Dario Calderone (IT/NL) + Claudio F. Baroni (ARG/NL): Ursae Minoris | Nicky Hamlyn (UK): Quadrants | Adriana Vila Guevara (ES), Luis Macias (ES) + Alfredo Costa Monteiro (ES): Even Silence Is Cause of Storm | Afterparty: The Infamous Mudclub (NL): New Beat, Retro Electro & Cold Wave.
sound//vision: Sat 28 JanIFFR 2017
sound//vision 2017 will be a four-night programme at club WORM in Rotterdam featuring live A/V performances. sound//vision is part of IFFR’s short film programme. Today: Les Lacs (Marc Jacobs aka Prairie & Khristine Gillard) (BE) + Bart Maris (BE): Eau vive - Conversation with a Cinematographer | GLiTS (Bart Maris & Peter Vandenberghe) (BE) | Lee Hangjun (KR) + Phillipp Ernsting (NL): Phantom Schoolgirl Army | Lee Hangjun (KR) + Jérôme Noetinger (FR): Film Walk | Afterparty: Christian Baas (NL) + Raging Ego (DE): ekkklectic schmucks.
sound//vision: Sun 29 JanIFFR 2017
sound//vision 2017 will be a four-night programme at club WORM in Rotterdam featuring live A/V performances. sound//vision is part of IFFR’s short film programme. Today: PolyBand (Jasper Stadhouders, Leo Svirksy, Jeroen Kimman, Onno Govaert & Philipp Moser) (NL) + Filmwerkplaats (NL).
sound//vision: Thu 26 JanIFFR 2017
sound//vision 2017 will be a four-night programme at club WORM in Rotterdam featuring live A/V performances. sound//vision is part of IFFR’s short film programme. Today: Zeno van den Broek (NL): Shift Symm | Mimicof (JP) + Kaliber 16 (DE).
Suffering of NinkoNiwatsukino Norihiro IFFR 2017 70′
A cult classic in the making, the debut feature by Japanese newcomer Niwatsukino Norihiro mixes exquisite animation and ghostly folklore. A devout Buddhist monk is haunted by the sexual attraction he bestows onto everybody who catches sight of him in this atmospheric, surreal comedy.
The Summer Is GoneZhang Dalei IFFR 2017 108′
Shot in sumptuous black-and-white, debut filmmaker Zhang presents a melancholy recreation of the end of an era unaffected by market forces. A sleepy provincial town in the 1990s to the west of Peking. Twelve-year-old Xiaolei and his friends start out on an endless summer, during which his parents’ cares gradually become apparent to him.
Super Dark TimesKevin Phillips IFFR 2017 100′
A terrible accident transforms best friends from high school Zach and Josh into enemies. This ambitious thriller is set in the American suburbs of the early 1990s – the pre-Columbine era. A refreshing debut, searching for the boundaries between adolescence and adulthood, courage and fear, good and evil.
I tempi felici verranno prestoAlessandro Comodin IFFR 2017 102′
Comodin’s second film (after Summer of Giacomo, IFFR 2012) is one of the most seductive, inimitable films of the year, in which the young director shows his capacity to – paradoxically enough – make unpronounceable earthly and other-worldly matters understandable. From playful and sensual to analytical, frightening and mythologizing.
Los territoriosIván Granovsky IFFR 2017 101′
After the attack on Charlie Hebdo, Ivan, a young film producer and self-proclaimed “frivolous” son of a prominent Argentine journalist, sets off on a journey to sites of contemporary geopolitical conflict. It is no easy undertaking. Determining where the front line ends and this would-be war correspondent’s ego trip begins proves even more difficult.
UglyJuri Rechinsky IFFR 2017 90′
Following an accident, Hanna from Austria, who is in a relationship with Jura from Kiev, ends up in hospital in Ukraine with a fractured skull. In wonderful tableaux, shot by Ulrich Seidl’s regular cameraman Wolfgang Thaler, this oppressive debut by Rechinsky shows the pain of existence on the periphery of Europe.
Wailings in the ForestBagane Fiola IFFR 2017 105′
Shot in the Marilog forest in southern Philippines, Bagane Fiola’s film follows a family, actual members of the indigenous Matigsalog community, whose lifestyle is threatened due to a lack of food and the impositions of a neighbouring tribe. The forest fills the screen with serene beauty and formidable intensity.
Where Is Rocky II?Pierre Bismuth IFFR 2017 93′
The title is as misleading as the conceptual joke once played by artist Ed Ruscha: he placed a rock in the desert that could not be distinguished from the real thing. The quest for Ruscha's Rock, by Oscar winner Bismuth, is primarily an alibi to reconnoitre the landscape of today’s art world. A fake documentary about an authentic artist.
William, el nuevo maestro del judoRicardo Silva, Omar Guzmán IFFR 2017 96′
What do the oldest tree in the world, the devil and singer William Clauson (La Bamba) have in common? In this docu-fiction on transience, directors Ricardo Silva and Omar Guzmán manage to make this a completely logical combination.
WùluDaouda Coulibaly IFFR 2017 95′
Overwhelming crime film from Mali, in which unassuming bus driver Ladji works his way up to become the uncrowned king of drug smuggling – a dangerous but lucrative business. In the hazardous desert of northern Mali, he has to contend with treacherous partners, a demanding sister, corrupt soldiers and jihadist rebels.
X500Juan Andrés Arango IFFR 2017 108′
Three independent stories set in Mexico, Colombia and Canada, about young people whose lives are completely transformed by the death of a loved one. Dealing with sorrow involves emigration, drama and rebellion. Full of energy and filmed in documentary style, this is a poignant portrait of three young people seeking a new life.