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Killer of SheepCharles Burnett IFFR 2017 83′
An extremely sensitive, personal and political portrayal of the fate of black American working poor. In the poverty-stricken district of Watts, several years after the massive rebellion, Stan tries his very best to maintain his family. An iconic and widely-praised masterpiece by L.A. Rebellion filmmaker Charles Burnett.
KindahEphraim Asili IFFR 2017 12′
A filmic link between two African communities in the diaspora: one in Hudson, New York and one in the Maroon village of Accompong in Jamaica. The symbol for this link is the Kindah tree.
Let Love RuleIFFR 2017
A loving manifesto aimed at turning every nation, community and individual into a State of Love. Stop fighting and let love rule in all its shapes and guises!
Like Twenty ImpossiblesAnnemarie Jacir IFFR 2017 17′
A Palestinian film crew is stopped at a checkpoint. A visual poem and a narrative about the fragmentation of a people that also questions the politics of filmmaking.
Lineage for a Multiple-Monitor Workstation: Number OneSondra Perry IFFR 2017 26′
A semi-autobiographical portrait of video artist Sondra Perry's family, (un)recognisable thanks to the chroma-key green balaclavas. While we look at what is being shown to us, Perry continues to edit the film.
A Magical Substance Flows into MeJumana Manna IFFR 2017 68′
An ode to music that undoes the distinction between 'Arabs' and 'Jews', national borders and political differences. Jumana Manna travels across Israel and Palestine with 1930s recordings by German-Jewish ethnomusicologist Robert Lachmann, piecing together a multi-faceted musical history of historical Palestine.
Masterclass Barry JenkinsIFFR 2017
Barry Jenkins is a rising star with his second feature Moonlight, hailed by critics as the best film of 2016 and lavishly praised with over 140 awards, including the Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture Drama. In this masterclass, he will talk about his vision as a director, his skyrocketing to success and the challenges of filmmaking.
Maudite PoutineKarl Lemieux IFFR 2017 91′
Young musician Vincent is targeted by the mob and flees to his small hometown. There, he unexpectedly reconnects with his older brother, a tortured soul who embodies everything he wanted to escape. A somber and raw drama with an intensity reminiscent of the films of Philippe Grandrieux.
Mea culpaFred Cavayé IFFR 2017 90′
A cop and his former colleague now working as the driver of an armoured car find themselves reunited in a fight to the death with the hit squad of Toulon’s Serbian mafia. A bad-ass, lead-heavy, no-holds-barred chase thriller by France’s foremost young action craftsman, Fred Cavayé.
Medicine for MelancholyBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 88′
An uneasy one-night stand in San Francisco unexpectedly leads to a day of museum visits, political debates and cautious overtures. Impressive debut by Moonlight director Barry Jenkins, who is now regarded as a key figure in modern American Black Cinema. Filmed in the tradition of romantic widely-roaming films like Richard Linklater’s Before Sunrise and Claire Denis's Friday Night.
MoonlightBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 111′
American indie sensation shows the life of a black man as he grows from being the poor child of a single, addicted mother into a tough adult continually wracked with doubt. This poetic narration about the exploration of identity, sexuality and bonding is pioneering in its tender portrayal of black masculinity. It has already won many prizes.
My JosephineBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 9′
Two Arab immigrants work in a launderette where, just after 9/11, American flags are washed free of charge. While they fold flags meticulously, true love unfolds.
NocturamaBertrand Bonello IFFR 2017 130′
A group of young people from every corner of French society coordinates a series of bombings in Paris. This timely premise is pushed here to its best and most thought-provoking treatment in a radical action movie on millennial radicalism, a dreamy experiment in terror.
One MinuteDina Naser IFFR 2017 10′
Gaza, Shuja’iyya, summer 2014: Salma is sheltering from the bombing. Her mobile phone is her lifeline to the world, but it also announces her impending fate.
Oral HistoryMeiro Koizumi IFFR 2017 30′
Asking passers-by on the streets of Japan “What happened in and around Japan between 1900 and 1945?”, artist Meiro Koizumi unveils Japan’s struggle to come to terms with its own recent past through the responses he gathers. Abject close-ups of mouths fill the screen in this powerful installation.
L' ordre et la moraleMathieu Kassovitz IFFR 2017 136′
When in 1988 the Kanak and Socialist National Liberation Front of New Caledonia took 30 people hostage, the far away capital retaliated – with extreme prejudice. Mathieu Kassovitz uses the ill-fated 'Opération Victor' for a scathing comment on how France deals with the remnants of its colonial empire.
The PessoptimistMirna Bamieh IFFR 2017 13′
The protagonist, an anti-hero, finds himself out of place and out of time. A victim of both his own existential crisis and his surroundings.
Picture Palestine: Minutes, Myth and TreasonIFFR 2017
Mythologies of resistance meet sci-fi dystopias and the realities of occupation and war.
Picture Palestine: Ruptured ChronologiesIFFR 2017
A filmic political timeline that intersects with the tumultuous developments from the First Intifada and the Oslo Accords to the uncertain present and a speculative future.
Port of MemoryIFFR 2017 62′
Once a thriving Palestinian port city, Jaffa has now become an extension of Tel Aviv. Aljafari offers a subtle portrait and memoir of a disappearing city that has been changed forever by incessant construction, gentrification and dispossession of its inhabitants.
Rebirth of a NationDJ Spooky IFFR 2017 65′
The music of DJ Spooky and the Kronos Quartet in Rebirth of a Nation is certainly no homage to D.W. Griffiths’ influential film from 1915. This remix of The Birth of a Nation emphasises the racist core of this notorious epic about a divided America by combining old images with new sounds.
Reluctantly QueerAkosua Adoma Owusu IFFR 2017 8′
Hushed monologue in black-and-white in which a young Ghanaian immigrant confesses in a warm, openhearted letter to his mother that his love for men was the reason he left for America.
RemigrationBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 19′
A future San Francisco is inhabited only by affluent people. The authorities lure others into the city to do manual labour in exchange for free education.
Robot BodiesKeith Piper IFFR 2017 0
An interactive installation by Keith Piper on three screens that investigates racial metaphors in science fiction. Using film excerpts accessible via interfaces, you dissect notions about robots, androids and cyborgs in order to draw parallels with historic and social ideas about the black body. Part of a project that Keith Piper initiated in 1998.
R.I.F. (Recherches dans l'intérêt des familles)Franck Mancuso IFFR 2017 90′
Suddenly one summer, the wife of Captain Stéphane Monnereau disappears during their vacation. Already psychologically unstable, the cop flips out. An intriguing mix of police procedural and psychological thriller, with a remarkable level of realism in its presentation of an investigation’s inner workings.
SanctuaireOlivier Masset-Depasse IFFR 2017 89′
1982: The Spanish Socialist Workers’ Party landslide victory in the national elections ends the 'heroic' period in ETA history. Once fêted as anti-fascist freedom fighters, they’re now mere terrorists hunted by various paramilitary vigilante groups in an underground war that doesn't stop at the border to France. Exceptional piece of left-wing agitprop.
ScumbagMars Roberge IFFR 2017 114′
A young hipster fights for his sanity as he joins a telemarketing company, full of crazy workers, ex-convicts and murderers. It’s anarchy on the phone line and in this dark comedy on self-fulfilment under extreme conditions, showcasing a plethora of legendary faces from the US underground culture.
Secret défensePhilippe Haïm IFFR 2017 100′
Student Diane is recruited by France’s external intelligence agency, while the prisoner Pierre is recruited by a terrorist organisation killing in the name of Islam. Two parallel lives are doomed to intersect in this sardonic meditation on how all radicals are more similar than they like to believe.
Le serpent aux mille coupuresÉric Valette IFFR 2017 104′
Wine and drugs, solidarity and xenophobia, neighbours of various origins, chosen outsiders and some very messy political circumstances are the stuff of master Éric Valette’s return to the big screen. A perfect mix of socio-political circumspection and rule-savvy genre craftsmanship that shows how entertainment and enlightenment can still go hand in hand.
Tall EnoughBarry Jenkins IFFR 2017 7′
An interracial love story, made for Bloomingdale's department store, but there’s not a product in sight. A visual and introspective study of love in Jenkins' typical cinematographic style.
A Taste of InkMorgan Simon IFFR 2017 80′
Vincent (24 and Parisian) is an impressive figure on stage, where he screams out his frustrations as the singer in a metalcore band. The flames of his fury are fanned by a difficult love-hate relationship with his father. Their smouldering conflict erupts when they fight for the same woman.
Testament of Hope and FailureTirzo Martha IFFR 2017 0
Tirzo Martha's altarpiece of twelve monitors with two watching saints shows the attempts, illusions and failures of a figure who presents himself as a hero, holy man and the hope of humanity. He has even started to believe this himself. Pride obscures his view of reality, so that he not only underestimates others but ignores them.