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Nyo vweta NaftaIco Costa IFFR 2017 21′
In Mozambique, director Ico Costa explores the textures of human behaviour as he follows young men who wonder what lies beyond their immediate surroundings. Shot on 16mm.
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 Generation and CorruptionMakino Takashi IFFR 2017 26′
Borrowing its title from a treatise by Aristotle, Makino Takashi's latest film is an abstract work that finds its drive in the clash between light and darkness.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
Quality TimeIFFR 2017 85′
In a self-assured and highly satirical debut, Daan Bakker portrays a series of plodding young men and their relationships to their worried parents. Using a fresh visual style, the Dutch filmmaker seamlessly combines dry, Monty Pythonseque humour with razor-sharp graphics and real human emotions.
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)
Rat FilmTheo Anthony IFFR 2017 82′
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."
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)
ReyNiles Atallah IFFR 2017 90′
In the nineteenth century, a French adventurer established a kingdom in inhospitable southern Chile, managing to unite the feared Mapuche under him. The Chilean army’s response was devastating. Impressively designed adventure film and powerful textural experiment, including sections of half-decayed celluloid: years ago, director Atallah buried certain footage, only to dig it up and use now.
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)
Rubber Coated SteelLawrence Abu Hamdan IFFR 2017 21′
A tribunal for the sounds of deadly gunfire. The victims’ silence is amplified through the absence of emotion, the sound of ammo and voices.
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'.
SakhisonaPrantik Basu IFFR 2017 26′
A dig in a West-Bengal village unearths lots of stories and objects that lay hidden for too long.
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.
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.
Sexy DurgaSanal Kumar Sasidharan IFFR 2017 85′
Goddess or whore? Two extreme views of women intermingle in this largely improvised spine-chiller. During a nocturnal ride, a young woman and her lover encounter a cross-section of Indian male society. What starts out as an attempt to escape descends into a journey through hell – from which no escape is possible.