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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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.
025 Sunset RedLaida Lertxundi IFFR 2017 14′
Red colours the Californian landscape; red is the blood that flows and leaves a trail to the Basque Country. "Everything of value is defenceless."
350 MYATerra Jean Long IFFR 2017 5′
The Tafilalt region in the Sahara Desert was once the Rheic Ocean. 350 MYA conjures the ocean’s presence in the landscape: deep time in the folds of space.