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Żmijewski: ContrastsIFFR 2018
How to deal with strongly diverging ideological opinions in a civilised way? Two case studies: an art history seminar and an improvisational creative workshop.
Żmijewski: Make UpIFFR 2018
The creative act is never totally free: physical, institutional or even legal restrictions are imposed. But the more limitations, the more liberating the effect?
Żmijewski: OutdoorsIFFR 2018
Walking upright was a decisive step for mankind. With better visual control over his surroundings came a growing ambition to develop a constructive vision on reality.
Żmijewski: TensionIFFR 2018
Can there be a 'me' without any 'other'? Isn't identity the outcome of constrictions? Every person is confined to a body, everybody is conditioned by society.
#57Joost Rekveld IFFR 2018 14′
A categorical accumulation of abstract patterns. Lines, colours and sounds obey an impenetrable logic. A quiet film that dares to be resolutely experimental.
'77 No Commercial UseLuis Fulvio IFFR 2018 127′
The maker, born in 1977, made this montage film about his endlessly fascinating year of birth. In Italy the streets were full of groups protesting, there were deaths during riots in Rome, Milan and Bologna, while armed movements attacked politicians and journalists. At the same time, there was a creative boom on many fronts, punk broke through and Elvis died.
.TVG. Anthony Svatek IFFR 2018 22′
The credit crunch did not really affect island nation Tuvalu, but climate change is bringing it down all too literally now. Yet online it might still have a future.
10/65 SelbstverstümmelungKurt Kren IFFR 2018 5′
Each image is paced to provoke a tense, iconoclastic revelation of a plaster-covered man taking part in symbolic acts of self-mutilation. (sixpackfilm)
1234Zhou Tao IFFR 2018 4′
In this playful collage that critiques the militarisation of the workplace, Chinese workers are shown shouting out their assigned number during group meetings.
1745Gordon Napier IFFR 2018 19′
Two sisters kidnapped from their home and sold into slavery attempt to retake their freedom.
3/4Ilian Metev IFFR 2018 82′
Not a word is said about the absent mother. Nor about the summer that glides past and will probably be the last that physics teacher Todor and his children Mila and Niki will spend together. A minor family drama told with a light-hearted tone, floating on almost matter-of-fact melancholy.
3rd Builders' StreetPim Zwier IFFR 2018 14′
3rd Builders' Street focuses on the concrete-panel houses which appeared throughout the Soviet Union from the 1960s. The use of colour separation accentuates the dialectical image.
8th ContinentYorgos Zois IFFR 2018 11′
Objects made to embrace life are discarded, one at a time, to form a monument no one will ever see.
9 doigtsF.J. Ossang IFFR 2018 98′
In 2011, contentious French punk filmmaker F.J. Ossang was a special guest at IFFR. Seven years later, he returns with a new, elegant, black-and-white mystery about a criminal plot led by the shady 9 Fingers, a character very reminiscent of Fritz Lang’s Dr Mabuse.
★Johann Lurf IFFR 2018 90′
What exactly is written in the stars? Experimental filmmaker Lurf scoured over a century of cinematic history for depictions of the heavens. Without compromising his criteria, he edited them together chronologically, including their original soundtracks. A visually dizzying trip.