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A Tiger in WinterLee Kwangkuk IFFR 2018 107′
A film with an ideal title for IFFR, naturally. Festival favourite Lee Kwangkuk (Romance Joe) serves up a delicate, tragicomic romantic story about a listless writer who is thrown out by his girlfriend and then comes across his former lover (a wonderful role for Ko Hyunjoung). Meanwhile, an escaped tiger roams Seoul.
Top Knot DetectiveDominic Pearce, Aaron McCann IFFR 2018 86′
The story behind the hilariously bad Japanese television series Ronin Suiri Tentai, which was released in Australia in the early 1990s as Top Knot Detective and became a gigantic cult hit there. After only two seasons, the series stopped and its deviser, director, writer, producer and protagonist Takashi Takamoto mysteriously disappeared.
The TreeCheikh Mohamed Horma IFFR 2018 9′
Exceptional short film about a desert lumberjack made in cooperation with Sahara Lab, which gives young Moroccan makers the chance to film their own stories.
Tudo o que imaginoLeonor Noivo IFFR 2018 30′
Inspired by a documentary, a kind, meticulous portrait of an adolescent boy from the area of Alcoitão. A youthful summer on screen.
Two BrothersRaghbir Singh IFFR 2018 20′
Against a background of political unrest, two brothers face a difficult choice. What’s more important? Your identity and dignity, or your safety?
The VillainessJung Byunggil IFFR 2018 129′
Whether with an axe, a pistol or just her bare hands, new mother Sookhee disposes of her enemies in a kamikaze-like frenzy until she has avenged her father’s murder. The story is often reminiscent of Kill Bill, but the highlights mainly lie in the virtuosically-filmed action scenes.
WajibAnnemarie Jacir IFFR 2018 96′
A road-movie in miniature through the neighbourhoods of Nazareth, where divorced teacher Abu Shadi, together with his son Shadi who is home from Italy, deliver personally the invitations for the wedding of daughter and sister Amal. Over the course of a long day, the tensions between them reach boiling point.
WesternValeska Grisebach IFFR 2018 119′
Real and cultural boundaries are tentatively transgressed with the arrival of German builders in a quiet Bulgarian village. An old-fashioned showdown is imminent. The language barrier, cultural stereotypes and excess testosterone create an explosive mix and a great starting point for a Western adventure on the European border between east and west.
What Time Is Love?Anna Franceschini IFFR 2018 12′
In this video, a corporation that provides European certificates of suitability for goods and commodities puts toys and infancy products to the test.
What Will People SayIram Haq IFFR 2018 106′
Outside the walls of her Pakistani parents’ house, 16-year-old Nisha has the same cheerful, free life as other Norwegians her age. But she pays a heavy price for it. A seemingly innocent kiss lands the teenager in an inescapable vortex of suspicion and shame. An oppressive, biting film about living in a divided culture.
When the Rain Is Falling DownNakhen Puttikulangkura IFFR 2018 25′
Engaging narrative about Fon, who daydreams about past and present. Outside the rain never ceases. Her dead father watches over her.
YardMirac Atabey IFFR 2018 15′
A village yard in northeastern Turkey is witness to the final honours for a deceased man. A mysterious short story told in a resolute way.
Yesterday's RainArmand Simon IFFR 2018 10′
She is in love with her girlfriend and maybe a 'date' at the beach will be the perfect time to tell her. Is this Monica's coming out?
ZagrosSahim Omar Kalifa IFFR 2018 102′
Love and family loyalty, honour and jealousy, migration and cultural alienation come together in this gripping drama in which a young Kurdish shepherd follows his wife after she flees the threats made by his family. While he is trying to set up a new life with her in Brussels, doubts re-emerge.