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Au-delà de l'unAnna Marziano IFFR 2018 53′
Is it possible to be together and still be true to yourself? This elegant essay, shot on misty 16mm film, takes us through Europe and India in search of what love and relationships – good and bad – can be, in a broader sense. What is ideal for one person, is unbearable to another.
CartuchoAndrés Chaves IFFR 2018 55′
In the late 20th century, the El Cartucho neighbourhood in the Colombian capital Bogotá was hell on earth, ruled by the drugs mafia. Raw, intimate images from that time contrast with the urban planners’ solution: a city park. But the ghosts of the past will not rest easy beneath the concrete.
Everyone in Hawaii Has a Sixpack AlreadyMarvin Hesse IFFR 2018 57′
On La Gomera, youth ends abruptly at age 16, when teens have to leave this paradise for higher education. This threat looms over a group of skateboarding, flirting friends. In this intimate documentary, everyone is beautiful, almost carefree and above all forever 15.
ExileZoe Beloff IFFR 2018 50′
Surprise: Bertold Brecht and Walter Benjamin have been reincarnated as an Iranian and an African-American and they roam today’s New York. At times they are a comic duo, at others the voice of our conscience: the babbling couple provides good weapons to attack the world.
Good Evening to the People Living in the CampJoost Conijn IFFR 2018 45′
An unorthodox portrait of people who have dominated the news for years, but whom no one really seems to know: refugees. Artist and filmmaker Joost Conijn crept into a refugee camp and filmed them. He seems less interested in what has happened to them, and more in what they are doing.
La muerte del maestroIFFR 2018 62′
Sedate, mysterious film based on the severe earthquake of 16 April 2016 in Ecuador. Far from the epicentre, an elderly farmer notices everything going awry. The quake hits nature like a strange echo. There’s no escape.
Pierdete entre los muertosRuben Gutiérrez IFFR 2018 61′
An elderly comedian is buried up to his neck in the Mexican desert. A young, bitter woman threatens to pulp his head with a nail bat - the only thing that can stall her are stories. Is she in his dream or he in hers?
Playing MenMatjaž Ivanišin IFFR 2018 60′
After watching Playing Men, men and women will want nothing more than to wrestle or play cards. This ode to games reveals the sense in nonsense. Director Matjaž Ivanišin links his contemporary quest to the past when Croat tennis player Goran Ivanišević elated the nation.
Der Schurke Robert OttoFlorian Haag IFFR 2018 59′
Rigorous portrait of Swiss writer Robert Walser who in 1956 was found dead in the snow during a winter walk from the psychiatric institution where he lived, his pockets full of notes. His last productive years, during which he moved from house to house, are portrayed in contemporary Bern.
Stomach of the WorldEva Kot'átková IFFR 2018 41′
In this surreal, playful performance film by artist Eva Kot'átková the world is depicted as a body. An organism to be kept alive by children. They carry out all sorts of curious exercises and games to that end. Are they children or basically small labourers in a system?