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AliensLuis López Carrasco IFFR 2018 23′
Tesa Arranz, a key figure in the 1980s Madrid scene and the lead singer of The Zombies, has painted over 500 portraits of outer-space creatures.
AngkarNeary Adeline Hay IFFR 2018 71′
The filmmaker, daughter from a forced marriage in a Khmer Rouge detention village, returns with her father to meet his former persecutors in the obscure intimacy of the village in which they lived together for four years. Between past and present, the forgotten spectres re-emerge and the story, face-to-face, is finally told.
The Ashes and Ghosts of Tayug 1931Christopher Gozum IFFR 2018 115′
Layered historic essay presented as polymorphic fiction, about the notorious rebellion in 1931 in Tayug, Philippines. A filmmaker goes looking for the memories of the population about the local hero Pedro Calosa, leader of the rebellion. In the meantime, she tries to imagine the original events.
Big Talk: Armando IannucciIFFR 2018
As a satirist, Armando Iannucci is peerless. His targets are invariably big, such as the British government in The Thick of It; the White House administration in Veep or, latterly, the Cold War Kremlin in The Death of Stalin. At IFFR, Armando will discuss the art of producing satire.
Big Talk: Robert SchwentkeIFFR 2018
In Der Hauptmann Robert Schwentke returns to his fatherland for a film looking at a piece of history so far ignored by cinema: the final-phase crimes committed by the Nazi German armed forces against its own civilians. How do you tell a story nobody has so far dared to touch?
Big Talk: Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci LucchiIFFR 2018
In their recent installation Journey to Russia, presented at IFFR, Yervant Gianikian & Angela Ricci Lucchi piece together traces of the Russian avant-garde throughout the 20th century. Gentle and persuasive, the pair will explain and demonstrate their method during this masterclass.
Dans le noir du tempsJean-Luc Godard IFFR 2018 10′
Jean-Luc Godard's cinematographic reflection on time as a Pandora’s Box in which all the horrors of the world are hidden. This is his contribution to Ten Minutes Older: The Cello (2002).
The Death of StalinArmando Iannucci IFFR 2018 106′
When Joseph Stalin had a stroke in March 1953, the political court of the Red Tsar flew into a blind panic. The unprincipled struggle for power that ensued is sharply sketched by Armando Iannucci (I’m Alan Partridge, Veep) and a choice selection of top English-speaking actors in a pitch-black, hilarious and timeless political satire. Closing Film IFFR 2018.
El desencantoJaime Chávarri IFFR 2018 97′
It has been described as the best Spanish documentary ever. Portrait of the widow and children of the poet Leopoldo Panero, celebrated by Falangists, whose merciless shadow, both erudite and cruel, still hangs over the family 10 years after his death and towards the end of the dictatorship in 1976.
Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?Travis Wilkerson IFFR 2018 90′
In 1946, filmmaker Wilkerson's great-grandfather shot a black man dead – and no one batted an eyelid. Seventy years later in Alabama, when he asks for more details about this family secret, he soon realises that people don’t want to awaken the ghosts of the past.
Le fort des fousNarimane Mari IFFR 2018 140′
In three acts, Mari investigates in a brilliant, complex way the heritage of the colonisation process. From a historic portrayal in her birthplace Algeria, where those in power speak a language only they understand, the film changes into a documentary report of utopians and anti-imperialists in Greece.
The FortressHwang Donghyuk IFFR 2018 139′
During the Qing Invasion, in 1636, the Korean king had to withdraw to an unassailable fort in the mountains. Surrounded by the enemy and more and more starved, his counsellors succumbed to infighting. If you know you can’t win, what’s the best way to lose?
Four Parts of a Folding ScreenAnthea Kennedy, Ian Wiblin IFFR 2018 83′
Pre-war Berlin: a mysterious voice tells of daily expropriations and thefts by the Nazis. These created an object diaspora to no longer extant buildings. The camera hunts for secrets in contemporary public spaces, slowly developing an impression of a person and a history in this delicate, moving cinematic essay.
Fuck Off 2 – Images from FinlandJörn Donner IFFR 2018 93′
To mark the hundredth anniversary of Finnish independence, Donner again picked up the subject of his legendary Fuck Off!. How is Finland getting on? An occasionally bitter but always human portrait of a society where contrasts and disinterest have grown in parallel with wealth.
Fuck Off! – Images from FinlandJörn Donner IFFR 2018 104′
Sparkling documentary classic from 1971 in which Donner and his mates made Finnish but also Swedish streets unsafe with their investigation into how the country and the people were doing. "If the film is crazy, that’s the fault of the Finnish people," is how Donner affectionately defended himself against all the fuss he caused.
GeschichtsunterrichtJean-Marie Straub, Danièle Huillet IFFR 2018 85′
Straub & Huillet, after Bertolt Brecht. Opinions on this masterpiece vary from ‘political cinema at its most advanced and provocative’ to ‘cold anti-cinema’, but the film itself is like a history teacher who tolerates no contradiction. A modern young man in Rome interviews four contemporaries of Caesar about his career.
Der HauptmannRobert Schwentke IFFR 2018 118′
It’s a good thing the Germans themselves tell this kind of uneasy story. When the deserting Wehrmacht soldier Willy Herold finds an officer’s uniform in a deserted army vehicle in the last days of the war, he puts it on. It doesn’t take long before he also adopts a suitably haughty form of cruelty in this gripping and beautifully shot warning-from-hell.
IFFR Presents: A History of Shadows – Facing the TimesIFFR 2018
Filmmakers from A History of Shadows programme – Pablo Sigg, Fabrizio Ferraro, Giovanni Donfrancesco, Narimane Mari and Dominik Graf – will embark upon a wide-ranging discussion to examine where to find that which the consensus keeps quiet, and how to look at the places and people using traces of mankind’s movement through the ages.
Journey to RussiaAngela Ricci Lucchi, Yervant Gianikian IFFR 2018 420′
In the late 1980s, found-footage pioneers Gianikian & Ricci Lucchi travelled to Russia looking for living memories of the avant-garde of the 1920s and 1930s. The result is a work consisting of a 10-metre-long watercolour roll with their notes and drawings from the trip, as well as a video installation showing their search for the survivors.
KirmesWolfgang Staudte IFFR 2018 102′
Staudte, never unwilling to stir stinking still water, directed this FRG classic in 1960 about a corpse that is found during construction of a fairground, 15 years after the war. Everyone knows who the young man was and why he had to die, but people prefer to forget and leave the remains unidentified.
Lamaland (Teil I)Pablo Sigg IFFR 2018 91′
In the jungle of Paraguay live the Schweikhart brothers, descendants of the Aryan colony Nueva Germania, once founded in Paraguay by the sister of Nietzsche. With them as protagonists and in difficult conditions, Sigg shot this painterly fiction about the collapse of the fossilised order of their daily existence. With a leading role for a hypnotic, threatening soundtrack.
Masterclass: Lucrecia MartelIFFR 2018
A director renowned both for her unique use of sound and her complex mise-en-scène, Lucrecia Martel stands at the helm of contemporary Argentinian cinema. During her IFFR masterclass, she will look to dissect the techniques she uses to bend time and space in her work.
The MummyShadi Abdel Shalam IFFR 2018 103′
Based on the true story of a 19th-century Upper-Egyptian clan that robs a cache of mummies and sells the artefacts on the black market. The authorities start an investigation. A sense of obscure mystery inhabits this masterpiece, that almost 50 years after its production has become an ambiguous parable for our times.
Only YesterdayJohn M. Stahl IFFR 2018 105′
Margaret Sullavan is wonderful in her debut as a lively and idealistic single mother, whose adventures form a bridge between World War I and the Great Depression. Told in moving, melodramatic flashback, the film focuses on issues such as prohibition, the rise of Hollywood, but above all the changing relationships between the sexes.
La película infinitaLeandro Listorti IFFR 2018 54′
Based on the remains of never-completed Argentine features from the archives of the film museum in Buenos Aires. The film is, as it were, a parallel film history: an essay like a cinematographic Frankenstein, that blows new life into images that once seemed unsuccessful and pointless.
Il risolutoGiovanni Donfrancesco IFFR 2018 159′
The story of Piero, now an old man in Vermont, who recalls his time in a violent fascist Italian militia in World War II. Powerful, captivating and above all rare interview with someone who has been silent about his dark past, but now feels to need to reflect critically on his actions as a teenager.
Der rote SchattenDominik Graf IFFR 2018 104′
The productive master filmmaker Graf made this long version of a thrilling Tatort production for the cinema. Forty years after shocking events surrounding the RAF in the ‘German Autumn’ in 1977, detectives Lannert and Boot find themselves confronting the long shadow of the past.
The Sun Shines BrightJohn Ford IFFR 2018 90′
John Ford often cited this 1953 drama as his favourite among his films. The master weaves three Judge Priest stories together into a good-natured exploration of honour and small-town politics in the American South circa 1900. A gentle companion piece to Did You Wonder Who Fired the Gun?, also part of A History of Shadows.
Tremor – Es ist immer KriegAnnik Leroy IFFR 2018 92′
This polyphonic film by the Belgian film artist about the history of Europe and art is an unforgettable, sensual journey between memory and nightmare. To a meditative, threatening soundtrack, we hear a series of monologues by poets and crazy people, mothers and children. Meanwhile, the image forces the eye to reflect on what and where.
Les Unwanted de EuropaFabrizio Ferraro IFFR 2018 112′
The rocky landscapes of the smuggling route from France into Spain is an imposing backdrop to the last days of Jewish cultural philosopher Walter Benjamin (1892-1940). From his experiences and ideas, Ferraro has created a superb cinematographic lesson of acute contemporary relevance, shot in enchanting black-and-white.
Los versos del olvidoAlireza Khatami IFFR 2018 92′
Cemetery caretaker discovers the body of a young female protester at the morgue. He does everything he can to give her a proper funeral. The Iranian filmmaker was forced to shoot this universal, sometimes magical parable about dictatorship and repression’s long shadow in Chile.
Vredescollege: Der HauptmannIFFR 2018
Dutch Member of Parliament and former Minister of Defence Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert will give her perspective on peace, based on her experience as head of the Dutch armed forces, ahead of the screening of Robert Schwentke’s war film Der Hauptmann. This lecture will be introduced by festival director Bero Beyer and vfonds chair Robert Croll.