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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.
Her Name in My MouthIFFR 2018 6′
A reinvocation of the Aba Women’s War, the 1929 anti-colonial uprising in Nigeria, through embodiment, gesture and the archive.
Home Movie Excerpts from Cab Calloway on Tour in South America and the CaribbeanCab Calloway IFFR 2018 7′
16 mm Kodachrome silent home movies mixed with audio excerpts taken from Cab Calloway’s personal acetate master recordings and his radio quiz show Quizzicale.
Homo Sapiens (coda)Nikolaus Geyrhalter IFFR 2018 0
The final minutes of Geyrhalter's monumental documentary evoke a planet deserted by its most ambitious inhabitants, the human species. Only ruins remain.
House PartyReginald Hudlin IFFR 2018 100′
A 1990s classic with a lead role for rap duo Kid 'N Play. Kid wants to make an impression with his rhyming skills and organises a big house party with Play. But it all doesn’t go as planned. An infectious comedy with a killer soundtrack and fantastic style. And an afterparty in the style of the film.
House Party in Maximum OverdriveIFFR 2018
Come celebrate the nineties with IFFR x Het Nieuwe Instituut x HipHopHuis on Thursday 1 Feb from 20.00 to 00.00! After the screening of the hip-hop classic House Party (1990) it's party time, completely in nineties style, in Het Nieuwe Instituut. Haven't had enough film after a long festival day? The Eyeslicer 90s Hangout is the place to be!
How Can I Ever Be LateClaudrena N. Harold, Kevin Jerome Everson IFFR 2018 5′
African-American students at the University of Virginia welcome the band Sly and the Family Stone at Charlottesville airport in 1973.
I Am GodBala IFFR 2018 125′
Rudran was send away from home as a child by his superstitious father. When Rudran, an aghori (an ascetic man of the Gods, dwelling at times among the dead) throws his lot in with a bunch of human-trafficking beggars, his life becomes hell. Seeing is believing. You haven't seen anything like this before.
I Believe in PinkVictoria Thomas IFFR 2018 5′
In a crowded market on the Lagos mainland, John makes men beautiful by tattooing their lips.
IFFR Presents PACT: Archives and Collections of Pan-African ContentIFFR 2018
An inquiring programme about the dynamics of archives and archival collections, introduced by Dr. Rhea L. Combs and Jon Goff from the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture.
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.
IFFR Presents: House on Fire – Panel Tamil Nadu FilmmakersIFFR 2018
Ram and Balaji Mohan, from Tamil Nadu, will explain the particular conditions for filmmaking in India’s southernmost state. They will address why something so seemingly local might have global resonance, and how the brightest makers within Tamil cinema can be an example to filmmakers all over the world.
IFFR x DDG: PACT Workshop Haile GerimaIFFR 2018
Critically acclaimed and influential director, Haile Gerima will share his vision on the importance of independent cinematic expression as opposed to formulated conventions and stereotypes. He will encourage oppressed voices to develop a visual and narrative language to express one’s personal and cultural sources and engage social change.
IFFR x Piet Zwart Institute: Over the Moon SymposiumIFFR 2018
With a special keynote by artist, biologist, space researcher and TED fellow, Angelo Vermeulen, this symposium offers a further exploration of the themes, films and artworks within the Curtain Call programme. In association with the Lens-Based Media study path of the Media Design Programme at Piet Zwart Institute.
IFFR Young Selectors: MutafukazIFFR 2018
The IFFR Young Selectors are back! On Friday, 2 February, they will celebrate the anniversary with their most extravagant programme yet. Be transported to dystopian Dark Meat City for an evening of head-spinning anime and funky choonz with Mutafukaz.
InterregnumAdrian Paci IFFR 2018 0
Hordes of people discipline themselves into a long row or a slow parade. Grief is on their faces, but the reason for their distress remains a mystery.
IslandSteven Eastwood IFFR 2018 90′
Steven Eastwood spent a year on the Isle of Wight with a number of terminal patients. Some of these contacts became real friendships. A number even allowed him to film their last breaths. A peaceful documentary that invites us to face death without taboos.
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.
KathleeenWill Rahilly IFFR 2018 25′
Wat is a connection when your modem fails and the internet is your religion? Kathleeen and her laptop look for meaning in a dark, yet hilarious, digital world.
Kemtiyu, Cheikh AntaOusmane William Mbaye IFFR 2018 94′
The remarkable story about the lifework of Senegalese scientist Cheikh Anta Diop who studied philosophy, physics, chemistry, history and linguistics. All this knowledge came together in his thesis: Africa is the birthplace of civilisation and the Egyptian pharaohs were black Africans. A claim with a high price to pay.
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.
KodiR.S. Durai Senthilkumar IFFR 2018 145′
Kodi is a political animal since his father self-immolated protesting against a factory owner devastating the community's health with mercury waste. One day, firebrand Kodi and his peaceful twin brother Anbu are mistaken for one another. A wise, violent, action-packed political thriller with Tamil superstar Dhanush in a double role.
Das Kongo TribunalMilo Rau IFFR 2018 100′
Through an unofficial tribunal, theatre-maker and filmmaker Milo Rau exposes the mechanisms behind the mass murders in the Congo. Tribunal participants reveal how mining companies exploit the land in this region, resulting in armed militia, civil war and genocide.
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.
The Landscape Is Empty and Emptiness Is LandscapeCarla Andrade IFFR 2018 15′
The Chilean Atacama Desert provides the backdrop for a series of static shots that foreground emptiness. The natural setting becomes a mental space.
LumumbaIFFR 2018 115′
Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro) first made a documentary, then this political thriller about Patrice Lumumba, the first president of the Congo following the struggle for independence from Belgium. This beloved prophet of Pan-Africanism faced powerful foes in Belgium and the United States. Several months after his stormy rise to power, he was brutally murdered.
Mahogany TooAkosua Adoma Owusu IFFR 2018 3′
A vintage-feel homage to the cult classic Mahogany – a fashion-infused romantic drama – and Diana Ross's iconic portrayal of its main character Tracy Chambers.
Malcolm X Liberation UniversitySt. Clair Bourne IFFR 2018 10′
The 1960s black student movement at Duke University evolved into a separate institution to study and engage with the history and culture of the African diaspora.
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.
La Mazda jaune et sa saintetéSandra Heremans IFFR 2018 10′
A conceptual experiment on what it means to start a film with a black image, develops into a subtle personal story about the filmmaker.
MetropolisLokesh Kanagaraj IFFR 2018 135′
Four nameless characters drift through long Chennai nights and bleak Chennai days. They’re office workers and gangsters, lovers and passion rejects, goons out to hurt and lost souls just looking to get unharmed out of messes they didn’t make. One of last year's biggest revelations in Tamil cinema.
[EB: Ik weet niet precies wat er bedoeld wordt met 'passion rejects'.]
Milford Graves Full MantisJake Meginsky, Neil Young IFFR 2018 91′
A poetic visual essay on renowned American free-jazz drummer Milford Graves. Propelled by Graves' voice and beats, we are introduced to his life, way of working and countless sources of inspiration – always going back to the original source. A portrait of an exceptional musician and an engaging, fascinatingly eclectic mind.