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Moulding ExclusivitiesJohann Arens IFFR 2018 8′
Mysterious white sculptural forms are on display in an empty office environment. Digital graphic tools further enhance the visual alienation.
MugaboAmelia Umuhire IFFR 2018 7′
A woman returns to her fatherland Rwanda after 20 years. An impressive journey to a place that previously consisted of other people’s memories.
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.
My Mother's StewSade Adeniran IFFR 2018 5′
A trip down memory lane for a young woman who finds out that she was adopted.
NematodesPeter Burr, Alexandra Grote IFFR 2018 3′
Peter Burr is fascinated by endlessly mutating labyrinths. For this digital animation about the networked life of worms he collaborated with a parasitologist.
Nigerian Music Videos Directed by Clarence PetersClarence Peters IFFR 2018 66′
Clarence Peters has shot hundreds of music videos for Nigeria's leading Afrobeats musicians. During this programme, a selection of music videos featuring acts such as Davido, Tiwa Savage, Olamide and Sauti Sol will be shown. Peters will also be in conversation with Beyond Nollywood guest curator Nadia Denton.
The Night in All ThingsAlexander Girav IFFR 2018 10′
The light bulb had already confused our biorhythms. Surrounded by luminous screens even in the bedroom, the threshold between night and day, dream and reality is evaporating further.
Night Is Short, Walk On GirlYuasa Masaaki IFFR 2018 93′
Forget the anime you know. This hallucinatory trip through Kyoto’s nightlife surprises frame by frame with sparkling, colourful, constantly changing animation styles. Will shy Senpai manages to declare his love to Otome the unstoppable party animal? An animation like no other.
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.
Orbital VanitasShaun Gladwell IFFR 2018 0
Without any limiting sense of scale, the beauty of the earth, sun and stars is explored from inside an enormous human skull that is orbiting above the Earth.
PACT Virtual RealityIFFR 2018 540′
Experience Pan-Africa in four VR works: Let This Be a Warning by The Nest Collective (Kenya); Spirit Robot by Jonathan Dotse (Ghana); Hard World for Small Things by Janicza Bravo (USA) and The Other Dakar by Selly Raby Kane (Senegal). At the same location: June Givanni's Pan-African Cinema Lounge.
PACT: Reframing HistoryIFFR 2018
Cinematic accounts and experiments using archival material offer new perspectives on the history of inequality, exclusion, racism and colonial practices.
PACT: SpectrumIFFR 2018
A brief tour of Pan-Africa. A cinematic trip full of culture, musical traditions, eccentric characters and intense emotion. All to see from your seat and analogue.
Pan-African Cinema LoungeIFFR 2018 540′
June Givanni's Pan-African Cinema Lounge: four screens providing absorbing films from the African diaspora, exploring the expansive notion of Pan-Africanism encompassing 100+ years of Africa's relationship to the rest of the world. Featuring key voices and events on the topic: W.E.B. Du Bois/Aimé Césaire/C.L.R. James/First Festival of Negro Arts, Dakar.
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.
PisasuMysskin IFFR 2018 114′
Siddharth gave it his all, but couldn't get an injured girl found on the streets to hospital in time to prevent her death. As Siddharth roams the streets helping the needy, strange things start to happen. A socially conscious horror film of the most nerve-wrecking, edge-of-the-seat-scary kind, with a surprising ending.
PlaceholderHenna-Riikka Halonen IFFR 2018 8′
This kaleidoscopic compilation film about biogenetics, 3D printers and new models of artificial intelligence raises questions about new forms of virtual life.
PolteSami van Ingen IFFR 2018 15′
From a few surviving images from the Finnish film Fallen Asleep When Young (1937), an other-worldly melodrama is distilled. Passion, deeply human, now digitally reanimated.
POM VS. QUACKSAbba Makama IFFR 2018 12′
In this satire, the QUACKS conspire to overthrow the POM (Party of Ministers), an opposing elite African political group.
Press Play for the Anti-Commercial BreakIFFR 2018
What is reality? The power of the imagination from the 1990s to now, in films that blend performance art, theatre and advertising to a single surreal whole. Interrupted – of course – by a real (anti-)commercial break.
Private HumanValérie Mannaerts IFFR 2018 0
Hanging like a baroque drapery, this fusion of soft, flesh-coloured fabric with metal ornaments evokes the interior of the body and the organs it contains.
Puppet TheatreRobbrecht & Daem IFFR 2018 0
Blending modern architecture with elements of fairy-tale castles, this futuristic toy theatre also folds together into a rocket, pointing to the heavens.
QueimadaGillo Pontecorvo IFFR 2018 132′
Pontecorvo's sequel to Battle of Algiers stars Marlon Brando as an agent sent to a Caribbean island to foment a rebellion of the enslaved to break the Portuguese economic monopoly. Ten years later he returns to kill the same rebel leader he created for the sake of trade. Soundtrack by Ennio Morricone.
Rebirth Is NecessaryJenn Nkiru IFFR 2018 10′
An audio-visual explosion of dream-like and documentary excerpts, from Sun Ra to the Black Panthers, depicting black experiences and the concept of black universality.
Red BalloonsIzaki Yasunari IFFR 2018 0
A ladder defies gravity with the aid of two bright red balloons. Its triumphant pose is at the same time the denial of its very functionality.
RésistanceLaurence Favre IFFR 2018 11′
The eternal quiet of a mountain ridge is but a deception. Melting glaciers constantly change the surface and uncover old traces of human presence.
ResurrectionRam IFFR 2018 148′
The quiet life of a man and his handicapped daughter is thrown into turmoil when the local toxic waste mafia show up. Dazzling landscapes, extraordinary intimacy, political comment, a lyrical sense of realism unlike anything else in modern cinema and standout performances by Tamil superstar Mammootty and transsexual debutant Anjali Ameer.
Reverse EngineeringIFFR 2018
Anyone opting for a future deep in space might be better off not being too sentimental about where he comes from. Or do we stay mindful of our Heimat wherever we are?
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.
Ruthless ManVetri Maaran IFFR 2018 150′
Prabhu's already shaken but still safe-seeming middle-class existence finally falls apart when he loses his precious bike. Suddenly, he finds himself in a bleak world of betrayal and violence. A key work of modern Tamil cinema that plays like the psycho-thriller version of Vittorio de Sica's neorealist classic Bicycle Thieves (1948).
Une saison en FranceMahamat-Saleh Haroun IFFR 2018 100′
A melancholy portrait of refugees from Bangui trying to find a better life in France. Widower Abbas and his children seem to be doing well in French society. He has a job, a girlfriend and always fulfills his agreements with the authorities. Nevertheless, this second-class citizen is deported from France.