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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.
Wage WarMysskin IFFR 2018 160′
When boxes of chopped-off limbs appear all over the city on New Year's Eve, J.K. from CID's elite CB branch gets to work. Darkness soon takes his hand. A police procedural turns social expose turns meditation on the metaphysics of truth, by way of a homage to Kurosawa and Kitano.
The WalkerSu Hui-yu IFFR 2018 18′
Pop culture and high art merge into a physical, visual interpretation of the Walker Theatre in Taipei, which – in the 1990s – was home to the Taiwanese experimental art scene.
Wasteland No. 1: Ardent, VerdantJodie Mack IFFR 2018 5′
Close-ups of electrical circuit boards and images of bright red flowers are interwoven in a rapid-fire montage, short-circuiting the memory of what we see.
We Need Prayers: This One Went to MarketJim Chuchu IFFR 2018 5′
An artist who knows to sell herself and an art scene that loves to buy: on the fascination with a popular black art movement and its commercial value.
WhenTafadzwa Tarumbwa IFFR 2018 3′
Through confronting language and graphic animation, When points out the constantly growing inequality in the world.
When I Grow Up I Want to Be a Black ManJyoti Mistry IFFR 2018 10′
An alphabet of violence and freedom featuring rhythmic images provides a strong vocabulary for critiquing representations of black bodies.
When the Lionfish CameTamika Galanis IFFR 2018 6′
A view on the preservation of Bahamian culture and native marine life.
The WhiteKurt D'Haeseleer, Franck Vigroux IFFR 2018 0
Two white TV screens are reflected on a glass plate. That plate doesn’t show a white image, as could be expected, but two dark streams of moving images.
Who Am I?Nick Reding, Wanuri Kahiu IFFR 2018 30′
"Through the eyes of children, an enlightened voice is given to the tribal and religious fissures that are growing in Kenyan society."(Nick Redding)
WijRene Eller IFFR 2018 100′
In a village on the Dutch-Belgian border a group of teens pull stupid pranks, have sex and seek excitement. However, during the summer that started so languorously, the initially playful messing about turns into prostitution, power dynamics and blackmail. An intense event forces sometimes painful introspection upon the group in this modern coming-of-age drama.
WizardKagiso Lediga IFFR 2018 79′
Hilarious, in-your-face adventure set in a South African township focusing on teen best friends Lefa and Papi. They dream of riches and girls, and plan to make these come true by growing their own weed. However, reality proves less predictable.
YouthFeng Xiaogang IFFR 2018 136′
Love, dance, lust, war, friendship, betrayal, heroism, disappointment and then love again in spite of it all fight for attention in this colourful, melancholy hit from China's most successful filmmaker. In the background, China’s turbulent history from 1970; in the foreground the young people fulfilling their military service, propagating the revolutionary values through song and dance.
ZamaLucrecia Martel IFFR 2018 115′
At the end of the eighteenth century Zama, a servant of the Spanish crown, whiles away his time on the banks of a South American river waiting for a letter from the king to reunite him with his wife – and civilisation. Martel’s film is an enchanting and original masterpiece that seems to have been made in a different era.
#57Joost Rekveld IFFR 2018 14′
A categorical accumulation of abstract patterns. Lines, colours and sounds obey an impenetrable logic. A quiet film that dares to be resolutely experimental.
'77 No Commercial UseLuis Fulvio IFFR 2018 127′
The maker, born in 1977, made this montage film about his endlessly fascinating year of birth. In Italy the streets were full of groups protesting, there were deaths during riots in Rome, Milan and Bologna, while armed movements attacked politicians and journalists. At the same time, there was a creative boom on many fronts, punk broke through and Elvis died.
.TVG. Anthony Svatek IFFR 2018 22′
The credit crunch did not really affect island nation Tuvalu, but climate change is bringing it down all too literally now. Yet online it might still have a future.
1745Gordon Napier IFFR 2018 19′
Two sisters kidnapped from their home and sold into slavery attempt to retake their freedom.
★Johann Lurf IFFR 2018 90′
What exactly is written in the stars? Experimental filmmaker Lurf scoured over a century of cinematic history for depictions of the heavens. Without compromising his criteria, he edited them together chronologically, including their original soundtracks. A visually dizzying trip.