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Awards CeremonyIFFR 2018
Gala ceremony with the presentation of many of the big awards. Which filmmaker will win the Hivos Tiger Award, the VPRO Big Screen Award or the IFFR Audience Award? And who will walk away with the brand-new Found Footage Award and the Voices Short Audience Award?
Djon ÁfricaJoão Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis IFFR 2018 95′
A chance meeting sets 25-year-old Portuguese Djon África on the track of his roots in Cape Verde. He hopes to finally find his father, an adventurer whom he doesn't know. But things never go as planned in life – and particularly in this playful search for Djon’s identity.
I Have a Date with SpringBaek Seungbin IFFR 2018 93′
As often happens in Korean films, we meet a fretful filmmaker who has ground to a halt with an ambitious film project: what would you wish for on the last day before the end of the world? Followed by a trilogy of mysterious surprises, black humour and sympathy for lonely outsiders.
IFFR Presents: The Tigers Part IIFFR 2018
IFFR festival director Bero Beyer will enter into conversation with participants in the Hivos Tiger Competition. He will be joined by the directors of Djon África, Sultry, Nervous Translation and The Reports on Sarah and Saleem. The audience will be given the chance to quiz our Tigers during the subsequent Q&A.
Nervous TranslationShireen Seno IFFR 2018 90′
Sensitive, sparkling film that captures the confusing and magical moments alike in the life of a child who, while preferring to be by herself, deep down also longs to be heard. The events of 1987 in the Philippines play a role in the background, but shy Yael is more concerned with her absent father, her uncle who is a rock star and a pen with special powers.
PiercingNicolas Pesce IFFR 2018 81′
Afraid that he will stab his baby to death, Reed decides to drive out this compulsion by murdering a call girl. She has her own neuroses and is quickly pulling the strings, in an unpredictable SM duel with surrealistic horror and a dash of irony. The demons from Reed’s childhood also play a role in this stylised psychothriller with cult potential.
PossessedMetahaven, Rob Schröder IFFR 2018 67′
How to be together in the age of social media? We have become obsessed with our own image and must find a new, more personal way of relating to others. This rich essay argues that the chains of social media must be cast off, but the perpetual question remains: Who is looking out for you?
The Reports on Sarah and SaleemMuayad Alayan IFFR 2018 127′
By having an affair, Jewish Sarah and Palestinian Saleem risk much more than just their marriages. Their relationship attracts attention from the security services on both sides of the Israeli 'wall', who are convinced there’s more to it than mutual attraction.
SultryMarina Meliande IFFR 2018 94′
Rio de Janeiro, 2016: the city simmers in anticipation of the Olympic Games. Lawyer Ana (32) defends the interests of residents of homes to be replaced by stadiums, roads and luxury hotels. Is the heat affecting her perception or is the struggle becoming visible on her skin? Beautiful, intriguing, stifling debut.
The Widowed WitchCai Chengjie IFFR 2018 120′
Is there any hope in Erhao’s unfortunate life following the death of her third husband, when fellow villagers in rural China accuse her of having supernatural powers? Daring black-and-white drama with an unusual fatalistic/comedic worldview which also displays a neorealistic empathy for the victims of power and other unavoidable misery.