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Everyone in Hawaii Has a Sixpack AlreadyMarvin Hesse IFFR 2018 57′
On La Gomera, youth ends abruptly at age 16, when teens have to leave this paradise for higher education. This threat looms over a group of skateboarding, flirting friends. In this intimate documentary, everyone is beautiful, almost carefree and above all forever 15.
ExileZoe Beloff IFFR 2018 50′
Surprise: Bertold Brecht and Walter Benjamin have been reincarnated as an Iranian and an African-American and they roam today’s New York. At times they are a comic duo, at others the voice of our conscience: the babbling couple provides good weapons to attack the world.
La fleurièreRuben Desiere IFFR 2018 78′
In the back room of a flower shop, Tomi, Rasto and Mižu are digging a tunnel in order to break into the safe of the National Bank. After heavy rainfall, the underground maze gets submerged by water and they are forced to stop working. (Courtisane Festival)
Les garçons sauvagesBertrand Mandico IFFR 2018 110′
In the early 1900s, five spoiled boys commit a violent crime. As punishment, they’re sent on a high sea cruise with a tough captain and end up on an island with disturbing secrets. A thrilling adventure that bends genres and genders, mixing Jules Verne, A Clockwork Orange and William Burroughs with an erotic twist.
GlimpseArtur Żmijewski IFFR 2018 15′
Confrontational film on life in four European refugee camps. Provocation by Żmijewski, who pushes what is and isn’t acceptable increasingly far.
Good Evening to the People Living in the CampJoost Conijn IFFR 2018 45′
An unorthodox portrait of people who have dominated the news for years, but whom no one really seems to know: refugees. Artist and filmmaker Joost Conijn crept into a refugee camp and filmed them. He seems less interested in what has happened to them, and more in what they are doing.
Gropius Memory PalaceBen Thorp Brown IFFR 2018 20′
Through a guided meditation performed by a hypnotherapist, viewers are invited to construct a 'memory palace' as they experience Walter Gropius's iconic Fagus Factory.
Guarda in altoFulvio Risuleo IFFR 2018 90′
You go to take a cigarette break on a rooftop in Rome and then an adventure starts that would surprise even Alice (of Wonderland fame). The amazing imagination of this talented young Italian filmmaker provides an irresistible debut suitable for most, if not all, ages.
The GulfEmre Yeksan IFFR 2018 110′
While the stench of a burning oil tanker disrupts life in the Turkish city of Izmir, Selim tries to pick up the pieces after a failed marriage. A reference to the state of the country? A strange encounter with a freebooter, who alleges he knew Selim from military service, pierces his apathy.
GutlandGovinda Van Maele IFFR 2018 107′
Jens has gone wild and clearly has something on his conscience, but in the small Luxembourg village where he turns up there are things that are also clearly wrong. A mysterious disappearance, seductive female beauty; there’s a sinister and surreal atmosphere in this beautiful thriller shot on 35mm.
The HeartFanni Metelius IFFR 2018 100′
What do you do if your great love can’t offer what you so desire? In this contemporary drama, a creative Swedish couple discovers what it really means to maintain an enduring relationship. An intimate look at the life of contemporary twenty-somethings wrestling with intimacy, shame and great expectations.
History Bleeds Under Your FingernailsAzar Saiyar IFFR 2018 7′
A short film on the history of taming the left hand and on the culture of cultivating the bodies that do not fit. (AV-Arkki)
Hit the NightJeong Gayoung IFFR 2018 85′
The number of female filmmakers who break through in South Korea still forms a small minority. Hit the Night, in which Jeong Gayoung herself plays the lead as a cheeky filmmaker who spends the evenings researching nice men, is a welcome surprise. Sharp dialogues, but in the end mild and moving.
El hombre que cuidaAlejandro Andújar IFFR 2018 85′
Major tensions lurk beneath the otherwise placid surface of this sunny island drama. Taciturn Juan tries to forget a lost love while his daily routine as watchman at one of the villas along the coast is disrupted by the arrival of the owner’s son.
The Human ScaleIFFR 2018
Abandoned spaces are frozen in time: the relics of modernity. But where does man fit into these crumbling cities? Which stories are hidden in these mysterious palazzos, curious dwellings and lived-in houses?
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.
I Have Sinned a Rapturous SinMaryam Tafakory IFFR 2018 8′
Fragments of Forough Farrokhzad’s poem Sin are read out, juxtaposed with Islamic clergy advising women on how to control their lust in Maryam Tafakory's radical celebration of sensuality.
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.
ImpermanenceZeng Zeng IFFR 2018 94′
Fate brings together three fascinating lost souls – a monk with a sack of money, an innkeeper with an uneasy conscience, and a father who’s lost his son – in young Chinese director Zeng Zeng’s mysterious tale of guilt, punishment and ambiguous redemption.
InferninhoGuto Parente, Pedro Diógenes IFFR 2018 82′
Inferninho – 'little hell' – is the name of a grubby and gender-uncritical bar. The kind where wistful yearning and world-weariness go hand-in-hand with rapidly drunk loneliness. The owner, Deusimar, dreams of leaving this theatrical and surrealistic mess behind, but then Jarbas arrives, a sailor looking for safety.
An Infinite Loop for Resistance ft. Aldo TambelliniM. Woods IFFR 2018 6′
This is a media-fashioned attack aimed at the disturbing omnipotence of hyperrealism and fascist banality - best symbolised by Donald Trump's burning latex effigy. (Collectif Jeune Cinéma)
Inside the MachineRichard Tuohy, Dianna Barrie IFFR 2018 12′
Performative optical sound film with three 16mm projectors. Humans and machines merge on screen; this is how cinema works.
InterregnumAdrian Paci IFFR 2018 18′
The eyes of the world are watching after the death of a dictator. Long lines of mourners wait to pay homage to an absent man in an ingenious found-footage film.
It Was Still Her FaceChristoph Girardet IFFR 2018 8′
Portraits of women. And men, who are spellbound by them. The painted portraits are revenants, omens of absence, metaphors for loss and death, objects of desire and fixation. (Light Cone)
Je suis un monstreTanguy De Donder IFFR 2018 17′
A compassionate visual narrative that inspires anticipation in telling the story of a woman who thinks she's a monster.
JonakiAditya Vikram Sengupta IFFR 2018 95′
While Jonaki, an eighty-year-old woman, searches for love in a strange world of decaying memories, her lover, now old and grey, returns to a world she is leaving behind. Masterful direction and superb camera work deliver a remarkable esoteric cinematic meditation.
Latency Contemplation 3Cho Seoungho IFFR 2018 10′
Mountains, rocks, shadows, water: everything flows, is in motion, panta rhei. Latency Contemplation 3 is a choreography of horizontal lines, drifting on the vertical.
LeninopadAnna Jermolaewa IFFR 2018 22′
Statues can die, too. Or, as shown in Leninopad, they can be cleared away from their public sites as an alleged act of liberation.
Life and Nothing MoreAntonio Méndez Esparza IFFR 2018 113′
Nothing more, but certainly nothing less than life. Two lives, to be precise: that of the black teenager Andrew and of his single mother, in a small town in Florida. The underprivileged kid gets into trouble and the system doesn’t budge an inch. Meanwhile, his young mother yearns for a life of her own.
Liquid LandscapeNan Wang IFFR 2018 12′
After her Dust Poetry from 2014, Nan Wang, member of the Rotterdam Filmwerkplaats, has once again created an exceptional visual trip through mysterious landscapes.
Living InsideSadie Benning IFFR 2018 5′
A 16-year-old Benning stops going to high school for three weeks and documents her experience with a video camera. (Video Data Bank)
Living StatuesIFFR 2018
Whether they are singing on national TV, playing air guitar, dealing with multiple selves or being pushed from their pedestal, they are playing the role of a lifetime. A display of peculiar personal (hi)stories.