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Thirza Cuthand Is an Indian Within the Meaning of the Indian ActThirza Cuthand IFFR 2018 9′
As a light-skinned indigenous woman, Cuthand reiterates that racism and discrimination still happen to her, just in different ways. (V-tape)
Those Who Are FineCyril Schäublin IFFR 2018 71′
Alice, a young girl who works at a call centre in Zurich, uses her powers of persuasion to squeeze money out of solitary grandmothers by telling them she’s their granddaughter and urgently needs money. Tragicomic debut that observes how Alice’s crimes influence the lives of countless local people.
Tinseltown Swimming in BloodKaren Zolo IFFR 2018 5′
In remaking the sci-fi classic La Jetée as a music video for the band Destroyer, Zolo implicitly addresses contemporary issues of identity, borders, and race. (Video Out)
La torreSebastián Múnera IFFR 2018 78′
A poetic, experimental film that is an attempt to keep history alive. Inspired by the new Latin-American Cinema, debutant Múnera follows three characters connected with a library where a never-solved bomb attack took place in 2004 – an event of which only one photo was ever made.
Toward HandsUsuha Ryoya IFFR 2018 7′
In a vast, computer-generated world, characters are pursued and attacked one after the other. Who are they? And what are they protecting? (Image Forum)
Tracking Sasquatch (field report #4)Christina Battle IFFR 2018 8′
A search for the elusive Sasquatch with text generated, sourced and scoured from various articles and essays found on the internet. (Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre)
Tree Identification for BeginnersYto Barrada IFFR 2018 35′
Revolutionary ideas and family histories come together in this stop-motion animation. Based on the experiences of the young Mounira Bouzid, who visited the USA in the summer of 1966.
Trópico desvaídoValentina Alvarado IFFR 2018 6′
Filmed in Venezuela and Spain, Trópico Desvaído collapses various modes of representation to explore the transformative processes of geographical and ethnographic inquiry. (Video Out)
Los vagosGustavo Biazzi IFFR 2018 92′
Beautifully filmed, bittersweet coming of age story about the Argentine student Ernesto and his friends, who are delaying adulthood for a while with drink, parties, hanging out on the beach and seducing girls. Ernesto flirts constantly and only realises what is at stake when he is in danger of losing his girlfriend, Paula.
Versions (2009)Oliver Laric IFFR 2018 6′
Versions investigates the peculiarities of original and copy: both have a different status, and the copy is not necessarily inferior to the original. (LIMA)
VideoactiveSara Jordenö IFFR 2018 3′
Bergman's Persona is the subject of inquiry in a Los Angeles video store with a unique categorisation system. (FilmForm)
View from AboveHiwa K IFFR 2018 13′
A model of a destroyed city centre. M learns all about a town in an unsafe zone that is not his place of origin.
Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old ShatterhandMartha Colburn IFFR 2018 9′
The highlight so far in the flourishing career of animator Martha Colburn is a very personal work about her relationship with the German author Karl May.
What the Sun Has SeenAgnieszka Polska IFFR 2018 7′
An animated child-faced sun with melancholy eyes jokes about environmental issues and comments on the tumultuous times in which the world finds itself.
WHAT'S THE DAMAGEHeather Phillipson IFFR 2018 7′
A provocation against dominant power structures, augmenting feelings of chronic unease, protest and dissent by intertwining spoken word, over-groomed toupees and advancing super-moons, pizzas and drones.
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.
WindspielPeyman Ghalambor IFFR 2018 80′
Atmospheric, almost wordless feature debut about a boy aged 13 who runs away from a children’s home and flees into the forests of Brandenburg. On the fringes of civilisation, he rediscovers his freedom. But what’s that freedom worth, if you have nothing else to live for?
With History in a Room Filled with People with Funny Names 4Korakrit Arunanondchai IFFR 2018 24′
In a world where drones take on the role of spirits and co-exist with living species, Thai artist Korakrit Arunanondchai tackles the subject of death.
The Worldly CaveZhou Tao IFFR 2018 48′
Zhou Tao directs his gaze at diasporic communities of Hakka people, finding them within otherworldly, vast landscapes. Stunning images transport us to a dreamlike universe.
Wrong RevisionAraki Yu IFFR 2018 16′
Based on Ryunosuke Akutagawa's short story The Devil and Tobacco (1916), Wrong Revision introduces a curious account of the devil's introduction to Japan in 1549.
YEAHSuzuki Yohei IFFR 2018 45′
Somewhere between deadpan and plain weird, Suzuki Yohei’s unique brand of satirical comedy returns with this mysteriously titled film. A young woman, Ako, wanders around a sparsely populated housing estate in the rural city of Mito, where she spends her time speaking to objects and plants.
10/65 SelbstverstümmelungKurt Kren IFFR 2018 5′
Each image is paced to provoke a tense, iconoclastic revelation of a plaster-covered man taking part in symbolic acts of self-mutilation. (sixpackfilm)
3/4Ilian Metev IFFR 2018 82′
Not a word is said about the absent mother. Nor about the summer that glides past and will probably be the last that physics teacher Todor and his children Mila and Niki will spend together. A minor family drama told with a light-hearted tone, floating on almost matter-of-fact melancholy.
3rd Builders' StreetPim Zwier IFFR 2018 14′
3rd Builders' Street focuses on the concrete-panel houses which appeared throughout the Soviet Union from the 1960s. The use of colour separation accentuates the dialectical image.