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After RealityZhou Tao IFFR 2018 15′
In this soothingly sedated work, dragon-boat rowers train in heavily vegetated areas of the city. We are transported between seasons and continents without us realising.
Aldeia dos Rapazes – Orfanato Sta. Isabel de AlbarraqueBárbara Virgínia IFFR 2018 15′
Bárbara Virgínia's only short film is about an orphanage. She adopted a perspective exceptional for her era by filming at the children’s eye level.
L'amant d'un jourPhilippe Garrel IFFR 2018 76′
A philosophy lecturer houses his 23-year-old daughter with a broken heart and his mistress of the same age. He tries to be a father to one and lover to the other. French filmmaker Philippe Garrel’s Lover for a Day concludes a trilogy of anecdotal, black-and-white films on the vagaries of love.
El arrullo de la arañaJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 78′
Simón, the owner of a hardware store, humiliates and constantly controls his four employees. Through this universally recognisable situation, Campusano paints a portrait of microscopic power exerted in the realm of labour without forgetting about other forms of abuse directly related to history.
Artist Talk: Laure ProuvostIFFR 2018
Laure Prouvost is known for her lush, immersive films and mixed-media installations. Interested in confounding linear narratives and expected associations between words, images and meaning, she has said that in her works "fiction and reality get really tangled". IFFR has presented Prouvost's works since 2010 and her most recent DIT LEARN will have its world premiere at IFFR 2018.
Artist Talk: Louis HendersonIFFR 2018
Louis Henderson is an artist and filmmaker whose works investigate connections between colonialism, technology, capitalism and history. His research seeks to formulate an archaeological method within film practice reflecting on animistic materialism. His most recent work Sunstone, made in collaboration with Filipa César, has its festival premiere at IFFR 2018.
AsinoAnatoly Vasiliev IFFR 2018 167′
Medea, Jason, Bacchus and Saturn – are they donkeys and/or mythological creatures here? Like the Italians in Alba during the donkey races, Anatoly Vasiliev worships donkeys. His film also summarises the donkey’s role in Western culture: from stupid and stubborn to a loyal beast of burden.
El azoteJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 88′
The determination and dedication of a former musician who is now a social assistant in Bariloche – one of the best-known tourist resorts in Patagonia – is not enough to avoid the misfortunes experienced by local youths. This film reveals, without concessions, the picture never presented in the postcards of this town.
Behind Your WallsFrans Zwartjes IFFR 2018 12′
In true Zwartjes style, the filmmaker creates an intoxicating, surreal microcosm – this time through a bizarre pantomime featuring extras in heavy makeup.
Big Talk: Apichatpong WeerasethakulIFFR 2018
Apichatpong Weerasethakul speaks to us through memories, flashes and fantasies, conjuring up energetic entities and showing us how they permeate the fabric of collective consciousness over many generations in his native Thailand. In this interview, moderated by Chris Dercon, Weerasethakul will talk to us about the unique approach to his craft.
Big Talk: Artur ŻmijewskiIFFR 2018
Artur Żmijewski will engage in discussion with curator and writer Galit Eilat on his recent installation Realism (2017), his oeuvre in general and his attitude towards the persona of the artist. Tue 30 Jan, 12:00-13:30, Hilton Rotterdam, €5.50
Big Talk: Jan ŠvankmajerIFFR 2018
Švankmajer’s films stem from his own source material as well as adaptations of seminal writers such as Edgar Allan Poe and Goethe. His genius has made him iconic the world over. Švankmajer will discuss his final film, Insect, which world-premieres at IFFR.
Big Talk: José Celestino CampusanoIFFR 2018
José Celestino Campusano’s grassroots cinema is made on low budgets, with non-professional actors and a refusal to conform to any strict film-consumption formula. His raw approach is the antidote that our increasingly plastic world needs, and he will share his method with us during his talk.
Big Talk: Yael BartanaIFFR 2018
Galit Eilat, gender activist Anat Saragusti and artist Yael Bartana discuss Bartana’s recent piece What if Women Ruled the World? In what ways can power and political performativity be transformed by female domination, and how can they lead to real changes in social, political and military power structures?
BirdsFrans Zwartjes IFFR 2018 5′
Hypnotic, repetitive film featuring Trix, Zwartjes' regular partner in crime – and in life. The second 'turtle dove' is a piece of a toy between her fingers.
BlindlyArtur Żmijewski IFFR 2018 18′
Painting sessions with six blind people lead to conversations about shape, colour, reality and what it means to be sightless.
Blue and RedZhou Tao IFFR 2018 26′
Shot in Guangzhou and Bangkok, this quietly captivating video considers the role of public squares as we watch gathered crowds bathed in artificial neon lights.
The Bottomless BagRustam Khamdamov IFFR 2018 104′
This Russian adaptation of the story that inspired Kurosawa's masterpiece Rashomon (1950) is filmed in stately black-and-white and is set partly at the Court of Czar Alexander II and partly in a wood where a murder takes place. Three involved parties give their version of the story. Which is true?
Brooklyn ExperienceJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 60′
A minimalist, choral tale in which several characters typical of indie American films issue a collective statement on an era and its politics. The register is essentially maximalist − everything is shown in 360 degrees, establishing an aesthetic possibility which could be called the 'expansion of the field'. VR experience!
Chicken Speak to Duck, Pig Speak to DogZhou Tao IFFR 2018 6′
Taking its title from a Chinese proverb, this two-channel video observes men up a tree imitating animal sounds, bringing an ancient custom to an urban park.
The Collection: KatarzynaArtur Żmijewski IFFR 2018 5′
Quiet observation of a physically handicapped woman reveals that effortless movement isn’t always a given. Element of the multi-part The Collection (2016).
The Collection: RomanArtur Żmijewski IFFR 2018 5′
A man with a physical disability steps with the greatest difficulty through a still decor made up of light and shadow. Part of the series The Collection (2016).
Confusion Is NextIFFR 2018 22′
Thai noise musician Thom AJ Madson confines himself in a room for an experiment to give a plumeria tree a sound. He alternates between creating sound experiments and the meditative rhythms of his daily spiritual routine.
CookbookArtur Żmijewski IFFR 2018 13′
A one-off cookery course in a women’s prison – with lobster on the menu – highlights the dismal food normally served up in the cells.
Creation in CooperationArtur Żmijewski IFFR 2018 9′
Artur Żmijewski challenges participants in a workshop to present their improvised performances in public spaces, for audiences of random passers-by.
Dragonfly EyesXu Bing IFFR 2018 81′
Chinese artist Xu Bing’s directorial debut could be described as The Truman Show, but in Real Life. He weaves a story of a boy and a girl in modern-day China out of security camera footage. This by turns shocking and poetic, but always fascinating, experiment reflects on our obsessive visual culture.
An Eye for an EyeArtur Żmijewski IFFR 2018 11′
Portraits of people with and without amputated limbs: in intimate embraces, the division between bodies and able/disabled is resolved, forming a single entity.
FangoJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 107′
Two friends decide to form a 'tango-trash' band. The woman of one of these friends is kidnapped by the leader of a female gang, bringing consequences in its aftermath. This all happens in the precarious urban regions surrounding the European-like city of Buenos Aires; in these areas everything resembles the universe of Western films.
Fantasmas de la rutaJosé Celestino Campusano IFFR 2018 198′
A microscopic tale about the trafficking of women, from the viewpoint of Campusano's universe. Including Vikingo and his bikers, who try to rescue Antonella, who has been kidnapped and sold to a brothel in northern Argentina. A rigorous narration with several subplots in which the narrative craft of this director gets to shine fully.
Le film de BazinPierre Hébert IFFR 2018 70′
In 1958, influential film critic André Bazin started his own film project, about Roman churches. He died a few months later, leaving his dream project in the form of photographs and notes. This documentary essay reanimates (quite literally) the uncompleted script. Pondering ruins and restoration, we are forced to acknowledge the passing of time.
Film IIFrans Zwartjes IFFR 2018 18′
To mark his ninetieth birthday, EYE has restored Zwartjes’ very first film, originally shot on Super-8 and long thought lost.
Following BauhausArtur Żmijewski IFFR 2018 12′
In search of a 'new visual reality', Żmijewski and the local art community in Liverpool re-implement Bauhaus ideals 80 years later.