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Animal indiretoDaniel Lentini IFFR 2019 51′
Moments of modest happiness amongst the tension of today's Brazil. A subtle, personal report on dealing with fear and depression.
To escape fear and depression, the filmmaker picks up his camera and allows it to lead him. In the tension of contemporary Brazil, he focuses on the everyday and creates moments of happiness. He also makes room for stories of fellow-sufferers from Cuba and Haiti.
AugustijnOmar A. Chowdhury IFFR 2019 47′
We follow Stijn, a Belgian convert to Islam, through short scenes and repetitions that sway between fact and fiction.
A shifting relationship between a lapsed Muslim filmmaker and a charismatic young Belgian man, who has converted to Islam in the post-industrial city of Aalst. The practice and theoretics of conversion and of travelling amongst liminal states of identity, are critical to a narrative that sways between the real and the unreal. (Omar A. Chowdhury)
Braquer PoitiersClaude Schmitz IFFR 2019 59′
A humorous hostage drama where everyone exploits everyone else during a hot summer in the French countryside. Seemingly pathetic tedium, perfectly presented.
One hot summer in France, petty criminals Thomas and Francis take a car wash owner hostage. It doesn’t make them rich; they lose themselves in the inertia of village life, hanging around with their girlfriends. The seemingly pathetic tedium of everyday life is perfectly presented, with a strong cast, script and soundtrack.
Bring Me the Head of Carmen M.Felipe Bragança, Catarina Wallenstein IFFR 2019 61′
In turbulent contemporary Brazil, an actress dives into the myth of Carmen Miranda, the woman who gave the country a new identity.
Ana, a Portuguese actress, dives into Brazil's current atmosphere of identity and political crisis while trying to portray in a feature film the colourful life of famous singer and actress Carmen Miranda, who helped define Brazil’s identity. An urgent, bittersweet tropical nightmare.
Derrière les voletsMessaline Raverdy IFFR 2019 50′
Poetic investigation of the history of the Raverdy coffee factory and the women who worked there; document for the next generation.
An empty factory, a family name and a filing cabinet: the filmmaker moves in with her grandmother to dive into history, via poetic peregrinations. This sensitive film is a reflection on the invisible and the forgotten, derived from different materials, archives and language games, in which women play a central role.
Une histoire sans destinEnrique Ramirez IFFR 2019 55′
Stories of conquests and utopias meet in a tale set in the inter-tidal zone.
Stories of conquests and utopias meet in a tale set in the inter-tidal zone. Three characters seek a new world, which sometimes appears literally upside down. The beach, rocks and mangroves refer to historic struggles between the newcomers and indigenous populations.
L’ inconnu de CollegnoMaïder Fortuné IFFR 2019 50′
A man in an empty room, an interrogation. What is his past? Various people are used to unravel the mystery.
A man in an empty room, an interrogation. What is his past? Maïder Fortuné adapted a real event that fascinated Mussolini’s 1930s Italy. The mystery of identity and the conflict between science and belief revealed by examining a damaged memory.
Lithic ChoreographiesSam Smith IFFR 2019 51′
The Swedish island of Gotland forms the starting point for an exploration of the relationship between stones and man, nature and culture.
The Swedish island of Gotland forms the starting point for this documentary about the ever-changing relationship between man and nature, myth, geology and the landscape as it is influenced by man. A calm camera scans the landscape while a dancer and a roaming rock seem to move between these worlds.
Memento StellaMakino Takashi IFFR 2019 60′
Makino Takashi overwhelms us with his expanding universe, made up of countless images in which we can lose ourselves.
Makino Takashi overwhelms us with his universe, made up of countless images in which we can lose ourselves, allowing us to compose our own stories, based on what we know of the world. Every viewer comes away with a unique work which resonates long afterwards.
Symphony of the Ursus FactoryJaśmina Wójcik IFFR 2019 61′
Workers at the closed-down Ursus tractor factory relive their working lives though re-enactments. The symphony they create is an ode to a passionate community.
Proud workers from the closed-down Ursus tractor factory relive their past through re-enactments. The muscle-memory of the movements they made so often is still in their bodies and combined with the sounds of their work a symphony is formed. An ode to a mega-factory where life was all about community and work.