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AIDOLLawrence Lek IFFR 2020 83′
In a futuristic gaming world, superstar pursues comeback. Geomancer sequel plays with ideas on AI, fame and the power of megacorporations.
Former superstar Diva hopes to rekindle her career by engaging an ambitious artificial intelligence in this sequel to Geomancer from 2017. Diva is our avatar in the futuristic gaming world of 2065 where mankind will battle the machines in an epic eSports final.
Air ConditionerFradique IFFR 2020 72′
Air conditioners mysteriously fall from buildings in the Angolan capital. Pleasantly free film with a great soundtrack.
Air conditioners mysteriously start falling from buildings in the Angolan capital. The search for a working unit forms the starting point for an pleasantly free film representing the city's heartbeat. A great jazzy soundtrack, a rap and the chaotic hum of the city guide us through its streets and buildings.
BabaiArtem Aisagaliev IFFR 2020 65′
The Babai is the night-time bogeyman for children: traumas determine who you are, according to this claustrophobic portrait of two Russian brothers.
Russian brothers Mark and Gesha struggle with their strict father, while their tough youth illustrates how fear and sadness are unavoidable elements of aging. Using claustrophobic close-ups, Russian filmmaker Artem Aisagaliev provides a universal impression of a human existence characterised by trauma.
CenoteOda Kaori IFFR 2020 75′
Entrancing underwater footage of cenotes, or holy springs, in Yucatan, Mexico. Long-lost memories echo in a hallucinatory game of light and dark.
Entrancing footage of cenotes, or holy springs, in Yucatan, Mexico. Long-lost memories echo in a hallucinatory game of light and dark. Swimming in these, director Oda encounters mysterious shapes. The past and present of the people living around the cenotes coalesce in this place where nothing is forgotten.
The FeverMaya Da-Rin IFFR 2020 98′
Hypnotic drama about a native Amazonian whose life is disrupted when his daughter tells him she wants to study in Brasilia.
Middle-aged native widower Justino’s life is disrupted when his daughter tells him she wants to go study in Brasilia. This hypnotic fiction feature by Brazilian director Maya Da-Rin won the international film critics’ award in Locarno, where lead actor Regis Myrupu also won Best Actor.
LusalaMugambi Nthiga IFFR 2020 61′
A young man leaves his wealthy adoptive home in Nairobi but demons from his past block his transition to adulthood.
Lusala is almost a grownup. Time to leave the nest, according to his wealthy adoptive family. He dives head-first into his new life as a car mechanic with a tiny apartment in Nairobi but demons from his past block his path to adulthood.
Merry Christmas, YiwuMladen Kovacevic IFFR 2020 93′
Portrait of a surreal society in Yiwu, China where almost exclusively Christmas decorations are manufactured year round.
The workers at over 600 factories in Yiwu, China manufacture Christmas decorations year round. The camera trails the workers at the factory and elsewhere – their conversations, love issues, a game of pool, shopping and eating, and the calls home, far away from Yiwu's prosperity. A portrait of a surreal society.
Nafi's FatherMamadou Dia IFFR 2020 108′
Tokara wants to marry the beautiful Nafi, his cousin, bringing their fathers into a bitter conflict.
Tokara wants to marry his cousin, the beautiful Nafi, bringing their fathers into conflict with one another: the children are pawns in a bitter dispute about tradition, progress and the true nature of Islam. Can their family ties help them overcome these ideological differences? Winner of two awards in Locarno, including best debut.
Shell and JointHirabayashi Isamu IFFR 2020 154′
Understated humour and philosophy go hand in hand in this Japanese comedy that strings offbeat moments together.
Understated, intelligent comedy by award-winning director of short films Hirabayashi Isamu. Japanese capsule hotel users philosophise about sex, death and love. The tight framing and absurdist humour make it seem as if the makers of Toren C (offbeat Dutch TV series) and Roy Andersson have had a completely idiosyncratic Japanese love child.
Suzanne DaveauLuísa Homem IFFR 2020 115′
Passionate geographer Suzanne Daveau carried out field research in inhospitable surroundings. Her life’s story is told in stunning photo series and footage.
Rich documentary portrait of a passionate geographer way ahead of her time. Suzanne Daveau (1925, France) undertook field research in the most inhospitable environments: nothing could stop her. Using stunning photo series and footage, she tells the story of her life, in which work and private life became one.
Tierra adentroMauro Colombo IFFR 2020 70′
Filmmaker Mauro Colombo’s immerses himself in the Darién Gap, a dense and mysterious jungle that divides Panama and Colombia.
Colombo’s urgent documentary feature debut shows the filmmaker immersing himself in the Darién Gap, a dense and mysterious jungle that divides Panama and Colombia. At the dangerous border between these two countries, guerrillas, immigrants, indigenous people, farmers, drug traffickers, police, and wild animals cross paths.
TlamessAla Eddine Slim IFFR 2020 120′
This hypnotic, largely silent diptych brings together an army deserter and a rich man’s pregnant wife in the Tunisian woods.
This largely silent diptych brings together two extremes of contemporary Tunisian society. Young army deserter S and rich man’s pregnant wife F are both fleeing oppressive situations. F finally ends up in the woods, where she meets a wild S. Intriguing juxtaposition of raw realism and hypnotic allegory.
The Tree HouseTruong Minh Quý IFFR 2020 84′
The reflections of a filmmaker on Mars, prompted by the stories told by an isolated people in Vietnam.
What does a filmmaker’s journey to Mars have to do with the Rục – an isolated ethnic group living in the mountains and caves of Vietnam? This original mix of science fiction and anthropology investigates the meaning of the concept of ‘home’.
VHYesJack Henry Robbins IFFR 2020 72′
Life seemed so straightforward in the 1980s. A 12-year old's hilarious, bizarre home video provides a different perspective.
Oh, the 1980s! Women in tight aerobics wear and Tel Sell ads for (Truly Fantastic!) ballpoints. A deliciously crazed, retro comedy shot in VHS with a pinch of Blair Witch and ... climate porn? Hilarious fun for everyone with a fruit fly's attention span and nostalgia for fast forwarding.