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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.
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.
Damp SeasonGao Ming IFFR 2020 109′
A young couple in a humid city in the South of China drift apart. Dreamy study of the complexity of human relationships.
A young Chinese working couple drift apart, ending up in the arms of others. Atmospheric study of the unsayable dynamics of human relationships, shot in a Southern city, where in early summer the weather grows dank and humid, and life becomes complex and ambiguous.
Death Inhabits at NightEduardo Morotó IFFR 2020 94′
Alcohol-drenched, melancholy story of soulmates on the edge of society is inspiredby Bukowski's writings.
Based on Bukowski's writings, this portrait of a penniless writer and the women in his life is drenched in alcohol and cigarette smoke. Elegantly shot, somehow romantic and sad debut about the search for soulmates, balancing on the edge of the abyss in dilapidated hotel rooms and shabby bars.
La dosisMartín Kraut IFFR 2020 93′
Argentine hospital thriller poses the tricky question: How to unmask a murderer if you yourself are a killer?
An Argentine hospital thriller that doesn't speak ill of the dead. But what about the living? Experienced nurse Marcos loves his patients, which leads him to sometimes take drastic measures to end their suffering. His secret is made more complicated by the arrival of charismatic nurse Gabriel, who also has a dark secret.
Dwelling in the Fuchun MountainsGu Xiaogang IFFR 2020 150′
The ups and downs of the Yu Family in the Chinese provincial town of Fuyang. Panoramic impression of radical changes, told with calm, reserved empathy.
The filmmaker started his prize-winning, hypnotically told debut with no formal training, private funding and a local cast of amateur actors. An immersion in the Yu Family's life in the provincial town of Fuyang for a year, characterised by calm humanism and reserved empathy.
En medio del laberintoSalomón Pérez IFFR 2020 65′
Dreamy coming-of-age film about shy, Peruvian skater Renzo as he tries to win Zoe's heart.
Peruvian director Salomón Pérez provides a dreamy, fictional, nostalgic coating to his memories of youth. Skateboarding teen Renzo does his best to impress the elusive Zoe in this coming-of-age film that provides unique insight into Trujillo's skateboarding scene.
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.
IFFR x STRP: AI & CreativityIFFR 2020
How creative is artificial intelligence? A discussion between artists and experts.
How creative is artificial intelligence? Moderator Annemarie Wisse will discuss this with filmmakers Lawrence Lek (AIDOL) and Cécile B. Evans (A Screen Test for an Adaptation of Giselle) along with the artist duo Arvid&Marie and professor Wijnand IJsselsteijn of Eindhoven University of Technology.
The InvitationSaurav Rai IFFR 2020 85′
A poor boy from an Indian mountain village does his utmost to be allowed to attend a wedding he wasn't invited to.
How do you get an invitation to a wedding if the bridegroom's father dislikes you? In a village in Darjeeling, a landowner's 10-year old helper nevertheless goes all out, perhaps even going too far. Endearing, realistic insight into caste relations in a lesser-known part of India.
L'île aux oiseauxMaya Kosa, Sérgio da Costa IFFR 2020 60′
Heart-warming look at a bird rescue centre, a microcosm where lost souls and wounded birds find one another.
After a period of isolation and illness, Antonin starts working for a bird rescue centre. There troubled souls receive just as much care and attention as the injured birds and Antonin is given the opportunity to spread his wings. Minimalist, heart-warming quotidian poetry; also suitable for non-ornithologists.
Longa noiteEloy Enciso IFFR 2020 90′
Reflective drama about civilian memories of the Spanish Civil War. How did that war, and the Franco dictatorship, shape their lives?
During his trip through Spain, several years after the Spanish Civil War, a man in this drama speaks to his countrymen about the effect that war has had on their daily lives. How did they experience the struggle, what relationships changed, what happened to their political views? Who feels like a victor − or a loser?
A Love UnknownJohn Clang IFFR 2020 82′
In two different metropolises, an estranged mother and her adult daughter struggle with depression and a complex past.
In New York and Singapore, an estranged mother and daughter independently try to fight their depressions and answer existential questions. This drama that subtly connects complex problems, harsh reality and hallucinations, portrays four days in the two women's lives. Do invisible connections exist?
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.
The Magic MountainEitan Efrat, Daniel Mann IFFR 2020 68′
A geological exploration intertwined with the history of our relation to the Earth's subsoil: the underground worlds of quarries, tunnels and caves.
In three chapters, each with a different focus on quarries, caves and tunnels, Mann and Efrat investigate the insatiable human desire to extract natural resources from the ground in relation to different modes of knowing, sensing and seeing the world. A geological exploration and cultural history of our relation to the subsoil of the Earth.
Make UpClaire Oakley IFFR 2020 86′
Psychological thriller set in a deserted caravan park where 19-year-old Ruth struggles with her feelings for her boyfriend and a young woman.
An almost deserted caravan park in Cornwall is the backdrop to this psychological thriller about 19-year-old Ruth, who discovers powerful new emotions after moving into the park with her boyfriend Tom. Jealousy, fear and lust arise in this mysterious, ominous setting, fuelled by inexplicable events.
Merry Christmas, YiwuMladen Kovacevic IFFR 2020 94′
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.
Le miracle du Saint InconnuAlaa Eddine Aljem IFFR 2020 100′
Crime comedy about a thief with a remarkable problem: a busy shrine was built on top of his loot.
Bone-dry Moroccan crime film about religion, superstition and tradition. After a long prison sentence, a thief wants to pick up his loot, but the once-remote hiding place in the desert is now a holy shrine. There's only one thing he can do: infiltrate the religious community to get his illegal property.
My Morning LaughterMarko Djordjevic IFFR 2020 94′
Tied to his mother's apron strings and never had a girlfriend. It's high time 28-year-old Dejan stood on his own two feet.
His father drives him mad, his mother treats him like a child and he's never had a girlfriend. High time for 28-year-old teacher Dejan to fly out of the nest. This happens in fits and starts in this Serbian tragicomedy, in which everything seems to look deliberately unpolished.
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.
Non c'è nessuna Dark Side (atto uno 2007-2019)Erik Negro IFFR 2020 215′
Unstable fragments as a liminal phase in a historical, personal process of solidification. Holding up a mirror to our times and committed love of film.
After leaving school, a young Italian critic spent years filming his life, his friends, parties and trips (including to IFFR and the Berlinale). The result of this experiment is a kind of liminal phase in a historical, personal process of solidification, and acts as a unique mirror to our times and socially committed love of film.
The Painter and the ThiefBenjamin Ree IFFR 2020 102′
The painter of two stolen canvasses recognises a kindred spirit in the thief. An improbable friendship unfolds.
Painter Barbora Kysilkova befriends the junky who stole two of her works. Driven by curiosity and thrill-seeking, Florence Nightingale syndrome and true compassion, she tries to get the monkey off his back. Ultimately, he frees her from her own demons.
Phases of MatterDeniz Tortum IFFR 2020 71′
Doctors and other workers in a venerable old hospital form a parallel world of their own. A free-spirited impression of life and impermanence.
Roaming freely around the old hospital in Istanbul where he was born, the filmmaker reveals its insular world of doctors, nurses, students and other workers. Between levity and severity, everyday and confrontational images, a sense of impermanence grows. Sober observation reaches poetic conclusions.
The Pregnant Tree and the GoblinKim Dongryung, Park Kyoungtae IFFR 2020 115′
Former 'comfort woman' at an American base in Korea re-writes her history into something supernatural. Sublime.
Sublime film about a former 'comfort woman' who lives next to an American military base in Korea. Faced with death, she re-writes her history as revenge against obscurity. A docufiction that transforms her unbearable existence into something increasingly spiritual, fantastical and touching.
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.
Slow MachinePaul Felten, Joe DeNardo IFFR 2020 72′
A New York actress has to face the consequences of an encounter in this dark and transgressive indie "screwball thriller".
After her relationship with intelligence agent Gerard ends terribly, tired and disillusioned actress Stephanie hides in a house where a band is working on a record, which proves to be less of an escape than she imagined. A playful, non-linear and dark indie "screwball thriller", set in New York and shot on beautiful 16mm.
Some Kind of HeavenLance Oppenheim IFFR 2020 81′
In The Villages in Florida, 130,000 retirees live the dream they have worked so hard for. Until reality comes knocking at the door.
Endless rounds of golf and exercises every morning – the ideal for more than 130,000 residents of one of the biggest ‘retirement reservations’ in the United States: The Villages in Florida. But what about those people who, in spite of all the fruit shakes, nevertheless end up facing sickness and death?
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.
This Is Not a Burial, It’s a ResurrectionLemohang Jeremiah Mosese IFFR 2020 120′
A widow in Lesotho rediscovers her lust for life when her village is threatened by the construction of a reservoir.
Modern, poetic fairy tale about the resilience of the human spirit. In Lesotho, Mantoa (80) is preparing for death when an existential threat rocks her community, rekindling her lust for life – her village will have to make way for a reservoir. Why should homes, fields and cemetery make way for ‘progress’?
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.