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AdamMaryam Touzani IFFR 2020 98′
In a small Moroccan bakery, widow Abla gradually opens her heart to Samia, an young unmarried pregnant woman she takes into her home.
Reluctantly giving in to the urging of her eight-year-old daughter, widow Abla agrees to temporarily take in young, pregnant, unmarried Samia. Inside the walls of Abla's small apartment and adjoining bakery, a relationship develops between three very different women in this modest, poignant feature debut.
AdorationFabrice Du Welz IFFR 2020 98′
Lyrical road movie and coming-of-age story about twelve-year-old Paul, who falls in love with young psychiatric patient Gloria.
In this beautifully filmed road trip through the Ardennes, twelve-year-old Paul tries to take the young psychiatric patient Gloria to her grandpa in Bretagne. Along the way, love-struck Paul has to deal with Gloria's unpredictability, bad weather and hunger. With strong performances by promising young actors Thomas Gioria and Fantine Harduin.
AtlantiqueMati Diop IFFR 2020 104′
In Dakar, two young lovers have a star-crossed relationship. Fate may bring them together in this beautiful, darkly romantic tale.
In Dakar, two young lovers have a star-crossed relationship. Souleiman is a construction worker who needs to leave the country for a better future, while Ada is the bride-to-be of someone else. Fate may bring bring them together in this beautiful darkly romantic tale, where realism can definitely be magical.
AtlantisValentyn Vasyanovych IFFR 2020 106′
Grim but urgent portrait of a traumatised Ukraine, in a crisis of almost apocalyptic proportions following the war with Russia.
Traumatised Sergey joins volunteers who recover the bodies of fallen soldiers in eastern Ukraine. This brings him into contact with archaeologist Katya, who is literally and metaphorically digging into her past. Atlantis presents a grim but urgent portrait of Ukraine today, and the horrific consequences of the war with Russia.
BabyteethShannon Murphy IFFR 2020 120′
Comic, heart-warming, tragic drama about love, pain and letting go in the life of a terminally ill teenager.
Loving, tragic portrait of a terminally ill Australian teenager who falls in love with a no-good drugs dealer. A subtle, comic debut about love, pain and letting go, with a stunning performance from Eliza Scanlen in the lead role as a teenage girl who can all too briefly become a young woman.
BacurauKleber Mendonça Filho, Juliano Dornelles IFFR 2020 130′
A furious genre mash-up of Western, horror and sci-fi that projects Brazil’s disturbing reality several years into the future.
When a remote village in the north-east of Brazil suddenly disappears from all maps in this furious genre mash-up, it turns out to presage an invasion by trigger-happy gringos. Using elements from the Western, horror and sci-fi genres, Brazil’s pitiless reality is projected several years into the future. Winner Jury Prize in Cannes.
BalloonPema Tseden IFFR 2020 102′
Cheerfully melancholic story of Tibet in the 1980s, as China's one-child policy encroaches on Buddhist traditions and condoms can become balloons.
In this cheerfully melancholic story of Tibet in the 1980s, China's one-child policy comes up against belief in reincarnation, and condoms can become balloons. Mother Drolkar is at the heart of a family of shepherds as modernisation slowly starts to encroach on Buddhist tradition in their everyday lives.
The Barefoot EmperorPeter Brosens, Jessica Woodworth IFFR 2020 98′
Politics becomes absurdist theatre in this sequel to festival hit King of the Belgians – understated humour and refreshing satire.
Three years after their festival hit King of the Belgians, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth are back with the sequel in which a new Europe is created by the patients of a remote sanatorium. A refreshingly absurdist take on show politics with understated, top-class roles for Peter Van den Begin and Udo Kier.
BeanpoleKantemir Balagov IFFR 2020 134′
In his visually overwhelming second film, mega-talent Kantemir Balagov reveals the war traumas of two women who fought in the Red Army.
In his visually overwhelming second film, mega-talent Kantemir Balagov reveals the war traumas of two women who fought in the Red Army. In a Leningrad ravaged by the siege, young women Iya and Masha pick up the pieces of their devastated lives in the autumn of 1945.
A Beautiful Day in the NeighborhoodMarielle Heller IFFR 2020 107′
Unabashedly feel-good film about an American kid's TV star, played by Tom Hanks, who shows friendliness can win over the embittered.
Mister Rogers always manages to disarm even the most hardened cynics with his seemingly boundless friendliness. Director Marielle Heller (Can You Ever Forgive Me?) achieves the same with her heart-warming film about forgiveness that never becomes too soppy. Actor Tom Hanks is phenomenal as the famous American kid's TV star.
Corpus ChristiJan Komasa IFFR 2020 116′
A young man escaping from a youth detention centre pretends to be a priest in a village wracked by trauma. Oscar nomination.
Oscar-nominated drama about a 20-year-old delinquent sent on work experience, who ends up not in a sawmill but in the village church, where he is mistaken for the new priest. In this brand-new calling, he struggles with a village trauma, his own demons and the fear of being unmasked as a criminal.
DeuxFilippo Meneghetti IFFR 2020 95′
Delicate feature film debut about the decades-long secret affair of two retired ladies. Is openness beckoning or is it too late?
This delicate drama is an actor's film about two elderly ladies who have been together half their lives without anyone knowing. Fate strikes when they finally want to tell the world. Barbara Sukowa and Martine Chevallier star in a moving, picture-perfect feature film debut.
EmaPablo Larraín IFFR 2020 102′
Dance and drama combine seamlessly in this audiovisual spectacle in which a foster mother tries to get her adopted child back.
Platinum blonde Ema comes up with a master plan to get her adopted child Polo back. This audiovisual spectacle full of dance shows the smouldering streets of Valparaiso in all their glory and takes us into the (night)life of a group of young adults. With an ambient-reggaeton soundtrack by Nicolas Jaar.
L'extraordinaire voyage de MaronaAnca Damian IFFR 2020 92′
Self-willed drawings in this boundlessly imaginative animation film, in which a dying dog reflects on its owners.
Boundlessly imaginative animation about the dying dog Marona’s melancholy reminiscences about its various owners. Zooming around a cardboard Paris, dancing with planets, living in Mondrianesque surroundings: everything is possible, as if the drawings have a mind of their own.
Farewell ParadiseSonja Wyss IFFR 2020 93′
Reconstruction of a disrupted dream. The director's parents and sisters talk about why their family returned from the Bahamas to Switzerland, before falling apart.
The idyllic life in the Bahamas of a family with four young daughters is cruelly disrupted when mother decides to return to Switzerland. The director is one of the daughters, who all returned with her. She reconstructs events on the basis of candid, at times painful, conversations with her parents and sisters.
Filles de joieFrédéric Fonteyne, Anne Paulicevich IFFR 2020 90′
Even when life offers little hope, at least these three very different 'working girls' have one another in this cleverly constructed Walloon drama.
Woe betide the man who crosses the three working girls in Filles de joie. This clever example of Walloon social realism is by turns poignant and funny and, although it plays with the narrative perspective, it always, always unconditionally takes the side of these resilient women.
Un filsMehdi M. Barsaoui IFFR 2020 95′
Tunisian parents stand to lose son to a gunshot wound, as neither may donate an organ in this intense family drama.
It is 2011, just after Tunisia's Jasmine Revolution and things are changing, but Fares and Meriem have lost hope. Intense family drama in which their son who has been shot is in danger of dying because they are not permitted to donate their own organs.
Fire Will ComeOliver Laxe IFFR 2020 85′
Convicted arsonist Amador returns to the village of his birth. Fire breaks out – does it mean the end of this bucolic community?
Convicted arsonist Amador returns to his remote village in the mountainous Spanish region of Galicia. His mother is glad he’s back, but the other villagers don’t trust him. A raging fire breaks out – but did he start it? Or are the property developers destroying this impoverished rural community?
Ghost TropicBas Devos IFFR 2020 85′
During a nocturnal walk through Brussels, Khadija undergoes a series of dreamlike encounters with an eclectic range of night owls.
58-year-old cleaner Khadija experiences a 'long night of the soul' when she falls asleep in the last metro after a long day at work and has to walk halfway across Brussels to get home. Along the way she has a series of congenial encounters with an eclectic range of night owls.
A Girl MissingFukada Koji IFFR 2020 111′
Calm drama. Madness and vengeance take possession of nurse Ichiko after her nephew is suspected of a kidnapping.
In this calm, stylised revenge drama by Fukada Koji (Harmonium), nurse Ichiko feels the ground slipping away beneath her when her nephew is suspected of the kidnap of a good friend. Driven by madness and desire, it turns out that Ichiko herself also has a dark side.
GoudRogier Hesp IFFR 2020 90′
A young gymnast's ultimate dream – gold at the Olympic Games – is jeopardised when he meets with the slightly older physiotherapist Irene.
Young Timo's life is dominated by gymnastics. He is training intensively for the World Championships, aiming ultimately for Olympic gold. But the powerful feelings he develops for his physiotherapist Irene call everything into question – including his complex relationship with his demanding, disabled father.
IFFR x De Balie: Paradise DriftersIFFR 2020
After the screening of his raw road movie, Golden Calf winner Mees Peijnenburg discusses the importance of care for vulnerable young people.
The raw road movie Paradise Drifters, a story about three young drifters on the brink of the abyss, is the fiction feature debut of Golden Calf winner Mees Peijnenburg. After the film, Peijnenburg will discuss the importance of care for vulnerable young people with the cast and crew.
IFFR x deBuren: MuidhondIFFR 2020
Occasioned by the intense feature film Muidhond, director Patrice Toye, author Inge Schilperoord and others will discuss the delicate topic of paedophilia.
Talk centring on the intense feature film Muidhond, in which the young paedophile Jonathan tries to get control of his inclinations. Director Patrice Toye, writer of the eponymous book and forensic psychologist Inge Schilperoord, author Ted van Lieshout and psychotherapist Jules Mulder will discuss this human struggle.
Just 6.5Saeed Roustaee IFFR 2020 135′
Fascinating nail-biter of a police drama about drug dealing in Iran where the number of addicts has increased exponentially in recent years.
Samad works for the drug squad in Iran. He and his colleagues start hunting feared drug baron Nasser Khakzad, but differences of opinion and Iranian bureaucracy interfere. Nothing is easy in this layered, nail-biting, superbly acted police film that maps out Iran's drug problem.
The LighthouseRobert Eggers IFFR 2020 109′
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe shine as lighthouse keepers in this 19th-century maritime nightmare by Robert Eggers.
Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe shine as lighthouse keepers in this 19th-century maritime nightmare by Robert Eggers (director of The Witch). They drink away the mind-numbing time, resulting in sexually charged tension, violent outbursts and supernatural hallucinations.
Little WomenGreta Gerwig IFFR 2020 135′
Modern adaptation of Little Women by Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird): fan, feminist and a director to keep an eye on.
Director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has put together a world-class cast (Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet) for her adaptation of Little Women,which stresses female ambition and resilience, combines crinoline-skirted romance with a dash of humour and gives the whole her own unique twist through her stunning use of colour alone.
Masterclass: Eduardo SerranoIFFR 2020
The Brazilian editor of Bacurau and Swinguerra discusses with the audience the tumultuous and urgent films he is currently editing in Brazil.
Editor Eduardo Serrano has worked on some of the key films of contemporary Brazilian cinema, such as Neon Bull, Aquarius and Divino Amor. Besides the short dance film Swinguerra, IFFR is also screening the politically tumultuous Bacurau, both edited by Serrano. In his masterclass, he discusses these with the audience.
Matthias et MaximeXavier Dolan IFFR 2020 119′
A pretend kiss between two childhood friends elicits serious emotions in this energetic portrait of 20-something friendships and 30-something issues.
A pretend kiss makes unexpected feelings surface in this energetic portrait of friendships between people in their 20s and the dilemmas of thirty-somethings. While their hard-partying friends suspect nothing, bourgeois type Matthias, who buries his emotions, and Maxime, who wears hers on her sleeve, attract then repulse one another.
Les misérablesLadj Ly IFFR 2020 102′
Ladj Ly’s scintillating debut about the Parisian banlieue he grew up in. Things kick off on a provincial cop’s first day.
The day after the 2018 World Cup Final, won by France, tensions rise in Parisian banlieue Montfermeil. During cop Stéphane’s first day on the beat, some gypsies demand their stolen lion cub back and young Issa causes problems again. Impressive, explosive debut, partly inspired by the riots of 2005.
MuidhondPatrice Toye IFFR 2020 98′
Intense novel adaptation provides insight into the emotional life of 23-year-old paedophile Jonathan who struggles with his urges.
Intense adaptation of Inge Schilperoord’s controversial novel about 23-year-old Jonathan, fresh out of prison. With his mother, he tries to rebuild his life and control his paedophilic tendencies. Unfortunately, the 10-year-old girl next door is determined to become friends with him.
Paradise DriftersMees Peijnenburg IFFR 2020 85′
Raw road movie about three teens who only have each other. Heart-rending, intense acting from the young cast.
Yousef has no family. Chloe's stepfather got her pregnant. Lorenzo wants to make a quick buck smuggling drugs geld. The leads in this raw road movie, intensely portrayed by the young cast, are desperate for help and love. A film that deals out hard blows whilst steering them towards the liberating finale.
The Perfect CandidateHaifaa Al Mansour IFFR 2020 101′
A female Saudi Arabian doctor becomes a candidate in the local elections thereby breaking the glass ceiling.
A female doctor in Saudi Arabia stands as a candidate for the municipal elections, the first woman to ever do so. Even her modest political ambitions such as surfacing the dirt road outside the local hospital seem too much. Multi-layered family drama as well as an inspiring homage to women in this conservative, patriarchal society.