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À cause des filles..?Pascal Thomas IFFR 2020 100′
A wrecked wedding party makes the guests remember past follies of desire and love. They don't make cultivated comedies like this anymore.
When the groom abandons the bride, the wedding guests decide not to leave the poor woman alone in her misery. Instead, they tell stories of past follies of desire and love. And we thought they didn't make relaxed, cultivated, airy, unhurried, benign, modest, zephyr-like comedies like this anymore.
About EndlessnessRoy Andersson IFFR 2020 76′
In his characteristic style, Andersson at his existential, succinct best: everything that makes life human, in an hour and fifteen minutes.
Anyone who has ever been enchanted by the empathy, humour and masterly tableaux vivants of Roy Andersson (Songs from the Second Floor; You, the Living) will know what to expect: a kaleidoscope of vulnerable, comical characters and a melancholy ode to the finite, eternally human.
Adults in the RoomCosta-Gavras IFFR 2020 124′
Yanis Varoufakis vs. EU financial establishment. A Kammerspiel-style classical political thriller that leaves no doubts about the good and the bad.
Kammerspiel-style political thriller showing how Greece's finance minister Varoufakis takes on Schäuble, Dijsselbloem, Lagarde and other servants of the political machine. Be aware, ye good people who like their art equivocal and measured: Costa-Gavras (86) is still a gutsy rabble-rouser unafraid to make things look clear-cut, and to drive his point home incisively!
Black MercedesJanusz Majewski IFFR 2020 123′
Warsaw, 1942: when police investigator Rafał Król starts to dig deeper into the murder of Aneta Holzer, cans of worms galore get opened.
Rafał Król serves as an investigator with the 'Blue Police'. The year is 1942, the place Warsaw, the crime murder. Things get murkier still when the victim, Aneta Holzer, seems to have been someone quite different from she was said to be... An elegantly directed, quizzically smart piece of historical crime fiction.
Communism and the Net or the End of Representative DemocracyKarel Vachek IFFR 2020 335′
A comparison of two popular uprisings, the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution, by film essay giant Karel Vachek.
A comparison of two popular uprisings – the Prague Spring and the Velvet Revolution – gives film essay giant Karel Vachek lots of food for thought on democracy, the relative nature of freedom and the perilous liberties offered by the World Wide Web. Nothing less than a monumental work of modern cinema.
Corman's Eyedrops Got Me Too CrazyIvan Cardoso IFFR 2020 18′
Unmistakably Cardoso, this handmade found-footage delirium as a tribute to US independent cinema's original rebel.
A truly Cardosoesque appropriated-footage delirium, made as a tribute to US independent cinema's original rebel.
El crack ceroJosé Luis Garci IFFR 2020 122′
Madrid, transición: Cop-turned-gumshoe Germán Areta gets a visit from the kind of dames that spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e. A prime piece of old-school noir!
Old-school film noir featuring private detective Germán Areta, the hero of two previous films by Garci dealing with the last year of Spain’s 'transición' period (1982). First fascism, then democracy – but this is irrelevant in this Dashiell Hammett-style universe. As long as money makes the world go round, there will always be fraudsters ready to pounce.
El diablo entre las piernasArturo Ripstein IFFR 2020 145′
An elderly Mexican couple, each other's best enemies, discover new, perverse highlights in smooth, beautifully shot psychological game.
Is it the stunning black-and-white photography that makes us unable to take our eyes off this older married couple, intimate enemies incarnate, living in a harmony of hate? Is it the convincing psychology that makes us fascinated by their sexual play? The fantastic actors? Ripstein's masterly directing? Or is it just that we've never seen the like of it?
La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques? (animated version)René Viénet IFFR 2020 90′
A vibrant reworking of René Viénet's very own 1973 situationist comedy monument in a most surprising form: a digitally rotoscoped animation!
In 1972/73, Sinologist & Situationist René Viénet bought the rights to Tú Guāngqǐ’s Crush. Through creative subtitling, he transformed it into a burlesque comedy about daft French Maoists and smart Anarcho-Syndicalists. Now,Viénet has re-worked his avant-garde classic for the masses by turning it into a digitally rotoscoped animation!
La dialectique peut-elle casser des briques? (restored version)René Viénet IFFR 2020 90′
In the early 1970s, René Viénet bought a HK martial arts film and transformed it into a monumental Situationist comedy. Alongside a new, animated version, we present one screening of the restored 'original'.
In 1972/73, sinologist & Situationist René Viénet bought the rights toTu Guangqi's Crush, and through creative subtitling turned this martial arts drama into a burlesque comedy about daft French Maoists and street-smart anarcho-syndicalists. Now Viénet has re-worked his avant-garde classic for the masses – as a digitally rotoscoped animation!
Due scatole dimenticateCécilia Mangini, Paolo Pisanelli IFFR 2020 58′
A self-portrait by Italy's documentary grand dame, Cécilia Mangini, triggered by memories of a journey in the 1960s to war-torn Vietnam.
Before becoming first a critic then a documentary maker, Cécilia Mangini was a photographer. In 1965, together with her husband, filmmaker Lino Del Fra, Mangini went to war-torn Vietnam to make a film they never finished. The pictures she took there trigger a stream of conscious-like reflection on her life.
Family Romance, LLCWerner Herzog IFFR 2020 89′
Ishii, the owner of Family Romance, LLC, is hired to play the absent father of a young teenage Japanese girl.
There are many constants in Herzog's oeuvre. For example, the fact that the boundary between fake and faked has been pushed aside as irrelevant since time immemorial. Here, we are dealing with a Japanese business that delivers actors as surrogates for the real thing − for therapeutic purposes. Honest. But of course Herzog isn't satisfied merely with this objet trouvé.
Les fleurs oubliéesAndré Forcier IFFR 2020 102′
Brother Marie-Victorin, botanist-priest, is bored by heaven. Back among the living, he becomes the unlikeliest of eco-warriors. A gentle yet uproarious farce!
Brother Marie-Victorin is bored by heaven. So he returns to earth where he meets apiarist Albert, who lives on a boat and says wise things. This unlikely duo become the core of an alternative community disgusted by the cultural mainstream, but too fun-loving to be depressed. A honey-sweet farce!
FragmentsJames Scott IFFR 2020 43′
A portrait of pop artist and filmmaker Derek Boshier (1937), while working on major new works, by legendary filmmaker/artist James Scott.
Filmmaker/artist James Scott (1941), who made a film about David Hockney back in the 1960s, now follows another icon of British pop art: artist/filmmaker Derek Boshier (1937) at work on the enormous drawing World News and a series of paintings titled Night and Snow. An impressive, intimate portrait of creativity.
A FrenchmanAndrei Smirnov IFFR 2020 128′
A mellow look back at the Soviet Union when it was sizzling, by Brežnev-era cinema star Andrei Smirnov.
In the late 1950s, Pierre Duran travels to Moscow as an exchange student. While falling in love and making friends in the underground scene, he never loses sight of his real aim: to find his long-lost father. A mellow look back at a still sizzling Soviet Union by Brežnev-era cinema epitome Andrej Smirnov.
The Hidden Fountain – The World of Miriam ChalfiRaquel Chalfi IFFR 2020 100′
An ambiguous portrait of the famous Israeli sculptor Miriam Chalfi by her equally celebrated daughter, poet Raquel Chalfi.
Famous Israeli sculptor Miriam Chalfi didn't like being filmed: not even by her equally celebrated daughter, poet-cum-one-woman-avant-garde-cinema-vanguard Raquel Chalfi. It took the latter more than a quarter century of persuasion, seduction and insistence to get the former to reveal something of herself.
The Home & The World TodayAparna Sen IFFR 2020 146′
An elegantly directed, vital update of Rabīndranāth Ṭhākur's seminal 1916 novel about the struggle between tradition and modernity, politics and private life in India.
One-time actress, now Indian's most important female filmmaker, Aparṇā Sēn adapts Tagore's classic novel Gharē Bāirē, previously filmed by her mentor Satyajit Rāẏ. She transforms the love-triangle story from an emotional tale of emancipation into an unflinching look at the current political malaise.
In PiecesRuy Guerra IFFR 2020 93′
One man, two lovers, in the same apartment and yet oceans apart from each other. Paranoia is the name of the game.
Ruy Guerra (88), legendary Cinema Novo maverick and co-founder of Mozambique's film culture, demonstrates that a certain Kafkaesque noir is timeless. One man, two lovers: Ana and Anna, living in identical apartments. Paranoia is the name of the game in this hallucinatory Kammerspiel with echoes of Brecht.
Labyrinth of CinemaObayashi Nobuhiko IFFR 2020 179′
A cinema is transformed into a time machine. Arguably the most flamboyant, madly inventive movie trip IFFR 2020 has to offer!
Obayashi = total pop surrealism and avant-garde entertainment for the masses. With an urgent political message! A cinema is transformed into a kind of time machine that transports a group of youngsters to crucial, violent moments in Japanese history. The most flamboyant, inventive thing you'll see at IFFR 2020.
Leonie, actrice en spionneAnnette Apon IFFR 2020 90′
In search of a woman with a myriad of faces. But who was Leonie Brandt really? And is there a 'really' here? A documentary thriller.
Leonie Brandt is one of the most mysterious characters in 20th-century Dutch history. German-born, Dutch by marriage: actress, playwright, café owner, double agent. Universally feared, not least for the dirty secrets she kept about the high and mighty. Who was Leonie Brandt really? Is there really a 'really'? A documentary thriller.
The Long RoadMette Knudsen IFFR 2020 106′
A playfully personal chronicle of feminism in Denmark that combines research into suffragette history with reminiscences of 1970s hopes and disillusionment.
The Long Road is many things at once. A homage to all the women who fought for suffrage in the early 20th century. A playful, personal chronicle of the feminist wave in 1970s Denmark, in which Knudsen was a major participant. And an investigation of the position of women in society today.
Love's Twisting PathNakajima Sadao IFFR 2020 94′
The return of grandmaster Nakajima Sadao to his most beloved genre: the sword-fighting film. With a twist!
Samurai Tajūrō has hung up his sword for the quiet life of a painter and drunkard when a visit from a relative changes everything, dragging him into the political maelstrom of the bakumatsu: the end of Shogunate rule in mid 19th-century Japan. Genre genius Nakajima Sadao returns to his most beloved canvas: the sword-fighting film.
MystNarcisa Hirsch IFFR 2020 15′
A journey into myths and origins of the Earth: a marble spinning in a sea of eternity.
A journey into myths and origins of the Earth: a marble spinning in the sea of eternity.
The Nose or Conspiracy of MavericksAndrey Khrzhanovsky IFFR 2020 89′
Cheerfully grim look at the 20th century's follies anchored in Gogol's proto-Surrealist novella The Nose. Milestone by a giant of Soviet/Russian animation.
A cheerfully grim look at the last century's follies and foibles, anchored in Gogol's proto-surrealist 1836 novella The Nose. A late milestone by a giant of Soviet/Russian animation that with cheek and panache mixes styles and techniques, and knows how to play with visual puns and audio jests. A gem from the future and the past.
One ArmYamamoto Eiichi, Sugii Gisaburo IFFR 2020 30′
An eerie erotic short story by Nobel Prize laureate Kawabata Yasunari is turned into a minimalist animation of dazzling beauty.
An eerie erotic short story by Nobel Prize laureate Kawabata Yasunari transformed into a minimalist animation of dazzling beauty.
Passing FanciesIFFR 2020
Humans are led by their desires and obsessions from birth to death. No wonder many filmmakers never stop creating.
Humans are led by their desires and obsessions from birth to death. No wonder many filmmakers never stop creating.
Reiwa UprisingHara Kazuo IFFR 2020 248′
On the campaign trail with trans woman Yasutomi Ayumi, a professor of economics. An instant epic on political change finished in four months!
Hara Kazuo started shooting on 18 June 2019, upon learning that economics professor and trans woman Yasutomi Ayumi was standing for election for the left-wing party Reiwa Shinsengumi. This activist epic on the need for change had its world premiere just four months later. Cinema as an arena for political combat!
Sacrificio per la sirenaFriedl vom Gröller IFFR 2020 4′
A cheerful ritual in praise of Mami Wata, a mermaidlike water spirit of life, sex and healing.
A cheerful ritual in praise of Mami Wata, a mermaid-like water spirit of life, sex and healing.
El sueño de MalincheGonzalo Suárez IFFR 2020 50′
The story of Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, his Nahua interpreter Malinche, and the conquest of the Aztec empire; as told though artful drawings!
Maestro from the 'School of Barcelona' Gonzalo Suarez realised a long-cherished dream. He made a film about conquistador Hernán Cortés and the conquest of Moctezuma’s Aztec empire, with a lead role for the fascinating Nahua translator Malinche. A clash of two worlds, illustrated by the fantastic drawings of Pablo Auladell.
Talk: The Tyger BurnsIFFR 2020
A discussion with female filmmakers who have been active for fifty years or more. On their careers and their position, then and now.
The programme The Tyger Burns focuses on filmmakers who have been working as long as the Rotterdam film festival has existed. This panel discussion features the women of this group. What was it like to make your debut fifty (or more) years ago? How has the situation of female filmmakers changed?
Tora-san, Wish You Were HereYamada Yoji IFFR 2020 116′
Bittersweet tribute to Japan's biggest post-war comedy-cinema phenomenon and a reflection on times lost, loves regained and laughs remembered.
In 1969, Yamada Yōji made the first film featuring irascible anti-hero Tora-san, played by comedian Atsumi Kiyoshi, who went on play the role another 47 times before his death. To mark this 50th anniversary, all surviving key members of the Tora-san family came together to create a moving elegy for a lost world.