Filter by section
To ease navigation, our programmers divide the film programme into four sections with each their unique tone. Filter by section or read more.
Our main competitions and tomorrow’s film talent
Celebrating great storytelling and bold cinema
Retrospectives, film art and an in-depth look at filmmaking
Explore this year's theme programmes
ArmourSandro Aguilar IFFR 2020 45′
Impressions from the life of a man gone adrift. The uncaring backdrop of his drunken odyssey reflects his alienation.
Impressions from the life of a man who has lost his way. A dying father and a broken relationship send Hector on a drunken odyssey. Snippets of uncaring landscapes chain together into a tale that has lost its coherence – the disturbing prologue to an imminent implosion.
At the Bottom of the SeaKarsten Krause IFFR 2020 49′
The imposing landscape of south-western Texas hides countless tales of a world in perpetual motion.
The imposing landscape of south-western Texas bears witness to immense geological change that took place over billions of years. Change is ever present, even at a human scale, as migratory flows make more than apparent. A contemplative film about a world in perpetual motion.
Checkpoint BerlinFabrizio Ferraro IFFR 2020 64′
Personal stories meld into a serene, contemplative walk along the history of the Berlin wall.
An elderly filmmaker attends a screening of his latest film in Berlin, occasioning a physical and mental journey along the remnants of the wall. Personal histories meld into a contemplative walk through the city’s past.
Diarios del exilioIrene Gutiérrez IFFR 2020 43′
A compilation of 8mm home movies recalls the exile of hundreds of thousands of Spaniards who fled their country from 1937 to 1977.
This film focuses on the exile of hundreds of thousands of Spaniards experienced from 1937-1977, using 8mm home movies from various archives. This compilation of memorable highlights creates an almost airy feel, against a background of a pervasive sense of displacement.
The Honor Among ThievesMa Lanhua IFFR 2020 50′
Boundless creativity, rooted in traditional and modern art forms, turns a tale of four thieves into an original visual adventure.
Playful amalgamation of popular Asian and European literary, theatrical and film traditions situated in an industrial no man's land. Boundless creativity turns a tale of four classic thieves surviving in a corrupt world with guile and deception into an original, visually stunning adventure.
Judy Versus CapitalismMike Hoolboom IFFR 2020 63′
Canadian feminist, activist and journalist Judy Rebick reflects on her political and personal life in this experimental, biographical portrait.
Essayistic portrait of leading Canadian feminist, activist and journalist Judy Rebick. A visual collage accompanies her reflections on political and personal themes from her life. Parallel to the struggle for women's liberation, she carried on a personal fight to overcome a history of abuse.
Mes voixSonia Franco IFFR 2020 52′
Bittersweet portrait of 30-year old theatre maker Anissa's loving ode to her Algerian grandmother.
Bittersweet portrait of 30-year old theatre maker Anissa's ode to her Algerian grandmother. Their mutual love is apparent during her visits, as is the sometimes painful chasm between generations and cultures - for instance, when talking about relationships.
Northern DriftIFFR 2020 57′
Reporting from the future, an Arctic exploration turns into a philosophical investigation of mankind and its environment.
Breathtaking footage of nature and industry along the Russian-Norwegian border, accompanied by a voice-over detailing an exploration of the area from the near future in this philosophical investigation of mankind and its environment. The images and narration create a subjective landscape where past and future combine.
Together ApartQu Youjia IFFR 2020 52′
A recently deceased man returns home in this absurd, tender reflection on family, loneliness, time and memory.
Post funeral, the widow meets her recently cremated husband at home, very much alive. His long-dead brother also proves to be on his way over. How the bereaved deal with the illogical unfolds in long and composed takes, replete with understated humour and tender reflections on family, loneliness and memory.
Tokyo Telepath 2020Endo Maiko IFFR 2020 49′
A dystopian vision of Tokyo, undergoing radical physical and social transformation while preparing for the Olympics.
In preparation for the Olympic and Paralympic Games, Tokyo has become a giant building site. Simultaneously, an even more far-reaching transformation is taking place: the city is being digitised, population and all. Presented as science fiction, this spiritual-philosophical film provides a dystopian vision of our time.