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El año del descubrimientoLuis López Carrasco IFFR 2020 200′
Seemingly incidental conversations in a bar in Cartagena, Spain, expose an almost forgotten piece of social history.
An almost forgotten piece of social history is revived in a bar in Cartagena, Spain, through the stories of strikers who took part and discussions among young people about class consciousness, the economic crisis and the role of unions. Immersion in the present and a confrontation with past conflicts.
Beasts Clawing at StrawsKim Yonghoon IFFR 2020 109′
Who will get the bag of money, and where did it come from? An artfully constructed black comedy/crime thriller and compelling summary of human shortcomings in one.
Debut director Kim Yonghoon assembles a great cast (Asura's Jung Woosung and Secret Sunshine star Jeon Doyeon) for his energetic film adaptation of Japanese hard-boiled crime novel Beasts Clawing at Straws. The result is an artfully constructed, black comedy/crime drama as well as a compelling summary of human shortcomings. But where did that bag come from?
The Cloud in Her RoomZheng Lu Xinyuan IFFR 2020 98′
Twenty-something Muzi returns to her birthplace Hangzhou in this bittersweet, personal debut about a life in limbo.
Chinese filmmaker Zheng Lu Xinyuan's debut is a melancholy, palpably personal film about twenty-something Muzi returning home for the New Year's celebration. Everything seems the same, but different. An expressionist search for love, (in)dependence and connection, filmed in atmospheric shades of black and white.
DesterroMaria Clara Escobar IFFR 2020 127′
A young Brazilian mother walks out of her hopeless relationship and disappears. A big bang of a film, from which several films explode in different directions.
The relationship between a young Brazilian couple seems to be heading for the rocks. Some time after she disappears, he is told that her body is in Argentina. What now? An explosive, disturbing fiction debut, which seems to reinvent itself several times on its way to a poignant conclusion.
Drama GirlVincent Boy Kars IFFR 2020 90′
Vincent Boy Kars probes how he can fictionalise the life of fellow millennial Leyla – or is he making a documentary about drama?
Can drama help us understand ourselves and the world better? Assisted by experienced actors, including Pierre Bokma and Elsie de Brauw, director Vincent Boy Kars re-enacts scenes from the life of Leyla, a young woman who is subjected to a certain amount of confusion in this intriguing experiment. What is still real, and what is fiction?
La FortalezaJorge Thielen Armand IFFR 2020 108′
In Venezuela – a country creaking on its foundations – a man retreats into the jungle to battle his inner demons.
Stories from his father, who also plays the lead, inspired the filmmaker to make this intense drama. To escape the crisis in Venezuela, and his alcoholism, a man retreats into the jungle and meets old friends. But their former happiness is transformed into evil intentions by the lure of gold.
Kala azarJanis Rafa IFFR 2020 85′
In a pretty inhuman environment, caring for animals gives meaning to a taciturn couple. Until they have an accident.
A young couple employed by a pet crematorium finds fulfilment in respectfully removing cadavers. Their love blossoms in an environment where the boundaries between human and animal are fading. Until they run over a dog, and their relationship loses its way.
NasirArun Karthick IFFR 2020 78′
Candid portrait of a gentle man reduced to second-class citizenship as a Muslim in an India characterised by rising Hindu nationalism.
Candid portrait of a gentle man living a degrading, second-class existence as a Muslim in an India characterised by rising Hindu nationalism. His poetry and love for his wife keep him going, while toxic intolerance bubbles just below the surface of everyday life. Until the explosion, as sudden as it is inevitable.
Piedra solaAlejandro Telemaco Tarraf IFFR 2020 72′
A lama herder from the Argentine highlands sees his herd threatened by a puma. A mystical story full of breathtaking landscapes.
In the far north of Argentina, at a breathtaking four thousand metre elevation, a lama herder lives close to nature. When a puma threatens his herd, he goes in search of the predator. A mystical meeting ensues. Visually impressive portrait, at the intersection of fiction and documentary, of a centuries-old culture.
Si yo fuera el invierno mismoJazmín López IFFR 2020 92′
A project motivated by artistic passion at a remote estate turns into a mysterious exploration of the complex grief surrounding lost love.
Four friends meet at a remote estate to create a cinematic re-enactment of three iconic works by Jean-Luc Godard, Harun Farocki and Ana Mendieta. During the artistic process one of them becomes entangled in her memories of an ex-lover she can't forget.