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BabaiArtem Aisagaliev IFFR 2020 65′
The Babai is the night-time bogeyman for children: traumas determine who you are, according to this claustrophobic portrait of two Russian brothers.
Russian brothers Mark and Gesha struggle with their strict father, while their tough youth illustrates how fear and sadness are unavoidable elements of aging. Using claustrophobic close-ups, Russian filmmaker Artem Aisagaliev provides a universal impression of a human existence characterised by trauma.
ChacoDiego Mondaca IFFR 2020 77′
1934. Bolivia is at war with Paraguay. Led by a mercenary German general, native soldiers push ever deeper into the hostile Chaco region.
Drama set in 1934. Bolivian soldiers, led by a German commander, wander the inhospitable Chaco plain. The mismatched regiment has been searching for the Paraguayan enemies for ages, but they seem unfindable. Their mission becomes more fruitless by the day, particularly when thirst, hunger, dissent and exhaustion gain the upper hand.
Los fantasmasSebastián Lojo IFFR 2020 75′
By day, Koki is a nice tourist guide in Guatemala City, but at night he lures men to a hotel – where they are relieved of their property.
In dangerous Guatemala City, handsome Koki lures men to a hotel where they are robbed. He accepts this life as a matter of course – until it suddenly disappears. Using the power of authentic locations and situations, the young director delivers a convincing and exciting character study, and one that makes us stop and think.
FellwechselzeitSabrina Mertens IFFR 2020 80′
Poignant psychodrama about young Stephanie, whose life is characterised by her symbiotic relationship with her mentally unstable mother.
Poignant psychological drama about Stephanie, a bright girl whose isolated life is characterised by her symbiotic relationship with her mentally unstable mother. The everyday dilemmas of this unconventional family are captured in minutes-long, painstakingly framed tableaux, paying great attention to seemingly insignificant details.
For the Time BeingSalka Tiziana IFFR 2020 71′
During a sultry summer holiday in the remote Spanish mountains, estranged family members are forced to relate to one another.
Nine-year-old German twins arrive at their father's paternal home in rural Spain, where they are received by their grandma and aunt. As father is delayed, they are all stuck with each other. Atmospheric drama in which time seems to curdle under the burning sun to a soundtrack of crickets.
I Blame SocietyGillian Wallace Horvat IFFR 2020 84′
Whilst making her debut film, a young director is driven to commit the perfect murder and edges towards madness.
Gillian Horvat's feature film debut is a meta-commentary on the transgressions required to get your first film off the ground. Losing more than her friends and loved ones, her obsession with authenticity leads her to lose sight of where creativity ends and madness begins.
Moving OnYoon Dan-bi IFFR 2020 105′
A subtle portrait of three generations of a family forced to live under one roof by circumstance.
Financial and relationship problems force three generations of a family to live together under one roof. Tender, subtly structured portrait of five individuals discovering, exploring or critiquing the meaning of family and other relationships in their lives, each from their own perspective.
My Mexican BretzelNuria Giménez IFFR 2020 72′
Excerpts from the diary of a woman and beautiful images made in the post-war decades by a man combine to weave an enchanting narrative.
The glamourous lives of Vivian and Léon Barrett immediately following World War II were full of love, success and tragedy, at times seeming too good to be true. Excerpts from the diary of a woman and beautiful footage shot in the post-war decades by a man together form an enchanting narrative.
OfrendaJuan Mónaco Cagni IFFR 2020 65′
Two young women are reunited in the Argentine pampas, in a place where they spent their childhoods.
Two women meet at the same places at various moments in their lives. Treading in the footsteps of great philosophers and masters of cinema, the exceptionally young director does not shy away from evoking existential questions from a provincial town on the pampas in his ultra-low-budget debut. Universal and unique.
PanquiacoAna Elena Tejera IFFR 2020 80′
A descendant of the Panamanian Dole community returns to his roots. An enchanting film poem about myths, memory and identity.
What does it mean to be descended from Panama's indigenous population? Driven by nostalgia, Cebaldo returns to his roots from Portugal, only to find that the world of his youth is no more. The stunning images speak their own language in this freely designed impression with a documentary edge.
A Rifle and a BagIsabella Rinaldi, Cristina Hanes, Arya Rothe IFFR 2020 89′
Intimate documentary about Indian communist rebels who put down their arms to safeguard their future.
Intimate documentary about a family of ex-rebels trying to safeguard their son and unborn child's futures whilst living as third-rate citizens. Ex-Naxalite communists, they fought the government for tribal rights. Fighters could surrender and betray their comrades in exchange for citizenship.
Sebastian springt über GeländerCeylan-Alejandro Ataman-Checa IFFR 2020 70′
This refined, painstaking debut follows Sebastian through three phases of his life, on the road to self-discovery.
This refined, painstaking debut follows Sebastian through three phases of his life, on the road to self-discovery. This quiet boy learned to be independent at a very early age. As a young man, he finally wonders what remains of his childhood dreams.
The Trouble with NatureIllum Jacobi IFFR 2020 95′
A film about the disrupted relationship between man and nature. Edward Burke, founding father of modern conservatism, climbs the Alps in search of 'the sublime'.
Eighteenth-century road movie shows in unparalleled lyrical imagery the pompous Edmund Burke, father of conservatism, who decides to go in search of 'the sublime' in the overwhelming nature of the French Alps. Orating as he goes, his belongings carried by a beautiful, exotic servant. The result is a superior piece of comic cultural criticism.
Truth or ConsequencesHannah Jayanti IFFR 2020 102′
Earth's richest people have fled into space. This speculative documentary is tender portrait of a desert town.
This speculative documentary is set in a small desert town in the American state of New Mexico. Anchored in nonfiction footage, the film subtly takes place in a near-future when humans are leaving Earth to colonize other planets. A tender portrait of the desert town of Truth or Consequences and the inhabitants.
Wisdom ToothLiang Ming IFFR 2020 104′
A thriller/coming-of-age film in which Guxi and her half-brother's harmonious lives are shaken up by an attractive saviour.
Thriller/coming-of-age film in which Guxi and her half-brother’s harmonious lives are shaken up by an attractive woman who brings adventure and danger. Tension rises in a world that shifts from colourful and warm, to cold and threatening.