Conquering ChinaJohan Jonason IFFR 2015 80′
A Swedish singer trades Europe for China. Like a blonde nephew of Bryan Ferry, he enters the burgeoning music scene in Shanghai, where electronic dance music dominates. But is this new land of opportunity ready for his soul-searching, tormented voice? Is music really such a universal language? Free admission
A Corner of HeavenZhang Miaoyan IFFR 2015 94′
With elegant camera movements in apt black-and-white, cameraman/writer/director Zhang enchants the viewer: a gripping phantasmagoria of modern slavery, opium pushers and youth gangs in an apocalyptic China, where a poor kid from the countryside goes looking for his mother.
Costa DulceEnrique Collar IFFR 2014 75′
In the Paraguayan hinterland, there are many myths about gold treasures from a gruesome 19th-century war. When a young man happens to acquire a metal detector, he cannot control himself. With a painterly and anthropological eye, Collar tells a timeless story about greed and obsession.
Couplets for an Everlasting EveBegoña Vicario IFFR 2017 5′
Multifarious collective animation from the Basque Country provides strong condemnation of sexual violence, inspired by the Basque tradition of celebrating St. Agatha.
CrumbsMiguel Llansó IFFR 2015 68′
A post-apocalyptic, Surrealist science-fiction romance from Ethiopia is not something you come across every day. The Spaniard Llansó who lives in Addis Ababa embroiders on his fascinating short film Chigger Ale and again finds Daniel Tadesse willing to play the lead.
El cuento de AntoniaIFFR 2017 30′
Graduation film about young Antonia who – in her virginal white dress – undergoes an undefined religious ritual. A visionary tale of contemporary Colombia.
C'est déjà l'étéMartijn Maria Smits IFFR 2010 85′
The young and talented director Smits operates both literally and metaphorically on the terrain of the Walloon brothers Jean-Luc and Pierre Dardenne with a very realistic-looking social portrait of a family on the seamy side of life in Seraing, where the Dardennes always worked.
DasJelmer Wristers IFFR 2017 40′
After Than saves his neighbour Das from dying alone, he proves to be the latter’s only visitor at the care home.
The Day He ArrivesHong Sangsoo IFFR 2012 79′
The mastery of Hong Sang-Soo is recognisable in the sometimes hilarious, sometimes moving way in which he manages to restructure familiar elements in every new film in a fresh way: boozing, awkward flirting and ditto rejections in this updated Groundhog Day.
The Day I Lost My ShadowSoudade Kaadan IFFR 2019 95′
A young Syrian mother’s search for bottled gas ends in a panic-stricken journey. Awarded Best Debut in Venice.
At the start of the war in Syria, young pharmacist Sana tries to buy some bottled gas, but her search quickly gets out of hand. Sana’s panic-stricken journey is told with striking hyper-realism and an excursion into magic realism. Winner of the Luigi De Laurentiis Award for Best Debut in Venice.
Daytime DrinkingNoh Young-Seok IFFR 2009 116′
Noh did almost everything himself in his charming, successful low-budget début. A humorous road movie about a young man who drowns his unrequited love with soju (the notorious Korean rice wine) and goes from one misunderstanding to the next. As long as there's soju, he can toast.
De jueves a domingoDominga Sotomayor IFFR 2012 96′
Scenes from a marriage, viewed from the back seat of the spacious Mazda 929 that a Chilean family uses to go on holiday for a couple of days. Sensitive, personal debut by Sotomayor, beautifully shot by camerawoman Bárbara Álvarez (25 Watts, The Headless Woman).
DEAD BODY WELCOMEKees Brienen IFFR 2013 80′
When he arrives in India, Kees Brienen hears that his friend has died. It’s a bitter welcome, taking him to his friend's remote village and a slow reconciliation with the way all life has to go. A feature based on and mixed with true events.
Dear LordeEmily Vey Duke, Cooper Battersby IFFR 2016 27′
Bone collector Rose, a 14-year-old girl, is looking for validation from her heroes, including comedian Louis C.K., bishop Desmond Tutu and pop star Lorde.
Los decentesLukas Valenta Rinner IFFR 2017 100′
A servant girl obtains a position in an exclusive gated community in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. When she notices a nudist swingers’ club behind the high walls of the garden, she begins a spiritual and sexual voyage of discovery. Socio-political allegory with exactly the right dose of dry, dark Austrian humour.
Un dimanche matinDamien Manivel IFFR 2013 18′
Like every Sunday morning, a man walks his dog in the Paris suburbs.
Dirty GodSacha Polak IFFR 2019 105′
Young London mother Jade is scarred for life following an acid attack. Powerful portrait with a beautiful lead role by newcomer Vicky Knight.
Young London mother Jade (a superb performance by Vicky Night) must rebuild her life following an acid attack, although she hardly dares look in the mirror. Sacha Polak’s powerful portrait of a complex woman retains the intensity of her previous features, Hemel and Zurich.
Disintegration 93-96Miko Revereza IFFR 2018 6′
Living in the USA illegally for over 20 years, Miko Revereza reflects on his family's relocation from Manila to Los Angeles in this introspective essay film.
Djon ÁfricaJoão Miller Guerra, Filipa Reis IFFR 2018 95′
A chance meeting sets 25-year-old Portuguese Djon África on the track of his roots in Cape Verde. He hopes to finally find his father, an adventurer whom he doesn't know. But things never go as planned in life – and particularly in this playful search for Djon’s identity.
DomainsKusano Natsuka IFFR 2019 150′
Drifting apart as adult women, childhood friends Aki and Nodoka's story is told through line-readings, whose structures reveal the complications of friendship.
Aki and Nodoka are childhood friends who are drifting apart as adults. The familiar plot is told in an unexpected way: through actors line-readings. The suffocation of role patterns in friendship and family are conveyed through repeated lines that are occasionally dislodged to show that life can take unexpected turns.
Double PlayGabe Klinger IFFR 2014 70′
Richard Linklater and James Benning are both veteran indie filmmakers. More than an in-depth study of their filmic oeuvre, this documentary offers a portrait of the friendship between two rather complementary artists: the storyteller versus the purely visual observer.
DrakkarMaud Alpi IFFR 2016 52′
Maud Alpi: "A girl and a boy live with dogs and the internet as their only companions. In their isolation, they try to love each other as freely as possible." Drakkar is a confident, understated and life-affirming tale of going off the grid in rural France.
Dream BoxJeroen Van der Stock IFFR 2017 43′
In a mysterious Japanese woodland, there’s a building cats and dogs are taken to. Where do they come from and do they also have to go back? What’s inside the dream box? Technological ingenuity, hygiene and mechanical action contrasts the dirt of stray animals.
Dress Rehearsal for UtopiaAndrés Duque IFFR 2012 75′
The filmmaker, whose personal essay/experimental travel journal Color Runaway Dog was screened at IFFR last year, once again links autobiographic drama and general, politico-cultural concepts. It all starts with a trip to Mozambique to seek film material shot there.
DruggebruikDirk Rijneke IFFR 2020 40′
The early 1970s, Kralingen Pop Festival: marihuana, LSD, speed, opium – anything available was taken. Four young users' stories.
The early 1970s, Kralingen Pop Festival: marihuana, LSD, speed, opium – anything available was taken. Four young users tell their stories.
Dummy JimMatt Hulse IFFR 2013 90′
Over 50 years ago, the deaf James Duthie biked from his Scottish fishing village to the Arctic Circle and back again. Why? Just because. Hulse worked for 12 years on this visual mix of documentary and fiction. A treat for the eyes and ears.
EighteenJang Kun-Jae IFFR 2010 95′
Sensitive, slightly melancholy teenager-in-love drama about the relationship between two 18-year-olds, who are not able to see their budding love grow. Striking debut about the flaring flames of love and the burns they tend to cause.
ElegyAnthea Kennedy, Ian Wiblin IFFR 2002 4′
Elegy for a dead cat.
The End of an AgeBruno Safadi, Ricardo Pretti IFFR 2015 73′
A joy for the eyes and ears, this high-point of the Brazilian trilogy Operation Sonia Silk. A dreamy making-of about the two other episodes and also a cinematographic essay (in picture, text, sound and music) about cinema and filmmaking and, above all, about love.
Entrevista con la tierraNicolás Pereda IFFR 2009 18′
Short gripping documentary about how people in a Mexican Indian village cope with death.
EU 013, l'ultima frontieraAlessio Genovese IFFR 2014 62′
For the first time, the Italian authorities allowed a film crew into the Centres for Identification and Expulsion: selection centres for refugees. Genovese shows European asylum policy as a carousel of hope and frustration, in which refugees are spun around until madness ensues.