Las marimbas del infiernoJulio Hernández Cordón IFFR 2011 73′
A melancholy marimba player, a long-haired doctor who sings heavy metal and a wannabe rapper form the unlikely musical group that dreams of success. Stylised surprise from Guatemala, shot in a guerrilla style, is now collecting film prizes galore.
Meek's CutoffKelly Reichardt IFFR 2011 104′
Meek wants to lead colonists to Oregon, by using a shorter route. Hardships mount up quickly. A real Western yet very topical.
In 1845, Meek wants to lead a group of colonists to Oregon, by using a shorter route straight across unknown mountain ridges. Hardships mount up quickly in Reichardt’s (he made Tiger winner Old Joy in 2006) first historic film. Indeed, a real Western yet very topical.
A Midsummer's FantasiaJang Kun-Jae IFFR 2015 96′
In his third feature (in two parts), festival favourite Jang Kun-Jae also presents an alter ego: a Korean director who, in black-and-white, prepares a co-production in a remote area of Japan. The second half shows the results in colour: a moving retrospective of a possible love between a guide and a female Korean visitor.
Miel-EmilePeter van Houten IFFR 2019 150′
Poetic, patient and loving film essay about Emile, who is almost 80 and looks back on a wondrous youth in the French Pyrenees.
In 2015, IFFR screened filmmaker Peter van Houten’s The Life of Jean-Marie. The slow-cinema portrait of a talkative pastor in the French Pyrenees proved an audience favourite at the time. In Miel-Emile, Van Houten presents his younger brother, the thoughtful Emile. Surrounded by beautiful nature, he wrestles with his past.
The MilitantManolo Nieto IFFR 2014 120′
Endearing second film from Uruguayan Tiger Award winner Nieto. During a strike at the university, Ariel (uniquely played by Felipe Dieste) hears that his father has died. He is forced to return to the provinces to put financial affairs at his father's ranch in order. Nominated for The Big Screen Award.
MillaValérie Massadian IFFR 2018 128′
Milla and Leo are teenage misfits, sleeping in empty houses or in the back of a car. They hang on to each other at any cost. An intimate film about growing up in dire straits, where bleak everyday life is filled with peculiar beauty.
MimosasOliver Laxe IFFR 2017 96′
Mystical wisdom and poetic suggestion go hand-in-hand in this quest filmed on beautiful 35mm under Herzogesque conditions in Morocco’s Atlas Mountains: to fulfil the dying wish of a sheik, three men must conquer impenetrable mountain passes and other dangers.
MinotauroNicolás Pereda IFFR 2016 53′
"Minotaur takes place in a home of books, of readers, of artists. It’s also a home of soft light, of eternal afternoons, of sleepiness, of dreams. The home is impermeable to the world. Mexico is on fire, but the characters of Minotaur sleep soundly.” Nicolás Pereda
Mishima - A Life in Four ChaptersPaul Schrader IFFR 2000 120′
Famous and stylish film version by Paul Schrader of the controversial and spectacular life and self-imposed death of the militant Japanese writer Mishima Yukio. Seldom seen on the big screen these days.
Miss LovelyAshim Ahluwalia IFFR 2013 110′
An exciting thriller in retro style about Mumbai’s underworld of sex horror films in the 1980s. The naïve Sonu, one of two brothers running a dirty movies studio, dreams of launching his mistress, a mysterious new actress, into mainstream film.
MittsommernachtstangoViviane Blumenschein IFFR 2014 82′
Three Argentine friends embark on a musical journey to find out if filmmaker Aki Kaurismäki’s claim is true: that the tango has its roots in Finland. If anything, a string of bizarre encounters convinces them of the popularity of the genre. Free entrance.
Mobilisierung der TräumeMartin Reinhart, Thomas Tode, Manu Luksch IFFR 2015 85′
Breath-taking avant-garde experiments and films referring to visionary technologies are interwoven in this media archaeological essay that holds up a mirror to our contemporary media frenzy. Social utopias from 1880 onward supply the thrust of this cinematic time trip. Tilda Swinton supplies the voice-over.
MonosAlejandro Landes IFFR Unleashed 102′
This hypnotising film about child soldiers throws human logic overboard. An explosive cocktail of a socially critical war film and a sensual coming-of-age story.
This hypnotising, adventurous film about child soldiers in the jungle throws human logic overboard. In Monos, nature’s laws apply, the way teens imagine them. The result is a tense, explosive cocktail of a socially critical war film and a sensual, erotically charged coming-of-age story.
Monrak TransistorPen-ek Ratanaruang IFFR 2002 120′
The Mother and the SeaGonçalo Tocha IFFR 2014 105′
Vila Cha is the only place on Earth where traditions of fishing formed exclusively by women still live. Despite their age, the old ladies keep on entering the sea to catch fish. A purely cinematographic portrait of an invisible, already mythical Europe that is fading away, like waves on the sea.
Mother EuropePetra Seliškar IFFR 2014 90′
Road trip through the periphery of the EU shows present-day Europe through the eyes of a much-travelled six-year-old, wise beyond her years. A fresh look at this old continent: shooting from the hip and free from sentimentality, young Terra questions the usefulness and purpose of borders.
Le MoulinHuang Ya-li IFFR 2016 162′
Poetry, literature, painting and old film clips converge in this lyrical, unusually designed film essay about Le Moulin, the Taiwanese poets’ collective which protested in the 1930s against the cultural superiority of the Japanese occupier and the domination of realism in poetry.
La mujer de los perrosLaura Citarella, Verónica Llinás IFFR 2015 95′
Co-director Llinás plays an intriguing, unique character in this existentialist fable about a woman who lives with a pack of dogs on the very edge of the populated world, with minimal contact with other people. The seasons come and go. On life and survival, love and death.
Mysterious Object at NoonApichatpong Weerasethakul IFFR 2014 90′
In this semi-documentary, various Thais are invited to tell an episodic story. Funny, intelligent debut by later Golden Palm winner Weerasethakul.
In this semi-documentary, various Thais are invited to tell an episodic story. We soon see aliens, flying balls and kidnaps in what started out as a personal drama. Funny, intelligent debut by later Golden Palm winner Weerasethakul.
Nafi's FatherMamadou Dia IFFR 2020 108′
Tokara wants to marry the beautiful Nafi, his cousin, bringing their fathers into a bitter conflict.
Tokara wants to marry his cousin, the beautiful Nafi, bringing their fathers into conflict with one another: the children are pawns in a bitter dispute about tradition, progress and the true nature of Islam. Can their family ties help them overcome these ideological differences? Winner of two awards in Locarno, including best debut.
NanaValérie Massadian IFFR 2012 68′
The unusual Nana is filmed from the perspective of a child. Four-year-old Nana walks with a childlike purity through a world that is partly paradise, partly hard and realistic. An intimate and overwhelming debut by the artist and photographer Valérie Massadian.
NatanPaul Duane, David Cairns IFFR 2014 66′
After World War I, Romanian-born Natan revived the French film industry. By World War II, his alledged involvement as a young actor in porn films was used against him to sabotage his business and deliver him to the Nazis, with a fatal outcome. Screened together with Mr leos caraX.
Neighbouring SoundsKleber Mendonça Filho IFFR 2012 124′
Meandering past the residents of a wealthy street in Recife, where private security guards ply their trade, this self-assured debut portrays the two sides of the Brazilian Dream. Filho scratches the varnish of a culture that revolves around paranoia, fear and revenge.
New Voices in an Old FlowerQuino Piñero IFFR 2017 69′
Westerners generally view Ethiopia as the mythical land of Rastafarians. However, the contemporary music scene is much richer than that, as this sultry, nocturnal exploration of the capital Addis Abeba demonstrates. From reggae to hip-hop and from free jazz to electronic sampling: diversity rules.
NinaOlga Chajdas IFFR 2018 130′
Masterful and sensuous drama about thirty something Nina, who is looking for a surrogate mother for the child she and her longtime husband desperately long for. Young, independent Magda looks like a suitable candidate. But everything changes when Nina unexpectedly gets attracted to her. A turbulent love story with a strong vibe.
La niña santaLucrecia Martel IFFR 2005 99′
Sensual and slightly wayward masterpiece in which blushing Catholic girl Amalia thinks she has found her vocation after being sexually intimidated by doctor Jano.
Sensual and slightly wayward masterpiece offers plenty of emotional, intellectual and cinematographic satisfaction. In the damp north of Argentina, the blushing Catholic girl Amalia thinks she has found her vocation after being sexually intimidated by Doctor Jano.
No Data PlanMiko Revereza IFFR 2019 70′
Living in the USA illegally for over 20 years, Miko Revereza takes the train from Los Angeles to New York.
Living in the United States illegally for over 20 years, Miko Revereza takes the Amtrak train from Los Angeles to New York in this critical moment of hostility against migrants in the country he has come to know as home. The journey seems daring, perhaps reckless, yet urgent and necessary.
No Place for FoolsOleg Mavromatti IFFR 2015 82′
Sergey Astahov is a gay man converted by Church and state propaganda into an orthodox pro-Putin activist. Composed of terrifying images from Astahov's blog, this documentary by contemporary artist Oleg Mavromatti is the most radical insight into today's Russia and its ideological clashes.
No quiero dormir solaNatalia Beristáin IFFR 2014 85′
Thirty-something Amanda's life changes dramatically when she has to care for her alcoholic grandmother. Restrained drama.
Restrained drama about loneliness, memories and family relationships. Thirty-something Amanda's life changes dramatically when she has to care for her alcoholic grandmother. After a difficult beginning, the two women discover they have more in common than they thought. Winner Yellow Robin Award CIFFR 2013.
No Woman BornTan Chui Mui IFFR 2010 20′
The Malaysian film maker sees the future in South Africa. Maybe she also sees the heritage of Frankenstein. Robot-like labourers work on gleaming white giant buildings. Women are absent and unnecessary. And that building? Might it take off?
NobuSarah Blok, Lisa Konno IFFR Unleashed 9′
A short film about former karate world champion and Japanese immigrant Nobuaki Konno (1953).
A short film about former karate world champion and Japanese immigrant Nobuaki Konno (1953).
NocturneViktor van der Valk IFFR 2019 80′
Lyrical film noir about two producers, an investor, a deadline, a woman, a gun and a hopelessly romantic boy.
A young filmmaker’s highly unusual odyssey as he struggles to get to grips with his work. While his inspiration, his lover and his financial backer all threaten to leave him, he wanders a nocturnal labyrinth. Can art transcend reality? A tempestuous, poetic and experimental debut.