Bone Tomahawk, S. Craig Zahler, 5
The peaceful town of Bright Hope is startled one night by a mysterious kidnapping: a prison guard, a criminal and a nurse have been taken from the local prison by persons unknown, while a little further on a stableboy is murdered gruesomely. A strange quartet sets off in pursuit: the pragmatic sheriff (Kurt Russell) and his bungling sidekick (Richard Jenkins), a dauntless and arrogant cowboy (Matthew Fox) and the nurse's infirm husband (Patrick Wilson).
It’s a classic start very reminiscent of John Ford’s masterpiece The Searchers (1956),
were it not that novice director and scriptwriter S. Craig Zahler sends his intelligent
With part of cast of Fargo, the series 2.
11 Minutes, Jerzy Skolimowski, 4
A budding actress goes to an audition. A filmmaker wants to seduce her. Her jealous husband wants to save her. A motorbike courier races through the city, a couple watches porn, a girl takes her dog out... In eleven minutes, their lives cross in Skolimowski's exciting mosaic drama about the chaos that rules life.
Anomalisa, Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman, 5
n Anomalisa’s stop-
Saturday 31 January
Artist of fasting, Adachi Masao, 3
absurdist comedy with political bite. The multilayered hypocrisies of contemporary Japan are slowly unveiled when a wordless man stages an unexplained hunger strike and the people who surround him exploit his silence to further their own cause. A bit over the top and not one coherent film. But still interesting enough to watch and there is enough to be seen.
Mr Robot, Sam Esmail, 3
A paranoid hacker aims to bring some cyber-
Sayonara, Fukada Koji, 4
Japan after a nuclear disaster. Tanya is terminally ill and awaiting the results
of a government-
Sayonara is perhaps the most subtle, poetic and intimate of takes on a post-
In Japanese, 'sayonara' means 'the last goodbye'. This is a special moment full of deep melancholy and true beauty, and such is the film of Fukada Koji. The film features the most charming android ever, fantastically played by the real android Geminoid F, created in Osaka University.
Monday 2 February
The idol, Hany Abu-
Biopic of Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf, whose winning of the pan-
Tuesday 3 February
Heated gloves, William English, 3
Captain Maurice Seddon was a British eccentric who preferred to heat his body than his house, and so he invented electric clothing. This curious portrait is also a striking piece of media history, as it partly comprises Seddon’s countless TV appearances, for instance in the David Letterman Show. With the most boring first 20 minutes ever.
Time passes, Ane Hjort Gutta, 4
Political, ethical and existential questions arise when street life mixes up with art school projects. In the first few moments of Time Passes we find ourselves in a Norwegian library being introduced to Bianca, a woman who calmly informs us that she’s not come there to read but to keep warm. After hours spent begging on the pavement, she usually visits the library with a young art student called Damla. Inspired into action by artists such as Bas Jan Ader and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Damla has decided to join Bianca on the streets for six months.
Framed around preparations for Damla’s graduation show, Ane Hjort Guttu’s film provocatively asks whether art can play any role in meaningful rebellions against injustice. Funny little movie about purpose and border of of art. And if even art cannot cross borders, then it has become the same as everything else...
Too Young to die, Kankuro Kudo, 2
Kankuro Kudo, who also made a name for himself with several bizarre scenarios for his compatriot Miike Takashi (Zebraman), portrays the Buddhist underworld in this frenzied and absurdist comedy as a theatrical mud bath in which rock musicians battle to be allowed back to their earthly existence. So it’s a demonic musical, but then one in which eventually all comes down to love. Bit too childish movie 4 me
Wednesday (with AM)
Brand new U, Simon Pummel, 3
There's a better life waiting for us. Someone else. Somewhere else." That is the
motto of the company Brand New-
Well made and nice to watch David Lynch type of movie. But a bit more of the same.
Halal love and sex, Assad Fouladkar, 4
Sex by the book, is that conceivable? And what if the book happens to be the Koran?
With this mosaic film in contemporary Beirut, Assad Faloudkar gives us a glimpse
behind the veil. In this morality sketch, modern devout Muslim couples wrestle with
love and lust, without breaking religious rules. Awatef is looking for a second wife
for her husband Salim, so she can have a break from his boundless libido. The young
couple Mokhtar and Fatmeh have just married, but his hot-
Men & Chicken, Anders Thomas Jensen, 5
Funny and brilliant. Two brothers go in search of their father in this mysterious and hilarious, philosophical and absurdist horror comedy. By far the weirdest Danish film in recent years, performed by a top cast with infectious pleasure (Mads Mikkelsen, Nicolas Bro, Nikolaj Lie Kaas) and directed by the maker of Adam’s Apples.
Never before was the cream of the Danish actors’ guild this ugly. Mads Mikkelsen,
Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Søren Malling, David Dencik, Nicolas Bro -
In search of their biological father, Gabriel (Dencik) and Elias (Mikkelsen) end
up in what at first looks like a madhouse -
After his widely acclaimed black comedy Adam’s Apples (2005), a new film by Anders Thomas Jensen was long in the making. Men & Chicken is a supremely idiosyncratic mixture of horror movie and comedy, full of fist fights, bad haircuts, questionable progressive optimism and moving personal revelations.
Suburra, Stefano Sollima, 4
Mafia and politics collide on a real estate project in Rome, leading to uneasy alliances,
treason and bloodbaths. After adapting the crime hits Romanzo Criminale and Gomorra
for TV, director Stefano Sollima goes straight to the big screen for a fast-
After Romanzo Criminale and Gomorra (which were adapted into TV series by Stefano
Sollima), Suburra (2015) shows again that crime on screen is the main export from
This time, Sollima uses Rome and one of its suburbs (Ostia) as the 'Eternal City' for greed and violence: a dangerous battleground where politicians, different generations of Mafiosi (the old guard who want some kind of order versus the restless young ones) and even the Vatican want their share. Suburra is a fizzing, energetic, Scorsesian depiction of a corrupted system, which at the same time feels like a series squeezed into a film with its many characters, twists and 'chapters' (the film takes place one week before the 'apocalypse').
The logical next step: Suburra is being adapted as a series for Netflix in 2017, the first original Italian content shot for that provider.
Thursday (with Jaap)
The Model, Mads Matthiessen, 4
An, Kawase Naomi, 4
In An, a food stall selling dorayaki (pancakes filled with the sweet red-
Alba, Christina, Barragan, 3
Alba is eleven years old and terribly shy. She has great difficulty standing up for herself among the precocious girls in her class, who talk like little adults about relationships but keep making fun of Alba with the cruelty of children. The fact that she gets nosebleeds at inconvenient moments doesn’t help. To make matters worse, when her ailing mother is hospitalised she is dumped with her eccentric father Igor, who she never knew and of whom she is very ashamed. Very slowly and cautiously, the father and daughter get to know each other.
Alba is a coming-
Path of the Soul, Zhang Yang, 5
When two inhabitants of a Tibetan mountain village decide to undertake a pilgrimage
to the holy city of Lhasa, others join them. A group of eleven people (including
a pregnant woman and a girl) eventually sets off on their pilgrimage on foot -
Friday 5 feb
The other side, Roberto Minervini, 4
For his fourth film The Other Side, the Italian-
The first protagonists here are Mark and Lisa, a couple of drug addicts from the backwoods of Louisiana, where over sixty percent of the population is unemployed. At first sight, you would write them off as white trash, but the intimacy with which they allow the camera to share their lives in the social trash can soon changes that preconception. Just as the reactionary militia members who appear in the second part of the film also gradually acquire a profile thanks to Minervini's lyrical and painfully real approach.
Oleg e les raras artes, Andres Duque, 5
The legendary Oleg Nikolaevitch Karavaychuk is the mysterious and moving subject
of this loving film by the young director Duque. He was moved by the music the pianist
composed for a film by Kira Muratova and is the first foreigner to win the trust
of the eccentric and still active 89-
Several biographical facts: Oleg Nikolayevich Karavaychuk (1927) played the piano
for Stalin as a child prodigy, attended the Leningrad Conservatory and in the course
of his career primarily wrote music for theatre and film -
The beautiful film that the young Andrés Duque made about him is a gift to the viewer, a gift from an old artist who wants to be reconciled with the world and who transports us away from reality with words, gestures and piano playing, free of social conventions, to a world where clashing dissonants have a liberating beauty.
The fourth direction, Gurvinder Singh, 3
Set during the conflict between Sikh separatists and the Indian army in the early 1980s, fear, distrust and paranoia form the main emotional frame of the narrative. Jugal and Raj, two Hindi friends, miss their last train to Amritsar, the holiest city in Punjab. They end up in a cargo wagon among illegal passengers. In flashbacks we follow Jugal’s family lost at night on the outskirts of a Punjabi village. Full of fear, they hesitantly knock at the door of an isolated house and ask for directions. Later that night, Sikh terrorists visit the same Punjabi family and give orders to kill their dog for barking and drawing attention. The next morning, paramilitary men burst into the house looking for the terrorists.
Sophisticated direction and impressive photography that creates claustrophobia and suspense evoke the time of the Punjab insurgency, which culminated in the assassination of Indira Gandhi.
Bad surprise film. Unrealistic story line, bad acting and a shame for the festival. About 2 owners of a pub in Belgium.
Nuts, Penny Lane, 3
In 1918, John Romulus Brinkley and his wife open a doctor’s practice in the linear settlement of Milford in Kansas. Goats pairing in the meadow gives a local farmer an idea. Can’t the brand-
Saturday 6 February (partly with Yolanda and Geert)
Land of mine, Martin Zandvliet, 5
#1 of festival this year, impressive and tough film.Filmmaker Martin Zandvliet incisively
brings to life a willfully forgotten and shameful part of Danish history. It is the
end of World War II and the occupation has left its marks, both on the Danish coast
and in the minds of the people. Under the leadership of the callous sergeant Rasmussen
(Roland Møller), a group of German boys -
The serene Danish coastal landscapes, caught in crispy clear images, are regularly
shaken up by explosions when another trembling, underfed hand has detonated a landmine.
In a subtle manner, Zandvliet transforms the German teenagers from anonymous enemies
Tanna, Bentley Dean, 4
By holding on to our traditions we’ve been able to withstand colonialism, Christianity
and money", reflects a worldly-
Impressive images of a paradisiacal jungle and the infernal crater of an active volcano form the background of this drama about a forbidden love. This is the first feature film by documentary makers Butler and Dean. They spent seven months among one of the tribes on Tanna that actively upholds the traditional way of life. Together with them they developed the scenario, which is based on an event that took place in 1987 and includes an unexpected role for the British royal family.
The land of the enlightened, Pieter-
Not really a fiction movie, but more a documentary. Still a special film. The Afghans
have been waiting for their king since the day their mythical forefather Nasrullah
Aged only about fourteen, Nasir has already become the leader of a gang controlling the smuggling routes over the Pamir Mountains, along which no caravan can pass without offering up part of its goods. These consist mainly of the country’s natural resources: valuable lapis lazuli, and even more fiercely desired raw opium. Nasir knows he can make good use of this opium to placate the father of his intended bride; but before any wedding can take place, he will have to travel to Kabul to ready their palace. During a quiet interlude at the army base, an American soldier also succumbs to lordly fantasies. His army will be made up of children, because “their innocence makes them terrifying”.
From 2007, Pieter-
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