19:30 A Hustlers Diary -
In his second feature, Ivica Zubak explores the clash of social classes, when petty thief Metin accidentally rolls into the circuit of literary agents and publishers.
15:30 Gimme Danger -
In this documentary, Jim Jarmusch (whose feature Paterson is also being screened at IFFR 2017) interviews his friend Jim Osterberg (born in 1947), better known as Iggy Pop, about his influential proto-
18:45 American Honey -
“Anybody gonna miss you?” “Not really.” “Good, you’re hired.” This is how teenager Star (a striking debut by Sasha Lane) begins a career as a hawker of magazines when she leaves home and joins a motley group of young people (most of whom are played by amateurs) as they smoke weed, sing, make love, steal, quarrel and fight their way across the USA in a van, in the first American film by British director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank, Wuthering Heights).
This energetically meandering On the Road for millennials has a soundtrack rich in
Dr Tong Qian has a busy day ahead of her: the brain surgery this neurosurgeon performs
every day is of course life-
The battle for control and power between the three parties degenerates into a beautifully
choreographed shootout in the hospital corridors – it is, after all, the latest film
by Johnnie To. High-
13.45 Mes nuits feront echo, 2
"Life is short, we have to keep dreaming", a woman says at the start of this sensitive debut film. The three chapters of Still Night, Still Light are named for the searching main characters, each of whom could use such wisdom: Eliane, a young Canadian woman who gives piano lessons in Mexico; Romes, her gentle employer; and Pablo, Romes' father, who whiles away his days in a nursing home. They all seem to be waiting for something: a sign from a deceased loved one, a last good conversation.
All three of them hope to find happiness elsewhere. Eliane has swapped cold Canada for dangerous Mexico, and Romes and Pablo are setting off together on a last trip to China. “We try to do our best in a world we don’t control”, Romes says of his attempts to do the right thing. He sees life as like driving a car in fog: even though you can’t see what’s ahead, you just have to have faith.
16:00 IFFR Live -
Simon, a midlife man in designer pyjamas, tinted lenses in his spectacles, is a world-
Charlotte Sieling skilfully augments a classic father-
19:00 King of the Belgians -
During a state visit to Turkey, Nicholas III, King of the Belgians, receives a disastrous message which means he has to return at once to Brussels with his entourage. However, because of a solar storm, the Turks refuse to let him go, afraid their future membership of the EU will be threatened. The documentary maker commissioned by the queen to capture the vitality and smile of the king conceives a way out. As the royal retinue crosses the Balkans in a rickety bus followed by the Turkish secret service, during the breaks Nicolas stands gazes into the distance like a visionary and works on a speech to explain to the Belgians what a formidable statesman lives at 1, Place des Palais in Brussels.
Makers Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth certainly haven’t lost their urge to travel, but after the far corners of Mongolia for Khadak (2006) and the Andes in Altiplano (2009), they found the backdrop for this comic drama almost on their doorstep.
15:30 Scumbag -
Phil, a young wannabe DJ, works at a telemarketing company where his co-
Inspired by the fraudulent Canadian company where Roberge worked before turning to
DJing (more successfully than his character), Scumbag is a dark, DIY, take-
19:30 Sieranevada -
In various guises, death is a regular visitor in the films of Cristi Puiu. For example, in the form of the bankrupt (or at least inefficient) Romanian health service in The Death of Mr. Lazarescu, or as a murderer who has had enough of the complaints of his in-
The backdrop is a small apartment in Bucharest, where a group of relatives and friends
come together to eat and drink and ritually get annoyed at each other. Through the
conversations and observations of the protagonist, a middle-
9.30 The Burglar, 4
First the desert, which Yaeli has to cross when returning home from her job in a
resort on the Dead Sea. Then the distress of a break-
What follows could be seen as a crash course in growing up. Lihi Kornowski plays
Yaeli as a young woman who has long fenced off her emotions – perhaps out of self-
In the tautly designed The Burglar, reality, fantasy and symbolism subtly interweave. A meeting with a kindly German geologist helps Yaeli find something to hang on to. But then there is also the leopard in the zoo, which she secretly identifies with.
13:30 Wùlu -
Young Ladji has been a bus driver in Bamako, the capital of Mali, for years but misses out on a promotion because of nepotism. So he decides to find another way of making money – also to help his sister, who is being forced into prostitution by poverty. He contacts a drug dealer and, together with two mates, starts running drugs. He transports cannabis into Mali and Senegal, bringing back cocaine, and later makes trips to Guinea and the city of Timbuctoo, all in a van with stickers of Bob Marley and Ché Guevara on the back windows. The trips become ever more hazardous, particularly when they pass through the desert of northern Mali, which is controlled by Al Qaida and rebel Tuaregs. While his sister (played by singer Inna Modja) immerses herself in a life of luxury, Ladji has to tackle corrupt soldiers and fanatical members of Al Qaida.
Daouda Coulibaly’s overwhelming debut takes place against the backdrop of the 2012 coup in Mali, when drug smuggling brought the country to its knees and led to political destabilisation.
15:30 Sami Blood -
Inquiring teenager Elle-
In her award-
19:00 Surprise Film -
17:00 Lemon -
Isaac is having a hard time. He doesn’t realise this yet himself, because facing
up to reality is not the strongest side of this early-
In her feature debut, Janicza Bravo sketches a humorous and revealing portrait of
a failure who gets deeper and deeper into trouble. Her husband Brett Gelman plays
the lead – without a trace of shame – and also co-
19:45 Suffering of Ninko -
The young monk Ninko leads an ascetic existence in the Enmeiji temple, but his dedication
to a life of simplicity and sexual abstinence is made impossible by the curse that
seems to afflict him: he is irresistible to every woman (and some of the men) he
meets. Pursued by a posse of half-
With Suffering of Ninko, debut director Niwatsukino Norihiro adds a modern, headstrong chapter to the rich tradition of Japanese ghost stories. His background as a designer is revealed in the wonderful animated variations on classic Japanese woodcuts, Buddhist mandalas and erotic prints, which together with sensual dance scenes, witty intermezzos and macabre appearances by spirits form an exciting, highly individual indictment of sexual repression.
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