Nuestro Tiempo, Carlos Reygadas, Mexico, 4
11.45 Pathe 1
After Carlos Reygadas became one of the world’s most influential filmmakers with films like Japón and Stellet Licht, he took a radical step towards autobiographical fiction with Post tenebras lux. Now he has taken a logical yet ambitious next step with the poetically intimate and visually overwhelming Nuestro tiempo. He is his own protagonist as poet and owner of a ranch raising fighting bulls, who finds out that his wife Esther (played by Reygadas' wife, Natalia Lopez) is having an affair with an American friend, the horse trainer Phil. Despite, or thanks to, their agreements about an open marriage, tensions rise when Juan thinks that Esther is not opening up about her feelings.
Murder me monster, Alejandro Fadel, Argentina, 3
In a remote, sleepy town in the Argentine part of the Andes, a decapitated female body is found. It’s up to local policeman Cruz to solve the mysterious crime. It’s not long before David, the confused husband of Cruz’s lover, is arrested as the prime suspect. But that doesn’t close the case. David says he is telepathically linked to the real monster, and Cruz looks for answers in the supernatural realm.
Seven last words, Kaveh Nabatian, Canada, 2
As a filmmaker, musician and composer, Kaveh Nabatian doesn’t want to choose between music and film. He’d rather combine both disciplines as far as possible. For instance in this multidisciplinary project, for which he cooperated with six other Canadian filmmakers and the Callino String Quartet. It’s based on the commissioned composition The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross (1787) by Joseph Haydn – a piece that is a special favourite around Easter and which grippingly expresses the state of the suffering Christ on the cross.
Take me somewhere nice, Ena Sendeijaravic, Bosnia/NL, 3
11.30 Pathe 7
Can you simultaneously be two things or does that make you neither? Alma is in between everything: raised in the Netherlands by Bosnian parents, no longer a girl, but not really a woman yet. She hardly knows her father, but when he is admitted to a Bosnian hospital she decides to visit him one last time. This starts a journey with an unknown destination as Alma discovers herself and her country of origin.
The man who surprised everyone, Aleksey Chupov, Russia, 4
14.15, Pathe 7
The Man Who Surprised Everyone is a contemporary version of a Siberian folk tale about a man who cheated Death by impersonating a woman. Igor also decides to live as a woman, but not to fool anyone. He wants the pretending to stop now that he doesn’t have much life left. The support thus far received from the rural population due to his terminal illness dries up fast.
Vox Lux, Brady Corbet, with Portman, US, 2
The sumptuous, satirical Vox Lux follows young Celeste as her life changes radically following a violent incident at school. Although she suffers physically and emotionally, this is also an opportunity. The song she writes inspired by the shooting becomes a hit – the start of a successful singing career.
Spione, Fritz Lang, 5
Spione is a 1928 German silent espionage thriller, directed by master filmmaker Fritz
Lang and co-
On screen, the mastermind Haghi (Rudolph Klein-
The load, Ognjen Glavonic, Serbia, 4
In 1999 truck driver Vlada arrives at a dilapidated warehouse in war-
Ash is purest white, Jia Zhangke, China, 3
Young dancer Qiao falls for powerful mob boss Bin. After protecting him during a rival gang’s ambush, she ends up in prison. Upon release, some five years later, she seeks out Bin to restart their old life. But is that still possible? Their violent relationship develops from 2001 to 2017, which allows director Jia Zhangke to chronicle contemporary China – from mining ghost towns to entire villages sacrificed for new dams.
A Janela, Edgar Pera, Portugal, 3
A janela (Maryalva mix) tells the story of Antonio, an old school Marialva (= a womanizer
and barfly cruising the Fado taverns and back-
Dark blood, George Sluizer, NL, 5
The marriage of unsuccessful actor Harry and erstwhile showgirl Buffy has almost hit rock bottom. But only almost! A trip to the desert they call their Second Honeymoon is supposed to patch things up. When they find themselves with serious car trouble in the middle of nowhere, a young man called Boy appears, seemingly out of nowhere. Boy, now, has troubles of his own: since his wife died of radiation poisoning (their house stood too close to an atomic bomb test site), he’s been out here in the scalding heat, feeling mad at the world and carving magical Hopi dolls. But when he lays eyes on Buffy, life suddenly looks brighter again.
Probably the most famous ruined movie of recent years: production was stopped after River Phoenix's unexpected death on set; some two decades later, Dutch grandmaster George Sluizer found a way to finish this fine essay in sunburned noir. Great film!
Winter after winter, Xing Jian, China, 4
Winter after Winter, shot in black-
Without his father knowing, the youngest son returns seven months later and hides in Kun’s cellar. As a result, Kun does get pregnant, which leads to all kinds of complications when she is married off and the fugitive son, now a guerrilla, occasionally returns home. Xing Jian situates the action in his home region and films the harsh life of a family in long takes with fluid camerawork.
Beats, Brian Welsh, UK, 5
Trainspotting revisited! Beats showcases the unlikely friendship; between teens Spanner and Johnno in a Scottish town. The first is living with his criminal brother, the other is facing a move to a new town with his family and his potential new stepfather, who happens to be a cop. On their last night out, the two friends steal cash from Spanner's brother and journey into an underworld of anarchy, freedom and collision with the forces of law and order. This universal story of friendship, rebellion and the irresistible power of gathered youth, is set to a soundtrack as eclectic and electrifying as the scene it gave birth to.
Love me not, Lluis Minaro, Spain, 2
This titillating, stylised film version of the Biblical story of John the Baptist
and Salomé largely takes place in an army camp in the desert, against the background
of a contemporary war. Salomé (Ingrid García-
Maggi, Yi Okseop, Korea, 3
15.00 Pathe (with Jaap)
A risqué X-
Niblock’s sound spectrums, 1
American composer and filmmaker Phill Niblock (1933) is one of minimal music’s key figures. His hypnotic, visceral music – often consisting of a single, constant tone with minimal variations – makes him a drone music pioneer. His compositions are simultaneously subtle and overwhelming. At his live performances in factories, concert halls and art institutions, the audience are bowled over by the sound.
Destroyer (Surprise met Nicole Kidman), 4
Destroyer is a 2018 American crime drama film directed by Karyn Kusama, from a screenplay by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. It stars Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, Tatiana Maslany, Scoot McNairy, Bradley Whitford, and Sebastian Stan, and follows an undercover LAPD officer who must take out members of a gang, years after her case was blown.
Summer/Leto, Kirill Serebrennikov, Russia, 5
Punky biopic about the underground music scene in Leningrad just before Perestroika, based on the early years of pop icon Viktor Tsoï and his legendary band Kino. In the early 1980s, he befriends the charismatic singer of the band Zoopark, who has managed to pick up rare records by Bowie, Blondie and T. Rex. They decide to shake things up with their own performances, but for now their young audience is allowed only to move their feet to the rhythm. With humour and guts, the band members tackle censorship, even if only in their imagination.
In lush black-
Tel Aviv on fire, Sameh Zoabi, Israel, 4
A comedy about the Arab-
The gold laden sheep and the sacred mountain,Ridham Janve, India, 4
1815 Pathe 5
When an old shepherd hears the news about a jet fighter that has crashed, he remembers the stories about other plane accidents that made the finders very rich. Blinded by greed, he leaves his herd in the lurch and goes looking for the wreckage. However, the accident was on a holy mountain. While the shepherd roams with his impure intentions and tries to put other treasure hunters off the scent, predators attack his sheep. His assistant takes advantage of a bottle of alcohol he had hidden, and dies in an accident.
The Himalayas, which form the backdrop to this drama, are not the picture-
The Hummingbird project, Kim Nguyen, Canada, 3
IFFR 2019’s closing film is a sharp thriller featuring Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander
Skårsgard as two Wall Street geeks who come up with a bizarre, lucrative plan. All
the two smart cousins have to do is run a fibre-
Alva, Ico Costa, Portugal, 4
Henrique is a terse Portuguese smallholder who lives out in the hills, far from civilisation. We realise something is wrong in his life when occasional passers-
Ico Costa explicitly uses an elliptic narrative structure, to allow viewers to form
a man from the clay he puts in front of them. Who is Henrique? Can his deed be understood?
Is he telling the truth when he says he didn’t want to hurt anyone? In the meantime,
almost incidentally, the stunning beauty of the landscape passes by. Henrique washes
himself in the waters of a river – a river called Alva.
Great film and just the type of film IFFR is so great. Would never come to the cinema, but is nevertheless overwhelming.
Present.perfect, Zhu Shengze, China, 5
Winner Tiger award and perhaps rightly so. Even as it is more a documentary than
a feature film. The Western circuit of vloggers and YouTubers is dwarfed by live-
Zhu Shengze followed a dozen anchors for ten months. From more than 800 hours of
footage, she distilled a collective portrait of a generation for whom the online
and offline worlds are tightly interwoven. Rather than selecting famous anchors with
thousands of followers, Zhu chose the more marginal types: a street dancer with a
lousy sense of rhythm, a paralysed girl, a middle-
I donot care if we go down in history as barbarians, Radu Jude, Romania, 4
140 minutes of philosophical discussion as last film of festival and and still wothwhile to watch. Some people view the Romanian army’s mass murder of Jews in Odessa in 1941 as the start of the Holocaust. A statement by then prime minister Antonescu gives the title to this deftly structured political drama.
Idealistic theatre director Mariana is working on an outdoor play based on the events
referred to above. A nerve-
Capharnaüm, Nadine Labaki, Lebanon, 5
Great acting by the kids in this film. The doctor thinks Zain is about twelve years old, but nobody knows for sure; he wasn’t registered at birth. And this is not the only pretty basic thing missing from the chaotic lives of Zain and his younger brothers and sisters: they also lack a habitable home, sufficient food, protection, love. So Zain takes his parents to court. His complaint: that they brought him into the world.
Using the court case as a framework, we learn how it came to this in two long flashbacks.
In an energetic montage of observationally filmed scenes, Capharnaüm examines – in
part through the problems of an ‘illegal’ Ethiopian cleaner who shelters Zain when
he runs away from home – the fate of the large group of undocumented people trying
to survive in and around Beirut. Street-
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