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2016. 64th Edition
Films
Films
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Opening Night Film
Voyage à travers le cinéma français / A Journey Through French Cinema
Bertrand Tavernier
France 
Bertrand Tavernier loves cinema. Along the lines of A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, Tavernier presents us with a sharp and personal approach to French cinema, the films, directors, composers and dialogues he has loved most in his life. From Jean Renoir to Claude Sautet, from Henri Decoin to Jacques Becker, casting an eye over François Truffaut,...

Bertrand Tavernier loves cinema. Along the lines of A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies, Tavernier presents us with a sharp and personal approach to French cinema, the films, directors, composers and dialogues he has loved most in his life. From Jean Renoir to Claude Sautet, from Henri Decoin to Jacques Becker, casting an eye over François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, Louis Malle and many other famous moviemakers on the way, Bertrand Tavernier treats us to a fresh look at the gems of cinema.

489 Years
Hayoun Kwon
France 
An animated short film, winner of an award at the 62nd Oberhausen International Festival, 489 Years uses the testimony provided by Kim, a former soldier from South Korea, to give us access to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, plunging us into the heart of the soldier’s personal memories. Kim tells us about his experiences on a research mission and the amazin...

An animated short film, winner of an award at the 62nd Oberhausen International Festival, 489 Years uses the testimony provided by Kim, a former soldier from South Korea, to give us access to the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas, plunging us into the heart of the soldier’s personal memories. Kim tells us about his experiences on a research mission and the amazing discovery he made in a field full of mines (laid by South Korea with no record of where they were placed). He talks about a place where people are forbidden, and where nature has totally regained its hold…

A cidade onde envelheço / Where I Grow Old
Marilia Rocha
Brazil - Portugal 
Francisca, a young Portuguese woman living in Brazil, welcomes Teresa, an old acquaintance she'd lost contact with, into her home. While Teresa discovers the place where she means to settle, Francisca craves for her life back in Lisbon.

Francisca, a young Portuguese woman living in Brazil, welcomes Teresa, an old acquaintance she'd lost contact with, into her home. While Teresa discovers the place where she means to settle, Francisca craves for her life back in Lisbon.

A Quiet Passion
Terence Davies
UK - Belgium 
Who was Emily Dickinson? Who hid behind the poet who spent most of her life at her parents’ home in Amherst, Massachusetts? The mansion where she lived provides the backdrop to the portrait of an unconventional woman who we know very little about. Born in 1803, she was considered to be a talented child, but an emotional trauma forced her to abandon her studies. From that mome...

Who was Emily Dickinson? Who hid behind the poet who spent most of her life at her parents’ home in Amherst, Massachusetts? The mansion where she lived provides the backdrop to the portrait of an unconventional woman who we know very little about. Born in 1803, she was considered to be a talented child, but an emotional trauma forced her to abandon her studies. From that moment on she withdrew from society and began to write poems. Despite her solitary life, the writer’s work takes the reader on a fascinating journey around the world.

Caminan / On The Path
Mikel Rueda
Spain 
A road in the middle of nowhere. A car. A bike. Two lonely people looking for the same thing. They meet. World premiere.

A road in the middle of nowhere. A car. A bike. Two lonely people looking for the same thing. They meet. World premiere.

Eat That Question: Frank Zappa in His Own Words
Thorsten Schüte
France - Germany 
An intimate meeting with this musician and iconoclastic composer. Through unpublished footage, the spectator takes part in the provocation of this twentieth century genius whose way of understanding the world still is prevailing.

An intimate meeting with this musician and iconoclastic composer. Through unpublished footage, the spectator takes part in the provocation of this twentieth century genius whose way of understanding the world still is prevailing.

Ejercicios de memoria / Memory Exercises
Paz Encina
Argentina - Paraguay - France - Germany - Qatar 
Paraguay suffered one of the longest dictatorships in Latin America (1954-1989). Agustín Goiburú was the most important political opponent to the Stroessner regime. This documentary tries to enter a whole political context through the memories of Agustín Goiburú's three children.

Paraguay suffered one of the longest dictatorships in Latin America (1954-1989). Agustín Goiburú was the most important political opponent to the Stroessner regime. This documentary tries to enter a whole political context through the memories of Agustín Goiburú's three children.

El extraño / The Stranger
Pablo Álvarez
Chile 
Partly a symphony of a city, partly an experimental film and, to some extent, a fake documentary. A set of images show the centre of Santiago at night, to retrace the steps of an absent an anonymous character. Different background voices try to describe this person through unconnected stories and they often contradict each other. The result is the vague reconstruction of an abs...

Partly a symphony of a city, partly an experimental film and, to some extent, a fake documentary. A set of images show the centre of Santiago at night, to retrace the steps of an absent an anonymous character. Different background voices try to describe this person through unconnected stories and they often contradict each other. The result is the vague reconstruction of an absent man. He is a stranger who embodies a déclassé and careeism character rooted in the depths of Chilean society. A desire to exercise power over the rest shown through different forms of violence.

El viento sabe que vuelvo a casa / The Winds Know That I'm Coming Back Home
José Luis Torres Leiva
Chile 
The Chilean documentary maker Ignacio Agüero is preparing his first fictional feature film based on an old documentary project that he never completed. In the early 1980s, on the island of Meulín, in the Chiloé region, a young couple disappears in the woods in the area totally without trace. A myth developed around this mysterious tragic love story. Ignacio Agüero will trav...

The Chilean documentary maker Ignacio Agüero is preparing his first fictional feature film based on an old documentary project that he never completed. In the early 1980s, on the island of Meulín, in the Chiloé region, a young couple disappears in the woods in the area totally without trace. A myth developed around this mysterious tragic love story. Ignacio Agüero will travel to the scene of the crime in search of locations and non-professional actors to finally gradually discover how his film is going to develop.

Gimme Danger
Jim Jarmusch
USA 
The powerful aggressive rock 'n' roll of The Stooges, who came out of Ann Arbor (Michigan) during the countercultural revolution, was like a bombshell on the music scene of the late 1960s. With their fusion of rock, blues, R&B and free jazz, the band that Iggy Pop started out in laid the foundations for what would later be known as alt-rock. Gimme Danger tells the e...

The powerful aggressive rock 'n' roll of The Stooges, who came out of Ann Arbor (Michigan) during the countercultural revolution, was like a bombshell on the music scene of the late 1960s. With their fusion of rock, blues, R&B and free jazz, the band that Iggy Pop started out in laid the foundations for what would later be known as alt-rock. Gimme Danger tells the epic story of The Stooges and presents the context in which one of the most important rock bands of all time evolved musically, culturally, politically, and historically, through their adventures and joys and sorrows, and recalls their sources of inspiration and the reasons for the early commercial challenges they faced.

Gure hormek / Our Walls
Las chicas de Pasaik (María Elorza & Maider Fernandez Iriarte)
Spain 
The neighbourhood of Housewives. The district of Insomniacs. The newsstand of the Unknown Mother. The underground of The Lonely Women. Our walls pay tribute to the people we love.

The neighbourhood of Housewives. The district of Insomniacs. The newsstand of the Unknown Mother. The underground of The Lonely Women. Our walls pay tribute to the people we love.

Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis / A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery
Lav Diaz
Philippines 
Various interconnected narrative threads on the Philippine Revolution of 1896-1897 against the Spanish colonial government make up Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis / A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery: the story of the ballad of Jocelynang Baliwag, which became the hymn of the revolution; Gregoria de Jesús’s desperate search for the body of the father of the Philippine Revolution, And...

Various interconnected narrative threads on the Philippine Revolution of 1896-1897 against the Spanish colonial government make up Hele Sa Hiwagang Hapis / A Lullaby to the Sorrowful Mystery: the story of the ballad of Jocelynang Baliwag, which became the hymn of the revolution; Gregoria de Jesús’s desperate search for the body of the father of the Philippine Revolution, Andrés Bonifacio; the journey of the national heroes Simon and Isagani, who are fictional characters; and the role of the mythical hero of the Philippine resistance, Bernardo Carpio, and the half-man, half-horse Tikbalang / Engkanto in the Philippine psyche. This film represents a fusion of history, literature and mythology.

La disco resplandece / The Disco Shines
Chema García Ibarra
Turkey 
Saturday, April. Nice weather. The shadow of the mountain grows as evening falls. Five boys get ready for the evening: they have booze, a car and music. No matter if the disco shut down years ago.

Saturday, April. Nice weather. The shadow of the mountain grows as evening falls. Five boys get ready for the evening: they have booze, a car and music. No matter if the disco shut down years ago.

Louise en hiver / Louise By The Shore
Jean-François Laguionie
France - Canada 
On the last day of summer, Louise, an old woman realizes that the last train has departed without her. She finds herself alone in a small seaside resort town, abandoned by everyone. The weather quickly turns for the worse followed by the seasonal tides. Fragile and coquettish, not nearly as well-prepared as a would-be Robinson Crusoe, Louise isn’t likely to make it through th...

On the last day of summer, Louise, an old woman realizes that the last train has departed without her. She finds herself alone in a small seaside resort town, abandoned by everyone. The weather quickly turns for the worse followed by the seasonal tides. Fragile and coquettish, not nearly as well-prepared as a would-be Robinson Crusoe, Louise isn’t likely to make it through the winter. Yet, Louise takes her abandonment as a challenge. She’s going to survive, confronting the elements as well as her memories, which have found the perfect occasion to join in the adventure…

Midnight Special
Jeff Nichols
USA 
Not in competition
What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Roy is a father who will ultimately risk everything to protect his eight year-old son Alton and help fulfil a destiny that could change the world forever in this genre-defying film as supernatural as it is in...

What starts as a race from religious extremists and local law enforcement quickly escalates to a nationwide manhunt involving the highest levels of the Federal Government. Roy is a father who will ultimately risk everything to protect his eight year-old son Alton and help fulfil a destiny that could change the world forever in this genre-defying film as supernatural as it is intimately human.

O Ornitólogo / L'ornithologue
João Pedro Rodrigues
Portugal - France - Brazil 
Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal, when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on track. But as he encounters unexpected and uncanny obstacles and people who put ...

Fernando, a solitary ornithologist, is looking for endangered black storks along a remote river in northern Portugal, when he is swept away by the rapids. Rescued by a couple of Chinese pilgrim girls on their way to Santiago de Compostela, he plunges into a dark, eerie forest, trying to get back on track. But as he encounters unexpected and uncanny obstacles and people who put him to the test, Fernando is driven to extreme, transformative actions. Gradually he becomes a different man: inspired, multifaceted, and finally enlightened.

Oscuro animal
Felipe Guerrero
Colombia - Argentina - Netherlands - Germany - Greece 
Oscuro animal tells the tale of a voyage from the jungle to the city by three women obliged to flee from the harrassment of Colombia’s rural war. Each will undertake her own journey in search of peace and quiet. Arriving in Bogotá, they will draw breath before tackling the new period of their lost lives.

Oscuro animal tells the tale of a voyage from the jungle to the city by three women obliged to flee from the harrassment of Colombia’s rural war. Each will undertake her own journey in search of peace and quiet. Arriving in Bogotá, they will draw breath before tackling the new period of their lost lives.

Sarah Winchester, opéra Fantôme / Sarah Winchester
Bertrand Bonello
France 
An opera ballet that doesn't exist. A ghost-like piece, played in Opera Bastille and danced at Opera Garnier. An almost mystical link between both scenes. A musician is testing sounds in Bastille's pit. The choir are taking their place in the rehearsal studio. Both sides are fine tuning the work in progress of an opera ballet: Sarah Winchester, her grief, her madness, h...

An opera ballet that doesn't exist. A ghost-like piece, played in Opera Bastille and danced at Opera Garnier. An almost mystical link between both scenes. A musician is testing sounds in Bastille's pit. The choir are taking their place in the rehearsal studio. Both sides are fine tuning the work in progress of an opera ballet: Sarah Winchester, her grief, her madness, her home and her ghosts.

Sipo Phantasma / Ghost Ship
Koldo Almandoz
Spain 
An hour-long cruise, the meta-filmic essay of a vampire moviemaker, a ghost film. The story of the search for a place gives rise to discoveries that lead to other searches. F.W. Murnau and his movie Nosferatu; the love triangle between Bram Stoker, his wife Florence Balcombe and his boyfriend Oscar Wilde. Famous shipwrecks, holidays on board a ship. The stolen bust from a grave...

An hour-long cruise, the meta-filmic essay of a vampire moviemaker, a ghost film. The story of the search for a place gives rise to discoveries that lead to other searches. F.W. Murnau and his movie Nosferatu; the love triangle between Bram Stoker, his wife Florence Balcombe and his boyfriend Oscar Wilde. Famous shipwrecks, holidays on board a ship. The stolen bust from a grave, reflections on history and cinema. A tale of Russian dolls who conceal gothic fiction, documentary realism and video essay. Narrative collage with fragments of books, letters, reports, announcements, telegrams, press cuttings, film extracts, puppets. A mirror game with real and fictional vampires; loneliness, dehumanisation, social control. And in the middle of it all, the novel Dracula; its main character, its structure, its background. Premiere at Rotterdam Film Festival.

The Hedonists
Jia Zhang-ke
China 
An engaging drama about several unemployed Shanxi coalminers looking for work.

An engaging drama about several unemployed Shanxi coalminers looking for work.

The Illinois Parables
Deborah Stratman
USA 
An experimental documentary. Eleven parables recount events from the history of the state of Illinois: regional vignettes about faith, force, technology and exodus. From the violent eviction of the Cherokee to the establishment of a utopian community of French Icarians, the invention of the nuclear reactor, and the murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, the film relays hi...

An experimental documentary. Eleven parables recount events from the history of the state of Illinois: regional vignettes about faith, force, technology and exodus. From the violent eviction of the Cherokee to the establishment of a utopian community of French Icarians, the invention of the nuclear reactor, and the murder of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton, the film relays histories of settlement, removal, technological breakthrough, violence, messianism, and resistance. Illinois functions here as a convenient structural ruse, allowing its histories to become allegories that explore how societies are shaped by conviction and ideology.

Uncle Howard
Aaron Brookner
UK 
Howard Brookner's first film, Burroughs: The Movie, captured the cultural revolution of downtown New York City in the early '80s. Now in a personal journey, his nephew Aaron unearths Howard's filmmaking legacy and the memory of everything he was.

Howard Brookner's first film, Burroughs: The Movie, captured the cultural revolution of downtown New York City in the early '80s. Now in a personal journey, his nephew Aaron unearths Howard's filmmaking legacy and the memory of everything he was.

Wiener-Dog
Todd Solondz
USA 
Wiener-Dog tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading a certain kind of comfort and joy. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets o...

Wiener-Dog tells several stories featuring people who find their life inspired or changed by one particular dachshund, who seems to be spreading a certain kind of comfort and joy. Man’s best friend starts out teaching a young boy some contorted lessons before being taken in by a compassionate vet tech named Dawn Wiener. Dawn reunites with someone from her past and sets off on a road trip picking up some depressed mariachis along the way. Wiener-Dog then encounters a floundering film professor, as well as an embittered elderly woman and her needy granddaughter—all longing for something more.


Zoologiya / Zoology
Ivan I. Tverdovsky
Russia - France - Germany 
Middle-aged Zoo worker Natasha still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck and it seems that life has no surprises for her until one day... she grows a tail and turns her life around.

Middle-aged Zoo worker Natasha still lives with her mother in a small coastal town. She is stuck and it seems that life has no surprises for her until one day... she grows a tail and turns her life around.

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