Florida like a capsule of MTV culture, YouTubers, spring breakers and pranksters, inspired by the cult book of the same title by Harmony Korine. The Belgian collective Leo Gabin surfs the imagery of American streaming and creates a layout which is sub-proletarian, narcissistic and nihilistic, self-destructive and innocent, imbued with euphoric desperation and in permanent contraction between what is shown and what is perceived.
After his wife dies, a former fashion photographer (Olivier Gourmet) retires from public life and lives in a villa with his daughter, who he forces to pose endlessly in front of the daguerreotype. The arrival of a new assistant (Tahar Rahim) reawakens ghosts, passions, pain and interests which have never been laid to rest. Thrills suspended between European and Asian gothic; Kurosawa elaborates his obsessions by paying tribute to Bava and Franju.
Vienna, the 1950s. A father dies and leaves his adolescent daughter an 8mm camera. The girl films her home life, her little sister, her mother, her relatives, her grandmother’s women’s club… It seems like a family movie but the real and the ideal ghosts of a nation enter the scene: memory of the past and perhaps a sinister premonition of the future. A visionary, wrong-footing, Lynchian debut.
An emplacement of the gaze, in the silence plucked from the light in which the studio of Romano Sambati, an artist from Salento, is suspended. His canvasses, which reluctantly endure the paintbrush, are the screen on which Schirinzi’s filming concentrates and, for an instant, captures his iconoclastic fury.
Cars and people in red are following her everywhere! A woman takes her paranoia for a walk along the streets of Oceanside, California and films it with her cell phone. The story of a dissociated mind and a doubt about the true meaning of what we see, which slowly takes control of the images…
Although lovingly brought up by his mother, Marie, Vincent absolutely wants to meet his father. He encounters Oscar, a cynical and powerful Parisian editor, but also an unexpected uncle, Joseph, a mild-mannered and sensitive person. Between Biblical reflections and a sense of terrestrial justice, Eugène Green molds a parabola about paternity and spirituality into the shape of a Parisian comedy. Starring Mathieu Amalric and Fabrizio Rongione.
A park, a guy, a girl, their first date… Suspended between awkwardness and intimacy, and between day and night, the story of a relationship which plays out in words and silences, in waiting and surprises. A sort of Blow-up, redone by Straub via Rohmer, a second film of surprising sensitivity by a young French director who was already noticed by “Cahiers.” [rm]
A former Army colonel returns to civilian life. His wife and children are strangers to him, and society is incomprehensible and distant. And while Israel fights the same battle as ever, in private his fellow citizens atone for guilt whose origins have become unidentifiable. From the director of The Band’s Visit, an alienating comedy populated by tragic, Keaton-like figures.
Gustavo Jahn and Melissa Dullius, Brazilian artists living in Berlin and frequent guests of the Festival, recount their life and their work, starting with the trip that brought them to Europe onboard a cargo ship. A sweet and exuberant autobiography, a mixture of Rivette at his most magical, the childlike naiveté of the nouvelle vague, experimental cinema and opera buffa.
The island of Java, the 1920s. Nyai, the wife of a Dutch colonial officer from Java who is now old and sick, lives a sheltered life in the shadow of her husband’s now-threadbare power, in tension between the dedication of their servants, the passion of a lover and her husband’s legitimate family demands. The new film by the Indonesian maestro Garin Nugroho (Requiem from Java) is a melodrama about the end of colonialism, a long sequence shot of dependency and freedom.