Fresh blood. First or second films by filmmakers from whom the festival expects a lot in the future.
The Bright Future program section, in which International Film Festival Rotterdam presents debut or second feature films, will this year screen eighteen world premieres, ten international premieres and eleven European premieres. Both fiction films and documentaries are included, as are many films that have little time for such distinctions. The selection as a whole, which encompasses a wide range of subjects and filmic forms, demonstrates young filmmakers’ unflagging faith in the possibilities offered by film as a means of expression. In total, this year’s Bright Future is made up of eighty films selected from thirty-eight countries.
Fifteen of these films received support from IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. These include the world premiere of Yulene Olaizola´s impressive fiction debut, Paraísos artificiales (Mexico) and the international première of Theo Court’s debut film Ocaso (Chile). Chinese independent filmmakers supported by the HBF devote attention to rural settings: Zhang Miaoyan’s second film, the black-and-white drama Black Blood (picture), and Li Ruijuns engaging Old Donkey, focus in on people who for one reason or another have not left for the mega cities.
IFFR 2011, Bright Future: list of world, international and European premieres
El invierno de los raros / The Winter of the Odd Ones Out, Rodrigo Guerrero, Argentina
Le Grand'Tour, Jerôme le Maire, Belgium
Grande Hotel, Lotte Stoops, Belgium
Black Blood, Zhang Miaoyan, China/France (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
Roozi ke man napadid shodam / The Day I Disappeared, Atousa Bandeh Ghiasabadi, Iran/Netherlands
Paraísos artificiales / Artificial Paradises, Yulene Olaizola, Mexico (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
Ja tebya lublu / I Love You, Alexander Rastorguev, Pavel Kostomarov, Russia
Water Hands, Vladimir Todorovic, Singapore/Serbia/Montenegro
Characters, Son Kwang-Ju, South Korea
Anyang, Paradise City, Park Chan-Kyong, South Korea
Color perro que huye / Color Runaway Dog, Andrés Duque, Spain
PangPang bröder, 53 scener från en barndom / Twin Brothers, 53 Scenes from a Childhood, Axel Danielson, Sweden/Denmark
Imagine, the Sky, Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky, Switzerland/Sierra Leone
New Jerusalem, R. Alverson, USA
The Last Buffalo Hunt, Lee Anne Schmitt, Lee Lynch, USA
Bad Posture, Malcolm Murray, USA
A Little Closer, Matthew Petock, USA
Behind the Red Motel Door, TheWorldFamous Ike, USA/Mexico
El agua del fin del mundo / The Water at the End of the World, Paula Siero, Argentina
Neverquiet (Film of Wonders), Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande, Karim Aïnouz, Ivo Lopes Araujo, Gustavo Bragança, Helvécio Marins Jr., Clarissa Campolina, Caetano Gotardo, Raphael Mesquita, Leonardo Levis, Carolina Durão, Andrea Capella, Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas, Brazil
Primordial Ties, Otto Buj, Canada
Ocaso / Decline, Théo Court, Chile/Dominican Republic (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
Je suis un No Man's Land / Unplugged, Thierry Jousse, France
La BM du Seigneur / The Lord's Ride, Jean-Charles Hue, France
Belkibolang, Agung Sentausa, Ifa Isfansyah, Tumpal Christian Tampubolon, Rico Marpaung, Anggun Priambodo, Azhar Lubis, Wisnu Surya Pratama, Edwin, Sidi Saleh, Indonesia
Hot as Hell: the Deadbeat March, Okuda Yosuke, Japan
Hinter diesen Bergen / Beyond These Mountains, Michael Krummenacher, Switzerland/Germany
Speak, Yes! That's Us, Uganda, South Africa
Septien, Michael Tully, USA
Fortune Teller, Xu Tong, China
The Old Donkey, Li Ruijun, China (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
Tape, Li Ning, China
Piano in a Factory, Zhang Meng, China
Soul of Sand, Sidharth Srinivasan, India (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
Qarantina, Oday Rasheed, Iraq, Germany (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Wang Jing / Anocha Suwichakornpong / Kaz Cai, Singapore
Karma, Prasanna Jayakody, Sri Lanka
Tyrannosaur, Paddy Considine, United Kingdom
Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then, Brent Green, USA
WORLD PREMIERES IN BRIGHT FUTURE:
At the Very Bottom of Everything
(Paul Agusta, Indonesia)
The Indonesian director Paul Agusta based his experimental film about experiencing manic depression on personal experience, while leading lady and co-writer Kartika Jahja is also manic-depressive. In ten chapters, animations and hellish scenes portray the mental state she describes in voice-over.
Avenida Brasilia formosa
(Gabriel Mascaro, Brazil)
The houses in a poor district in the centre of Recife had to make way for a motorway along the coast. How do the inhabitants experience their life and what are their dreams? Colourful documentary with fictional elements shows their memories and desires. The second full-length film by the assistant of Marcelo Gomes and Claudio Assis.
El camino entre dos puntos
(Sebastian Diaz Morales, Argentina/The Netherlands)
First feature by the video artist Sebastian Diaz Morales about an eroded Patagonia. Long shots of the harsh landscape, the sound of the wind, pebbles crunching and an occasional fragment of music tell of the transformation caused by oil exploration.
(Clara Picasso, Argentina)
A bellhop and a young receptionist at a five-star hotel in Buenos Aires set out at night to investigate and unravel the secrets of the guests. However the guests do not reveal very much and the two go increasingly adrift through their curiosity.
(Ayar Blasco, Argentina)
What's the state of society and youth culture, twenty years after the nuclear apocalypse? Well, more or less like this in Buenos Aires. Black humour, nasty words and intelligent rubbish in a unique cartoon for adults by the maker of Mercano el Marciano.
(Ham Kyoung-Rock, South Korea)
Korean drama, almost filmed like a documentary, about Sohee, a physically handicapped girl who is the victim of the good intentions of a volunteer who suspects she has been sexually abused. She is taken away from her also handicapped lover and put in different homes, where only loneliness awaits her.
(Anita Doron, Hungary)
After a young Hungarian woman breaks off a relationship, she realises that her fate is tangled up with the political drama facing her country. Intimate film with dry humour sketches how radical nationalism has a grip on Hungary.
God No Say No
(Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky, Switzerland/Sierra Leone)
During the civil war in Sierra Leone (1991-2002), thousands of people had one or both of their hands chopped off. In this documentary, Konetzky talks to numerous victims, some of whom don't want to hear about revenge. Alongside the country's bloody history, the film shows how the land is slowly being rebuilt.
Het Hemelse Leven op Aarde
(Jesse de Jong, The Netherlands)
Film maker Jesse de Jong is not happy. After an edifying journey in the jungle, he decides to move from the city to a commune in the countryside and to become happy with his fellow inhabitants. But can he change his life the way he wants?
Hunting & Zn.
(Sander Burger, The Netherlands)
Acting tour de force by Dragan Bakema and Maria Kraakman in a film about the other side of the apparently respectable Dutch society. They play Tako and Sandra, whose ideal life slowly but surely starts to keel over under the pressure of pregnancy.
Manuel de Ribera
(Pablo Carrera & Christopher Murray, Chile)
Tired of society, Manuel De Ribera travels to his inheritance: an uninhabited island in southern Chile. There he wants to establish the society he dreams of, with his own rules and himself as absolute ruler.
(Astrid Bussink, The Netherlands)
In this ego documentary, Astrid Bussink returns to Enschede, the Dutch city she left on the day of the firework disaster in 2000 that killed twenty-two and left nearly a thousand wounded. She moves into an apartment with a view of the memorial and tries to come to terms with the disaster.
(Ange Leccia, France)
Following a death, a young woman returns to her island of birth, Corsica. She finds herself in a nationalist male world in the impressive and desolate landscape around Cap Corse. The story in this film without dialogue by the artist Ange Leccia is driven by songs such as Ne dis rien by Serge Gainsbourg.
(Mieke Bal, Andréa Seligmann Silva, The Netherlands)
Autobiographical documentary in which the film maker Andréa Seligmann Silva investigates why she and her brothers and sister left their home country of Brazil. Maybe it's related to the life story of her mother, who fled the Nazis in Germany as a three-year-old girl.
(Mark de Cloe, The Netherlands)
Coming-of-age drama in which a close kids' friendship falls apart when one of three friends has an accident. A story about love, loss, guilt, innocence and impotence set among the bright colours of the Dutch bulb fields.
(Nick Whitfield, United Kingdom)
Black comedy with in which two exorcists fairly literally remove the skeletons from the cupboards from people's homes. Some fairly embarrassing secrets are revealed along the way. A case where the skeletons have hidden themselves turns the lives of all those involved. An original debut with Paprika Steen and Jason Isaacs.
A Summer Family
(Iwana Masaki, Japan)
Mix of theatre, dance and film about a Japanese dancer who lives in the French countryside in a commune with two women. When his daughter and wife arrive from Tokyo to spend the summer there, something strange seems to happen.
(Rusudan Pirveli, Georgia)
In a neo-realistic style, the dreamy boy Susa is followed in today's Georgia. His mother's illegal vodka trade takes him to the grubbiest corners of the city. Waiting for his father to return fills his heart with hope.
Tales from Kars
(Omer Emre Akay, Ozcan Alper, Zehra Derya Koc, Ülkü Oktay & Ahu öztürk, Turkey)
Omnibus of five short films that were shot in the Province of Kars, in eastern Turkey. Among the five directors are three debutants who were chosen to film their stories after winning a scenario contest. The result is a sympathetic collection of small stories.
(Hsu Ronin, China)
Moving, atmospheric social realism by the young Chinese debutant is about a simple newlywed couple who have moved to the city like so many others looking for work. He really wants a child, she wants to make him happy. But how does she convince him that his sperm isn't helping?
The Sentimental Engine Slayer
(Omar Rodriguez Lopez, United States of America)
In this psychedelic debut by the music phenomenon Omar Rodriguez Lopez (best known for The Mars Volta), he himself plays the lead. Barlam (in his 20s) is obsessed by the divorce of his parents, has an incestuous relationship with his drug-addicted sister and finally succumbs to a psychosis.
(Jaap van Heusden, The Netherlands)
Ivan, who works as an assistant for an investment bank, turns out to be the new star on the exchange where Alpha males rake in virtual money or lose it. While the playful young trader keeps winning, he threatens to lose control of his life.