44th edition 21 January - 1 February 2015

Bright Future: films supported by the Hubert Bals Fund

<strong>Abrir Puertas y Ventanas</strong>
<strong>On the Edge</strong>

The films Corta, Abrir puertas y ventanas, Girimunho and On the Edge from the Bright Future section were supported financially by the Hubert Bals Fund.

The Hubert Bals Fund is designed to bring remarkable or urgent feature films by innovative and talented filmmakers from developing countries closer to completion. The HBF provides grants that often turn out to play a crucial role in enabling these filmmakers to realize their projects.

Corta - Felipe Guerrero
Corta (cut) shows how agricultural labourers in Valle del Cauca, Colombia, harvest a field of sugar cane using machetes. The hypnotic rhythm of the timeless (yet rapidly disappearing) handiwork is masterfully reflected in the making of the 16mm film. Contemplative and pure cinema.

Abrir puertas y ventanas - Milagros Mumenthaler
During a hot late summer, Mumenthaler’s debut follows the sisters Marina, Sofia and Violeta, who come to terms with the death of their grandmother as they lounge about, quarrel and cuddle. Between these sob sessions in Grandma’s house, the young girls test each other’s boundaries. Winner of the Golden Leopard in Locarno.

Girimunho - Helvécio Marins Jr. & Clarissa Campolina
Deep in the hinterland of Brazil, in the sleepy town of São Romão, Magic and everyday events are juxtaposed in this beautiful debut into one loving, dreamy story. Bastu (81) has just lost her husband; the grandchildren and her girlfriend Maria help her to pick up the thread again.

On the Edge - Leïla Kilani
Badia and Imane work in Tangier peeling shrimps and at night they earn money robbing men. The determined Badia hates peeling shrimps and sees two new girlfriends, who are slightly better off, as a springboard. A dynamic film in which Badia’s energy explodes off the screen.

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