Punk Rock Vegan Movie
The ongoing relationship between the worlds of punk rock and animal rights and how the music became a breeding ground for vegan activism.
The Tweebosbuurt neighbourhood and its demolition after a long struggle with local residents became the epicentre of debate surrounding gentrification and social cleansing in Rotterdam, attracting even the attention of the UN when in 2021 rapporteurs wrote a letter to condemn its removal.
One Home to Another
The past and present weave themselves together through documentation of family moments in and around the Netherlands. A translation of attachment and dislocation on what home means in regards to emigration and memory from one generation to the next.
A Field Guide to Coastal Fortifications
A Field Guide to Coastal Fortifications is an essay film charting the technological evolution of military bunkers built within the San Francisco Bay’s eroding coast. The film observes a dynamic geological relationship between the literal structures of colonial power, and the land itself. As symbols of military might, the bunkers were tasked with protecting the coast from ‘perceived threats.’ Constructed, reconstructed and updated over time, these structures stood and waited for the enemy that never came. Against the backdrop of a changing landscape and its mythology, the film looks at the evolution of military technologies of seeing.
Why Are You Image Plus?
Ima is a little girl who passed away too soon. Desperate to talk to her grandmother, she decides to possess a young boy. But an old spirit is interfering with her plans. Diogo Baldaia is back at IFFR with a witty, irreverent comedy about the struggle between spirituality and religion. Inventive and playful, Why Are You Image Plus? is a jewel of irony and a precise satire of the almighty Catholic Church.
YUGOTRANSPORT - Wir sitzen alle im selben Bus
A woman’s voyage of discovery into the audiovisual shadows of a life and oeuvre of her favourite director: Turkish grandmaster Ömer Kavur. While the journey continues in abandoned towns, ruins and deserted hotels; an imaginary dialogue begins between the woman and Kavur.
What the Soil Remembers
In 1960s South Africa, a close-knit community from Die Vlakte was forcibly and violently uprooted to make way for the Stellenbosch University as part of the Apartheid regime’s segregation measures. José Cardoso’s What the Soil Remembers recounts the traumatic effect displacement had on residents by bringing to the foreground a university that is still grappling with its racist legacy. To this day, the Die Vlakte community is fighting for justice and seeking reparations with little to no tangible solutions.
Branded & Brainwashed: Inside Nxivm
At first glance, it seemed completely innocent: Keith Raniere’s self-help group had numerous celebrity and everyday devotees. All were looking to improve their lives. But among the group’s inner sanctum something much more sinister was at play. Driven by lust, greed and a desire to dominate, Raniere blackmailed, brainwashed, and branded handpicked female members who he subjugated and pushed into sexual slavery. Join us on a two-hour journey into the origins of a 21st Century cult. This is Branded & Brainwashed: Inside NXIVM.
Day of the Tiger
31-year-old Vera is a small-town zoo veterinarian from Transylvania. After losing her newborn baby, she becomes obsessed with giving him the proper Eastern Orthodox burial rituals, spending more time at work and subsequently drifting apart from her husband, Toma.
Swimming in a Sea of Trauma
A ghost story about the memories of the Biafran War. Chisom encounters Nkechi in a dreamscape; a girl with an otherworldly and strange demeanor. Through their encounter, Chisom learns that Nkechi is a wandering spirit who lived and died during the Biafran War/Nigerian Civil War.
On a bare rock by the ocean you will never hear anything but birds whose cries blend with the sound of winds
The Great Arc
A hand-drawn ode to the multitudes contained by the La Défense district of Paris, where the future is encroaching from all sides in the form of skyscrapers made of steel and glass. The foot of a sculpture seems like an unlikely place to seek shelter, but where else can one find respite from it all?
All Trace Is Gone, No Clamour for a Kiss
Two exiled beings trade stories of kin, loss, folklore, and queer intimacy as they prepare for reincarnation in a forest. Jazz guides the journey as ghostly connections between Chinese, West African, and Caribbean migrant experiences are revealed and explored.
The Hidden Gesture. War and Melodrama in Hollywood's 30s and 40s
Determined to do his utmost to protect his homeland from ever-imminent invasion, young Luka – a talented sniper – makes the lengthy trek from region 27 north to Fort Kairos, an outpost on the Steppe where the General and her council maintain guard against the pending onslaught from the North. In this desolate industrial complex, fear of an attack that never seems to come by an enemy that perhaps does not exist has morphed into a sort of serene paranoia. Military training has congealed, becoming a series of bizarre, animalistic rituals; punishment for minor infractions ranges from shovelling excrement to death by thirst. When at last there is dim evidence that the North is mobilising its troops, it becomes apparent that dogma now trumps truth, compassion and common sense.
Vaincre ou mourir
1793, French Revolution. For three years now, Charette, a young man retired from the Royal Navy, has been back home. In the country, the anger of the peasants rumbles: they call on the young retiree to take command of the rebellion. In a few months, the idle sailor becomes a charismatic leader and a shrewd strategist, bringing in his wake peasants, deserters, women, old people and children, of which he makes a formidable army. The fight for freedom has only just begun.
No Dogs or Italians Allowed
Early 20th century, in the Ughetto family's home village, Ughettera, Northern Italy. Life in the region had become very difficult and the Ughettos dreamed of a better life abroad. Legend has it that Luigi Ughetto crossed the Alps and started a new life in France, thus changing his beloved family's destiny forever. His grandson retraces their story.
After his father passes away, Salah returns from America to receive his inheritance, and seeks to sell the property that includes a football club, which lands him in many unexpected situations.
An erotic cosmic love story between three transing beings whose desire unfolds across time and space.
The Life and Strange Surprising Adventures of Robinson Crusoe Who Lived for Twenty and Eight Years All Alone on an Inhabited Island and Said It Was His
This film is not just an adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. Rather, it addresses the larger cultural myth that has grown from the premise of the book: a white man ‘civilising’ indigenous inhabitants of an island, and claiming the territory as his own property. In a time today when the call to decolonise the artworld and its associated institutions has never been more urgent, Deboosere's cinematic intervention resonates with a large body of work seeking to destabilise and replace the ideology of imperialism. The result is a singular, subversive film, satirical and surprisingly charming at the same time, which makes sure to pay just as much attention to animals and the natural world as to the follies of human-constructed ‘anthropocene’ history.
Malin is what the Chinese made of Maring – an alias used by Henk Sneevliet. By now, he is probably best known for the Amsterdam metro stop named after him, but who was Sneevliet? Artist Gyz La Rivière is the TV reporter and newsreader who regales his viewers with the tale of the man’s impressive past. Born in Rotterdam, Sneevliet became a passionate communist who left for Russia and China, where he hung out with the likes of Lenin and Mao.
Moha is the passion project of India's most awarded cinematographer, Santosh Sivan, an ambitious film told through the compelling power of his visuals and voice over .
Notes on a Summer
Writer and filmmaker Llorente’s homeland becomes the focus of a simmering drama played out amongst the beaches, squares and lush green mountains of this north-western province of Spain. The action follows Marta as she swaps her busy life in Madrid with boyfriend Leo for a trip back to her hometown for the summer. With naturalistic settings, minimal dialogue and lingering shots, the director highlights the contrast between real life and the carefree pace of the holidays. As the summer progresses, a relationship from her past causes confusion and she’s forced to choose between the innocence and freedom of her youth and the grown-up world with all its routines and responsibilities.
Last Days of Summer
When the village outcast starts to hear strange sounds in the mountains, everyone except his little brother writes it off as another eccentric performance. He must focus now on finding a wife to redeem himself and secure his place in the social hierarchy, but the sounds keep growing louder and louder.
Captain Faggotron Saves the Universe
A young priest is intent on denying his homosexuality, and he's not doing a very good job. Meanwhile, his alien ex-lover is plotting to turn the Earth into a homosexual planet during a cosmic event and Captain Faggotron is caught in the middle. Clashing ideologies culminate in an orgy of gay demons and a love that no longer has to hide.
In a village outside of Beirut, amidst scrap metal, chickens and goats, the quiet Fouad runs a mechanic’s garage with a detached but soothing presence. His customers, both old and young, are invited to sit and drink coffee while they wait for their vehicles to be repaired. In these moments of stillness, the garage becomes a haven for people to express their growing despair amidst the economic collapse that surrounds them. No jobs. Sleepless nights. The burden of school tuition. No one is safe. As the darkness closes in, Fouad must undertake a deeply symbolic, transcendent journey through his own psyche: a search for the other side.