Mouton

Packed with small gestures, Mouton (Sheep) is a highly original debut by the two directors Marianne Pistone and Gilles Deroo. Young Aurélien works in the kitchen of the local fish restaurant in the little town of Courseulles-sur-Mer on the Normandy coast. We get to know him as a cheerful seventeen-year-old with a simple life, loved…

My Mexican Bretzel

Winner of the IFFR Found Footage Award and an Official Selection at the New York Film Festival, My Mexican Bretzel opens with black-and-white clips of pilots during World War II in Switzerland, subtitled with excerpts from – so we are told – the diary of Vivian Barrett. She talks about herself and her husband who…

Oncle Bernard

Economist Bernard Maris, a.k.a. “Oncle Bernard”, was killed during the Charlie Hebdo shooting, on January 7, 2015. This fascinating interview with him was filmed in March 2000 as part of the documentary Encirclement – Neo-Liberalism Ensnares Democracy. Frank and unvarnished, this is a true “counter lesson in economics” in which the director gives centre stage…

Paulistas

Somewhere in the Central Brazilian savannah the town of Paulistas is scraping by. The rural region has lost its youth, the houses are cracked, but it has preserved its dignity. Meadow, river, sparsely furnished interiors – like the landscape and the environments the sounds and images of this film expand gently, but with impressive power….

Pilgrimage

Adapted from the tale of adventures of Portuguese sailors heading east to India, China, Japan and so on that beats its name, Pilgrimage has always been a controversial work, accused of historical inaccuracy and initially slammed by the Catholic Church. Botelho is well aware of the book’s ambiguous identity and decides to embrace it, thus…

Red Leaves

King Lear is one inspiration for Ethiopian-Israeli director’s debut feature. With themes of immigration and the family, Ethopian-Israeli director Bazi Gete’s first feature Red Leaves — about an Ethiopian man living in Israel who sells his house after the death of his wife and moves between his children’s homes — is inspired partly by Gete’s…

Soldate Jeanette

Fanni is a middle-aged businesswoman living a lifestyle that only the most advanced post-postmodern capitalist society can offer: independence, financial speculation, compulsive consumerism, matcha, Taekwondo. She is well off – apparently – so much so that she can bypass real money to surround herself with luxury and its highest form of absurdity: buying to throw…

Teenland

Teenland is a personal expression of existential unease, overtly inspired by Ingmar Bergman’s Persona, conceived as an precursor to Marie Grahto’s feature film debut, Psychosia.

Terra Franca

Leonor Teles made waves over the last couple of years with her radical, punk spirit with her Golden Bear-winning short film Balada de um Batráquio (Batrachian’s Ballad). Terra Franca presents us with a fisherman pushing his late-50s, living in a riverside community with his family. What ensues is a series of informal, welcoming vignettes from…

The Harvest

Ostensibly a seventy-minute study of the cryptocurrency boom in Georgia, The Harvest also charts the cartography, ecology, and history of technology via the vineyard region of Kakheti—a nexus point where agriculture, modern technological infrastructure, and natural wilderness converge. Specifically focusing on the growth of massive computer banks for mining Bitcoin, the film explores the impact…