With IFFR 2019 behind us, we’ll continue with the third season of IFFR KINO on 6 March. Every first Wednesday of the month, an IFFR classic we believe deserves to be seen more widely. This spring, we are devoting special attention to four unique filmauteurs, each with their own distinctive visual style.
IFFR KINO #21: Trouble Every Day (Claire Denis, 2001) – Wednesday, 6 March, 19h30
Claire Denis’ latest film, the science fiction film High Life, screened at IFFR 2019. A good excuse, we thought, to show another genre film from earlier in her career: the vampire horror film Trouble Everyday, on 35 mm. The lead roles in this blood and lust-filled horror are played by Vincent Gallo and Béatrice Dalle. The film music is by Tindersticks.
Last IFFR, we were honoured to host a masterclass by Denis, one of Europe’s leading film auteurs, in which she talked in depth about her extensive, highly individual career. Trouble Everyday is a good example of this: a film in which she gives her highly distinctive take on the vampire film, while undermining stylistic devices and the conventions of the genre.
IFFR KINO #22: Heli (Amat Escalante, 2013) – Wednesday, 3 April, 19h30
Not for the faint-hearted: Heli by Amat Escalante. But that’s not why we’re showing this film. Escalante is a real IFFR man, and one of the major voices in contemporary Latin-American cinema. Heli is about a really good kid who, through a wrong decision, ends up in the hands of a drugs cartel. Although the horrors that follow are truly appalling, Escalante presents them without sensation, but rather in a very naturalistic way. Which makes their impact all the greater.
This film screened at IFFR in 2014. Only his third feature-length fiction film, it won him best director in Cannes. Like his first two features, Sangre and Los bastardos, this film was made with support from IFFR’s international co-production market, CineMart.
IFFR KINO #23: The Duke of Burgundy (Peter Strickland, 2014) – Wednesday 1 May, 19h30
Last autumn, Peter Strickland’s latest film In Fabric had its world premiere in Toronto. This stylish, hilarious homage to the Italian horror genre, about a red dress with satanic powers, immediately made us yearn to show his previous stylistic masterpiece, The Duke of Burgundy, again.This third film from the director of Berberian Sound Studio was inspired by the sixties sexploitation films of Spanish cult director Jess Franco and others. Strickland’s approach to this genre is just as deadly serious and loving, allowing him to unfold a scintillating and witty – but never silly or camp – spectacle. Visually stunning, as we have come to expect from this maker.
The eponymous ‘duke’ is not an exciting, mysterious nobleman, but rather a rare butterfly. Protagonist Cynthia is a butterfly expert caught up in an SM relationship with her submissive housekeeper Evelyn. In the fantasy world they create together, it is increasingly unclear which of the two really has the upper hand.
IFFR KINO #24: Dolls (Kitano Takeshi, 2002) – Wednesday 5 June, 19h30
We always like to close the season in the best possible style, so we are presenting a film by one of our very favourite directors: Dolls by Kitano Takeshi. Kitano, with his fantastically recognisable image, is a man of many faces: comedian, actor, (screen)writer, cartoonist, painter and director. Remarkably enough, he started both his acting career (1972) and his career as a director (1989) standing in for someone else. Since his debut, Violent Cop, he has made some twenty films, sixteen of which have screened here at IFFR.
Kitano is known mainly for his yakuza, samurai or otherwise bloodthirsty characters, but he has also made softer films. In Dolls, he takes us, in beautiful primary colours, into the traditional Japanese puppet theatre, bunraku. We follow three romantic tragedies in contemporary Japan through the eyes of a puppet (doll).