Mannheim-Heidelberg explores the diversity of the world, Timely Themes of World Cinema
The International Film Festival Mannheim-Heidelberg (IFFMH) has successfully captured the social, cultural and political zeitgeist with its film selections this year, exploring themes such as women empowerment, HIV/AIDS and post-Soviet collapse.
The festival doesn't work in subjects, we're trying to show the best films, but interesting thing is that the topics come to us through films, says Sascha Keilholz, director of IFFMH. Obviously we are sensitive to the whole range and diversity that can be seen in cinema.
In fact, the films in the On the Rise category and the supplemental Pushing the Boundaries sidebar showcased young and established filmmakers' cutting-edge work, largely in Eastern Europe, shared unmistakable themes. Many new female voices are turning their mark in eastern European film with stories of women defending patriarchy and male structures, for example, Keilholz points out. That was quite striking for us.
In a romantic drama "Blue Moon" directed by Alina Grigore in Romania, starring on On the Rise of the Moon, the young woman is separated from her patriarchal family.
The movie "Women Do Cry" is about the impact of HIV on the present day, with the director's story of five sisters who struggled and struggle with men. "We did not see the consequences of this day" also explores the effects of the disease in the Bulgarian competition.
The Brazilian film "The First Fallen" premieres at Mannheim-Heidelberg. This film follows a young biologist who returns from New York to be treated with HIV and AIDS, and hopes to survive the emerging epidemic.
A film about a young woman wishing to be free on tuesdays in Paris, is re-titled My Night, and she's starring in the film 'My Night', which tries to portray the relationship between Marguerite Duras and her last partner, Yann Andrea, who was gay and 38 years her junior.
Amongst our competition is the question of questioning our own perspective and your own privileges, and judging what is beyond your scope, we want to share with the audience. This is something that we share and reflect in our competitive competition.
He points to the obscene film The Hole by Michelangelo Frammartino as an example. The film is about cave exploration, which can almost be a documentary, he explains. It is sa cinematic feast for the eyes.
This years program offers cinematic highlights from often underrepresented countries such as Rehana, Abdullah Mohammad Saad, which echoes many of the themes seen in other films, and also explains how an assistant professor refuses to obey the rules of patriarchal society at a university when she isnt committed to sexual advances of ten.
The film, titled from Turkey, is the culmination of the recent Turkish film festival. It has its international premiere at IFFMH, and follows an indebted young man whose extended family struggles for cohesion as it comes together to raise the money he owes. The movie is a huge highlight of Turkeys recent film.
In contrast to the Ukrainian film Rhino, that resembles the emergence of a young man in the criminal underworld following the collapse of the Soviet Union.
The biggest surprise of Pushing the Boundaries is the earwig, a French-language film by Lucile Hadzihalilovic, says Keilholz. It's not something anyone would expect, even for us as professionals. I've watched 600 films this year, but this is one where I say: Whoa, what was that? That is true by Push the Bolunds. She'd really push the boundaries of cinema.
Cow, from the British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, which is being honored at this years event, likewise screens in Pushing the Boundaries. Itll be mind-blowing, says Keilholz. I think you can get that film at the moment, but after you see it, you know.
And the sidebar, as is Gaspar Noes Vortex about the love and relationship between elderly couples who deal with dementia. Nadav Lapid scathing critique of Israel militarism and settlement policy and the censorship imposed by its authoritarian cultural policy, is emphasized in the storybar.
Other highlights of Pushing the Limitary include:
- Romanian helmer Radu Munteans satiric thriller Intregalde, about three young volunteer workers who get stranded in Transylvanias mountainous hinterlands while delivering aid supplies to remote villages;
- Petite Maman, French director Celine Sciammas fairytale-like story of bereavement and mourning;
- Erik Mattis Philippine political thriller On the Job: The Missing 8, which examines corruption at all levels of modern-day Philippines;
- Apichatpong Weerasethakuls Memoria, starring Tilda Swinton as a British immigrant in Colombia who experiences strange goings-on while visiting her sister in Bogota.