11 Films about Love, Death, Jealousy... just about Life
Festival in Media
2017-11-24

A section "The Horizons" is one of the most interesting parts of the festival, presenting the best films of the last two years made in Asia, Africa, North and South America.

Be it Takashi Miike's history of Samurai, the story of Sabu's cook killer, Mr.Long, an Indian adventure movie with Sexy Durga or the love story of a lonely woman and a water monster in Venice winner, Guillermo del Toro's "The Shape of Water".

In the section "The Horizons" we present:


"Blade of the Immortal" (Japan, UK 2017)

Manji, a highly skilled samurai, becomes cursed with immortality after a legendary battle. Haunted by the brutal murder of his sister, Manji knows that only fighting evil will regain his soul. He promises to help a young girl named Rin avenge her parents, who were killed by a group of master swordsmen led by ruthless warrior Anotsu. The mission will change Manji in ways he could never imagine.


Takashi Miike at the age of 18 he went to study at the film school in Yokohama. He spent almost a decade working in television, in many different roles, before becoming an assistant director in film to, amongst others, his old mentor Imamura. The "V-Cinema" (Direct to Video) boom of the early 1990s was to be Miike's break into directing his own films, as newly formed companies hired eager young filmmakers willing to work cheap and crank out low-budget action movies. His international breakthrough came with Audition (1999), and since then he has an ever expanding cult following in the west. His films being known for their explicit and taboo representations of violence and sex, as seen in such works as "Visitor Q" (2001), "Ichi the Killer "(2001) and the Dead or Alive Trilogy: Dead or Alive (1999, 2000, 2002).

"Guilty Men" (Colombia 2016)

Willington's only love, Mariana, is about to get married to René, Willington's cousin. While Willington is trying to get her back, a demobilization process concerning an illegal armed group is underway in the region, and new killings, besides rumors of a thief at large, will endanger Mariana's new family.

Iván Gaona after finishing his civil engineering studies, studied films and television at the National University of Colombia. Guilty Man (2016) is his first feature film, which screened at Toronto IFF among other festivals, and won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cinélatino.


"Joaquim" (Brazil, Portugal 2017)

Eighteenth-century Brazil. There is growing concern in this Portuguese colony that gold mining is in decline. The country is being ruled by corrupt colonial officers. Lieutenant Joaquim has made a name for himself as a hunter of gold smugglers. He has been waiting in vain for the reward, which he intends to use to buy the freedom of his lover, a black slave. In order to make the money some other way, he agrees to take part in a dangerous expedition to find new veins of gold. The longer they search, the more his doubts about the mission grow. Gradually he begins to recognize the injustice his country has brought to the colony.

Marcelo Gomes founded a film club in his hometown at an early age. Whilst studying at the University of Bristol, he directed a number of award-winning short films. His feature debut, Cinema, Aspirinas e Urubus, screened at Cannes in 2005. His feature film Viajo Porque Preciso, Volto Porque Te Amo, which he co-directed with Karim Aïnouz, premiered at Venice in 2009.

"Los Perros" (Chile, France, Argentina, Portugal 2017)

Mariana (42) is part of that Chilean upper class that takes privilege for granted. Despised by both her father and her husband, she feels a strange attraction towards her riding teacher, Juan (60), a former colonel suspected of human rights abuses during the dictatorship. But their offending affair cracks through the invisible walls that protect her family from the past.


In 2013 Marcela Said Cares's first feature-film "The summer of flying fish" was premiered at the Director's Fortnight.

"Malaria" (Iran 2016)

A young girl informs her father she's been kidnapped and asks him to bring the ransom money. Panicked, her father and brothers go to Tehran to look for her. They are unaware, however, that the girl has in fact eloped with her boyfriend and now spends her time in the company of a band of street musicians. Following the arrest of the bandleader and full of the love for her boyfriend, the young girl descends an uncertain path.

Parviz Shahbazi is a filmmaking graduate of the "Tehran Cinema College". During the early 80s he began writing short stories and directing short films. Malaria is his latest feature. In 2002 his third film, "Deep Breath", was selected for the Directors' Fortnight section of the Cannes International Film Festival receiving great critical acclaim.

"Radiance" (Japan, France 2017)

Misako is a passionate writer of film versions for the visually impaired. At a screening, she meets Nakamori, an older photographer who is slowly losing his eyesight. Misako soon discovers Nakamori's photographs who will strangely bring her back to her past. Together, they will learn to see the radiant world that was invisible to her eyes.

Naomi Kawase is a director and writer, known for Sweet Bean (2015), Still the Water (2014) and The Mourning Forest (2007).

"Sexy Durga" (India 2017)

Durga, a north Indian migrant and a Keralite youth named Kabeer are running away on a midnight. They are waiting for a transport to the nearest railway station to catch a train to a distant place. Two small time gangsters, transporting arms, offer assistance to the couple. The hapless "Durga" encounters a cross section of the society through the rest of the night. Parallel to the journey of Durga another mysterious event intercuts in the film. In a Kerala village, devotees perform ‘Garudan Thookkam, a ritual art form submitted as a reward for the problems solved in the abode of Goddess Kali, who represents Goddess Durga's personified wrath & embodied fury.

Sanal Kumar Sasidharan was born in Perumkadavila village, Thiruvananthapuram district, Kerala. In 2001, he formed a film society with his colleagues, for making independent movies through crowd funding. He has directed three short films and one feature film through crowd funding. He was awarded as the Best Director in the Kerala State Film Awards 2014.


"The Shape of Water" (USA 2017)

An otherworldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda discover a secret classified experiment.

Guillermo del Toro was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, where he studied at the Centro de Investigación y Estudios Cinematográficos. His features include the Festival selections Cronos (1993), The Devil's Backbone (2001), and Pan's Labyrinth (2006), for which he received an Oscar nomination for screenwriting.


"Simulation" (Iran 2017)

Three young persons for enjoying their times during weekend are looking for a place in their hometown. They discuss about several cases. Finally, they agree to go to the house of an old man whom they do not have very tight and close relations, and they have already visited him just one time. The old man welcomes them. This party will lead to a tragic catastrophe for them all. Although this party starts good, but at the end they make trouble with each other and finally they quarrel and the police intervenes and tragedy starts.

Abed Abest is a theater and cinema actor. Abed has made a short film "I haven't Seen Hossien since the Day Before Yesterday" (2011) and medium-length film "The Corner" (2014). "Simulation" is his debut feature film, which was premiered at Berlinale 2017.


"Mr. Long" (Japan, Hong Kong, China, Taiwan, Germany 2017)

Professional hitman Long takes on an assignment in Japan. When things go awry, he has to flee. Badly injured, he takes refuge in a deserted part of a small town. A young boy brings him water and clothing. Long installs himself in one of the dilapidated houses where he prepares simple meals for the eight-year-old Jun. Jun's mother Lily is a drug addict and, like Long, comes from Taiwan. The news of Long's tasty cooking quickly spreads throughout the neighborhood, and Long's neighbors organize a mobile food stall for him.

Sabu was born in the Japanese prefecture of Wakayama in 1964, he started out as an actor before turning to writing and directing in the 1990s. In 1996 he made his directing debut with D.A.N.G.A.N. Runner (Berlinale Panorama 1997). He has won numerous prizes at festivals, including the FIPRESCI prize in Berlin in 2000 for "Monday".

"The Day After" (South Corea 2017)

It is Areum's first day of work at a small publisher. Her boss Bongwan loved and recently broke up with the woman who previously worked there. Today too, the married Bongwan leaves home in the dark morning and sets off to work. The memories of the woman who left weigh down on him. That day Bongwan's wife finds a love note, bursts into the office, and mistakes Areum for the woman who left.

Hong Sangsoo made the astounding debut with his first feature film The Day a Pig Fell into the Well in 1996. Renowned for his unique cinematographic language and unprecedented esthetics in filmmaking, Hong Sangsoo is considered as one of the most established auteurs in contemporary Korean cinema.

 

 

 

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