10th edition CIFF – 10-14 April 2024

Aan niets overleden (2019 Feature Film)

Drama on the ‘culture of shame’ surrounding homosexuality and AIDS in the Surinamese/Antillean community. Thilda Purperhart hides her greatest love, but also her massive grief and shame behind her front door in the Bijlmer neighborhood of Amsterdam. An unexpected visitor threatens to uncover the family secret.

Asako I & II (Netemo sametemo) (2019 Feature Film)

Two years after the love of her life disappeared without a trace, Asako falls in love with another man who looks identical to him, although his personality couldn’t be more different. Calm everyday life and raging passions mix seamlessly in this study of love in all its complex contrariness.

Una banda de chicas (A Girl’s Band) (2019 Feature Film)

A direct, unpolished portrait of the alternative music scene in Buenos Aires, seen from a strictly female perspective. Former musician Marilina Giménez introduces a colorful series of local acts by women who control their own look and sound – and are not afraid to challenge the prevailing norms.

Bangla (2019 Feature Film)

Based on the life of the filmmaker himself, this romantic comedy tells the story of a second-generation immigrant in Rome. When he falls in love, his butterflies clash with parental expectations. A playful debut that tackles complex themes such as integration, multiculturalism, religion, and identity without losing its light-hearted tone.

Bellingcat, Truth in a Post-Truth World (2019 Feature Film)

In a complex world in which we are inundated with fake news, it is hard to decide which media and government bodies we can actually trust. In this documentary about international investigative collective Bellingcat, we meet various passionate amateurs who conduct intensive digital research on our behalf to separate the wheat from the chaff.

La camarista (The Chambermaid) (2019 Feature Film)

A charming, captivating drama about a chambermaid at an upmarket hotel, who seems invisible to the rich people whose rooms she cleans. Eve (Gabriela Cartol) tries to escape poverty by going back to school and starting new friendships, but that is easier said than done in this demanding, poorly paid job.

Camino, a Feature-length Selfie (2019 Feature Film)

Aching feet and moments of despair – but also minor miracles and growing strength. Doggedly stepping along the pilgrims’ way to Santiago de Compostela in north-west Spain, Martin de Vries films himself with his iPhone, in the hope of putting his life back on a firm footing. A self-portrait in two million steps.

Las campañas de invierno (The Winter Campaigns) (2019 Feature Film)

Filmmaker Rafael Ramírez takes Napoleon’s campaign to Russia as a starting point for his enigmatic feature debut that stands up for the non-logical. He presents a singularly mundane reality, but also a disturbing universe of fantasy, exploring the use of forms such as images, texts, and sounds to reach a challenging place in contemporary cinema.

Capharnaüm (Capernaum) (2019 Feature Film)

Twelve-year-old Zain is growing up without any hopes for the future in a crowded, dilapidated apartment in Beirut. After running away from home following a crisis, he finds shelter with an ‘illegal’ Ethiopian who takes him on to look after her baby. An energetic, poignant portrait of the expanding ‘precariat’ in this Lebanese metropolis

Caribbean Artists in Focus (2019 Short Film)

Two short documentaries on prominent Caribbean Artists: Zo vrij als een vogel by Sharelly Emanuelson, a portrait of multi-faceted artist Geerdine Kuijpers, and Hollandse meesters in de 21ste eeuw: Tirzo Martha, by Tessa Boerman, a portrait of the socially engaged artist Tirzo Martha. Director Sharelly Emanuelson and artist Tirzo Martha will be present at the screening.

Chèche lavi (Looking for Life) (2019 Feature Film)

An honest, subtle portrait of two Haitian refugees who tell their stories on the US border. One toils to earn money, the other just to get admitted. Disappointment and resignation overcome them in turns. Where they are really better off is left unsaid.

Cold War (Zimna wojna) (2019 Feature Film)

An epic, doomed romance, set on either side of the Iron Curtain. In a scant 80 minutes, Cold War not only documents the entire history of the love between Polish musician Wiktor and his muse Zula, but also that of the developing musical movements in Eastern and Western Europe, which they encounter on their flight.

El despertar de las hormigas (Hormigas) (2019 Feature Film)

A young mother in Costa Rica runs out of patience. For too long, everything has been about her children, her husband and her family. Time to take matters into her own hands and organize life the way she wants it. Which is easier said than done in a conservative society, a poor family and a cramped home.

Dirty God (2019 Feature Film)

Young London mother Jade (a superb performance by Vicky Knight) must rebuild her life following an acid attack, although she hardly dares look in the mirror. Sacha Polak’s powerful portrait of a complex woman retains the intensity of her previous features, Hemel and Zurich.

Doubles vies (Non-Fiction) (2019 Feature Film)

In the Parisian publishing milieu, an editor and his author friend deal with midlife crises, wives, an industry threatened by social networks, and their own egos. Olivier Assayas (Personal Shopper, IFFR 2017) delivers his personal brand of screwball comedy, with sharp dialogues dissecting our modern age.

En cenizas (In Ashes) (2019 Feature Film)

Marco is a man who suffers from an identity disorder, as a consequence of the Colombian armed conflicts that forced him to change his identity multiple times. Director Camila Rodríguez Triana based En cenizas on a true story and delivers a strong political fiction film that explores the boundaries between cinema, theater, and performance.

Entre dos aguas (Between Two Waters) (2019 Feature Film)

Isaki Lacuesta has made a sequel to his La leyenda del tiempo (2006). The Roma adolescents from back then are now themselves fathers who want the best for their family, but hesitate about what that actually is. An intimate and natural portrait of struggling men that feels like a documentary.