Visionär Film Festival: Visionary Film Debuts from Around the World in Berlin
Did you spend the whole summer seeing Parasite in every language again and overdosing on Little Women in every Freiluftkino in town? (footnote: yes, we’re also missing Lady Bird’s Greta Gerwig) Let’s not even talk about your unhappy relationship with your brand new video-on-demand platform (#sosadsohorny). We know you miss the plush velvet of the cinema seat and yearn for the romantic obscurity of the theater and the mystical energy within. You are like us: aspiring to a new kind of film event like the Porn Film Festival, Berlin Feminist Film Week, Queer Xposed International Film Festival, Woche der Kritik and of course the gold standard, the Berlinale .
Movie freaks, we’ve got something just for you: the fourth edition of the Visionär Film Festival. Originally scheduled to start in April (come home Ms. Corona), the festival will take place (in person!) From September 21-28. VFF showcases new talent, offering a selection of filmmakers from around the world who prove to be daring, original and visionary in their first feature films. Because there are only a limited number of hours in the day, here’s a guide to the must-see movies:
Do not miss this strange gem with its highly symbolic vision of repression, incarceration and victimization. Its weird look and radical narrative will leave audiences speechless – literally.
September 22 at 5:00 p.m. / September 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Pahokee is a documentary about one of the poorest cities in the United States and a current and relevant observation of class, race, and gender. It is an intelligent and respectful stamp on today’s society.
September 22 at 7:00 p.m. / September 24 at 5:00 p.m.
An extraordinary documentary about the struggles of low budget cinema and the creative process. Full of references to Miranda July and Chantal Ackerman, LA Tea Time will seduce you with its sophisticated and wacky sense of humor.
September 22 at 9:00 p.m. / September 23 at 5:00 p.m.
This hypnotic road movie about identity and nature follows the odyssey of a young and mysterious immigrant, powerfully played by Patrycja Planik. Lillian was released in the latest Cannes Film Festival, Directors’ Fortnight, and was produced by Austrian enfant terrible Ulrich Seidl.
September 23 at 7:00 p.m. / September 26 at 6:45 p.m.
A subtle and warm coming-of-age story of two teenage girls during the summer in a small town in Spain. Ojos Negros’ most important gift is his ability to present deep sub-texts like friendship, family, sexuality and death with a fresh and honest look.
September 23 at 9:30 p.m. / September 27 at 9:00 p.m.
Indianara is an emotional biographical documentary by Aude Chevalier-Beaumel and Marcelo Barbosa which traces the life of a Brazilian activist and trans-woman who bears the name of the title. She is an extremely strong and inspiring character whose audiences will surely fall in love with everything she represents.
September 24 at 7:00 p.m. / September 27 at 7:00 p.m.
Visually stunning and highly expressive, this Latvian film explores the dark side of immigration to Central Europe and creates a breathtaking experience for audiences. The director achieves a tour de force with his fast-paced storytelling and his ability to develop immersive characters. Remarkable.
September 24 at 9:00 p.m. / September 27 at 4:00 p.m.
VALLEY OF SOULS
Valley of Souls is a poetic and melancholy film with a touching performance by veteran José Arley de Jesús Carvallido Lobo. A beautiful approach to the borders of Colombia and the tragic memories of its communities.
September 25 at 7:00 p.m. / September 26 at 4:00 p.m.
Director Juricic Merillán creates an amazing and unique anatomy of the female universe in this Chilean drama. This family portrait contains one of the smartest scenes I have ever seen; its start and end scene will be simmering in your head forever.
September 25 at 9:30 p.m. / September 26 at 9:00 p.m.
If those images aren’t enough for you, VFF is also hosting its annual tribute this year to Cheryl Dunye, a world-renowned African-American director, writer and actress who emerged as part of the Young Filmmakers’ Queer New Wave. in the early 90s. In her honor, VFF screen The Watermelon Woman (1996), a seminal film in its working canon. There will also be four thematic blocks of connected short films: Of Human and Beyond, ¡Viva la Revolución !, Heimat (en) and Death & Desire.
If all that fanfare isn’t enough for you, there will be special thematic screenings on the opening day of the festival: Panoramic Nordic / Female Voices (Female Identity in Northern European Short Film) and Kino Sonico, where Frau W. and Lena Kocisova aka Akkamiau will perform a new electronic score for silent films made by Falling Leaves and Alice GuyBlaché’s Making an American Citizen – both from 1912. GuyBlaché created works under a male pseudonym and is considered the pioneer female eye silent cinema and for many years was one of the only female directors.
Hope to see you at the Visionär Film Festival, @ ACUD KINO / September 21-28, 2020.
Text: Daniel Sánchez López
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