International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has announced the first titles selected for the Bright Future program. Bright Future focuses on up-and-coming filmmakers with their own style and vision.
This year, this includes the global premieres of films such as the acutely observed A Brief Excursion (Croatia, 2017) by filmmaker Igor Bezinović as well as Michel Lipkes´ second feature film Strange But True (Extraño pero verdadero, Mexico, 2017), a dark narrative about lovers who work as garbage collectors in Mexico City shot in black and white.
A lot of the films now announced have won prizes since their première in 2016. For instance, Antes que cante el gallo (Before the Rooster Crows, Puerto Rico, 2016) by Arí Maniel Cru won the Yellow Robin Award at IFFR Curacao 2016. Actor Andrzej Seweryn won the prize for Best Actor at the Locarno festival for his role in Jan Matuszyński’s The Last Family (Poland, 2016). And, filmmaker Zhang Dalei won the Taipei Golden Horse Award for his wonderful debut The Summer is Gone (China, 2016).
A considerable number of films in the Bright Future program were co-financed by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart. These include Gastón Solnicki’s mesmerising Kékszakállú (Argentina, 2016), the exceptionally original debut All the Cities of the North (Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina /Montenegro, 2016) by filmmaker Dane Komljen and Alessandro Commodin’s excellent second feature film I tempi felici verrano presto (Happy Times Will Come Soon,Italy, 2016).
The Hivos Tiger Competition, IFFR’s flagship competition, is part of the Bright Future programme. Debuting film makers who are not selected for the Hivos Tiger Competition and whose films have their global or international premieres at IFFR 2017 are eligible for a Bright Future Award.
Confirmed Bright Future Films for 2017 International Film Festival Rotterdam
Bright Future premieres
A Brief Excursion, Igor Bezinović, Croatia, world premiere
Burning Birds, Sanjeewa Pushpakumara, Sri Lanka/France, European premiere
Elon Doesn’t Believe in Death, Ricardo Alves Jr., Brazil, European premiere
Extraño pero verdadero/ Strange But True, Michel Lipkes, Mexico, World premiere, CineMart 2013
La guerra dei cafoni/The War of Bumpkins, Davide Barletti, Lorenzo Conte, Italy, World premiere
Confirmed for Bright Future
All the Cities of the North, Dane Komljen, Serbia/Bosnia and Herzegovina/Montenegro
Antes que cante el gallo/Before the Rooster Crows, Arí Maniel Cruz, Puerto Rico
By the Time It Gets Dark, Anocha Suwichakornpong, Thailand/Netherlands/France/Qatar, CineMart 2010
Los decentes, Lukas Valenta Rinner, Argentina/South Korea/Austria
Die Einsiedler, Ronny Trocker, Germany
El futuro perfecto, Nele Wohlatz, Argentina
Kékszakállú, Gastón Solnicki, Argentina
The Last Family, Jan P. Matuszyński, Poland
The Last of Us, Ala Eddine Slim, Tunisia
The Levelling, Hope Dickson Leach, United Kingdom
Mimosas, Oliver Laxe, Morocco/Spain/France/Qatar
Prevenge, Alice Lowe, United Kingdom
Solo, Solitude, Yosep Anggi Noen, Indonesia
The Summer Is Gone, Zhang Dalei, China
I tempi felici veranno presto/Happy Times Will Come Soon, Alessandro Comodin, Italy, CineMart 2014
Wùlu, Daouda Coulibaly, France/Senegal
X500, Juan Andrés Arango, Canada/Colombia/Mexico