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Drown Among the Dead (Pierdete entre los muertos), Ruben Gutiérrez
Drown Among the Dead (Pierdete entre los muertos), Ruben Gutiérrez

Since 2014, International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) highlights a new format on the rise: the mid-length film, between 45 and 62 minutes. The Bright Future Mid-length program of 2018 consists of ten films, five of which are world premieres. From a tale of revenge in the Mexican desert to the reincarnation of Walter Benjamin taking the Staten Island Ferry. After each screening there will be extra time to meet the director.

2018 Bright Future Mid-length Program

World Premieres:

Good Evening to the People Living in the Camp, Joost Conijn, France/Greece/Netherlands, 2018, world premiere
The long awaited new work by Dutch artist and filmmaker Joost Conijn: an unorthodox portrait of refugees in Europe.

Everyone in Hawaii Has a Sixpack Already, Marvin Hesse, Germany/Spain, 2018, world premiere
Hesse’s intimate coming-of-age documentary on the island of La Gomera.

Death of the Master (La muerte del maestro), José María Avilés, Ecuador/Argentina, 2018, world premiere
A mysterious narration of an old farmer’s experience of the 2016 Ecuador earthquake.

Villain Robert Otto (Der Schurke Robert Otto), Florian Haag, Germany, 2018, world premiere
A remarkable debut by Florian Haag who sketches the rigorous portrait of Swiss writer Robert Walser.

Drown Among the Dead (Pierdete entre los muertos), Ruben Gutiérrez, Mexico, 2018, world premiere
A bizarre yet comical nightmare in the Mexican desert.

As well as:

Exile, Zoe Beloff, USA, 2017, international premiere
Bertolt Brecht and Walter Benjamin are alive and kicking, and they roam around New York City!

Beyond the One (Au-delà de l’un), Anna Marziano, France, 2017, European premiere
An elegant 16mm essay investigating love and new forms of relationships in Europe and India.

Cartucho, Andrés Chaves, Colombia, 2017
Portrait of El Cartucho in Bogotá, a hell hole that used to belong to drug lords.

Playing Men, Matjaž Ivanišin, Slovenia/Croatia, 2017
Serious absurdism by the great hope of Kroatian cinema.

Stomach of the World, Eva Kotatkova, Greece, 2017
A playful meditation on capitalism.

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