international

In our International section, we are showing 17 productions from 18 countries – including 14 fiction features and three documentary films. Five films were made by female directors, and four productions will be competing as Oscar candidates for the best foreign language film. In addition, the selected films have already won a host of festival awards. Two of the three documentary films explore the lives of musicians: MY FRIEND FELA takes a look at famous Afrobeat singer Fela Kuti, and MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE pays tribute to the INXS frontman who died far too young. FOR SAMA, honoured in Cannes as best documentary film, depicts the horrible living conditions in Aleppo during the Syrian civil war. SONS OF DENMARK and FARMING treat differ-ent aspects of racism. Strong women fight for their rights in Latin America in THE LONGEST NIGHT and HORMIGAS. In ONLY YOU and ODE TO NOTHING, women wrangle with their destinies. In the Austrian Urich Seidl production
LILLIAN, the eponymous heroine even emigrates from the USA to Russia, while in the Cuban film THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF CELESTE GARCÍA, the protagonist of the same name would rather go to outer space. The international co-production AND THEN WE DANCED depicts a homophobic Georgia torn between tradition and modernity. Tunisia’s A SON portrays the impact of a terrorist attack on a seemingly intact marriage. In CORPUS CHRISTI, a Polish ex-convict manages a rapid ascent of the Christian career ladder. And the programmatic title of the Russian production WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! says it all. Last but surely not least, two venerable cinema masters round off the program: in IT MUST BE HEAVEN, Elia Suleiman philosophises adeptly about the poetry of the everyday in Palestine, while Roy Andersson does the same for life as a whole in ABOUT ENDLESSNESS.

A SON [BIK ENEICH – UN FILS]
by Mehdi M. Barsaoui
Tunisia/France/Lebanon 2019 95 min Arabic original version with English subtitles

ABOUT ENDLESSNESS [OM DET OÄNDLIGA]
by Roy Andersson
Sweden/Germany/Norway 2019 76 min Swedish original version with German subtitles

AND THEN WE DANCED [A ONDA SMO PLESALI]
by Levan Akin
Georgia/Sweden/France 2019 105 min Georgian original version with German subtitles

CORPUS CHRISTI [BOŻE CIAŁO]
by Jan Komasa
Poland/France 2019 116 min Polish original version with German and English subtitles

FARMING
by Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
United Kingdom 2018 107 min English original version with German subtitles

FOR SAMA
by Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts
United Kingdom/Syrian Arab Republic 2019 95 min Arabic-English original version with German subtitles

HORMIGAS [EL DESPERTAR DE LAS HORMIGAS]
by Antonella Sudasassi Furniss
Costa Rica/Spain 2019 94 min Spanish original version with English subtitles

IT MUST BE HEAVEN
by Elia Suleiman
France/Germany/Turkey/Canada 2019 97 min Arabic-English-French original version with German subtitles

LILLIAN
by Andreas Horvath
Austria 2019 128 min English-Russian-Chukchi original version with German and English subtitles

MY FRIEND FELA [MEU AMIGO FELA]
by Joel Zito Araújo
Brazil 2019 94 min English and French original version with German and English subtitles

MYSTIFY: MICHAEL HUTCHENCE
by Richard Lowenstein
Australia 2019 102 min English original version

ODE TO NOTHING [ODA SA WALA]
by Dwein Ruedas Baltazar
Philippines 2019 93 min Tagalog original version with English subtitles

ONLY YOU
by Harry Wootliff
United Kingdom 2018 120 min English original version

SONS OF DENMARK [DANMARKS SØNNER]
by Ulaa Salim
Denmark 2019 119 min Arabic-Danish original version with German subtitles

THE EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY OF CELESTE GARCÍA [EL VIAJE EXTRAORDINARIO DE CELESTE GARCÍA]
by Arturo Infante
Cuba/Germany 2018 92 min Spanish original version with English subtitles

THE LONGEST NIGHT [LA MALA NOCHE]
by Gabriela Calvache
Ecuador/Mexico 2019 95 min Spanish original version with English subtitles

WHY DON’T YOU JUST DIE! [PAPA, SDOKHNI]
by Kirill Sokolov
Russian Federation 2018 94 min Russian original version with German subtitles

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