France • 2017 • 00:52 • National documentary • Competition
For 15 years, Victor and Kati have travelled the roads of France and Europe with their circus company Aïtal. Every day brings sweat and dust. In their trapeze act, Victor is the ‘catcher’ and Kati the ‘flyer’: they make a fine acrobatic duo and are also a couple in real life. They do everything together and are always there for one another. Even when their fusional relationship becomes stifling, the show must go on... The arrival of a child will throw their acrobatic act out of balance.
Belgium • 2017 • 01:40 • International documentary • Competition
In a small primary school, we follow pupils from immigrant backgrounds and Brigitte, a caring teacher who prepares them to bloom in an ever-changing world. The film traces the school career of these miners’ grandchildren, most of whom are Muslim, looking at how they make sense of their lives while dealing with the social media backlash that follows terrorist attacks. An ode to life, narrated by children, this documentary captures the spontaneity and fragility of the end of a younger generation’s carefree existence.
Spain • 2017 • 01:10 • Series • Competition
Andrés Vargas is a police inspector who dies while chasing the Midnight Butcher, a serial killer who has already murdered five women. In a paranormal turn, Vargas returns five years later, using the body of another officer, Manuel Márquez. In his attempt to arrest the Midnight Butcher, Márquez teams up with Susana, Vargas' daughter. The Liaison, a supernatural being, helps them with the transition between this life and the afterlife. Episodes 1 and 2 will be screened at Fipa.
Netherlands • 2017 • 01:07 • International documentary • Public prize
In his short stories, Israeli writer Etgar Keret mixes fantasy and reality. His own life story also comes across as a modern fairy tale. In this hybrid documentary, the filmmakers investigate why storytelling is essential for Keret’s survival.
Israel • 2017 • 00:48 • Series • Special Screenings
In its second season, Fauda emphasizes the unbearable cost of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the way it consumes everyone involved and ruins their lives. For some of the characters on the show, this endless cycle is an inseparable part of their lives, one from which they cannot break free.
Brazil • 2017 • 01:14 • Performing Arts • Competition
An endearing portrait following Brazil’s best-loved singer, Maria Bethânia, and her brother, Caetano Veloso, as they revisit their ancestral history in their hometown of Santo Amaro, long a source of her inspiration. They learn of their slave forefathers and of the unique religious context that gave rise to Bethânia the star, to whom the Mangueira Samba School recently paid homage in a parade that won the 2016 Rio Carnival.
France • 2017 • 00:52 • Series • Competition
Charles in 1981. Victor in 1999. Diego in 2013. Three eras; three generations of men from a family shaken by key social advances: three men, an episode dedicated to each, a symbol of his era; three stories, showing how it wasn’t always easy to feel pride. Fiertés is a timeline of tolerance within the family realm, a story in which the love between fathers and sons remains a common thread from year to year. Episodes 1, 2 and 3 will be screened at Fipa.
Belgium • 2017 • 00:12 • Drama • New Talent
First in, first out (Fifo) is a supermarket shelving technique. Stephan must place the freshest products behind the older ones. Soon out of date? Those products are destined for the bin. Stephen confronts his own past as he faces the longing gaze of those who could still benefit from this food if only society would allow them.
Germany • 2017 • 00:19 • Documentary • New Talent
Find Fix Finish delves into the accounts of three military drone pilots as they tell the intimate story of the lives they observe on a day-to-day basis. The voyeuristic ocular perspective from a military drone can reduce people to pixels on a screen and a certain decontextualisation is almost necessary to deal with the fact that people can be killed at the push of a button. “Have you ever stepped on an anthill and not given it a second thought?” asks one of the pilots.