The Black Movie, Geneva International Independent Film Festival, will take place from Friday 20 to Sunday 29 January. On the bill of this 24th edition, which finds its way back to the dark rooms: 91 films from more than 50 countries.
“However, we keep an online component for the purpose of inclusion,” artistic director of the festival Maria Watzlawick told the press on Tuesday. Indeed, it is not always easy to be able to move and this solution also makes it possible to reach a maximum of people, she added.
The Black Movie will welcome 23 filmmakers during the ten days of the festival and will award four prizes, without forgetting the return of the festive evenings. More than a hundred volunteers will be hard at work to supervise this event which attracted up to 30,000 people before the health crisis.
Among the 91 films to be discovered, 51 feature films and 40 short films, including 54 Swiss premieres. This selection shows that the cinema is doing wonderfully, according to the organizers. The films are divided into eight thematic sections. The works of favorite Black Movie filmmakers can be seen in the ‘To be continued’ section, notably ‘The Novelist’s Film’ by South Korean Hong Sangsoo.
There is also ‘The River is not a border’ by the Senegalese Alassane Diago or the film by the master of the Portuguese Novo Cinema Paulo Rocha ‘Os Verdes Años’ which dates from 1963. This work is to be compared with the last feature film by João Pedro Rodrigues and João Rui Guerra da Mata ‘Onde Fica Esta Rua? or Sem Antes Nem Depois’ which reproduces the same shots 60 years later.
The questions of young people in an increasingly complex and anxiety-provoking world are at the heart of the ‘Vivre!’ section. ‘Bread and Salt’ by Damian Kocur (Poland) thus recounts the excesses of a group of friends towards racist and homophobic acts. ‘I am Chance’ by Marc-Henri Wajnberg portrays the tormented portrait of two young girls in the streets of Kinshasa.
Particular emphasis will be placed on Iranian filmmakers, notably with screenings of ‘How Dare You Have Such a Rubbish Wish’ by Mania Akbari and ‘The House of Forgetfulness’ by Farhad Ghodsi and Sahand Sarhaddi and ‘Alone’ by Jafar Najafi. Finally, a retrospective of films based on the ‘folk horror’ genre will honor Central and Eastern Europe.
The ‘Unleashed’ section proves that insubordination is healthy. The ten films on offer show how women acquire a spirit of independence and rebellion to free themselves from patriarchy. To discover in particular: ‘My Love Affair with Marriage’ by the Latvian director Signe Baumane which tells the story of Zelma, who will end up finding her way far from expectations and injunctions.
For discerning cinephiles with strong hearts, Black Movie reserves a section entitled ‘Spasmes’. A terrifying fairy tale ‘La Piedad’ and a Japanese trash ‘Parallel’ will not leave the public indifferent. Much more tender, the Petit Black Movie programs 32 films for the little ones with a recurring theme: ecology.