Stockfish’ First Film Announcement

SIX FILMS ANNOUNCED AT STOCKFISH

We‘er happy to announce the first six films of our festival next February. Our special guests will include the Golden Globe winning composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who recently got a nomination for a Grammy for his music in The Theory of Everything (2015). We will be screening Jóhann‘s avant-garde short End of Summer (2014).  In addition, the Production Designer László Rajk will come to talk about his artistic contribution to Son of Saul (2015), a film about a prisoner in a Nazi concentration camp. Rajk is also known for his art direction at the set of the blockbuster film The Martian (2015).

 

Short Descriptions

End of Summer – Iceland and Antarctic Peninsula

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END OF SUMMER is an experimental film by the Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson. The film is a hypnotic and slow-burning journey through the austere landscapes of the island of South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula in the waning days of the Arctic summer. Shot on black and white super 8 film accompanied by a mesmerizing score by the Golden Globe winning composer.

 

Son of Saul – Hungary

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Saul is a member of the Sonderkommando, a group of Jewish prisoners forced to assist the Nazis in their large-scale executions. An original and powerful look at the holocaust which won the prestigious Grand Prix prize at Cannes.

 

Nahid – Iran

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Nahid keeps custody over her son after a divorce with her husband, on the condition that she never remarries. When she wants to start a life with her new boyfriend, she attempts to see if she can have her cake and eat it too through legal loopholes. But when she finds a loophole it is uncertain if it will be a salvation or a curse. Shown at Un Certain Regard at Cannes.

 

Victoria – Germany

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Victoria is partying at a Berlin nightclub when she meets four guys that invite her on a tour of the “real” Berlin. Suddenly she becomes entangled in a web of crime and hunted by the police. A thrilling heist-movie shot in one single take which earned the film the Berlinale Silver Bear for Outstanding Artistic Contribution.

 

The Look of Silence – United States and Indonesia

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THE LOOK OF SILENCE is a follow-up to one of the most powerful documentaries of the 21st century, THE ACT OF KILLING. Here director Joshua Oppenheimer focuses on a village optometrist who confronts the former right-wing paramilitaries who murdered his brother during Indonesia’s anti-communist purges of the 1960s.

 

Cemetery of Splendour – Thailand

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‘Few filmmakers this side of David Lynch are as adept or intuitive as Apichatpong Weerasethakul when it comes to appropriating the language of dreams’ says a Variety critic. CEMETERY OF SPLENDOUR tells the story of Jenjira, a woman who cares for soldiers that are struck with a mysterious sleeping sickness. Shown in Un Certain Regard at Cannes.