PIFF is an intense but fleeting thing.It enters our lives for a few weeks and then flits away, leaving us only memories of wrinkled flesh, dead pets and clipped dialogue. But stop living in the past and look ahead: WW writers offer their own submissions for next year's festival.
Année Canines (Dog Years)
[FRANCE] A wealthy retiree begins a dog-walking business,
only to encounter a sprightly young poodle, awakening long-dormant
passions and eroticism thought long dead in both. Runtime: 198 mins.
The Cordial Life Of Cherry Löfgren
[SWEDEN] The sordid worlds of cockfights, international
human trafficking, child prostitution and arms dealing come together in
this delightful confection about a young girl whose dreams of becoming
the world's greatest chocolatier take her on a whimsical adventure.
Runtime: 110 mins.
Seeds of Life
[UNITED STATES] A fucking documentary about fucking grass farms. Runtime: 344 mins.
[TAIWAN] After a pet store loses its lease, two young prostitutes adopt a menagerie of forsaken animals. Runtime: 110 mins.
Memories of Yesterday
[CANADA] The life of a mild-mannered school-bus driver is
turned upside down when he makes a special birthday wish and wakes up to
discover he can perfectly recall the day before today. Runtime: 86
The Taste of Miserable
[YEMEN] A quarreling family roasts a goat. The goat tastes kind of gamey. Runtime: 181 mins.
A Night in Sofia
[BULGARIA] A coming-of-age story of a young Bulgarian who
comes to know himself only in the clothes of his twin sister, Sofia.
Shot in real time, from sunset to sunrise, in a single take. Runtime:
The Bowling Ball
[ITALY] A young girl, at the cusp of womanhood, loses her
father's bowling ball: the symbol of his long-held dream of moving to
America from his Naples slum. While searching for it, she suffers a
shattering sexual assault. She hides this from her father, who regains
his innocence as hers is lost forever. A silent, black-and-white
masterpiece. Runtime: 127 mins.
Chik and Chavi
[GREAT BRITAIN] A group of downtrodden Roma, on the run
from authorities who unjustly accuse them of theft and vagrancy, throw a
wild and comic wedding party—full of dramatic character revelations—in
the scenic Welsh hills. Every single male party member inexplicably
shows his penis to the camera. Runtime: 94 mins.
[MEXICO] A documentary about female conjoined-twin racecar drivers. Runtime: 67 mins.
Bonitas non est Pessimis esse Meliorem
[ANDORRA] Famed experimentalist Rat Freixedo's startling
visual tribute to Andorra's dual-princedom and burgeoning handicraft
industry features no dialogue or human figures. Runtime: 160 mins.
[GERMANY] In his directorial debut, 23-year-old
German-American Paul Fruehauf takes audiences on a sweeping journey
through his past, from his industrial alpine homeland to the Cleveland
his mother once knew. Runtime: 108 mins.
[HUNGARY] An aging sheep herder watches over his flock as
they graze on a lush hillside. He eventually eats his lunch and takes a
nap. Runtime: 330 mins.
The Spirit of Forgiveness
[FRANCE] Two small boys wrestle with their sexuality and
their very existence after finding a bag of marbles in an abandoned
building. Runtime: 165 mins.
[THAILAND] The chef for a powerful gangster risks life and
limb when he falls in love with his employer's bedridden grandmother.
Runtime: 105 mins.
The Day Before Boxing Day
[CANADA] Follow the travails of one Saskatchewan family as
they listen to the events of World War II piped out of their beloved
radio. Runtime: 127 mins.
[BRAZIL] An animated tale of three acne-prone teens weathering the myriad challenges of adolescence. Runtime: 117 mins.
Old People Fucking
[LICHTENSTEIN] Old people fuck. Runtime: 509 mins.
Driving on the Left
[SOUTH AFRICA] A tour-de-force documentary about Johannesburg's automotive industry. Runtime: 108 minutes.
[JAPAN] A bittersweet tragicomedy that compiles hundreds
of close-ups of unmoving facial expressions cut with musical crescendos
to express many cathartic emotions. Runtime: 120 mins.
Me and My Trench Coat
[ITALY] Vincenzo Bruno, an amateur detective and closeted
gay man in Rome, takes on his first big case for nightclub owner Luigi
Rizzo—and finally satiates his lust. Claymated. Runtime: 87 mins.
[POLAND] Based on gripping true events of Agnieszka
Kowalski's career handcrafting eyeglasses, this tribute to growing old
documents Kowalski making a pair of glasses for herself, just in time
for her 80th birthday. Runtime: 100 mins.
[AUSTRALIA] Toni Collette stars as a serial-killing
jillaroo who systematically slaughters the entire population of an
outback Queensland town with a rusty pair of sheep shears. Based on a
true story. Runtime: 180 mins.
Pacific Island Ninja
[TUVALU] Filmed entirely on a cellphone, this martial-arts
comedy stars and is written, funded, directed and produced by a local
karate instructor and his students in the first feature-length release
from this tiny island nation. Runtime: 60 mins.
Scot the Hoople
[SCOTLAND] This charming documentary
follows the quirky characters of Kilmarnock's seminal Mott the Hoople
cover band during a final reunion tour of the church halls of East
Ayrshire. Runtime: 110 mins.