The film that is an absolute must-see is Sex, Drugs and Taxing, signed by Danish director Christoffer Boe. This is both his first feature film and first success at the Cannes IFF. The film takes us back to an exciting time of the hippie movement in Scandinavia, through a joyful and controversial life journey of two unlikely friends.
In September 2011, the French media exploded with the news of a sudden disappearance of Michel Houellebecq. Exploring various hypotheses, ranging from alien abduction to Al-Qaeda involvement, French director Guillaume Nicloux brings us The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, and in it, an unexpected resolution of this mystery, which involves Houellebecq himself.
This selection will also present one debut film – an endearing film about the excitements of the choreography of everyday life, Strange Little Cat signed by young German director Ramon Zürcher. Although his first film, Strange Little Cat has been screened and showered with awards at festivals across the globe. An exciting tragicomedy from Canadian director Denis Côté, Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, which was awarded Silver Bear at the 2013 Berlin Film Festival, will fascinate the audience with its specific blend of drama, film noir and black humor.
Visitors of the Cinema City festival must also be on the lookout for the latest film of one of Japan’s best directors, Takashi Miike, who has made an astonishing 90 films since the nineties. The Mole Song: Undercover Agent Reiji is an adaptation of the manga series Mogura no Uta. The story follows a clumsy police officer Reiji, who has two life goals – to serve his country and lose his virginity – both overlapping in this action comedy rife with intrigue, speculation, and unadulterated fun. The 360° selection will introduce Why don’t you play in Hell? the latest film of one of Japan’s most controversial directors, Sion Sono, who is unique in revealing the dark side of human nature and Japanese society. This film is an intriguing action, which begins when a bystander is mistaken for a film director, and made participant in a gangster shootout.
Ping Pong Summer was signed by American director Michael Tully, who made the prestigious list of Filmmaker magazine; 25 New Faces of Independent Film. The film features always-superb Susan Sarandon in an exciting mix of ping-pong, rap music and 80s aesthetics. Discover why Tully wanted to shoot this film for over 20 years. Nominated for best documentary at several European festivals, Alphabet by Austrian director Erwin Wagenhofer will force the audience to reexamine the roots of the global crisis of the modern world. Wagenhofer questions the antiquated patterns of our education, and warns that the problems of tomorrow cannot be solved using old ideas.
Through sharp and intelligent humor the black comedy Summer of Blood by Brooklyn director and writer Onur Tukel tells a story about relationships, attraction, and endless absurdities of life, and the main protagonist’s meet with the fate in a dark New York alley. The Dance of Reality is an unequivocally unique autobiographic project signed by legendary Chilean-French artist Alejandro Jodorowsky, who has been collaborating with some of the greatest artists of the age for the past sixty years. Screened at last year’s Cannes festival, this film is an original reconstruction of truly incredible life adventures of the author, which stirs the imagination and pushes the boundaries of the possible.