MR: Looking at countries of origin, the short films are also a great extension of the programme. This is where we have our rare and exotic works: Rangzen (Freedom, Gaurav Saxena) from India, set in the mountains of Tibet, Vetrarmorgun (Winter Morning, Sakaris Stórá) from the Faroe Islands, Pigs (Laura Mohai) from Singapore and Malaysia.
Road movies, music movies and ensemble films
It natural to think of coming of age stories when considering the 14plus section. What other genres are important here?
FW: This year we’re showing a series of different films that focus on music. God Help the Girl from the UK, for example, the 14plus opening film. A captivating singer-songwriter film and the directorial debut of Stuart Murdoch, founder and lead singer of Belle and Sebastian. You can really feel where the film has its roots.
MR: Clearly in the underground bars of Glasgow.
FW: Or the Australian film Emo (the musical) by Neil Triffett, and the animation film Jack et la mécanique du cœur (Jack and the Cuckoo-Clock Heart), co-directed by Mathias Malzieu, the singer of the French band Dionysos. Jack has a cuckoo clock instead of a heart. The film is a Gesamtkunstwerk, cinematically and musically.
MR: And now I have to mention the punk rock film Somos Mari Pepa again: four guys, their band and just one pretty obscene song. The film could be described as an ensemble piece, just like the international co-production Mavi Dalga (The Blue Wave) by Zeynep Dadak and Merve Kayan. It’s about a clique of young girls. Their everyday life somewhere between the end of youth and starting off into a new, threatening and unfamiliar world draws a very modern picture of Turkey today.