• October 6–10 [Venues] YC Yamagata Central Public Hall 6F, CL Yamagata Citizens’ Hall (Large Hall)
A program that began with the very first YIDFF. Feature-length works were sought from around the world, and from the 1,132 entries emerges a stringent selection of 15 cinematic gems, richly varied and representing the vanguard of world filmmaking.
- COLOMBIA, ROMANIA, FRANCE, GERMANY / 2022 / 75 min
Director: Theo Montoya
With friends from the queer community of his generation, the director had planned a B-movie production in his hometown of Medellín. As death looms near, the film becomes a testimony of survivors, as they recall dreams, fears, and the dilemmas of filmmaking.
- The Bus Station
- ARGENTINA / 2023 / 62 min
Director: Gustavo Fontán
People coming and going at a bus station. Various textures of light and darkness. Voices reminiscing about past loves are superimposed over the film’s images, as stories of encounters and partings are born.
- Crossing Voices
- FRANCE, GERMANY, MALI / 2023 / 123 min
Directors: Raphaël Grisey, Bouba Touré
Somankidi Coura is a radical agricultural cooperative formed in 1977 by Mali immigrant workers in Paris. Photographs, video, and audio recordings taken by founding members powerfully recount this revolutionary return-to-the-homeland movement of resistance.
- Eastern Front
- LATVIA, UKRAINE, CZECH REPUBLIC, USA / 2023 / 98 min
Directors: Vitaly Mansky, Yevhen Titarenko
The film paints a stark picture of the Russian invasion of Ukraine since February 2022, following six months with members of a medical battalion at the front as they go through gruesome experiences and enjoy brief respite with family during leave.
- “hibi” AUG
- JAPAN / 2022 / 120 min
Director: Maeda Shinjiro
This feature-length film follows a strict production rule set by the director himself: The footage was shot “15 seconds x 31 days” every August over 15 years. Using sound to disrupt the metrical image, the viewers’ memory is served a jolt.
- The Island
- FRANCE / 2023 / 73 min
Director: Damien Manivel
The night before her departure to Montreal, Rosa and her friends decide to go on with the last party of their summer around a rock they call “the island.”
- Knit’s Island
- FRANCE / 2023 / 98 min
Directors: Ekiem Barbier, Guilhem Causse, Quentin L’helgoualc'h
A film crew infiltrates a community of anonymous users who gather in the online game “DayZ.” The film explores the meaning of the duality of living inside a virtual space and living in the real world.
- A Night of Knowing Nothing
- INDIA, FRANCE / 2021 / 100 min
Director: Payal Kapadia
Love letters found at a film school written by student L reveal the story of her breakup and the caste system that tore it apart, as the groundswell of real-life anti-government protests are juxtaposed in monochrome.
- Notes for a Film
- CHILE, FRANCE / 2022 / 104 min
Director: Ignacio Agüero
In the 19th century, a Belgian railroad engineer is assigned to Araucania, the land of the Mapuche. Loosely based on his memoirs, the film creates a cinematic space that plays with time while also confronting the reality of social oppression that continues to this day.
- Self-Portrait: 47 KM 2020
- CHINA / 2023 / 190 min
Director: Zhang Mengqi
This is the newest addition to the film series shot in the homeland of the director’s father; a village called “47KM” in a mountainous region of China. In 2020, despite the onset of the COVID pandemic, farmwork continues across four seasons as it does each year.
- Tales of the Purple House
- LEBANON, IRAQ, FRANCE / 2022 / 184 min
Director: Abbas Fahdel
A filmmaker and his wife, a painter, live in a purple house in southern Lebanon. We follow their life during the COVID pandemic, seeing through their eyes the symptoms of a collapsing world: the tragic explosion, economic and political crises, and the onset of war.
- Three Women
- GERMANY / 2022 / 85 min
Director: Maksym Melnyk
In the Ukrainian village of Stuzhytsia, nestled at the foot of the Carpathian Mountains, women form the large part of the population while work takes the men elsewhere. The director accompanies and is drawn into the lives of three dynamic women over the course of a year.
- The Unstable Object II
- USA / 2022 / 204 min
Director: Daniel Eisenberg
The manufacturing procedure at a prosthetic limb factory in Germany, a high-end leather glove workshop in southern France, and a denim jeans factory in Turkey . . . . Each is the subject of this experimental observational film.
- The Visit and a Secret Garden
- SPAIN, PORTUGAL / 2022 / 65 min
Director: Irene M. Borrego
Once a celebrated painter, Isabel Santaló disappeared from the public eye, choosing instead a secluded life. Why did she stop presenting her work to the world?
- What About China?
- USA, CHINA / 2022 / 135 min
Director: Trinh T. Minh-ha
Hi8 video footage shot in southeastern China in 1993 and 1994 is reassembled by the artist herself after 30 years, posing questions about the past and present of Chinese society, as diverse voices of multiple “selves” echo throughout.