BIFF’s Day Eight Highlights: O Beautiful Night, Honeyland, Monos, The Trial, Angelo & Bait.
Berlin like you’ve never seen it – Beset by anxiety, a young musician’s fateful encounter with Death himself leads to a neon-saturated journey to the end of the night. O Beautiful Night.
Whatever you do, don’t miss Honeyland, 2019. This poetic portrait of one of Europe’s last wild beekeepers explores the tussle between old-world sustainability and new-world progress with breathtaking poise.
Unmissable! Chaos reigns amid a band of teen soldiers in Monos, this hallucinatory take on Lord of the Flies from Colombian director Alejandro Landes.
Sobering viewing – An incredible insight into Joseph Stalin’s Kafka-esque show trials of the 1930s, The Trail encapsulates the power of fake news and its devastating consequences.
Breathtaking story-telling – A visually stunning and passionate cry against classism and colonialism, Angelo, 2018, tells the true-life rise and fall of Angelo Soliman on the stage of 18th-century European aristocracy.
Contemporary/but make it vintage – Shot on crackly black-and-white 16mm film stock, Bait is an entrancingly idiosyncratic depiction of a man pushed to the edge by the gentrification of his British hometown.