9-15, 2018


To quote one of the selected films, we hope that the contest titles « will surprise everyone ». For the seventh edition, it is the fifib work to find in the independent films production some movies which drive forward youth creation, cinema and in a larger extent, we secretly hope, the whole world. This year a recurring theme seems to be mystery, concealment and disappearance. Who and where are the monsters, the corpses, the parents and the feelings ? It is up to the characters and spectator to find out in the desert or under the skin, and to be amazed, lit and confused by what they will discover.
We will mention this year the presence of people coming back at the fifib such as Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel (Award for the Best 2014 Short Film with Tant qu’il nous reste des fusils à pompe and author of the 2015 fifib trailer), Mikhaël Hers (2015 Domaine Clarence Dillon Grand Jury Prize and author of the 2016 fifib trailer) and Virgil Vernier (Jury Mention for Mercuriales in 2014). It is a proof of loyalty and, as for each festival which settles down, it is the creation of an artistic family linked with the same vision. Since a festival evolves, the fifib has decided for its 2018 edition to split its contest in two parts, an international selection and a french one. Both of them compete of course for the Domaine Clarence Dillon Grand Jury Prize, but it is also a way to pay tribute to the vitality and excellence of french films of this year, and those to come.

Léo Soesanto

Film programming
International Feature Film Competition

Murder Me, Monster

Alejandro Fadel

ARG – FRA / 2018 / 99 Min

David is the main suspect for his wife’s murder, whose atrociously mutilated body has been found in the middle of a herd of sheep in the Andes. The title « Meurs, Monstre, Meurs » (Die, monster, die) are also the words that an inner voice in his head keeps repeating. Where is and who is the monster ? From this thriller’s synopsis, the director Alejandro Fadel shoots a tragicomic meditation, with a stunning esthetic, at the inner creature within each of us.

October 12, 6:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 13, 2:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Alejandro Fadel

The Man Who Surprised Everyone

Natasha Merkulova, Aleksey Chupov

RU – FRA – EST / 2018 / 105 Min


Egor is perfect. He is a fearless and flawless forest ranger, respected by his village, and a loved and loving father. Yet, when he gets diagnosed with an incurable cancer, he relies on a hopeless technique to cheat death but which will turn him into a pariah. Egor surprises, and so does the film with its way to toggle from realism to the tale and to convey with fierceness and irony the toxic masculinity and the rights of the LGBT community in Russia.

October 10, 5:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 11, 11:30 AM – Cinéma Utopia

❢  With Marie-France Aubert


Benjamin Naishtat

ARG – FRA – ALL – NLD – BRA / 2018 / 109 Min

Crime without punishment. But was there really a crime ? Here is what weighs on Claudio, a lawyer from a small argentinian town of the 70’s, when a stranger commits suicide in front of him. With a deadpan humour and a retro esthetic (lots of moustaches here), kitsch and anxiety-provoking, Rojo digs its character’s inner turmoil along with the confused past of his country when the military dictatorship literally eradicates people from the earth surface…

October 11, 9:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 12, 2:30 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Benjamin Naishtat

Suburban Birds

Qiu Sheng

CHN / 2018 / 118 Min

Urban engineers investigate on a land subsidence. In a primary school, one of them, Hao, discovers the diary of a young boy… also called Hao. Suburban Birds sustains a heady mystery describing two stories of which we never really know if they cross each other (is Hao the same person?). Kafkaesque for the grown-up Hao, and rather on the side of Stand By Me for the young Hao. It is a film where we love to get lost without really feeling the need to find the exit.

October 11, 5:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 14, 11:00 AM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Qiu Sheng


Jamie Jones

GBR / 2018 / 92 Min

Obey immerses us into the 2011 London riots through the encounter of Leon, a young black man and avid boxer coming from a complicated family, and Twiggy, a white anarchist activist woman breaking with her rather more privileged environment. Tense, realistic and heart-wrenching, the film noisily and furiously describes all the colors and possible involvements of its status ; to obey, but what ? Family ? Friendship ? Own desire ? Society ?

October 9, 8:45 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 13, 11:30 AM – Cinéma Utopia

French Feature Film Competition


Mikhaël Hers

FRA / 2018 / 107 Min

Juggling between modest jobs, David has for main guides in his life his sister Sandrine and her daughter Amanda. When Sandrine dies in an attack, difficult choices then come for the young man. Mikhaël Hers knows how to conserve a solar sensitivity towards inner mournings and demons. Newcomer in his universe, Vincent Lacoste brings a touch of fragile humour, but always keeps pace with ambient melancholy.

October 13, 5:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 14, 2:30 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Mikhaël Hers

Jessica Forever

Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel

FRA / 2018 / 99 Min

In a France of dystopia, orphans are tracked by the government. Jessica is a proud warrior endowed with supernatural powers. She leads the parentless resistance. Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel extend the world of their short films (hyper realist suburbs and electric young people with a polar romanticism) towards new science-fiction horizons while keeping their vitality and identity of French cinema’s rebels. It is just like if Hunger Games met Nocturama.

October 12, 9:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 13, 11:00 AM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Caroline Poggi et Jonathan Vinel

Sophia Antipolis

Virgil Vernier

FRA / 2018 / 98 Min

Sophia Antipolis is an odd technopole between sea, woodland and mountain. Characters and geography. Virgil Vernier masters the art of exploring beings and places with the same curiosity and precision in order to get a mythological and contemporary view. Here is a film which seems to be happening here (in the PACA region) and elsewhere, just like a mirror in which we can go through, but which perfectly reflects the apathy and violence of our time.

October 13, 8:30 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 14, 11:30 AM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Virgil Vernier


Elsa Amiel

FRA – CHE / 2018 / 82 Min

Pearl only lives for female body-building contests, sculpting her physique under the watchful eyes of her reserved coach Al. Her past resurfaces with her ex husband and son that she left behind. A turmoil in her well-oiled universe. The film can show off its strength but also a great sensitivity, between an accurate observation of the environnement (the actor Julia Fory is a real body-builder) and a theatrical stylization.

October 10, 9:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 11, 3:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

❢ With Elsa Amiel

Game Girls

Alina Skrzeszewska

FRA – ALL / 2018 / 85 Min

Teri and Tiahna are an afro-american lesbian couple. They live in the red-light district of Skid, in Los Angeles. One of them has mental disorders while the other one went to jail because of drug dealing. Finding a job, overcoming the american bureaucracy, staying together… These are the hardships they have to tackle during this patient documentary, which is as incisive in its capture of a system and environment as it is delicate in its vision about those two women who only want to exist.

October 9, 6:00 PM – Cinéma Utopia

October 10, 5:30 PM– Cinéma Utopia

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