Skip to main content

Hope 95

Denmark, 1996 (MIFF 1997, Fiction)

Director: Bynke Maiboll

"It is idealistic... and therefore cruel" - Doestoevsky, The Insulted and the Injured.

Shot on super 8 and Betacam and transferred to 35 mm with a ritualistic score and lo-fi sound mix, this unfathomable, untranslatable exercise produces a strangely theatrical arena for breaking in the body. Linking sadomasochistic impulse to Nordic mythology and an uncertain (fetishistic? fascist?) politic, this is a film harnessed in callipers and bridle, lived in a coffin, bandaged in odd signs and producing - in negative - a frightening measure of perfection.

See also...

The Man from the Deep

The year 2059, Christmas eve. 3000m below the surface of the Atlantic Ocean a huge water ship floats past. The lighted portholes draw us into its mysterious interior. Jack Stenberg wakes from a ... More »

Tempo

A man rushes to be somewhere, events conspiring to make sure he misses his appointment. The car won't start, the clock keeps ticking, the stress of being late appears to exacerbate his problems. Is ... More »

Berik

Blind and deformed from radiation poisoning, Berik spends his days alone at home - that is until 11-year-old Adil comes knocking. ... More »

John and Mia

Long-distance truck driver and widower John prepares to relax at home with Christmas beers, a bag of frozen hash and a porno movie.To his horror he discovers his estranged daughter Mia is a porn ... More »

Habibti My Love

A young Muslim woman negotiates cultural and personal boundaries as she comes to terms with falling in love.The film explores the ultimately triumphant way in which she deals with the men in her ... More »

Select a festival
Search The Film Archive
Browse By Director