FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY And Nakata's COMPLEX To Premiere In Rotterdam!

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Frankenstein's Army is poised to invade Rotterdam and it's bringing the latest by Ringu director Nakata Hideo with it. The International Film Festival Rotterdam have announced the first wave of selections in their Bright Future and Spectrum lineups and included within those first titles are Richard Raaphorst's debut Frankenstein's Army and Nakata's Complex. Here's the full announcement:

Rotterdam Film Festival announces first selections in Bright Future and Spectrum

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces the first selections in its feature film main sections Bright Future (first and second films only) and Spectrum. Among the many world and international premieres are new works by famous directors Nakata Hideo, Cristi Puiu, Marion Hänsel and by numerous young talents.

By the second week of January, IFFR will announce the full lineups of Bright Future and Spectrum. The 42nd IFFR runs from 23 January to 3 February.

IFFR screens the world premiere of The Complex by Nakata Hideo, famous director of horror movies (a.o. The Ring) in which the supernatural plays an important role. Also from Japans comes Japan's Tragedy by Kobayashi Masahiro, a family drama dedicated to the victims of the 2011 tsunami. Kobayashi was honoured with a tribute retrospective during IFFR 2008.

Indonesian director Garin Nugroho presents Soegija, a large-scale historical drama that focuses on the life of the first native Indonesian bishop Soegijapranata. Also from Indonesia, Kusuma Widjaya Putu presents his first feature film On Mother's Head, picturing daily life on the island of Bali. His film was supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund.

Alicia Scherson, who's second feature film Turistas was selected in the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2009, returns to Rotterdam with her latest movie Il Futuro in which Rutger Hauer plays a rich but lonely actor, who gets a visit by a young woman.

From France, IFFR will show, among others, Une histoire d'amour, feature debut by filmmaker and actress Hélène Fillières in which a banker (Benoît Poelvoorde) starts a sadomasochistic relation with a young woman (Laetitia Casta).

IFFR also screens several new Dutch films by young filmmakers. David Verbeek, whose films premiered in Cannes and Rotterdam, made How to Describe a Cloud, about a daughter and her mother - an excellent film on loss and imagination. Alex Pitstra's Die Welt is an intelligent and self-assured debut set in contemporary, post-revolutionary Tunisia. Richard Raaphorst presents Frankenstein's Army, a zombie film fully financed in the USA.

In Bright Future, IFFR presents idiosyncratic and adventurous new work by novice makers. The section consists of first or second feature films only. Spectrum shows new and recent feature length work by experienced film makers and artists who provide, in the opinion of the IFFR, an essential contribution to international film culture.


First selections IFFR 2013's Bright Future: (full lineup to be announced 9 January)

World premieres

Fahrtwind - Aufzeichnungen einer Reisenden, Bernadette Weigel, Austria, World premiere

Foudre, Manuela Morgaine, France, World premiere

On Mother's Head, Kusuma Widjaya Putu, Indonesia, World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film

Matterhorn, Diederik Ebbinge, Netherlands, World premiere

Dead Body Welcome, Kees Brienen, Netherlands, World premiere

Toegetakeld door de liefde, Ari Deelder, Netherlands, World premiere

Frankenstein's Army, Richard Raaphorst, Netherlands/Czech Republic/USA, World premiere

Of Good Report, Jahmil XT Qubeka, South Africa, World premiere

Towheads, Shannon Plumb, USA, World premiere


International premieres

Une histoire d'amour, Hélène Fillières, France, International premiere

A floresta de Jonathas, Sérgio Andrade, Brazil, International premiere

Ma belle gosse, Shalimar Preuss, France, International premiere, CineMart Project 2011

GFP Bunny, Tsuchiya Yutaka, Japan, International premiere

Big Boy, Shireen Seno, Philippines, International premiere

Sunshine Boys, Kim Tae-Gon, South Korea, International premiere


European premieres

De ontmaagding van Eva van End, Michiel ten Horn, Netherlands, European premiere

Four Ways to Die in My Hometown, Chai Chunya, China, European premiere

Ziba, Bani Khoshnoudi, Iran, France, European premiere

Die Welt, Alex Pitstra, Netherlands, European premiere

Poor Folk, Midi Z, Taiwan, Myanmar, European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film



First selections IFFR 2013's Spectrum: (full lineup to be announced 6 January)

World premieres

La tendresse, Marion Hänsel, Belgium/France/Germany, World premiere

Rio Belongs to Us, Ricardo Pretti, Brazil, World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film

The Harmonica's Howl, Bruno Safadi, Brazil, World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film

One Day When the Rain Falls, Ifa Isfansyah, Indonesia, World premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film

The Complex, Nakata Hideo, Japan, World premiere

How to Describe a Cloud, David Verbeek, Netherlands, World premiere

Lee Towers: The Voice of Rotterdam, Hans Heijnen, Netherlands, World premiere

Hill of Pleasures, Maria Ramos, Netherlands/Brazil, World premiere

Touch, Shelly Silver, USA, World premiere


International premieres

Éden, Bruno Safadi, Brazil, International premiere

Le chat est sur la chaise, Cristi Puiu, Romania/France, International premiere

Le singe est sur la branche, Cristi Puiu, Romania/France, International premiere

La souris est sous la table, Cristi Puiu, Romania/France, International premiere

The Russian Novel, Shin Yeon-Shick, South Korea, International premiere


European premieres

Il futuro, Alicia Scherson, Chile, Germany/Italy/Spain, European premiere, CineMart Project 2007

Atambua 39° Celcius, Riri Riza, Indonesia, European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film

Soegija, Garin Nugroho, Indonesia, European premiere

Japan's Tragedy, Kobayashi Masahiro, Japan, European premiere

Odayaka, Uchida Nobuteru, Japan/USA, European premiere

Lasting, Jacek Borcuch, Poland/Spain, European premiere

First Comes Love, Nina Davenport, USA, European premiere
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  • Corpse

    Can't wait to see it in the US.

  • US premiere is locked and good to go but won't be announced for a bit yet.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Une histoire d'amour, feature debut by filmmaker and actress Hélène Fillières in which a banker (Benoît Poelvoorde) starts a sadomasochistic relation with a young woman (Laetitia Casta)."
    NOW WE ARE TALKING........for some reason I lost all interest in the rest of the lineup.....hahahhahahah.....looks nice though, thanks Mr Brown.

  • mortis rex

    It is safe to asume Frankenstein's Army will also be shown during Imagine (Amsterdam) in April, i'll go see it there during a proper midnight screening.

  • Less safe than you may imagine. Who knows what'll happen between now and then but right now that's a conversation that hasn't happened at all.

  • J Hurtado

    Thanks for burying the lede. I think everyone is probably more interested in the world premiere of FARHTWIND.

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