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Rotterdam 2016 Review: RADIO DREAMS And Waiting for Metallica

Despite being brought up and educated in London, Iranian filmmaker Babak Jalali shot his sophomore feature Radio Dreams in the Bay Area of San Francisco. His stylistic preferences and personal signature aesthetics began to take bolder shape in his... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: Personal Docupic 5 OCTOBER Tackles Modern Man And Transcendentalism

The already-established Slovakian photographer Martin Kollár flips between the lenses of photography and cinematography regularly and 5 October, unveiled in the festival section "As Long As It Takes", has the best of both worlds. As a cinematographer, he has lensed... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: WILD Brings Out The Inner Wolf

The Rotterdam International Film Festival had many, many world premieres this year, and some almost-world premieres as well, like German director Nicolette Krebitz' new film Wild, which had its first-ever screening mere days earlier at Sundance. Which made it a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Uchida Eiji, Director Of LOWLIFE LOVE And GREATFUL DEAD

Last week at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Lowlife Love had its first screening outside of Japan. The film shows a very sordid look at the Japanese no-budget film industry, in which all people who are hopeful of a cinematic... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: BEYOND SLEEP

One of the tasks Dutch high-school boys and girls need to conquer is finishing the dreaded Dutch "literature list", meaning they need to have read a certain number of famous Dutch books. One of the more often-used titles to put... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: FRANCOFONIA Shows All Is Fair In Art, Except War

When you look at his filmography, it is no secret that Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov loves history and art, and most of his works are meditations on those two subjects. One of his most heralded films, Russian Ark, was a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: IL SOLENGO Speaks To The Heart Of Italian Culture

There is a side to Italian culture which, given the importance it has, receives far too little attention. Beyond the cop vs. mafia gun battles and the eccentric lives of Italian dilettantes, there lurks a mysterious, timeless figure: the contadino.... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: HISTORY'S FUTURE, A Shower Of Innumerable Atoms

There are few film festivals that manage to be as bold a stage for daring types of film as International Film Festival Rotterdam, and sometimes it almost feels as if there's something hard-wired into that city's forward-looking architecture that compels... More »
By Thomas Humphrey   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Review: LOWLIFE LOVE Is Crafty, Filthy And Bitter

In Uchida Eiji's new film Lowlife Love, we get a nasty peek at the underbelly of the Japanese independent film scene. These are not the indies with a low budget, these are the indies with no budget, often made by... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Festival's Director Bero Beyer On Upcoming Edition And Changes To Come

There's a new sheriff in town. The IFFR´s director Rutger Wolfson stepped down after the festival´s 2015 edition, and the festival´s board appointed Dutch film producer and film consultant Bero Beyer as the new general as well as artistic director in... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Have Your Say: Which Festival Fever Do You Favor?

As I write this, Slamdance 2016 is on its finishing lap, Sundance 2016 is in full swing and making headlines, Rotterdam 2016 starts tomorrow, and mere days after that one we get this year's Berlinale. And no doubt there are... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016: 30 Recommendations And Anticipations

(UPDATE: Thirty schmirty, I added two more...) Next Wednesday, the 45th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam starts, the biggest fest of its kind in the Netherlands. This year, in its ten-day run there will be roughly 250... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2016 Opens Next Week, Reveals Its Killer Line-up Today

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) always keeps a tight timeline with regards to revealing its huge programme. While plenty of hints are given from early December onward, it's only one week before the festival opens that the full line-up... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

An Interview With All Directors Of GERMAN ANGST! Marschall! Kosakowski! Buttgereit! Part 1!

The Berlin-based horror anthology German Angst was among the many world premieres this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and all three of its directors were attending in person. The day after, I was lucky enough to get to... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Review: ERBARME DICH - MATTHÄUS PASSION STORIES Targets The Purpose Of Sadness

(Don't feel bad, feel worse! Then, listen to exquisite music...) A documentary about classical music does, on paper, not seem to be a crowd-pleaser. Yet Ramón Gieling's Erbarme Dich - Matthäus Passion Stories was one of the big surprises at... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: VIDEOPHILIA (AND OTHER VIRAL SYNDROMES) Lust and Loathing in Viral Lima

The emerging director Juan Daniel F. Molero premiered his second film Videophilia (And Other Viral Syndromes) in the shrine of progressive audiovisual endeavours: Rotterdam. This rising star -- and somewhat young renaissance man -- is currently fiercely multitasking as director,... More »
By Martin Kudlac   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: UNDULANT FEVER Is Not Fifty Shades Of Pink

(Love is: accepting that his lust for sex can be a substitute for love, unless it can't, in which case you should hate the bastard, unless you love him regardless and you keep chasing him, because then you should persevere... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015: What The Audiences Liked Best

(Because let's face it: what do all those artsy-fartsy-lovin' paid critics know, anyway?) Years ago, there was a time when the coming of the International Film Festival Rotterdam annoyed me. All my favorite cinemas were taken over by this event,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: HARUKO'S PARANORMAL LABORATORY Drowns In Quirk

(I'll never yell at my television again, lest it suddenly changes into an attractive member of the opposite sex... hey, wait-a-minute!) Last year, Japanese director Lisa Takeba presented her first feature film The Pinkie at the International Film Festival Rotterdam... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: ANOTHER TRIP TO THE MOON Is Both Sedate And Trippy

(Once upon a time, there were two beautiful young women, hunting in a forest...) What is the border between still photography and moving pictures? Footage shot by a camera pointed at a waterfall or a fireplace may technically be the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
 
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