Review: Dutch Skate-boarding Doc ZOMBIE: THE RESURRECTION OF TIM ZOM Grinds Deeper Than The Surface

(Dude, who scratched my car?) In the past, the International Film Festival Rotterdam was sometimes chided for not having much locally-made content in its program, being maybe a bit TOO international for its own good. Recent editions have remedied that... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2014 Review: Miike Takashi's THE MOLE SONG - UNDERCOVER AGENT REIJI

(Rest assured that people of the fashion police will leave the cinema in tears...) An International Film Festival Rotterdam without a Miike Takashi film is almost unthinkable. Ever since Audition screened, back in 1999, the eclectic director has sent a... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: MATTERHORN Climbs To An Emotional High

(This one puts the gut-punch back in Punchline...) This year, Matterhorn won the Audience Award of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the first Dutch film since 1997's The Polish Bride to do so. Local films were strongly represented in the... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: DIEGO STAR Brings Canadian/Russian Injustice To Light

(Of all the places to get stuck in...) One of the many world premieres this year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam was the Canadian-Belgian social drama Diego Star, about a sailor from Ivory Coast who is left abandoned near... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Have Sex. Save The World.

Fresh off appearances at the Warsaw and Rotterdam film festivals and on its way to SXSW, Michal Marczak's documentary Fuck For Forest is sure to raise eyebrows for its racy subject matter.Berlin's Fuck For Forest is one of the world's... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fabulous First Trailer For Rotterdam Opener THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD

I have no idea what's gotten into the water supply in the Netherlands, but I want some. Though Dutch cinema has long been dominated by pure arthouse offerings there is a new generation of Dutch talent rising who seemingly suckled... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

First Teaser For Nakata's THE COMPLEX Heralds A Return To Form

Having triggered a wave of Japanese horror films with 1998's Ringu it seems like director Nakata Hideo needed a change. You can't blame him, really. After that initial success and later - and, in my opinion, superior - effort Dark... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Fabulously Creepy Trailer For Pat Holden's WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT

While the International Film Festival Rotterdam is widely known for its bold selection of arthouse films there's another side to the festival as well. Rotterdam is arguably the most genre friendly of the major European festivals, the programmers there have... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Vincent Gallo Dances With UFOs In First Teaser For THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER

While some may find Vincent Gallo's movies boring you can never, ever say that about the man himself. One of cinema's reigning enfants terribles for long enough now that the enfant tag doesn't really fit any more, Gallo seems to... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

IFFR 2011: MASKA review

It is no secret that over here at Twitch we are big fans of Stephen and Timothy Quay, also known as the Quay Brothers. They make films which consist either wholly or partly of inventive, artful stop-motion animation, and which... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2011: ATTENBERG review

Last year the International Film Festival Rotterdam showed the currently Oscar-nominated "Dogtooth" by Greek director Giorgos Lanthimos, with Athina Rachel Tsangari listed as associate producer. This year the IFFR shows another collaboration of these two although this time the roles... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Two Clips From Woo Ming Jin's THE TIGER FACTORY

Following it's successful debut in Cannes, Woo Ming Jin's The Tiger Factory is on its way back to Europe for an appearance at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and we've got a pair of clips to share with you.Ping Ping... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

Five Minutes Of Edmund Yeo's EXHALATION

Edmund Yeo is a busy man.The Malaysian born, Japan based film maker has a pair of short films on the festival circuit right now, both of which are continuing to build his reputation as one of the finest filmmaking talents... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

IFFR 2010: AMER Review

'Amer' marks the feature film debut of Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani who already made a name for themselves with award winning short films in which they experimented with still photography, color filters and what can only be called the... More »
  

The Apocalypse Strikes Argentina In EL SOL

Soon to premiere in Rotterdam is Ayar Blasco's El Sol, a work of animation so deliberately deliberately coarse that it immediately brings Korean effort Aachi and Ssipak to mind. Which is pretty much what you'd expect from a young writer-director-producer... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

[K-FILM REVIEWS] 파주 (Paju)

You'll never fully realize how beautiful fog can be until you see it from a balcony, as it embraces an entire valley in the early morning, like an ocean of white you'd love to swim in; It's as if, for... More »
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Park Chan-Ok's "PAJU" will open the IFFR 2010

From January 27th till February the 7th, the 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam will be held. And even though the final line-up won't be released until the second week of January, details are slowly but surely emerging.   Such as... More »
By Ard Vijn