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   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: SET ME FREE Impressively Keeps It Real

(Here's someone literally begging to be taken to church...) In Kim Tae-yong's debut film Set Me Free (original Korean title Geo-in), he deals with the memories he has about one of the darkest moments in his own childhood. His parents... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: WAR BOOK Makes For A Compelling Chamber Piece

(Thankfully a nuclear war isn't our biggest fear any more these days... or is it?) This year, the opening film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam was Tom Harper's War Book, a British drama about a governmental brainstorm session. It... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Watch These Tantalizing ANOTHER TRIP TO THE MOON Trailers

This first feature from director Ismail Basbeth is one of the big Indonesian films to look forward to this year. Another Trip To The Moon had its World Premiere at International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) where it competed for the... More »
By William Chandra   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: GLUCKAUF Combines Gritty Drama With Fantastic Acting

(What went down, must someday come up... right?) Looking at the map of the Netherlands, a few things stand out. The West and North are completely coastal, meaning the province of Limburg in the South-East is the most inland bit... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015: Here Are The Winners

This weekend saw the end of the current edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and that means all award winners were announced as well. First and foremost among these are the Hivos Tiger Awards, encouragement prizes which can only... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: THE INSEMINATOR, Banned But Not Forgotten

This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam had a section on surrealism, and one of the films playing in it was Bui Kim Quy's The Inseminator. And it took the festival a lot of trouble to get the film, as... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: AS THE GODS WILL Leaves You Gasping For More

(Putting the Fear of God into someone was never taken as literally as here...) Miike Takashi must, by now, be the most experienced director in the world in several genres, especially if those genres are vaguely defined as "gory and... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

Rotterdam 2015 Review: GERMAN ANGST Is Not For The Squeamish

(An Anthology with a capital A for Abuse, Antisocials and Addiction...) This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam has dedicated a section of its programme to surrealism, and questioning reality in cinema. The horror anthology German Angst is part of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  
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