IFFR 2013 Review: HOW TO DESCRIBE A CLOUD

(You will not see that next-to-last shot coming. Seriously, you won't...) While there are several big flashy films shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the vast majority of titles tend to be low-budget affairs by newcomers. Introducing new names... 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   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: LONGING FOR THE RAIN Gives An Unflinching Look At Sexual Desire

(Apparently, rainy nights make for wet dreaming...) Despite the reputation of the International Film Festival Rotterdam for being one of the main portals to Asian cinema, this year there weren't many films from China. What was there was pretty special,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: HALLEY Begs Sympathy For The Zombie

(For starters, they're so sloooo-ooow...) While there weren't as many genre films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam as, say, ten years ago, this year it actually featured two new zombie films. Amazingly, both titles managed to bring something new... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: NAIROBI HALF LIFE Entertains At High Speed

(Crime doesn't pay... but it can further your acting career!) In 2010 the International Film Festival Rotterdam dedicated an entire programme section to films from Africa, and there has been a strong African presence at the festival ever since. This... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: LORE Finds The Awful Truth In Pretty Pictures

After her well-received debut feature Summersault (2004), a small indie film about a young woman's sexual awakening that launched the careers of Abbie Cornish and Sam Worthington, directing a WWII drama in Germany with all German cast is a curious... More »
  

FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY Is Spreading Over The Globe

For those of you who wanted to see Richard Raaphorst's Nazi zombie cyborg feature Frankenstein's Army, but were not able to catch one of the screenings at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR), here is some good news: Variety just... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: OH BOY Meanders Pleasantly Through A Beautiful Berlin

(But will the sequel be called Oh Man?) There is no shortage of debut films at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Beginning filmmakers are encouraged through the Hivos Tiger Awards, and the festival section "Bright Future" strives to bring forward... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: F*CK FOR FOREST Tries To Spread Love And Peace!

(It's a documentary about f*cking hippies... No, I'm not being reactionary! They're really hippies and they're really f*cking!) This year there were several feature documentaries at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, but few had a subject (or a title) as... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013: It's Awards Time! MATTERHORN, WADJDA, and More Win

This weekend saw the closing of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, and this means all of its awards are now known. The three Hivos Tiger Awards for best film by a newcomer (only first and second features count) were... 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   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: THE COMPLEX Gives A Decent Fright

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is no longer the go-to event in The Netherlands when it concerns genre films from Asia. When the IFFR abolished its "Rotterdammerung" section, that honor went to the IMAGINE festival in Amsterdam and Camera Japan... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: ODAYAKA Dives Beneath the Surface of Polite Japanese Society

This year the International Film Festival Rotterdam brought its visitors two Japanese features that, like the countless others that have already been made about it, just seemed to explore the earthquake, tsunami and Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster from March 11,... More »
  

IFFR 2013 Review: Johnnie To's DRUG WAR Is Here To Wake Us All Up

(Johnnie To is the drug for me...) The International Film Festival Rotterdam has a great reputation for including loads of Asian content in its catalogue each year. The modified line-ups of recent years have not changed this, although the big... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY Is Out To Get You

This is the kind of film where "tripping over your own legs" doesn't necessarily mean they're still attached... Richard Raaphorst's debut feature film Frankenstein's Army has its world premiere today at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. And it's about time:... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

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   
  

IFFR 2013 Full Schedule Released

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR for short) has released its full schedule and started up its online ticket selling for the so-called "Tiger friends," regular visitors with discount passes. The full list can be browsed here and contains many... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

More Mad Doctor In New FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY Stills!

With the World Premiere of Richard Raaphorst's Frankenstein's Army right around the corner at the International Film Festival Rotterdam a pair of new stills have been released from the film. And as was the case with the previous pair of... More »
By Todd Brown   
  
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