THE RESURRECTION OF A BASTARD Opens Rotterdam

An adaptation of his own graphic novel. Guido van Driel's The Resurrection Of A Bastard has been announced as the opening film of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. An old Frisian farmer bent on revenge. A criminal from Amsterdam barely... More »
By Todd Brown   
  

BluRay Review: WEEKEND

When Weekend director Andrew Haigh talks about his film carrying a message for everyone, gay or straight, it's a welcome mission statement. Queer cinema tends to divide opinion like few other genres, not least because at one extreme when it's... More »
  

UK DVD Review: PARKED

If you're going to make a movie that relies heavily on symbolism, you need either a particularly light touch, or to be bold enough about it people get swept away by your vision, no matter how daft it might come... More »
  

IFFR 2012 Interview: ÓSKAR THÓR AXELSSON Talks BLACK'S GAME

(How to look composed while your high-profile debut film has its world premiere at an international festival, lesson 1...) On Wednesday the 1st of February 2012, the Icelandic crime thriller "Svartur á Leik" aka. "Black's Game" had its world premiere... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: THE HUNTER (the one in Tasmania)

(Question: do you even NEED a story when you have Willem Dafoe and the Tasmanian landscape to look at?) Before you ask: "the one in Tasmania" is not the official tagline for Daniel Nettheim's new film. But it was its... More »
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IFFR 2012 Review: WHEN THE LIGHTS WENT OUT

(It's a haunted house story that is... wait for it... BASED ON TRUE EVENTS!!!) Hands up anyone who is surprised when a horror movie these days claims to be based on something that actually happened. For real. It's a tired... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Interview: SHINYA TSUKAMOTO talks KOTOKO

(...and blood and sperm of course, because he is Shinya Tsukamoto after all.) Last year Tsukamoto Shinya visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam as part of a group of directors promoting the excellent "Kaidan: Horror Classics" and Twitch put up... More »
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IFFR 2012 Review: KOTOKO

(I see people loving the film and people hating the film, but thankfully they are not the same people...) Shinya Tsukamoto's newest movie "Kotoko" shows a woman whose life is destroyed by her madness-induced hallucinations. A bold view on insanity... More »
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IFFR 2012 Review: GRANDMA LO-FI: THE BASEMENT TAPES OF SIGRÍDUR NÍELSDÓTTIR

(Despite what Italian horrorfilms might say, it sometimes does pay to look in a basement...) Every year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam a fun time can be had when the audience ratings are popping up for the first time,... More »
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IFFR 2012 Interview: MIIKE TAKASHI Talks ACE ATTORNEY

(...and blood and sperm of course, because he is Miike Takashi after all.) This year the popular and VERY prolific Japanese director Miike Takashi visited the International Film Festival Rotterdam to present his newest film... well, his newest finished one... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: L

(It's not a prequel to "Z"... I think?) Greek cinema is turning heads lately, scoring points at festivals worldwide, getting awarded left and right and ending up in people's Top-10 lists. This recent wave arguably revolves around the team which... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: BLACK'S GAME

(Guns? Guns? Wee don't need no steenking guns!) This year at the International Film Festival Rotterdam there was an Icelandic entry for the Tiger Awards: director Oskar Thor Axelsson's first feature-length film "Black's Game". Note: you can find an interview... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: A SIMPLE LIFE

(It's a simple story told well. Very well. Very, VERY well.) Director Ann Hui's film "A Simple Life" has reigned supreme at several festivals already, most notably Venice where lead actress Deanie Yip took the big prize and Ann... More »
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IFFR 2012 Review: CLIP

(Warning: this film has gross content. GROSS!) Serbia is certainly a country to keep track of film-wise. With a rich tradition of grand, beautiful cinema, an ingrained wry sense of humor and a history that is tragic and eclectic, it... More »
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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   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: HISTÓRIAS QUE SÓ EXISTEM QUANDO LEMBRADAS

(In English that means "Stories Which Only Exist When Remembered") A few years back there was an article here on Twitch about movies which were slow enough to put you to sleep yet were meditative rather than boring (a link... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012 Review: ACE ATTORNEY leads the witnesses!

("Strictly speaking, did this film need to be so extremely over-the-to..." "OBJECTION!!") One of the happy surprises of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam was a visit by the prolific and beloved Japanese director Miike Takashi. The IFFR and Miike... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012: full programme revealed

(Gentlemen and ladies, start your ordering...) Hi everyone, as of last evening (here in Europe) the International Film Festival Rotterdam has presented the entire programme on their website, and online ticket sales commenced already for subscribing "Tiger friends". But today... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2012: 38 WITNESSES and THE HUNTER, with lots of good stuff between them.

Tomorrow, the International Film Festival Rotterdam website will show the entire program and schedule for this year's iteration, which starts next week already. Ticket ordering will be more easy than ever before as long as you do it online. But... More »
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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   
  
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