Ard Vijn
Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Ard joined Twitch in November 2006, promising Todd to share information about the Dutch film industry. Instead, he focuses on Asian cinema and Japanese animation in particular. Once every year he nearly becomes the writer he so desperately wants to be and that is during the International Film Festival Rotterdam. He juggles his time between his wife and two sons, films, and a career-on-the-side as a financial analyst.

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 »
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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 »
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The Many Faces Of Julianne Moore

This weekend, fantasy-film lovers can choose to get their fix either with or without science fiction attached, with both Jupiter Ascending and Seventh Son out in cinemas. Check Loïc Valceschini's reviews, here and here. Both films sure have some fine... More »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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The Many Faces Of Sean Bean

Last week, there was a Game of Thrones event in cinemas, in IMAX cinemas even. Anticipation for the fifth season of the incredibly favorite show is high enough to make people rewatch the ending of the fourth season in theaters,... More »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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Rotterdam 2015 Review: LA LA LA AT ROCK BOTTOM Sings A Cute Tune

(How a thug's head sometimes contains both rock and a hard place...) If director Nobuhiro Yamashita is going to be remembered for something, it will be his ability to keep things real, to tone down craziness to an acceptable level,... More »
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The Many Faces Of Joaquin Phoenix

Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice is doing its rounds West of the Atlantic, and the International Film Festival Rotterdam has scheduled the international premiere of the film for today. Dustin reviewed the film and enjoyed it lots, so what an... More »
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Rotterdam 2015: 25 Recommendations And Anticipations

Today, the International Film Festival Rotterdam will start its annual ten-day run. During that time, there will be many shorts, live acts, expositions and art installations, but the main bulk of the festival will be dedicated to hundreds of... More »
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Pretty Packaging: GIOVANNI'S ISLAND Ultimate Edition Hits The Soul

Nishikubo Mizuho's film Giovanni's Island is picking up awards by the truckload all over the world, and is currently a nominee in the upcoming Japan Academy Prizes. And rightly so, if our man-in-Japan Christopher is to be believed. He called... More »
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Rest In Peace, Origa

Earlier today, Anime News Network alerted its readers that Russian-born singer Olga Vitalevna Yakovleva, better known as Origa, has died Saturday after a battle with lung cancer. Origa was very popular in Japan, and known worldwide for singing the opening... More »
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The Many Faces Of Nicole Kidman

This week, UK-based children's icon Paddington gets his film released in the US. Our Jim Tudor saw it and was, to his own surprise, rather charmed by it. And the "comically unrelenting villain" (Jim's words) of the piece is played... More »
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Rotterdam 2015 Has Revealed Its Line-up And Schedules

Next week, the International Film Festival Rotterdam will open its doors for ten days, and this Friday it already opens its box office. Today, it opened up its catalog for viewing, as the festival's website has its entire line-up available... More »
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Pretty Packaging: The SIN CITY ULTIMATE KILLER EDITION May Corrupt Your Soul

(Crime and grime get a nice package...) It's hard to think of titles which would fit the idea of disc pimping more than Sin City and Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Frank Miller's fun and exaggerated graphic... More »
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The Many Faces Of Forest Whitaker

This week, Liam Neeson isn't taking it any more, again, in Taken 3. James saw the film and wasn't amused much, but that doesn't take away from the fine actors in it of course. Time for a quiz about Liam,... More »
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Review: AANMODDERFAKKER Never Gets Old

This year, one film was the surprise grand winner at the Dutch Film Festival where the Golden Calves are awarded, which basically are the Dutch Oscars. Director Michiel ten Horn's Aanmodderfakker won Best Film, its writer Anne Barnhoorn won Best... More »
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