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.

Rest In Peace, Andrzej Zulawski

Today brings very, very sad news for lovers of international cinema: Polish writer/director Andrzej Zulawski passed away last night, at age 75, after a battle with cancer. There was some confusion about whether or not his death was a hoax... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: A GOOD AMERICAN Damns The Worst Of America

Austrian director Friedrich Moser is a self-confessed fan of spy stories, so it's not surprising he made a documentary about the NSA's former meta-data expert Bill Binney. Titled A Good American, the film played at the International Film Festival Rotterdam.... More »
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Have Your Say: That Clip You Can't Stop Watching

It can be a scene from a film, a short, a music-video, a special effects test, a mash-up, a cat blooper even... but sometimes you come across a clip which you just cannot stop watching. Something you show everybody. Something... More »
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The Many Faces Of Ryan Reynolds

Normally I use the quiz for an actor I really really like, so that would exclude Ryan Reynolds. Don't get me wrong, I don't hate the guy or anything, he just was never something I particularly looked forward to in... More »
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Rotterdam 2016: What The Audiences Liked Best

(Critics, schmitics... ) Last weekend saw the end of this year's International Film Festival Rotterdam, and all prizes were awarded. And while critic prizes are interesting (though often unfathomable), my favorite prize is always the Audience Award. Which films were... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: PATHS OF THE SOUL Shows Purpose In Pilgrimage

Years ago, when Blu-ray was a new platform and newly acquired by me, I searched the world for the most spectacular discs to play. Be it the US-release of Baraka or the Hong Kong release of Red Cliff, I'd import... More »
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Have Your Say: If You Were Getting One Film-related Tattoo, What Would It Be?

Ah, tattoos. Some are ugly, some are gobsmackingly beautiful. Me, I don't have any. Mother nature has seen fit to adorn the canvas which covers me with a wide variety of birthmarks, lumps and hairs, and frankly I'm worried about... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: TOO YOUNG TO DIE! Is One Hell Of A Load Of Fun

(...and no Jamiroquai in sight...) The Japanese writer-director Kudô Kankurô has his heart in a quirky place, and has proven that already several times over. As a scriptwriter he wrote Zebraman for director Miike Takashi, The Apology King for director... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: WILD Brings Out The Inner Wolf

The Rotterdam International Film Festival had many, many world premieres this year, and some almost-world premieres as well, like German director Nicolette Krebitz' new film Wild, which had its first-ever screening mere days earlier at Sundance. Which made it a... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Interview: Uchida Eiji, Director Of LOWLIFE LOVE And GREATFUL DEAD

Last week at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Lowlife Love had its first screening outside of Japan. The film shows a very sordid look at the Japanese no-budget film industry, in which all people who are hopeful of a cinematic... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: BEYOND SLEEP

One of the tasks Dutch high-school boys and girls need to conquer is finishing the dreaded Dutch "literature list", meaning they need to have read a certain number of famous Dutch books. One of the more often-used titles to put... More »
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Have Your Say: What Is Your Favorite 21st Century Western?

Last week, Jane Got a Gun premiered, and both Bone Tomahawk and The Hateful Eight are still on their world tours. The so-called "westerns" are no longer as rare as they used to be. Clearly, that genre is currently decades... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: FRANCOFONIA Shows All Is Fair In Art, Except War

When you look at his filmography, it is no secret that Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov loves history and art, and most of his works are meditations on those two subjects. One of his most heralded films, Russian Ark, was a... More »
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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 »
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The Many Faces Of Dustin Hoffman

This week, Alessandro Carloni and Jennifer Yuh's Kung Fu Panda 3 enters cinemas. I'm actually looking forward to seeing it, as the first two turned out to be a lot better than initially anticipated. And though I'm not always a... More »
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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 »
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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 »
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The Many Faces Of Jet Li

We do have scoops now and then, and the news that Jet Li would be joining the third xXx film (re-starring Vin Diesel) was one of those occasions. That news has now been corroborated, so with Jet Li in mind,... More »
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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 »
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Have Your Say: EVANGELION 3.0 + 1.0 Will (Not) Be Made

Ah, Evangelion... sigh. Its series and films are rightfully the stuff of legends. I tried to write a short overview of the franchise's history, when the first of the four Rebuild of Evangelion films was released on Blu-ray, but ouch,... More »
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