Anup Singh's QISSA Will Open Rotterdam 2014

In just a few weeks, the largest of the Dutch film fests will start again: the International Film Festival Rotterdam, or IFFR for short. As always there will be films from all over the place, with a strong slant towards... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

A Talk With THE COMPLEX Director Nakata Hideo. Part 1 of 2: Does He Believe In Ghosts?

A few months back, the International Film Festival Rotterdam welcomed the Japanese director Nakata Hideo as a guest, famous for horror films like Ringu, Ringu 2 and Dark Water. Hideo had brought his newest J-horror film The Complex with him,... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: ME TOO Is Balabanov's Final Wave To Us All

(Instant happiness or instant death, the end is the end...) Russian director - and enfant terrible - Alexey Balabanov wasn't exactly a stranger at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. Nearly all of his films were screened at this festival upon... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: IXJANA Injects Giallo-like Color And Weirdness Into Film Noir.

(If I did THIS much sex, booze and drugs together on one evening: yep, unfortunately I'd forget stuff as well...) Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski is no stranger to the International Film Festival Rotterdam, which even honored him a few years... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013: A Talk With Richard Raaphorst About FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY. Part 2 of 2: Shooting Zombots!

Back in January, Frankenstein's Army had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival Rotterdam. A few hours before the official world premiere, I was allowed to interview director Richard Raaphorst. The first part of that interview can be found... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013: A Talk With Richard Raaphorst About FRANKENSTEIN'S ARMY. Part 1 of 2: Getting Started...

The long-awaited (and long-covered) film Frankenstein's Army is currently touring film festivals worldwide. This month it was shown at the IMAGINE Festival in Amsterdam and Tribeca in New York, and it had its World Premiere at the International Film Festival... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

IFFR 2013 Review: MIROIR MON AMOUR, Can Snow White Out-seduce Her Mother?

(It's all Sex, Lies and Fairy-tales in the "Happily Ever After"...) There certainly wasn't a shortage of films about Snow White in cinemas this past year, what with Snow White and the Huntsman, Mirror Mirror, and Blancanieves. The last of... More »
By Ard Vijn   
  

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 »
By Dustin Chang   
  

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   
  
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