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.

The Many Faces Of Michael Keaton

This weekend, Michael Keaton could be receiving an Academy Award for Best actor, for his role in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman. Indeed, many people over here at TwitchFilm central think he's going to get the gold, and Birdman itself was... More »
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Rotterdam 2015 Review: UNDULANT FEVER Is Not Fifty Shades Of Pink

(Love is: accepting that his lust for sex can be a substitute for love, unless it can't, in which case you should hate the bastard, unless you love him regardless and you keep chasing him, because then you should persevere... More »
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Rotterdam 2015: What The Audiences Liked Best

(Because let's face it: what do all those artsy-fartsy-lovin' paid critics know, anyway?) Years ago, there was a time when the coming of the International Film Festival Rotterdam annoyed me. All my favorite cinemas were taken over by this event,... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jason Voorhees

It's Friday the 13th folks, so here at TwitchFilm central we've decided to do something different with this, our weekly mugshot quiz. Instead of an actor or an actress, today we take someone who is not only fictional, but also... More »
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Rotterdam 2015 Review: HARUKO'S PARANORMAL LABORATORY Drowns In Quirk

(I'll never yell at my television again, lest it suddenly changes into an attractive member of the opposite sex... hey, wait-a-minute!) Last year, Japanese director Lisa Takeba presented her first feature film The Pinkie at the International Film Festival Rotterdam... More »
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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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