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.

Imagine 2016: Lineup And Recommendations

From the 14th till the 24th of April, the Eye Film Museum in Amsterdam is hosting the Imagine Film Festival 2016. Festivals often focus on the stuffy and the arty, but Imagine has a legacy of going for hard-to-catch... More »
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Luc Besson Shows Glimpses At VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS

French director Luc Besson can be a right royal champion of secrecy at times, with for example his The Fifth Element appearing almost out of nowhere in 1997, despite it being a huge project. However, yesterday Entertainment Weekly published an... More »
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The Many Faces Of Holly Hunter

This week, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice barges into cinemas worldwide, and say of the film what you want, it's got a fine collection of actors and actresses in it indeed. Still, once we spotted Holly Hunter in there,... More »
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Have Your Say: GAME OF THRONES, The Books Or The Series?

(If bloody murder doesn't erupt about this I will be surprised...) Last week, the fifth season of HBO's fantasy juggernaut series Game of Thrones was released on Blu-ray and DVD, for those few souls who hadn't seen it yet or... More »
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Review: AN Advises Everyone A Hearty Carpe Diem

(When life hands you lemons, make sweet red bean paste!) Japanese director Kawase Naomi's film An (also known in some territories as Sweet Red Bean Paste) played at the International Film Festival Rotterdam this February, where it turned out to... More »
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The Many Faces Of Mathieu Amalric

This week sees the North American release of Arnaud Desplechin's My Golden Days, a film which, as Ben Croll states in his review, is rife with French film clichés, but still "a wonderful, thoughtfully crafted work". And bookending the story... More »
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Review: BELGICA Surprises, Except When It Doesn't

Belgian director Felix van Groeningen managed to make major waves internationally in the art-house circuit with his films The Misfortunates and especially The Broken Circle Breakdown, so I was quite happy when one of the surprise films of the International... More »
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Have Your Say: What Would Be Your CLOVERFIELD Story?

Last week saw the arrival of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, which was rumored to be a sort-of sequel to Matt Reeves' 2008 found footage 'kaiju' film Cloverfield (said kaiju is looking right at you in the pic above). In... More »
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The Many Faces Of John Goodman

This week sees the premiere of Dan Trachtenberg's 10 Cloverfield Lane, the odd surprise add-on to 2008's Cloverfield. Is it a prequel, a sequel, a spin-off, an "equal"? Trying to figure that one out is actually one of the film's... More »
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Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Role By Udo Kier?

Yesterday I finished writing my very positive review of David Schalko's Austrian television series Altes Geld. That series is about a shady billionaire who needs a new liver, and who stirs up a viper's nest when he tells his family... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: ALTES GELD Is Deliciously Devious

This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam had a section dedicated to television series. In it, you could see episode-collections shown as films, and films that are soon to become adapted as television series. But one of the most spectacular... More »
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The Many Faces Of Alfred Molina

This week sees the North American premiere of Whiskey Tango Foxtrot, co-directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and starring Tina Fey as a journalist in Afghanistan. In his review, Peter Martin says the film is "difficult to categorize yet... More »
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Offscreen Brussels 2016 Is On, With A Terrific Line-up!

Last evening, the 2016 edition of the Offscreen film festival in Brussels started, and once again it is likely to be one of the best genre festivals in Europe this year. Alongside new titles there are plenty of classics shown... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: AAAAAAAAH! Makes You Go Eeeeeeeeh!

(Or: welcome to the planet of the apes, where the apes are us.) Ben Wheatley's film High Rise is currently making waves and shocking people in its theatrical run, with its bleak story of societies happily degenerating into animal behavior.... More »
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CinemAsia 2016: Ten TwitchFilm Recommendations

When the International Film Festival Rotterdam has ended in February, and the Imagine Festival Amsterdam doesn't start until April, what is a Dutch film festival fan to do? Well, he or she could do a lot worse than to check... More »
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Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Gloriously Ridiculous Film?

Yesterday, Peter Martin wrote a great, great article about why Gods of Egypt is utterly ridiculous, yet why he had a shitload of fun with it regardlessly. And why shouldn't he? Most films require us to shut off part of... More »
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The Many Faces Of Chiwetel Ejiofor

This week, John Hillcoat's dirty cop thriller Triple 9 premieres, and according to Kurt Halfyard's review it is definitely worth your time. And one of the many fine cast members happens to be British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who for the... More »
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Rotterdam 2016 Review: CHEVALIER Shows The Ultimate Dick-measuring Contest

Greek director Athina Rachel Tsangari is seen as an important part of the current Greek "Weird Wave" of cinema. She produced several of Yorgos Lanthimos' films like Dogtooth, and he helped produce (and acted in) her previous film Attenberg. But... More »
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Have Your Say: What's Your Favorite Slow-Motion Moment?

Almost from the dawn of filmmaking in the 19th century onward, people have been overcranking and undercranking their cameras to create interesting effects, to scientifically prove a point, or just for fun. Overcranking a camera means you take more pictures... More »
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The Many Faces Of Jeremy Irons

This year sees quite a number of titles with Jeremy Irons in them. Premiering this week is Stephen Hopkins' biopic Race, about Jesse Owen's historic Olympic win in Nazi Germany, while Ben Wheatley's High-rise (reviewed here) is currently doing the... More »
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