Rotterdam Film Festival Roars With Expanded Tiger Competition


The Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam needed to forego a bodily occasion for its fiftieth anniversary version, however it’s aiming to succeed in a wider viewers with expanded competitors sections and showcases that embrace promising new voices and established filmmakers alike.

Underneath new pageant director Vanja Kaludjercic, IFFR has diminished the general variety of movies from the greater than 270 characteristic movies that unspooled final 12 months whereas beefing up the primary Tiger Competition, which celebrates progressive works from up-and-coming filmmakers, from 10 to 16 titles. Additionally expanded was the Large Display screen Competition, which bridges the hole between well-liked, basic and arthouse cinema.

The revised competitions “encapsulate IFFR’s spirit as a platform for the invention of visions that pique our curiosity and seize our creativeness,” Kaludjercic says.

Feminine self-realization is one topic that’s explored in plenty of movies vying for this 12 months’s Tiger Award, specifically Karen Cinorre’s U.S. title “Mayday”; Norika Sefa’s Kosovar drama “In search of Venera”; and Marta Popivoda’s Serbian documentary “Landscapes of Resistance,” a few socialist partisan in Serbia who was captured by the Nazis however managed to flee from Auschwitz.

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A number of titles problem narrative codecs whereas inspecting themes of lust, aggression and sexual alienation, amongst them “Moss Agate,” by Lebanese director Selim Mourad; Ismaël and Youssef Chebbi’s Tunisian femme deadly thriller “Black Medusa”; and Tim Leyendekker’s Dutch work “Feast.” Unspooling in Large Display screen are such worldwide works as Paz Fábrega’s Costa Rican drama “Aurora,” a few woman battling an undesirable being pregnant, and “The North Wind,” a Russian drama by Renata Litvinova described as a “romantic, baroque and decadent Gothic fairytale” a few matriarchal clan.

Rotterdam’s Limelight showcase presents cinematic highlights coming quickly to Dutch cinemas, corresponding to Anders Thomas Jensen’s opening movie, “Riders of Justice.” The comedy-thriller, which stars Mads Mikkelsen, felt very clearly like a pageant opener the second she noticed it, says Kaludjercic.

“It has an ideal forged. It’s a returning filmmaker to Rotterdam as properly. Anders Thomas Jensen actually has the uncommon skill to make movies that on the similar time embody complicated subjects which are very related to society and that basically embrace broader audiences as properly.” Mikkelsen shall be among the many visitors collaborating within the fest’s Large Discuss sequence, which may also characteristic Kelly Reichardt (“First Cow”), the recipient of this 12 months’s Robby Müller Award; Benoît Jacquot and Charlotte Gainsbourg, the director and star of French drama “Suzanna Andler”; and Dea Kulumbegashvili and Nicolás Jaar, the director and composer of “Starting,” Georgia’s entry within the worldwide movie race on the Academy Awards.


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