Olivier Assayas, Béla Tarr, Andrea Arnold, Barry Jenkins
Olivier Assayas, Béla Tarr, Andrea Arnold, Barry Jenkins

Filmmakers Olivier Assayas, Béla Tarr, Andrea Arnold and Barry Jenkins will give masterclasses on their work and influences at the 46th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).  These masterclasses are part of an extensive line-up of talks centered around IFFR’s themed programs and unique, one-off film screenings.

French filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Irma Vep, Clouds of Sils Maria) will talk about his previous works, his main influences and his latest film Personal Shopper, which also screens at the festival. In a rare masterclass, influential Hungarian filmmaker Béla Tarr (Sátántangó, The Turin Horse) will be talking about his career, with illustrations from in particular his 2000 feature Werckmeister Harmonies. Tarr’s work is currently featured in an exhibition in EYE. Andrea Arnold’s previous films Red Road and Fish Tank both won the Jury Prize at Cannes. Her masterclass will be on the creative process of her latest hit film, American Honey, which also screened in competition in Cannes 2016. Barry Jenkins’ second feature Moonlight received rhapsodic reviews and was hailed by many critics as the best film of the year. Four months after its premiere, the film had already picked up over 140 awards. In this masterclass, Barry Jenkins will talk about his vision as a director, his skyrocketing success and the challenges of filmmaking.

Four talks and special screenings are part of the Parallax Views program. Film historian Thomas Elsaesser will explain his theory of abjection on the basis of films from the program. A special screening of Pablo Larraíns Jackie will be preceded by a video essay by Kevin B. Lee and followed by a conversation with film journalists Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen. The screening of Burma Storybook will be followed by a conversation concerning poetry and cinema, in collaboration with Poetry International. And finally, Mark Cousins’ Bigger Than The Shining. This video essay will be screened one final time, after which Cousins will destroy it with an axe.

The Perspectives program also features a number of talks. Panel Picture Palestine: Perpetual Recurrences is a panel featuring representatives of the new generation of Palestinian filmmakers and video artists. In Criss-Cross: Gangland, Copland, Terrorland famous faces from French crime cinema talk about how their work embodies the dark side of ‘la grandeur de la France’. Black Rebels: Minding the Gap features talks, films, music and interviews that traverse the past, present and future of Black cinema. With Charles Burnett, Ernest Dickerson, Keith Piper and Tirzo Martha. The screening of Nocturama will be followed by an interview with director Bertrand Bonello about how the film reflects the current political climate in France.

All talks and masterclasses at IFFR 2017:

Masterclass Béla Tarr
Influential contemporary filmmaker Béla Tarr reflects on his work with journalist Jonathan Romney.
Thu 26 Jan, 15:00, de Doelen Van Cappellen Zaal, €5.50

Masterclass Barry Jenkins
Occasioned by his latest feature film Moonlight, filmmaker Barry Jenkins talks about his exploding career and what defines him as a filmmaker.

Masterclass Andrea Arnold
Masterclass with British filmmaker Andrea Arnold on the creative process occasioned by her latest hit film American Honey.

Parallax Views: Jackie
Special screening of Jackie preceded by a video essay by Kevin B. Lee and followed by a conversation with film journalists Jan Pieter Ekker and Dana Linssen.

Fukeiron or the Politics and Poetics of Landscape
Program in conjunction with Witte de With in which Eric Baudelaire, Claire Atherton and Nicole Brenez scrutinize the politics and poetry of the cinematic landscape.

Parallax Views: IFFR x De Balie – Safari
Auxiliary program by De Balie to accompany Ulrich Seidl’s Safari. About the link between animal suffering and post-colonial violence as well as how the ecological crisis is linked to repression and racism.

Panel Picture Palestine: Perpetual Recurrences
Panel with representatives of the new generation of Palestinian filmmakers and video artists.

If You Catch Fish, You Can Make Soup: Burma Storybook
Conversation concerning poetry and cinema in collaboration with Poetry International following the screening of Burma Storybook.

Black Rebels: Minding the Gap
Travel the past, present and future of Black cinema. Talks, films, music and interviews. With filmmakers Charles Burnett and Ernest Dickerson as well as the artists Keith Piper and Tirzo Martha.

Criss-Cross: Gangland, Copland, Terrorland
Famous faces from French crime cinema about how their work embodies the dark side of ‘la grandeur de la France’. With filmmakers and authors from the Criss-Cross program.

Parallax Views: Thomas Elsaesser – The Cinema of Abjection
Film historian Thomas Elsaesser explains his theory of abjection on the basis of films from this program.

IFFR Talk: Abdullah Mohammad Saad & Edwin
Film journalist Paolo Bertolin in conversation with filmmakers Abdullah Mohammad Saad and Edwin.

Parallax Views: Bigger Than The Shining
Last year, IFFR screened Mark Cousins’ Bigger Than The Shining. The video essay will be screened one final time, after which Cousins will destroy it with an axe.

A Band Apart: Nocturama
After Nocturama, an interview with director Bertrand Bonello about how the film reflects the current political climate in France.

Masterclass Olivier Assayas
Olivier Assayas reflects on prior works, his main influences and his latest film Personal Shopper.

Parallax Views: Open Bar Roundup Forum
IFFR filmmakers in lively debate on cinema’s role at this juncture in the political transition currently underway.

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