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Beats, a film by Brian Welsh
Beats, a film by Brian Welsh

Beats, a film by Brian Welsh about an unlikely friendship set against a backdrop of illegal raves in the 90s will world premiere at the 2019 International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Beats is part of IFFR’s Limelight program, which features the cinematic highlights of the year. Emmy Award-winning fimmaker Clara van Gool’s The Beast in the Jungle and Martin de Vries’s Camino, A Feature-length Selfie also world premiere within Limelight.

Beats is a raw, black-and-white portrait of a bankrupt United Kingdom in which music and drugs are the only things of interest. In summer 1994, with rave culture on the rise in a Scottish village, teens Johnno and Spanner have a final night out together before each going their own way in life.

In addition to Beats, IFFR’s Limelight program boasts two other world premieres, both by Dutch filmmakers: The Beast in the Jungle by Clara van Gool is a poetic adaptation of Henry James’s 1903 novella with a major role for dance and movement; and Camino, a Feature-length Selfie is Martin de Vries’s account of his hike to Santiago de Compostela.

Four Limelight titles were previously supported by IFFR: A Land Imagined by Yeo Siew Hua, Rojo by Benjamín Naishtat and Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu were supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund and Birds of Passage by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra was presented at IFFR’s CineMart.

Other confirmed Limelight titles include Gaspar Noé’s Climax, Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux, Alice Rohrwacher’s Happy as Lazzaro and Hamaguchi Ryūsuke’s Asako I & II.

All confirmed 2019 International Film Festival RotterdamLimelight titles to date

Un amour impossible/An Impossible Love, Catherine Corsini, 2018, France

Asako I & II, Hamaguchi Ryūsuke, 2018, Japan/France

Ash Is Purest White, Jia Zhangke, 2018, China/France

The Beast in the Jungle, Clara van Gool, 2019, Netherlands/Luxembourg, world premiere

Beats, Brian Welsh, 2019, UK, world premiere

Birds of Passage, Cristina Gallego/Ciro Guerra, 2018, Colombia/Denmark/Mexico

Camino, een feature-length selfie/Camino, A Feature-length Selfie, Martin de Vries, 2019, Netherlands, world premiere

Capharnaüm/Capernaum, Nadine Labaki, 2018, LebanonClimax, Gaspar Noé, 2018, France

Donbass, Sergei Loznitsa, 2018, Germany/Ukraine/France/Netherlands/Romania

A Land Imagined, Yeo Siew Hua, 2018, Singapore/France/Netherlands

Lazzaro felice/Happy as Lazzaro, Alice Rohrwacher, 2018, Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany

Leto/Summer, Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018, Russia/France

Rafiki, Wanuri Kahiu, 2018, Kenya/South AfricaRojo, Benjamín Naishtat, 2018, Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany

Vox Lux, Brady Corbet, 2018, USA

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