International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)

NAME OF FESTIVAL: International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
SINCE: 1972
WHERE: Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Europe
WEBSITE: www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL: The International Film Festival Rotterdam grew out to become one the largest audience driven film festivals in the world, while maintaining its focus on innovative filmmaking by talented newcomers and established auteurs as well as on presenting cutting edge media art. Over these twelve days hundreds of movies are shown on more than twenty screens in Rotterdam. During the festival several Awards will be presented, such as the Tiger Awards and the Tiger Awards for short films.

IFFR announces Spectrum 2012 line-up

IFFR announces Spectrum 2012 line-up

In its main section Spectrum, the International Film Festival Rotterdam screens films by experienced directors and maestros of artistic and experimental cinema. In total, Spectrum is made up of seventy-two features and documentaries from thirty-two countries, among which eight films supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. The full Spectrum title list is available here.

Sixteen of the Spectrum films will be world premières, including those by Pat Holden (UK); Daniel Rosenfeld (Argentina); Garin Nugroho (Indonesia); Miike Takashi (Japan); Davide Manuli (Italy); Ian Olds & James Franco (USA); Lav Diaz (the Philippines) and Damien Odoul (France). The IFFR opens January 25 with the world premiere of Lucas Belvaux’ 38 TÉMOINS (38 WITNESSES, France).
Furthermore Spectrum includes international premieres of films by Cláudio Assis (Brazil), Kobayashi Masahiro (Japan), Roh Gyeong-Tae (South Korea) and Rick Alverson (USA) and European premieres of films by Bohdan Sláma (Czech Republic), Alexandru Baciu & Radu Muntean (Romania).

World premières in Spectrum 2012
The following films, in alphabetical order by country of production, will have their world premières in the Spectrum programme section at the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2012. See the full premiere list below.

Argentina: CORNELIA AT HER MIRROR by Daniel Rosenfeld, a meticulous and stylish film based on the story by Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993). Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.

Austria: ROMAN DIARY by Michael Pilz, a meditative film featuring images of a park in Rome.

Brazil: RUA APERANA 52 by Júlio Bressane, a musical film about a street corner in Rio, edited together from old photos and the maker’s own films from the period 1957-2005.

Canada: LACAN PALESTINE by Mike Hoolboom, a found-footage essay on a complex country and its love-struck inhabitants.

Filippines: FLORENTINA HUBALDO, CTE by Lav Diaz, a philosophical, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film in which two workers leave the city in search of treasure.

France: LE RESTE DU MONDE by Damien Odoul (a film in which a family considers issues of identity and relationships, with Marie-Eve Nadeau, Mathieu Amalric and Emmanuelle Béart) and 38 TÉMOINS by Lucas Belvaux (the festival’s opening film, with Yvan Attal, Sophie Quinton and Nicole Garcia).

Great Britain: WHEN THE LIGHTS GO OUT by Pat Holden, a film about a family in Yorkshire tormented by an evil spirit, with Kate Ashfield and Steven Waddington.

Indonesia: THE BLINDFOLD by Garin Nugroho, a topical film that deals with religion in Indonesia, stressing that fundamentalism exists in every faith.

Italy: THE LEGEND OF KASPAR HAUSER by Davide Manuli, a post-modern Western with Vincent Gallo.

Japan: ACE ATTORNEY by Miike Takashi, a film adaptation of the Nintendo game about the legal battle between defence attorney Phoenix Wright (Narimiya Hiroki) and his rival, prosecutor Miles Edgeworth (Saitoh Takumi).

The Netherlands: NICK by Fow Pyng Hu, a character study/road movie with Merijn de Jong and Marcel Hensema; PEACE VERSUS JUSTICE by Klaartje Quirijns, a documentary about Uganda and the relationship with the International Criminal Court in The Hague; and I’M STILL ALIVE by Peter van Houten, a documentary about a poor, elderly Polish woman who has lived in many countries, including the Netherlands.

United States: FRANCOPHRENIA (OR: DON’T KILL ME, I KNOW WHERE THE BABY IS) by Ian Olds & James Franco, a humorous psycho-thriller based on a new script written for existing footage shot by Franco during the shooting of television series General Hospital; A SHAPE OF ERROR by Abigail Child, imaginary home movies filmed in Rome, from the lives of Frankenstein author Mary Shelley and her husband Percy. {jathumbnail off}

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