The central theme of IFFR 2014 has been announced: as a prelude to the European elections this year, IFFR brings a multi-strand programme called The State of Europe.
With three large film programmes (Grand Tour, My Own Private Europe and EU-29), the festival offers a platform reflections on Europe and for discussion on its future. In addition, Thomas Bellinck's exhibition Domo de Europa Historio en Ekzilo will travel from Brussels to Rotterdam.
The State of Europe: EU-29
Europe has become a Union of no less than 28 states, but not every person fits in these states or feels at home. Not everyone is welcome or expected to stay. Many people - and as a consequence many films - don't really belong to the EU-28. For them an imaginary 29th state was created by IFFR programmer Gertjan Zuilhof: a country of immigration and moving cinema. This sidebar includes Claire Simon's Gare du Nord, a love story between a young Algerian sociologist and an elegant French history professor set against the backdrop of this bustling Paris train station, meeting point for the French, the immigrants, the emigrants, and the travellers from all over the world.