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 – My Own Private Europe
My Own Private Europe aims to rediscover Europe through highly personal and sometimes very intimate points of view, showing how filmmakers experience living in today's Europe. These films, brought together by IFFR programmer Evgeny Gusyatinski, try to capture the personal notion of 'a European identity'. The Portuguese first-person essay What Now? Remind Me by Joaquim Pinto is a great example. The film shows a year in Pinto's life, struggling with treatment for HIV and hepatitis C, creating a sensitive portrait of his work and a unique snapshot Europe.