IFFR Young Selectors: Dark Meat City

The IFFR Young Selectors are back! This collective made up of Rotterdam youngsters Oseno, Sofie, Marije and Yacine hacked the programme for the first time during IFFR 2017, organising a film evening with sidebar programming just the way they like it. Following several more successful film nights through the year, visiting a different city each time through the programmed film, they now return to where it all began: IFFR. On Friday, 2 February, they will celebrate the anniversary with their most extravagant programme yet. Be transported to dystopian Dark Meat City for an evening of head-spinning anime and funky choonz.
This time around, the evening is all about the film Mutafukaz. This controversial French-Japanese animated film with a very anarchistic style kicked up a real furore last year. The film is set in Dark Meat City: the rotten city of the future. Or as outsider Angelino call it: “DMC: desperate, miserable and crap". He is trying to find his way in this city, but most of the time doesn’t get any further than his TV. This calm lifestyle is violently disrupted when he gets involved in a motorcycle accident. From that moment on, no viewer is safe – the film turns into a horror rollercoaster that is enough to turn anyone’s stomach.
Filmmakers Guillaume Renard and Nishimi Shojiro make some razor-sharp observations with their anarchic, darkly comic style. Topics such as pollution, populism and radicalisation are certainly covered, but the film focuses particularly on contemporary global identity. The Japanese anime style, combined with a French-speaking cast and an American setting, give this film a strongly international voice. The question the film asks is not so much how the global metropolis is shaped by man, but rather how does the metropolis shape man? Add a really phat hip-hop soundtrack and the picture is complete.
One you’ve been hyped up by the film, you’ll be ready to take on the night. This time, the afterparty is hosted by Josimar Gomes. His electronic sound is influenced by funk, soul and jazz, but is inspired mainly by his own life and ideas. With each track he hopes to open up new perspectives on his surroundings and contemporary issues. In short: tunes you won’t tire of in a hurry.
Get ready for an evening and night rammed with cinema, art and music.
The programme in full:
20:45 hours: doors open and welcome drinks
21:00 hours: start short film and discussion with young anime makers
21:30 hours: start Mutafukaz
23:00 hours: end Mutafukaz
23:10 hours: start Q&A with young anime makers, hosted by Josimar Gomes and IFFR Young Selector Sofie
23:30 hours: start afterparty in KINO 1
IFFR Young Selectors is supported by RabobankRotterdamFonds.