It’s the big, eagerly anticipated moment: the official launch of IFFR 2019! Get the festival off to a flying start on Wednesday 23 January with the – always hotly debated – opening film, followed by a peerless dance party through the night. The perfect start to the twelve days and nights of festival ahead.

This year, our opening night takes place in a very special, extra festive location: the Grote Zaal of Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg. This IFFR kick-off with our opening film is open to all. After the film, the audience move over to ‘de Doelen’ for the party.

Opening Film
Dirty God
Young London mother Jade (a superb performance by Vicky Night) must rebuild her life following an acid attack, although she hardly dares look in the mirror. Sacha Polak’s powerful portrait of a complex woman retains the intensity of her previous features, Hemel and Zurich.

Opening Party
Git Hyper
After the opening film Dirty God, DJ and turntablist Git Hyper will step behind the decks in ‘de Doelen’. If you don’t know him as the regular DJ on programmessuch as Raymann is Laat and The Comedy Factory, then maybe from Rotterdam rap act DuvelDuvel. He was also involved in successful acts such as Zuco 103 and Caro Emerald, and he was the first DJ to perform music composed by him with the Metropole Orchestra.

PLEASE NOTE: Opening Night: Dirty God & Party starts at 21:00 hours, a little later than the official opening for invitees in ‘de Doelen’.