Avant-premieres of some of the cinematic highlights of the year: international award-winners and festival favourites which will be released in Dutch cinemas after IFFR.
Films in ‘Limelight’
The Beast in the JungleClara van Gool IFFR 2019 85′
Melancholy contemplation on the elapse of time mixes costume drama with dance. After a 1903 Henry James novella.
John and May meet in different places, in various eras. He has a premonition that ‘the beast in the jungle’ will strike. But which beast? Van Gool’s adaptation of Henry James’s 1903 novella is a costume drama cum dance film. A poetic, melancholy contemplation on time, memory and mortality.
Asako I & IIHamaguchi Ryūsuke IFFR 2019 119′
In this gender-flipped Vertigo set in Japan, Asako’s encounter with her ex-lover’s lookalike sees her confronting the messiness of love.
Two years after the love of her life disappeared without a trace, Asako falls in love with another man who looks identical to him, although his personality couldn’t be more different. Calm everyday life and raging passions mix seamlessly in this study of love in all its complex contrariness.
A Land ImaginedYeo Siew Hua IFFR 2019 95′
When a Chinese building worker disappears without trace in Singapore, an overtired detective is called in to find out what happened.
On the fringes of Singapore, anonymous migrants work on an expanding global city. But even though they are building this new world, for its inhabitants they are invisible. What happens when one of them doesn’t turn up to work anymore? In this stylish noir, an insomniac detective is put on the case. Golden Leopard winner in Locarno.
The Hummingbird ProjectIFFR 2019 111′
Super sharp thriller with Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skårsgard as two Wall Street geeks with a bizarre yet lucrative plan. Closing film.
Super sharp thriller with Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skårsgard as two Wall Street geeks with a bizarre, yet lucrative plan. All they have to do is run a fibre-optic cable from Kansas to New Jersey whilst outsmarting their canny boss (Salma Hayek).