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.
Tel Aviv on FireSameh Zoabi IFFR 2019 97′
Comedy about a TV employee who tries to influence a romantic soap manages to capture the Arab-Israeli conflict in a surprisingly witty way.
At the Israeli border when Salem mentions that he works on a popular TV series, the checkpoint official demands a more pro-Jewish twist to the romance in the soap. However this turns out to be easier said than done. A surprisingly light and comical way of capturing the Arab-Israeli conflict, which nevertheless tackles a painful truth.
LetoKirill Serebrennikov IFFR 2019 126′
Punky biopic about the legendary band Kino and the Leningrad underground music scene in the early 1980s. Full of surrealistic interludes and rebellious energy.
Punky biopic about the Leningrad underground music scene in the 1980s, based on the early years of pop icon Viktor Tsoï and his legendary band Kino. With Bowie, Blondie and T. Rex in the cassette recorder they charge themselves up for their performances, but the censor is listening in. Full of surrealistic interludes and rebellious energy.
Ash Is Purest WhiteJia Zhangke IFFR 2019 141′
Dancer Qiao and gangster Bin’s violent love story plays out from 2001 to 2017 in a rapidly changing China.
In Jia Zhangke’s new film, dancer Qiao and mob boss Bin’s violent relationship plays out against a background chronicling contemporary China from 2001 to 2017; from mining ghost towns to entire villages sacrificed for new dams.