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’
ClimaxGaspar Noé IFFR 2019 96′
An ecstatic, 90-minute, drink and drug-fuelled dance in a deserted school building. Gaspar Noé sends his regards.
Noé serves up a 90-minute danse macabre. A physical, destructive, extravagant downward spiral of ecstatically writhing bodies in a deserted school with barricaded doors, abundant drink and drugs and increasingly animalistic urges. A sea of burning fear and desire. Until dawn breaks. Based on a true story.
RojoBenjamín Naishtat IFFR 2019 109′
Darkly funny crime thriller and a vivisection of the Argentinian national psyche in 1975, the year before Jorge Videla’s military coup.
Atmospheric crime drama set in a provincial town dissects in an almost darkly comical way the mindset of Argentinians in 1975, the year before Jorge Videla’s military coup and the four subsequent juntas. Naishtat’s third feature film adds to his chronicle of recent Argentinian history, ruled by fear and aggression.
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.
A Private WarMatthew Heineman IFFR 2019 110′
Portrait of the legendary war correspondent Marie Colvin (1956-2012), who reported on wars from the inside for 30 years, but it broke her inside.
The gripping story of war reporter Marie Colvin, whose idealism and commitment to show the world the gruesome reality of war eventually led to serious psychiatric traumas. An excellent role by Rosamund Pike, who portrays the influential reporter with all her fervour and humanity. Rightly nominated for a Golden Globe.