Rotterdam goes hardcore genre with an eclectic mix of films that brashly bend, blend or respect conventions each in their own distinctive way.
Films in ‘Rotterdämmerung’
Romantic ComedyElizabeth Sankey IFFR 2019 79′
Romantic comedies are a beloved yet conservative genre. What do thousands of excerpts say about a genre that simultaneously attracts and repels?
The romantic comedy colours how we think about love and relationships. But why is this genre so conservative? Sankey uses many film clips to analyse the unrealistic picture the genre sketches of male-female relationships with white, heterosexual, middle-class characters. Yet the romcom continues to move us: Why is this so?
MonumentJagoda Szelc IFFR 2019 108′
Nothing is what it seems when a group of students show up as interns in a drab, isolated hotel.
A traineeship at a remote hotel led by a demanding manager. The students work and grim Monument becomes ever more mysterious. Why do they keep asking each other for coins? And what are those teeth doing in the meat? A challenging, hard-to-define psychological thriller.
Nightmare CinemaAlejandro Brugués, Joe Dante, Mick Garris, Kitamura Ryuhei IFFR 2019 119′
Five-part horror story by five grandmasters of the nightmare: slash, splatter and gore of the very highest quality. Five strangers meet in a deserted cinema, where The Projectionist (Mickey Rourke) decides what you watch. In the show that follows, they are confronted by their deepest fears and secrets.
The Night ShifterDennison Ramalho IFFR 2019 110′
A pathologist hears the last words of the dead. An innocent gift until he uses it for revenge.
Stênio doesn’t just work with the dead at São Paolo’s mortuary, he also talks to them. When a gang member who was stabbed to death reveals his wife’s secret, Stênio loses control of his supernatural gift. A haunting, unpredictable horror film about revenge, urban crime and family trouble.