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’
Murder Me, MonsterAlejandro Fadel IFFR 2019 109′
It seems they caught the culprit of a mysterious decapitation in the Andes. Or is there really a monster, as the suspect alleges?
Who’s responsible for a woman's brutal decapitation in the Andes? Local policeman Cruz is put on the case, turning into an Argentine Dale Cooper in this Lynchian monster film. A beautifully shot nightmare in which the lugubrious murder mystery becomes increasingly surrealistic.
Out of BlueCarol Morley IFFR 2019 110′
When a New Orleans detective investigates the shooting of an astrophysicist, her findings make her question herself, and her view of the universe.
A whodunnit with nods to the golden age of film noir. Investigating the violent death of prominent astrophysicist Jennifer Rockwell turns the world of experienced police woman detective Hoolihan upside down. The hunt she sinks her teeth into increasingly seems to lead to a search for herself.
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.