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’
First LoveMiike Takashi IFFR 2020 108′
A boxer and a call girl become embroiled in a failed drug deal. Explosions, black humour and screaming Yakuza: Miike Takashi at his very best!
Genre master Miike Takashi returns to his first love, characteristic of his 1990s career – Yakuza films. This contemporary take includes the usual explosive elements: talented, yet ill boxer Leo and call girl Monica become embroiled in a failed drug deal between local gangsters and a Chinese triad.
Saint MaudRose Glass IFFR 2020 83′
Nurse Maud masks trauma with devotion, setting out in this slow-burning horror to save her patient's soul.
Young nurse Maud not only takes care of the bodily ills of her incurable patient, former dancer Amanda, but also sets out to save her soul. In this slow-burn horror, it gradually transpires that Maud's devotion is a fragile mask for her own traumas.
ImpetigoreJoko Anwar IFFR 2020 107′
Maya had imagined the return to her Javanese birthplace quite differently. Indonesian horror thriller replete with mystery, bloodletting and wayang puppets.
Indonesian horror film about mysticism, wayang puppets, a hellish village history in Java and the young woman held responsible for it. When 25-year old Maya returns to the village of her birth, the inhabitants prove to want her dead, as they think this will lift the curse.
The Long WalkMattie Do IFFR 2020 116′
Ingenious mix of sci-fi and ghost story: a time-travelling Laotian finds out that undoing his childhood trauma leads to unexpected consequences.
If you change the past, you change the future, as an old Laotian finds out when a ghost gives him the chance to travel back in time to his youth. In this ingenious mix of lo-fi sci-fi and melancholy ghost story, undoing the tragic event that has pressed on him for decades has unexpected consequences.