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’
DetentionJohn Hsu IFFR 2020 103′
China's occupation of Taiwan takes on nightmarish logic in this psychological horror film.
In 1962's Chinese-occupied Taiwan, political literature is severely prohibited. This psychological horror film based on a popular, eponymous computer game is about the disappearance of the members of an illegal book club from a secondary school. One spooky night, two teens go in search of the horrific truth.
Boyz in the WoodNinian Doff IFFR 2020 87′
A group of half-stoned teenagers find out they are being hunted in this crazy comedy full of bizarre plot twists.
Four teenagers think they're setting off on a dull hike across the Highlands, but soon find out they are the quarry in a bizarre hunt. Half-stoned and hallucinating, they see bullets fly around their ears in this crazy comedy that kicks off in top gear.
L'état sauvageDavid Perrault IFFR 2020 118′
Beautiful French feminist western about choosing your own course in life and gradually weaning yourself off (toxic) men.
In this beautifully shot French western, a couple and their three daughters decide to return to Paris from snowbound Missouri during the American Civil War. Guiding them on their fraught journey is tormented ex-mercenary Victor, who has caught the eye of rebellious daughter Esther.
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.