A contemporary film programme about the gaze of the old filmmaker, showing that the creative urge still burns as brightly as 50 years ago.

The Tyger Burns is a contemporary film programme about the gaze of the old filmmaker. It comprises a wide variety of new and recent films by directors who were already active when the Rotterdam film festival started in 1972. These films range from samurai sword-fighting period drama such as Nakajima Sadao’s Love’s Twisting Path and highly personal independent work by IFFR veterans like Michael Pilz (With Love – Volume One 1987-1996), to new work from celebrated arthouse auteurs such as Andrei Smirnov (The Frenchman) and Roy Andersson (About Endlessness). Yet as varied as the subjects, styles, approaches, genres and personalities may be, they all share the idea of filmmaking as a way of life – thus showing that the creative urge still burns brightly. Together, they reveal nothing less than mysterious knowledge about the passage of time, the structure of memory, the working of history and cinema.

There also is a more current aspect of the programme: in recent times, IFFR and other festivals alike focused ever more strongly on new and emerging filmmakers. For many older directors, festivals mainly offer lifetime achievement awards plus maybe some retrospectives and artist talks, implying that their time has passed. The Tyger Burns will attempt to transcend this, challenging the notion that our time, our Zeitgeist, belongs (only) to the young.

The Tyger Burns will comprise about thirty films, and is curated by IFFR programmer Gerwin Tamsma and guest programmer Olaf Möller.

Films in ‘The Tyger Burns’