Bong Joon Ho, Beth B, Terence Nance and more

08 January 2020

These are the names of Talks & Masterclasses 2020.

IFFR brings together filmmakers and audiences. This year’s Talks & Masterclasses is filled with panel discussions, partner collaborations and of course: many conversations with the creative minds of cinema.

There will be masterclasses by South Korean filmmaker Bong Joon Ho, who is delighting us with a special black-and-white screening of his Golden Palm-winning Parasite, Portuguese filmmaker and IFFR regular Pedro Costa who presents his new film Vitalina Varela, and Mexican cinematographer Diego García, who recently won the first-ever Robby Müller Award.

Screenwriters Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson and filmmaker Sarah Gavron will discuss the creation of the film Rocks, Brazilian editor Eduardo Serrano will talk about Bacurau and Swinguerra (both screening at IFFR 2020), and film composer Howard Shore will give a masterclass as well. He will discuss his long career as well as the musical score he made for David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996), which will be performed live by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.


New York underground filmmaker Beth B and Belgian filmmaker Marion Hänsel are both honoured in retrospectives and will hold talks about their oeuvre. Filmmaker Nina Menkes will give a lecture entitled Sex and Power in Visual Language in which she asks how depictions of women by directors like Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee and Sofia Coppola have influenced how we think. Other speakers include Italian artist Rosa Barba, American stop-motion masters the Quay Brothers, the Karrabing Film Collective from Australia, French multidisciplinary artist Patricia Allio, French filmmaker Pauline Curnier Jardin and American filmmaker Zachary Epcar.

The Collective Space

In The Collective Space, a programme with workshops for local talent and students, there will be several talks and masterclasses open to the public. American filmmaker and artist Terence Nance (An Oversimplification of Her Beauty, Random Acts of Flyness) and artist and music-video director Jenn Nkiru (Black to Techno, Apeshit) will give masterclasses, and there will be talks on blackness as ritual and Asian stereotyping in Western media.

And more

From a talk show with UK film buffs Mark Kermode and Jack Howard to an ‘offline episode’ of TV series De kijk van Koolhoven, there will be many talks, podcasts and panel discussions in collaboration with IFFR’s partners. Other examples include a talk by philosopher Timothy Morton (in collaboration with De Dépendance) and a discussion around artificial intelligence and creativity with filmmaker Lawrence Lek, artist Cécile B. Evans, artist Marie Caye and cognitive scientist Wijnand IJsselsteijn (in collaboration with STRP).


You can also engage in panel discussions within the theme programmes Ordinary Heroes: Made in Hong Kong (on the cinema of Hong Kong), The Tyger Burns (on the careers of female veteran filmmakers), and Sacred Beings (on Asian gender-fluidity).

An overview of the entire Talks & Masterclasses programme will be online on 15 January.

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