The cinema represented during IFFR spans globally, without overlooking the best of locally produced cinema. 37 outstanding titles with Dutch (co-)productions can be found in the IFFR 2020 programme.
With an abundance of exceptional film being produced in the Netherlands, the upcoming festival programme features 37 feature-length, mid-length and short films, as well as art installations with Dutch (co-)producers. Among these films by Dutch makers, 27 will be world premieres and four titles have been selected for the renowned Tiger Competition: Vincent Boy Kars’ documentary and fiction film experiment Drama Girl, Arun Karthick’s candid portrait of religion and nationalism in India, Nasir, Janis Rafa’s enigmatic debut Kala azar and Jorge Thielen Armand’s intense drama La Fortaleza. In addition, three titles have been selected for the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition: Apiyemiyekî? by Ana Vaz, Beer by Erik van Lieshout and Progressive Touch by Michael Portnoy.
Drama GirlVincent Boy Kars IFFR 2020 90′
Vincent Boy Kars probes how he can fictionalise the life of fellow millennial Leyla – or is he making a documentary about drama?
Can drama help us understand ourselves and the world better? Assisted by experienced actors, including Pierre Bokma and Elsie de Brauw, director Vincent Boy Kars re-enacts scenes from the life of Leyla, a young woman who is subjected to a certain amount of confusion in this intriguing experiment. What is still real, and what is fiction?
Among the titles, many have received support from the Hubert Bals Fund (HBF), which provides funding schemes to remarkable and urgent film projects in various stages of completion. An example of a film that received extensive HBF support is Arun Karthick’s Nasir, which was granted Script and Project Development Bright Future funding in 2017, received the NFF+HBF Co-production scheme and presented at BoostNL in 2018, and was selected for the HBF Dutch Post-production Award 2019. “What fascinates me about IFFR is that it’s not just a platform to show diverse films and filmmakers,” explains Karthick in our IFFR Pro video interview with him, “but it also helps those filmmakers make their next film.”
NasirArun Karthick IFFR 2020 78′
Candid portrait of a gentle man reduced to second-class citizenship as a Muslim in an India characterised by rising Hindu nationalism.
Candid portrait of a gentle man living a degrading, second-class existence as a Muslim in an India characterised by rising Hindu nationalism. His poetry and love for his wife keep him going, while toxic intolerance bubbles just below the surface of everyday life. Until the explosion, as sudden as it is inevitable.
All Dutch (co-)productions at IFFR 2020
- Drama Girl, Vincent Boy Kars, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- Dreamlife, Melvin Moti, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- Farewell Paradise, Sonja Wyss, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- La Fortaleza, Jorge Thielen Armand, 2020, Venezuela/France/Netherlands/Colombia, world premiere
- Ghost Tropic, Bas Devos, 2019, Belgium/Netherlands
- Goud, Rogier Hesp, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- An Impossible Project, Jens Meurer, 2020, Netherlands/Austria/Germany/USA, world premiere
- Kala azar, Janis Rafa, 2020, Netherlands/Greece, world premiere
- Keyboard Fantasies: The Beverly Glenn-Copeland Story, Posy Dixon, 2019, United Kingdom/Canada/Belgium/Netherlands/USA
- Leonie, actrice en spionne, Annette Apon, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- Living the Light – Robby Müller, Claire Pijman, 2018, Netherlands/Germany
- Mister Soul – a story about Donny Hathaway, David Kleijwegt, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- Muidhond, Patrice Toye, 2019, Belgium/Netherlands, international premiere
- Nasir, Arun Karthick, India/Netherlands
- Paradise Drifters, Mees Peijnenburg, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- Dream Pools & Collecting Holes, Quay Brothers, 2020, United Kingdom/Netherlands, world premiere
- G/D THYSELF: Spirit Strategy On Raising Free Black Children, The Ummah Chroma, 2020, USA/United Kingdom/Netherlands, world premiere
- Waar de ratten koning zijn, Barbara den Uyl, 1985, Netherlands
- Apiyemiyekî?, Ana Vaz, 2020, Brazil/France/Netherlands, world premiere
- Arnold Schwarzenegger – The Art of Bodybuilding, Babeth M. VanLoo, 2020, Netherlands/USA, world premiere
- Baba, Sarah Blok/Lisa Konno, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- Beer, Erik van Lieshout, 2019, Netherlands, world premiere
- Carna, Adriaan Ditvoorst, 1969, Netherlands
- Home, and a Distant Archive, Dorothy Cheung Tsz-yan, 2020, Hong Kong/Netherlands, world premiere
- Landschap met twee eiken, Thomas Stokmans, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- The Machine, Marieke van der Lippe, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
- Phélia, Elia Kalogianni, 2020, Greece/Netherlands, world premiere
- Progressive Touch, Michael Portnoy, 2020, Austria/Netherlands/USA, world premiere
- Rest Energy, Marina Abramovic/Ulay, 1980, Netherlands
- Rocky Tales of Occupation, Stéphanie Lagarde, 2020, Netherlands
- Santin, Hugo de Vries, 1976, Netherlands
- Shadow of Violence, Ibrahim Karatay, 2020, Netherlands/Turkey, world premiere
- Stone, Jeroen Van der Stock, 2020, Japan/Netherlands, world premiere
- The Strange But Unknown Star, Henri Plaat, 1969, Netherlands
- TESTFILM #1, Telcosystems, 2020, Croatia/Netherlands, world premiere
- Words Words Words Are Decorative Sounds, Giovanni Giaretta, 2020, Netherlands/Italy, world premiere
Next to the 37 titles above, IFFR features a day-programme dedicated specifically to filmmakers from Rotterdam, called RTM.
Photo in header: Still: Farewell Paradise by Sonja Wyss