The full programme for IFFR 2018 has been revealed and as it turns out, there’s quite some films with (partial) Dutch roots: thirteen features, one mid-length, 20 short films and one series.
Next to Saskia Diesing’s Dorst, which we announced earlier, there are two other Dutch world premieres in our Limelight section (for high-profile festival favourites). One is BEWAREN – of hoe te leven by Digna Sinke, an observant essay journey on the link between memory and keeping stuff, the other Barbara Visser’s The End of Fear, which asks the question of ‘what is art?’ by looking at the double destruction of Barnett Newman’s painting Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue III.
BEWAREN – of hoe te levenDigna Sinke IFFR 2018 90′
Show me your attic and I’ll tell you who you are! In this very personal and universal cinematographic essay, Digna Sinke travels to Zeeland and Bali, through faded photos to minimalist digital nomads. What to do with all those spare buttons? If you don’t keep anything, who will know what grandma’s tablecloth felt like?
In the Dutch-Turkish production Meteors (in our Bright Future section), Gürcan Keltek uses rare, haunting images to show the Turkish army moving in to defeat the Kurdish PKK.
Two Dutch co-productions have been selected in our A History of Shadows theme programme: Los versos del olvido, Alireza Khatami’s magic parable on the lasting impact of oppression, and Zama, an enchanting masterpiece in South-America of the eighteenth century by Lucrecia Martel, who will also give a Masterclass.
ZamaLucrecia Martel IFFR 2018 115′
At the end of the eighteenth century Zama, a servant of the Spanish crown, whiles away his time on the banks of a South American river waiting for a letter from the king to reunite him with his wife – and civilisation. Martel’s film is an enchanting and original masterpiece that seems to have been made in a different era.
In our Voices section we previously announced the European premiere of Sebastián Hofmann’s Tiempo compartido and the world premiere of David Verbeek’s An Impossibly Small Object (both selected for the Big Screen Competition). Voices also contains the world premiere of René Hazekamp’s Gangway to a Future and the premiere of the Dutch crime series FENIX by Shariff Korver.
Tiempo compartidoSebastián Hofmann IFFR 2018 96′
Tropical intrigues in a sun-drenched Mexican resort. At the Vistamar Holiday Park, paradise can be bought – but at what price? While their better halves blossom, Andres and Pedro become convinced that dark forces are at play. Satirical, familiar and with a dash of subversive black humour.
We also announced: the world premieres of Possessed by Metahaven and Rob Schröder and The Reports on Sarah and Saleem by Muayad Alayan (both selected for the Hivos Tiger Competition), the world premiere of We by Rene Eller, the European premiere of La Holandesa by Marleen Jonkman (selected for IFFR Live) and the world premiere of the mid-length film Good Evening to the People Living in the Camp by Joost Conijn.
The Reports on Sarah and SaleemMuayad Alayan IFFR 2018 127′
By having an affair, Jewish Sarah and Palestinian Saleem risk much more than just their marriages. Their relationship attracts attention from the security services on both sides of the Israeli 'wall', who are convinced there’s more to it than mutual attraction.
Highlights among the twenty Dutch (co-)productions in IFFR’s short film selection are: Pim Zwier’s 3rd Builders’ Street about the concrete homes of the Soviet Union, Martha Colburn’s Western Wild...or how I found Wanderlust and met Old Shatterhand about her personal relationship with writer Karl May, Morgan Knibbe’s The Atomic Soldiers about the soldiers who attended nuclear bomb tests in the United States and Als je terugkomt woon ik aan het water by Petra Noordkamp in which a young architect has to build an eco-house for a hopeless client, based on a story by Dutch writer, poet and actor Ramsey Nasr.
All Dutch feature films are eligible for the KNF Award, a prize awarded by a jury consisting of five member of the Circle of Dutch Film Journalists.
Photo in header: Still: Zama