First titles confirmed for IFFR 2019


The 48th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is coming up. As programme preparations are in full swing, the festival is announcing the first 26 confirmed titles, including new work by Claire Denis, Jia Zhangke and Garin Nugroho. IFFR 2019 will take place from 23 January to 3 February 2019.

IFFR celebrates film art from all over the world and presents its programme within four sections, each with its own distinct character: Bright Future (including the Tiger Competition and the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition), Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives. Short films are strongly represented throughout all sections.

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Festival director Bero Beyer: “We’re delighted to present an appealing and rich first selection of titles to screen at our upcoming festival. There are names we’ve seen before in Rotterdam, and ones that are brand new. Together they exemplify the type of bold and daring cinema we like to celebrate at IFFR.”

The confirmed titles include the world premiere of Simona Kostova’s Dreissig and the international premiere of Fabienne Godet’s Nos vies formidables. Other filmmakers on the selection list so far are Nadine Labaki with her new film Capharnaüm and Khalik Allah with his Black Mother, a piercing reflection on Jamaican identity which won the Yellow Robin Award at Curaçao IFFR in April 2018. BNK48: Girls Don’t Cry, a European premiere, is a remarkable documentary feature by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit chronicling the intense lives of a group of pop singers living together in Bangkok. And with I diari di Angela – Noi due cineasti, Yervant Gianikian has created a moving portrait of his partner in cinema Angela Ricci Lucchi, who passed away in 2018.

Three of the films selected so far received support from IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) in previous years: The Day I Lost My Shadow by Soudade Kaadan and Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu in 2016, The Load by Ognjen Glavonić in 2013.

  • Still The Load

  • Still Memories of My Body

  • Still Capernaum

  • Still BNK48: Girls Don’t Cry

  • Still Dreissig

  • Still Nos vies formidables

  • Still The Day I Lost My Shadow

  • Still Rafiki

  • Still The Lost Tune

Bright Future



Voices: Limelight

Deep Focus

Short films



Photo in header: Still: Rafiki