Gerwin Tamsma tips IFFR

With a total of 538 films screening at IFFR, we understand it can be quite a challenge to pick the right one. Therefore, we asked connoisseurs, tastemakers and other enthusiasts about their personal favourites. Festival programmer Gerwin Tamsma tells you which gems you can’t afford miss in the IFFR Bright Future section.

“My first tip is: let yourself be surprised! In our Bright Future section, a laundry list of great films will premiere in the coming days. Anyone who wants to see, know and feel what is what talentwise at IFFR, can simply try out every Bright Future premiere. You’ll suddenly find yourself in a screening room with the deeply felt debut Dreissig, for example, which had its world premiere on Sunday. Another German production, End of Season, comes just as highly recommended.”



“I myself am very fond of Alva, an existential, inexorable and empathic Portuguese debut. Another personal favourite in Bright Future is from Brazil: the poetic, moving Enquanto Estamos Aqui (“While We’re Here”) from Clarissa Campolina (who previously made the beautiful Girimunho (IFFR 2012) with Helvecio Marins) and Luis Pretti, one of the major new voices in Brazilian cinema who was also responsible for Araby (Tiger candidate in 2017) and Cannibal Club (shown last year in our Rotterdämmerung programme section).”




Photo in header: Gerwin Tamsma