IFFR 2020 in theatres: February

Whether you missed a must-see film at our last festival edition, or you just want your taste of IFFR throughout the year, we have good news for you! Some IFFR 2020 films will hit the big screens across the Netherlands, and we’ll be keeping you updated on releases. Here’s what’s to come in February 2020!


The Whistlers
Corneliu Porumboiu, 2019, Romania/France/Germany/Sweden, 97’

A Romanian policeman, a factory owner hiding drugs in mattresses, a femme fatale, a beautiful Spanish island and a centuries-old secret language. Romanian maestro Porumboiu blends these together to create an elegant, drily comical thriller in which good and evil conspire side by side.

In theatres now

Read our interview with filmmaker Corneliu Porumboiu

Patrice Toye, 2019, Belgium/Netherlands, 98’

Intense adaptation of Inge Schilperoord’s controversial novel about 23-year-old Jonathan, fresh out of prison. With his mother, he tries to rebuild his life and control his paedophilic tendencies. Unfortunately, the 10-year-old girl next door is determined to become friends with him.

In theatres now

A Hidden Life
Terrence Malick, 2019, Germany/USA, 180’

With A Hidden Life, Terrence Malick returns to the historical dramas he is renowned for. He combines his characteristic lyrical audio-visual style and associative editing with a relatively more structured story of an Alpine farmer who refuses to submit to the Nazi occupation of Austria.

In theatres now

Little Joe
Jessica Hausner, 2019, Austria/UK/Germany, 105’

In this cold-blooded thriller, bio scientist Alice (Emily Beecham) dedicates her life to the invention of a new plant that makes its owners happy. But the prototype, ‘Little Joe’, maybe works too well. The users turn into anaesthetised zombies incapable of feeling any other emotions.

In theatres now

Read our interview with filmmaker Jessica Hausner

Little Women
Greta Gerwig, 2019, USA, 135’

Director Greta Gerwig (Lady Bird) has put together a world-class cast (Saoirse Ronan, Meryl Streep, Timothée Chalamet) for her adaptation of Little Women, which stresses female ambition and resilience, combines crinoline-skirted romance with a dash of humour and gives the whole her own unique twist through her stunning use of colour alone.

In theatres now

Mati Diop, Frankrijk/Senegal/België, 104’

In Dakar, two young lovers have a star-crossed relationship. Souleiman is a construction worker who needs to leave the country for a better future, while Ada is the bride-to-be of someone else. Fate may bring them together in this beautiful darkly romantic tale, where realism can definitely be magical.

In theatres from 13 February

Kantemir Balagov, 2019, Russia, 134’

In his visually overwhelming second film, mega-talent Kantemir Balagov reveals the war traumas of two women who fought in the Red Army. In a Leningrad ravaged by the siege, young women Iya and Masha pick up the pieces of their devastated lives in the autumn of 1945.

In theatres from 20 February

Leonie, actrice en spionne
Annette Apon, 2020, Netherlands, 90’

Leonie Brandt is one of the most mysterious characters in 20th-century Dutch history. German-born, Dutch by marriage: actress, playwright, café owner, double agent. Universally feared, not least for the dirty secrets she kept about the high and mighty. Who was Leonie Brandt really? Is there really a 'really'? A documentary thriller.

In theatres from 20 February

Les misérables
Ladj Ly, 2019, France, 102’

The day after the 2018 World Cup Final, won by France, tensions rise in Parisian banlieue Montfermeil. During cop Stéphane’s first day on the beat, some gypsies demand their stolen lion cub back and young Issa causes problems again. Impressive, explosive debut, partly inspired by the riots of 2005.
Winner of the IFFR Youth Jury Award 2020

In theatres from 20 February

Read more about Les misérables

The Lighthouse
Robert Eggers, 2019, Canada/USA, 109’

Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe shine as lighthouse keepers in this 19th-century maritime nightmare by Robert Eggers (director of The Witch). They drink away the mind-numbing time, resulting in sexually charged tension, violent outbursts and supernatural hallucinations.

In theatres from 27 February

Other IFFR films in theatres

Sons of Denmark
Ulaa Salim, 2019, Denmark, 120’

Cornered by xenophobia, two young men become embroiled in a devilish dilemma. In response to intimidation, Zakaria decides it's time to act, violently if need be. In Copenhagen, a member of the intelligence community tries to professionally combat the threat.
Part of IFFR 2019’s Tiger Competition.

In theatres from 20 February

Read our interview with filmmaker Ulaa Salim

Photo in header: Still: Little Women