IFFR-films in theatres

Did you miss a must-see film during the festival? Keep calm! Some of our IFFR pearls will come out this year in cinemas, on dvd or as video on demand. We will keep you updated of this throughout the year. A handful of films are already (or will be shortly) in movie theatres around the country. We're talking about:

Het doet zo zeer - in theatres now

Het doet zo zeer

"How many more ‘trials’ are there yet to come?!", wonders Mrs Breed desperately after again being reminded that age brings infirmity. From behind the camera, her daughter,Heleen van Royen, can scarcely bear to watch her mother, confused and in hellish pain. How much can she do, as a daughter and unpaid full-time carer? Read more here about the runner-up of the Warsteiner Publieksprijs 2017.

Photo: Heleen van Royen with her partner and kids during the premiere of Het doet zo zeer at IFFR 2017, by Bas Czerwinski.

Jackie - in theatres now


“I won’t let you write that down”, Jackie says to her interviewer, a slight smile playing across her face, after getting too personal. However, we see it all, in this first English-language film by Chilean master Pablo Larraín, about Jackie Kennedy in the days after JFK’s assassination. The widely lauded Natalie Portman puts in an intense and intimate performance in the title role. Read more here.

Loving - in theatres now


The true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, who discover in 1958 that their love is anything but innocent: the state of Virginia forbids racial mixing and the black and pregnant Mildred is dragged out of her bed at night and imprisoned. This gripping film shows how American racism so recently was still enshrined in law. Read more here

Moonlight - in theatres now

Masterclass Barry Jenkins IFFR 2017

American indie sensation shows the life of a black man as he grows from being the poor child of a single, addicted mother into a tough adult continually wracked with doubt. This poetic narration about the exploration of identity, sexuality and bonding is pioneering in its tender portrayal of black masculinity. It has already won many prizes. Winner Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture - Drama. Read more here.

The maker of this Oscar-nominated film (also the winner of the Warsteiner Publieksprijs 2017) gave an inspiring masterclass during IFFR 2017, which you can watch here

Photo: masterclass Barry Jenkins during IFFR 2017, by Jeroen Mooijman.

Paterson - in theatres now


Paterson (Adam Driver) gets up at six a.m., drives his bus, comes home to his wife Golshifteh Farahani at six p.m., walks the dog and has a beer at his local bar. Every day. In the meantime, he writes poetry. Jarmusch is the loving observer of this loving observer. A small oasis of a film. Read more here.

Personal Shopper - in theatres now

Olivier Assayas

After her much lauded role in Clouds of Sils Maria, Olivier Assayas again casts Kristen Stewart as a celebrity’s assistant. This time, her job is an excuse to live in Paris and engage in a supernatural search for her deceased twin brother. Combined horror, drama and thriller. Read more here.

Photo: director Olivier Assayas during IFFR 2017, by Bas Czerwinski.

Réparer les vivants - in theatres now

Réparer Les Vivants

One person dies and many lives are affected. Everything is related to everyone. What can be decided? Three storylines (with actors like Bouli Lanners, Tahar Rahim and Emmanuelle Seigner) become increasingly intertwined as the clock ticks and a stopped heart may save an unknown life. Read more here

Photo: director Katell Quillévéré during IFFR 2017, by Bram Belloni. 

Sieranevada - in theatres now


The films of Cristi Puiu, a leading light of the Romanian New Wave since 2001, mercilessly reflect the mood in his country. The same applies to this chaotic, darkly comic family dinner, as conspiracy theories about the outside world, capricious and derailing mutual conflicts and painful revelations abound. Read more here

The Handmaiden - in theatres now

The Handmaiden

Master swindler Count Fujiwara has taken an interest in the family fortune of Lady Hideko. To rob her, he conspires with her new maid Sook-hee. But a blossoming affair between the two women threatens his plans. An opulently styled erotic thriller by Park Chan-wook, set in 1930s South Korea. Read more here.

Harmonium - from 2 March in theatres


This home invasion thriller masquerades as a family drama about gnawing guilt and revenge. A family reluctantly takes in a mysterious man (Asano Tadanobu) who caused an inexplicable tragedy. Eight years later, old wounds are painfully reopened. Read more here

Photo: director Fukada Koji with IFFR programmer Julian Ross at IFFR 2017, by Nichon Glerum.

American Honey - from 9 March in theatres

American Honey

Pounding music; the youngsters sing, smoke weed, have sex and fight. The ragged Star (scintillating debut from Sasha Lane) falls for Jake (Shia LaBeouf) and jumps in his van to travel with him. A depressing look at the American economy, but an optimistic take on the strength of young people. First American production by British director Andrea Arnold (Fish Tank). Read more here.

After the Storm - from 16 March in theatres

The umpteenth typhoon of the season has trapped a failed author (who recently lost his father) with his mother, ex and son. Leave it to director Kore-eda to meticulously dissect their weaknesses, annoying qualities and loving familiarity using drama and humour. Read more here

Gimme Danger - from 16 March in theatres

Gimme Danger

There's a huge contrast between the wild shows of proto-punks The Stooges in the 1970s and the homely tone with which indestructible lead singer Iggy Pop and his colleagues reminisce with director, friend and fanboy Jim Jarmusch. Self-deprecation and short animations keep the documentary light, yet the music rocks on with untempered raw power. Read more here.

Home - from 23 March in theatres


Where and with whom do you feel at home? This is the theme the teenage friends and their families grapple with in Fien Troch’s latest drama. Who can you truly trust when you have nowhere left to turn? The tension is always palpable, partly thanks to Johnny Jewel’s seamlessly fitting soundtrack. Read more here

Photo: Mistral Guidotti, director Fien Troch and Sebastian van Dun during IFFR Live, by Jan de Groen. 

A Wedding (Noces) - from 30 March in theatres


The strong bond between Zahira and her parents is tested when an arranged marriage with a Pakistani man is set up as tradition decrees. She faces a heart-rending dilemma. Convincing portrait of the conundrums facing second generation immigrants that unfolds like a Greek tragedy in contemporary Brussels. Read more here

Photo: producer Michaël Goldberg and director Stephan Streker, by Jan de Groen.

Train to Busan - from 30 March in theatres

Train to Busan

Zombies threaten the passengers on a Korean high-speed train in this highly skilled, terrifying cross between Snowpiercer and 28 Days Later. The train travellers – including a workaholic and his young daughter – try to keep the bloodthirsty zombies at bay, while receiving some salutary lessons in empathy and courage. Read more here.

Lady Macbeth - from 13 April in theatres

Lady Macbeth

Young Katherine is a prisoner in her own home in Northumberland in 1865 and is thoroughly humiliated by her sadistic husband and his authoritarian father. Living in such a loveless world has to lead to excesses in this powerful costume drama. When Katherine embarks on a all-consuming affair with a servant, things really go wrong. Read more here.

Staying Vertical - from 13 April in theatres

Staying Vertical

Filmmaker Léo has to raise the child he had with a shepherdess alone. At the same time, he struggles to find inspiration for his next film. In this surreal rural comedy, Alain Guiraudie (Stranger by the Lake) tackles his favorite subject: how desire pushes our boundaries. Read more here

Chez nous - from 20 April in theatres

Chez Nous

In Northern France, a beloved and devoted nurse is offered the candidacy for mayorship by a far-right party. The political campaign will test her will and personal life. A timely and sharp study on how populist ideology can quietly but surely contaminate “good” people. Read more here.

Photo: cast and crew Chez Nous at IFFR 2017, by Joke Schut.

Raw - from 20 April in theatres


The way to the heart is through the stomach. This particularly true for young veterinary student Justine. After the vegetarian is forced to eat raw rabbit during a student initiation, she develops a worrying lust for meat. Already highly lauded, bloody, stomach-turning horror about physical lust in which humans act like animals. Read more here.

20th Century Women - from 20 April in theatres

20th Century Women

Dorothea Fields, eccentric single mother, calls on two young women to help her raise her adolescent son in an era of cultural changes and rebellion. A love letter to those who bring us up and the years that form us. Heart-warming, funny and empathic, partly thanks to the star role by Annette Bening. Read more here.

Pop Aye - from 29 June in theatres

Pop Aye

A disillusioned architect rediscovers Pop Aye, the elephant from his childhood, in the streets of Bangkok. Together they set off on a journey to the village where they grew up. Occasionally funny, occasionally moving road movie about two uprooted souls who meet the most colourful figures on their journey home. Winner VPRO Big Screen Award 2017. Read more here.

My Father's Choice - from 15 June in theatres

My Father's Choice

Her father fled Mao's Cultural Revolution, going to Hong Kong. Not long after, he joined the great Chinese exodus to the West and started a restaurant in Maastricht. But was his personal story really so closely interwoven with the history of China, Yan Ting Yuen wonders in this family portrait. Read more here.

DONKEYOTE - from 29 June in theatres


Manolo wants to walk the Trail of Tears, the route used during the forced removal of Cherokee Indians to Oklahoma. But the 73-year-old Andalusian has chronic arthritis, speaks no English and more importantly: how will he get his trusty donkey into the US – and cure its fear of water? An ode to intransigence and friendship.Nominated for the VPRO Big Screen Award. Read more here

Photo: cast and crew Donkeyote at IFFR 2017, by Joke Schut. 

The Man (Mesteren) - from 26 October in theatres

The Man

When the unknown son of world-famous artist Simon suddenly turns up and moves in with him, things start getting tense. Is this just a midlife crisis, professional jealously or justified suspicion? What does the enigmatic Casper really want from him? Satire, thriller and fluently filmed drama set in the art world of the always photogenic Copenhagen. Read more here.

Photo: cast and crew The Man at IFFR 2017, by Bram Belloni.

Check theatres near you for dates and times. And stay tuned, because more filmtitles will follow the next couple of weeks!