IFFR-films in theatres: April / May

Did you miss a must-see film during IFFR 2018? Keep calm! Some IFFR-films will come out this year in Dutch 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. You can find the overview for February and March right here. For April and May we're talking about:

Lady Bird

In cinemas from 5 April 2018

Most known for acting and screenwriting, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) makes her solo directorial debut with this highly praised tragicomedy on teen desire in America. Saoirse Ronan shines as a high school student calling herself 'Lady Bird' and struggling with love and sex, arguing with her mom and dreaming of faraway, expensive New York. Winner Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.

Une saison en France

In cinemas from 5 April 2018

A melancholy portrait of refugees from Bangui trying to find a better life in France. Widower Abbas and his children seem to be doing well in French society. He has a job, a girlfriend and always fulfills his agreements with the authorities. Nevertheless, this second-class citizen is deported from France.

Read our interview with Mahamat-Saleh Haroun


In cinemas from 5 April 2018

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.

Read our interview with Lucrecia Martel

BEWAREN - of hoe te leven

In cinemas from 12 April 2018

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?

Read our interview with Digna Sinke


In cinemas from 12 April 2018

Drink lots of water, the far-too-young soldiers impress upon Michael after they’ve told him that his son Jonathan died on military service. His wife Daphna has already succumbed to the news. In Samuel Maoz's follow-up to Lebanon, that is the starting point of a nerve-wracking dance with fate.

Read our interview with Samuel Moaz

Nico, 1988

In cinemas from 12 April 2018

Sound, loving and above all honest biopic about Nico, more than twenty years after Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground. Trine Dyrholm (KollektivetFesten) is stunning as the artiste who always has to carry the ballast from the past with her, but continues to believe in the possibilities of a new start.

Read our interview with Susanna Nicchiarelli and Trine Dyrholm

Der Hauptmann

In cinemas from 19 April 2018

It’s a good thing the Germans themselves tell this kind of uneasy story. When the deserting Wehrmacht soldier Willy Herold finds an officer’s uniform in a deserted army vehicle in the last days of the war, he puts it on. It doesn’t take long before he also adopts a suitably haughty form of cruelty in this gripping and beautifully shot warning-from-hell.

Read our interview with Robert Schwentke

The Rider

In cinemas from 19 April 2018

Cowboy heroism only exists at the rodeo, where Brady is permanently injured. This idiosyncratic Western gets inside the mind of an insecure bronco rider forced to reinvent himself in a macho world. The vast landscape provides the backdrop to an unexpectedly intimate tale based on real events.

La Holandesa (Messi and Maud)

In cinemas from 26 April 2018

How do you deal with the sorrow of not being able to have children? Dutch woman Maud undertakes an aimless journey through Chile, filmed with breathtaking beauty. The actress Rifka Lodeizen stands out in this roadmovie, which shows how you can lose yourself – and then find yourself again.

Read our interview with Rifka Lodeizen

A Man of Integrity

In cinemas from 3 May 2018

A respectable family man, Reza, loses his money, his car and his source of income. What are you left with and what next? In his clandestinely shot sixth feature, Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof shows how difficult it is to maintain your integrity if a corrupt society drags you down.

Read our interview with producer Kaveh Farnam

The Death of Stalin

In cinemas from 3 May 2018

When Joseph Stalin had a stroke in March 1953, the political court of the Red Tsar flew into a blind panic. The unprincipled struggle for power that ensued is sharply sketched by Armando Iannucci (I’m Alan Partridge, Veep) and a choice selection of top English-speaking actors in a pitch-black, hilarious and timeless political satire.

Read our interview with Armando Iannucci

Marjorie Prime

In cinemas from 10 May 2018

In an era when artificial intelligence has become very normal, the 86-year-old Marjorie is kept company by an inquisitive hologram. This 'prime' is a younger version of her deceased husband Walter, who shares reminiscences with Marjorie to train her failing memory. But the prime only knows the facts and memories he’s been told, so they can also be manipulated – by Marjorie, or for instance by her son-in-law Jon.

Read our interview with Lois Smith


In cinemas from 10 May 2018

How to be together in the age of social media? We have become obsessed with our own image and must find a new, more personal way of relating to others. This rich essay argues that the chains of social media must be cast off, but the perpetual question remains: Who is looking out for you?

Read our interview with Vinca Kruk and Daniël van der Velden


In cinemas from 17 May 2018

In 1425, 8-year-old Jeannette is not Joan of Arc yet but is already yearning to kick some English butt out of France. Based on Charles Peguy's poetic writing about the fierce heroine, this unorthodox retelling is an electro-heavy-metal-punk musical that Bruno Dumont infuses with energy and madness.

The Cleaners

In cinemas from 17 May 2018

We already knew that fake news gets pumped around. And also that our online behaviour determines what gets shown on everyone’s timeline on social media. But that thousands of Filipino content moderators are actively deciding every day what actually gets seen on the web, so that our timelines are pleasant or at least non-violent? This fact was hidden until recently.

A Prayer Before Dawn

In cinemas from 24 May 2018

Based on the true story of boxer Billy Moore, who ended up in a Thai prison and had to literally fight for his life, by taking part in Muay Thai boxing tournaments. Alarming, raw and filmed in a painfully realistic way, director Sauvaire has made a hard-hitting boxing prison drama it takes a while to recover from.

Gabriel and the Mountain (Gabriel e a Montanha)

In cinemas from 24 May 2018

Brazilian filmmaker Fellipe Barbosa filmed the last year of his school friend Gabriel Buchmann, who embarked on a journey around the world in 2009 before starting university. Apart from its fatal ending, Barbosa did not know much about the journey. The backpacker met his death during a hasty climb in the Mulanje Massif, in Malawi. His lifeless body was found days later by local people.

Read our interview with Fellipe Gamarano Barbosa

Lean on Pete

In cinemas from 31 May 2018

After intimate films about relationships, Weekend and 45 Years, Andrew Haigh takes a self-assured step to a larger canvas with this touching coming of age film set against the immense backdrop of the American landscape. Teenager Charley flees his white-trash background by working for grubby horse trainer Del and finds a soulmate in the retired racing horse Lean on Pete.

Photo in header: Still: Lady Bird