IFFR KINO: new season

We’re back with a brand new season of IFFR KINO. From October to January we’re screening an IFFR classic in KINO on every first Wednesday of the month. These gems demand to be seen a second time – a great warm-up for our upcoming festival in January.

For this run, three out of four films are by filmmakers who have new work coming out soon. This gives you a nice opportunity to revisit, or get familiar with, their previous work.

IFFR KINO #17: Dagen zonder lief

Felix van Groeningen, 2007, Belgium, 100’

Flemish filmmaker Felix van Groeningen is well on his way to becoming a real big shot in the world of cinema. Both his De helaasheid der dingen (2009) and The Broken Circle Breakdown (2012) were Belgian entries for the Oscars. Beautiful Boy, Van Groeningen’s first English-language film starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, will hit Dutch cinemas in late November 2018.

We’re giving you a chance to watch his second film Dagen zonder lief, which screened at IFFR in 2008. Calmly and using sober stylistic techniques, Van Groeningen sketches the inner world of a group of twenty-somethings whose lives are turned upside down when one of their friends returns from New York. A beautiful score by pianist Jef Neve adds to the melancholic tone.

(Tip: to get in the mood, listen to these two lovely piano renditions by Neve of Lasgo’s 2001 hit Something and of the 1992 hardbag house classic Don’t You Want Me by Felix, which both feature in the film.)

Wednesday 3 October, 19:30 hours

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IFFR KINO #18: After Life

Kore-eda Hirokazu, 1998, Japan, 118’

The big winner at Cannes Film Festival this year was Shoplifters by Japanese master Kore-eda Hirokazu, which won the Golden Palm and universally delighted audience members. The film will screen in Dutch theatres from December 2018.

This is your chance to see one of Kore-eda’s early films that screened at IFFR in 1999: After Life, an engaging fantasy about life after death.
Kore-eda is a close friend of IFFR. In total, we’ve screened 10 of his feature films, 2 mid-lengths and 1 TV series, and we’ve welcomed him in Rotterdam three times.

Wednesday 7 November, 19:30 hours

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IFFR KINO #19: Sex, Lies, and Videotape

Steven Soderbergh, 1989, USA, 100’

The Golden Palm winning film Sex, Lies, and Videotape has never screened at IFFR, but we have good reason to show it. Beside being one of Steven Soderbergh’s more sensual classics and a riveting tale about an unusual fetish, it is also the very first film for which Cliff Martinez created the soundtrack.

Cliff Martinez is the former Red Hot Chili Peppersdrummer turned film music composer. He has contributed to a long list of high-profile films after his first collaboration with Soderbergh in 1989, including many more of Soderbergh’s films (such as Kafka, The Limey, Traffic, Solaris and Contagion) as well as those of Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive, Only God Forgives, The Neon Demon). Martinez will come to Rotterdam to be one of the main speakers in the Masterclasses & Talks programme of IFFR 2019. So if you’re thinking of picking his brain there, don’t miss this chance to get to know his first venture into composing for film.

Wednesday 5 December, 19:30 hours

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IFFR KINO #20: A Touch of Sin

Jia Zhangke, 2013, China, 129’

IFFR 2019 will see the premiere of Ash is Purest White, the latest film from Chinese filmmaker Jia Zhangke. Get in the mood by watching A Touch of Sin in preparation.

A Touch of Sin screened at IFFR 2014 and its title gives a playful nod to King Hu's martial-arts classic A Touch of Zen (1969-71). Jia compellingly updates the genre of the classic wuxia film to a contemporary Chinese context by dissecting four gruesome eruptions of violence. The film is based on four stories that caused a sensation on Weibo (the Chinese version of Twitter).

Wednesday 2 January, 19:30 hours

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Photo in header: Still: Dagen zonder lief