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IFFR KINO Season 7: Second Half

16 September 2022

Film still: Toute une nuit

We’re back with IFFR Kino’s second half of the seventh season. From October 2022 to January 2023 we’re screening an IFFR classic in KINO on every first Wednesday of the month. The second half focuses on films that bring the night to the screen. These films demand to be seen on the big screen – a great warm-up for our upcoming festival in January.

IFFR KINO #42: Toute une nuit

We kick off on Wednesday 5 October with Chantal Akerman's Toute une nuit, screened at IFFR in 1982 and 1983. 

Night. A door swings open. A woman throws herself into a man’s arms, holding her shoes in hand. A café. A man looks at a woman; as he gets up, so does she. Love at first sight. They plunge into each other’s arms and lose themselves in a dance. A phone rings, a man comes running, out of breath. Grinding music rings through the feverish night. A girl pulls herself against another girl. A woman throws open a door and storms up the stairs. A man grabs hold of a woman. Resistance. Two men break up. A wildly emotional woman hurls herself into a taxi. In a city, during a hot and tumultuous summer night, men, women and children are gripped by lust. Capable of anything, they let themselves get carried away by their delirious feelings, sometimes to the point of madness – as long as the night lasts. Akerman’s Toute une nuit is a film about the night, the night as experienced by the people of Brussels in many different ways.

Wednesday 5 October, 19:30, KINO Rotterdam

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IFFR KINO #43: Nattevagten

We invite you to the second screening in IFFR KINO’s seventh season, dedicated to the night. Ole Bornedal’s Nattevagen was previously screened in the Critics’ Choice programme of IFFR 1995. On Wednesday 2 November, Nattevagten can be admired in Rotterdam on KINO’s big screen again.

Martin thought that his new job as night watchman in the hospital mortuary would give him plenty of time to study, but things work out differently. His best friend Jens has devised a new jeu sans frontières. They challenge each other and the loser has to surrender his freedom, get married and accept a bourgeois lifestyle. Through this apparently innocuous game, Martin becomes involved in a series of sexual murders. His superstition and the many hours he spends alone among the corpses make Martin start to doubt his own sanity, as a series of carefully planned 'coincidental' events make him the obvious suspect. Inspector Wörmer, whom Martin comes to trust, explains that when a serial killer stops killing, a scapegoat is needed to take the blame and Martin, it seems, is the perfect candidate. Gradually it becomes obvious to Martin who exactly is deliberately making him look guilty.

Wednesday 2 November, 19:30, KINO Rotterdam

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IFFR KINO #44: PTU

IFFR invites you to the third screening in IFFR KINO’s seventh season. PTU was screened already at IFFR 2007, as part of the programme Film Maker in Focus: Johnnie To. KINO’s projectionist will screen this film on 35mmm on Wednesday 7 December 2022.

A policeman loses his pistol. He is an older, experienced policeman who is not far off retirement. It doesn’t look like a total disaster, but he does realise that his whole reputation is at stake. If his gun is used to commit a murder, his service record would be worthless. Colleague police officers understand the problem. A special PTU (Police Tactical Unit) even gets involved. One thing leads to another and soon the whole police force and the entire Hong Kong underworld seem to be involved in the hunt for the retiring officer’s handgun. Just as Hitchcock knew better than anyone that it is not about the gun (the famous McGuffin), in this case it is only an excuse to provide a flashy picture of the seamy side of Hong Kong.

It has been said of this film that the style is more important than the dialogue. The film is told visually with a lot of action. The sparse dialogue is incomparably spoken by actors such as Simon Yam, Ruby Wong and Lam Suet: class actors who are part of To’s regular stable and who can play a police officer just as coolly as a gangster. 

Wednesday 7 December 19:30, KINO Rotterdam

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IFFR KINO #45: Night Is Short, Walk On Girl + Kick-Heart

IFFR invites you to the fourth and last screening(s) in IFFR KINO’s seventh season. Not one, but two films will be screened: Yuasa MAsaaki’s short film Kick-Heart will open the evening, followed by Yuasa’s Night Is Short, Walk On Girl. The latter was screened in Rotterdam theatres during IFFR 2018. 

Kick-Heart

Yuasa Masaaki's 2013 short action anime is a fast and furious love story between a masochistic male wrestler and a deceptively demure nun. With minimal dialogue the swirling, surreal action moves between the ring and an orphanage as the hero helps the children while battling a mysterious sadistic opponent. Kick-Heart is the first successful film from a major anime studio to be crowdfunded, heralding a new wave of pioneering projects in Japan.

Night Is Short, Walk on Girl

During a mysterious night in Kyoto that seems to never end, shy student Senpai makes multiple attempts to declare his passionate love for the resilient Otome. She is a true party animal – unstoppable – and rushes from spot to spot. This whirlwind, episodic adventure isn’t limited to a pub crawl, but storms on to a local book market, a summer festival, and many other unexpected places full of eccentric characters that aid or thwart Senpai. Will he finally manage to touch Otome’s heart or will Senpai give up, once and for all?

Animation styles vary constantly in this colourful, hallucinatory trip through Japan’s nightlife, demonstrating that Yuasa Masaaki is one of Japan’s contemporary anime masters. Not solely as far as form and style are concerned, his skill is equally visible in the adult themes portrayed in the films.

Wednesday 4 January 19:30, KINO Rotterdam

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