Martijn Lakemeier’s IFFR tips

What are festival insiders, tastemakers and creatives most looking forward to at the upcoming edition of IFFR? We asked Hollands Hoop actor Martijn Lakemeier, who can also been seen this year in Jim Taihuttu’s De Oost.

Matthias et Maxime by Xavier Dolan
A pretend kiss between two childhood friends elicits serious emotions in this energetic portrait of 20-something friendships and 30-something issues.

“Dolan is almost thirty and this is his tenth film. I’ve seen J'ai tué ma mère, Les amours imaginaires, Laurence Anyways and Mommy multiple times. He’s an honest maker, in my opinion – someone who is able to translate the big questions in his own life into film. That energy is always there.”

Drama Girl by Vincent Boy Kars
Vincent Boy Kars probes how he can fictionalise the life of fellow millennial Leyla – or is he making a documentary about drama?

“This experiment by Rotterdam-based Vincent Boy Kars is a ‘docu-fiction’. Leyla de Muynk from Amsterdam talks in an interview about the difficult years she has been through, and this story is made into a screenplay. The other characters are then cast and locations scouted for the reconstruction of her story. Leyla re-lives her own history in front of the camera and is confronted by painful events, which kick-starts her processing of these. A daring project in every way, and one where we never know where it’s going to end up. Respect.”

Paradise Drifters by Mees Peijnenburg
Raw road movie about three teens who only have each other. Heart-rending, intense acting from the young cast.

“This film had its premiere in Rotterdam last Saturday (and has another one in a month’s time at the Berlinale), and I can’t wait to see it. Mees has spent years working on this film, and I don’t know many people who could do that with so much love and enthusiasm. Once again, he dives into the arena of young adults with big problems who are running from society’s rules. I am mainly interested in Tamar van Waning’s debut – she was cast partly because of her participation in the TV programme Dreamschool. In short, a must see.”

True History of the Kelly Gang by Justin Kurzel
Mad Max meets Jesse James in this version of the life and crimes of the infamous nineteenth-century bush ranger Ned Kelly.

“A historical story of masculinity during the British colonisation of Australia, but also an epic action movie about a bandit. A film about men – maybe also a little for men. So a massive shout out to Ari Wegner, the female cinematographer behind this fantastic film. And of course we’re all fans of actor George MacKay since 1917.”

Mosquito by João Nuno Pinto
Mozambique, 1917. Teenage soldier Zacarias travels alone through this Portuguese colony, dizzy with malaria. A film like a feverish dream.

“The year 1917 again, and another colonised continent. I have great expectations of this – not for nothing was this film chosen to open the festival. A war film without war. An odyssey through the landscape of Mozambique, filmic and original, by a boy who doesn’t know why he is where he is.”


Photo in header: Martijn Lakemeier © Marc de Groot