RTM: a day full of Rotterdam

On Friday 26 January, IFFR puts the city of Rotterdam in the spotlights during RTM in LantarenVenster, with new films, classics, documentaries, archive material, poetry, music videos, art, installations and talks – all by people from Rotterdam. A day not to be missed by any true Rotterdammer and a thorough introduction into the 010 mindset for anyone from outside the city!

One of RTM’s highlights is the world premiere of Sleutelaar is hier by Stephan Warmenhoven, about the legendary ‘silent poet’ Hans Sleutelaar, who has returned to his hometown Rotterdam after a long journey. There’s also Cult Wasmachine, a new video work by photographer Ari Versluis (EXACTITUDES), about the quintessential Rotterdam-born gabber subculture, and the world premiere of Gangway to a Future by René Hazekamp.

Hesdy Lonwijk honours his favourite part of the city, Zuid (south side), in the world premiere of his short film Over Zij, de Overzijde. And Hitchcock Hitchcock by Edgar Kapp and Kuba Szutkowski won second prize at the 48 Hour Film Project Rotterdam 2017.

RTM also screens some IFFR classics which beautifully illustrate the changing city of Rotterdam, like the documentary Nighttown (2010) by Marcel Haug and Mike Redman about the legendary nightclub of the same name, Saxman (1995) by Carel van Hees and Martijn ‘t Hart about pub hero/top class sax player Piet le Blanc and Rotterdam, een ongemakkelijk sprookje (2001) by Lydia Schouten and Gina Kranendonk, a light-hearted and bizarre story by two ‘art ladies’, one of whom searches for a man, the other for some green in the city; a Rotterdam-style Ab Fab.

  • Still: Bars

  • Still: Dark Corners

  • Still: Heijplaters

  • Still: Hitchcock Hitchcock

  • Still: Ma'amaQueen

  • Still: Nighttown

  • Still: Over Zij, de Overzijde

  • Still: Rotterdam, een ongemakkelijk sprookje

  • Still: Saxman

  • Still: Sleutelaar is hier

  • Still: Stalkerman

Despite many of them insisting that actions speak louder than words (‘geen woorden, maar daden’), Rotterdammers do, in fact, open their mouths occasionally. In his Talk of the Town, artist and Rotterdam connoisseur Gyz la Rivière takes us on a journey through the city’s history. With archival footage ranging from Jacque Tati to Paul Verhoeven and from Ice Cube to Sonic Youth he illustrate the city’s transformations, in collaboration with the Rotterdam City Archives. In an expert panel moderated by Hans Groenendijk from Film Platform Rotterdam, producer Ineke Kanters, IFFR programmer Bianca Taal and filmmaker Kuba Szutkowski discuss the question of how to get your film into the world as a Rotterdam filmmaker.

For her video installation Zij zijn, Rince de Jong filmed the inhabitants of an assisted living facitilies. And by Rodney Luxemburg, a Rotterdam tram driver like no other, there is the continuously running installation Tram Tales which shows the awakening city in hypnotising images from the perspective of his tram cabin. Nine local poets will perform their Rotterdam-inspired work in front of this installation.

IFFR asked the members of Rotterdam-based film club CiMENA, who watch and discuss films from the MENA region, to curate and host a film from the festival programme. They picked Wajib by Annemarie Jacir. And RTM has more: heart-warming mini duets by Loes Luca and her mother on their way to the market, a first look into the megaproject Rotterdam, I Love You, a good dose of music by DJ Okkie and the Cape Verdean Flavio & Amigos, and a concert by Marco Martens.

RTM takes place on Friday 26 January from 14:00 to 0:00 hours in LantarenVenster.


Gangway to a Future, René Hazekamp, 2018, Netherlands, world premiere
Nighttown, Marcel Haug/Mike Redman, 2010, Netherlands
Rotterdam, een ongemakkelijk sprookje, Lydia Schouten/Gina Kranendonk, 2001, Netherlands
Saxman, Carel van Hees/Martijn ’t Hart, 1995, Netherlands
Sleutelaar is hier, Stephan Warmenhoven, 2018, Netherlands, world premiere
Wajib, Annemarie Jacir, 2017, Palestina

Short films:

Bars, René van Zundert, 2017, Netherlands
Dark Corners, Ari Versluis, 2018, Netherlands
En altijd komen er schepen, Loes Luca, 2018, Nederland
Heijplaters, Mirjam Marks, 2017, Netherlands
Hitchcock Hitchcock, Edgar Kapp/Kuba Szutkowski/Szutkowski AV, 2017, Netherlands
Ma'MaQueen, Esmée van Loon, 2017, Netherlands
Over Zij, de Overzijde, Hesdy Lonwijk, 2018, Netherlands, world premiere
Stalkerman, Andre Pijnappel, 2017, Netherlands


Cult Wasmachine, Ari Versluis, 2018, Netherlands
Geen gezeik achteraf, several filmmakers, a.o. Dirk Rijneke/Antenne TV, 2018, Netherlands
RO TV, Pieter Kramer/André van Hout, 2008, Netherlands
Tram Tales, Rodney Luxemburg, 2017, Netherlands
Zij zijn, Rince de Jong, 2017, Netherlands

Music videos:

Dichter - Voor Ons (Dir. Gijs Mortier)
Sevdaliza - Amandine Insensible (Dir. Piet Langeveld)
Jebroer & Anita Doth - Marathon (Dir. Atlynn Vrolijk & Tatiana Stoute)
v1984 - Smite (Dir. Thomas de Rijk)
De Likt - Finidi George (Dir. Max Siedentopf)
Jonna Fraser f/ Ronnie Flex & Idaly - Ik Zag Je Staan (Dir. Len Chandra)
The Sweet Release Of Death - 103 (Dir. Annemiek Gouwen)
Kevin - Op de Block (Dir. Selfmade Videos)
Jozo f/ Heinek'n, Feis, Kevin & Hef - Streetlife (Dir. Nelio Nascimento)
Mr. Polska & Ronnie Flex - Ravotten (Dir. Atlynn Vrolijk & Lisette Donkersloot)
The R - What's Going on (In Your Mind) (Dir. Ari Versluis) 

Photo in header: Still: Ma Ma Queen