Léa Fehner freed up a day and a half in her very full schedule to attend the screenings at IFFR of her second feature film Les ogres. At the end of the festival, the French filmmaker returned to Rotterdam to receive the VPRO Big Screen Award.
El abrazo de la serpiente is the first film in Colombian history to be awarded an Oscar nomination. At IFFR, the film picked up the Hubert Bals Fund Dioraphte Award, the prize for the Hubert Bals Fund-backed film scoring highest with the festival audience. Flemish lead actor Jan Bijvoet – familiar to audiences here as the title character in Alex van Warmerdam's Borgman – calls the film, shot in the Amazon rainforest, "a gift". The film will be in Dutch cinemas from 31 March 2016.
Land of Mine will be in Dutch cinemas from March 31 onwards. This captivating post-war drama earned two awards at IFFR for director Martin Zandvliet. Both the festival audience and the youth jury recognised this exceptional film, in which young Germans have to clear mines along the Danish coast in the aftermath of World War II, with the Warsteiner Audience Award and the MovieZone Award respectively. Next year an Oscar in Hollywood?
During the annual Oscars ceremony, the Oscar for Best Actress was granted to Brie Larson for her role in Room. During the recent IFFR, Room ended up as third best festival film in the Warsteiner Audience Award ranking. Room plays in Dutch cinemas from 3 March 2016.