Talented filmmakers with a passion for cinema, who after a lot of hard work are well on the way to making it in the Dutch film industry. Every month they organize a film screening as part of the Bijlmerbajes Bios project, with the first IFFR collaboration on Friday 26 May. Read more here about the programmers and their film selection for this edition: The Idol.
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.
Following Oscar nominations for the politically charged films Paradise Now (2005) and Omar (2013), with The Idol Dutch-Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad tells a smaller, more hopeful story about life in Palestine, which secured second place in the Warsteiner Audience Award rankings at IFFR this year.
It's a weird interview. Director Anders Thomas Jensen (Adam's Apples) and actors Nikolaj Lie Kaas and Søren Malling are funny and serious and all over the place. Just like their weird, unpredictable, absurd Social Realist horror comedy Men & Chicken. "I had like this totally big penis on my face."
It's the first feature-length movie by multi-talented New York singer, performer, multimedia-artist and filmmaker Laurie Anderson. Heart of a Dog, now in cinemas in the Netherlands, is a light-hearted, impressionistic meditation on love and death. An ode to the loss, in recent years, of her mother, husband Lou Reed, and dog Lolabelle.
In Demolition (now in cinemas in the Netherlands), Jean-Marc Vallée tackles his own traumatic divorce. Widower Jake Gyllenhaal realises that he never loved his wife – and that material wealth means nothing to him. “That’s how it goes sometimes: a project grabs hold of you and before you know it, it’s a completely personal experience.”
Belgian director Guillaume Senez found two intense young actors for his realistic feature debut, which deals with teenage pregnancy. "This time, we wanted to choose the father's perspective." Keeper has been screening in cinemas in the Netherlands since 7 April.
In Full Contact, Dutch director David Verbeek explores the subconscious of a drone pilot who accidentally bombs a school. "An actual drone pilot saw the film, and asked me: How did you get into my head?"