With just under two months to go before IFFR 2018 is unleashed, we are able to reveal more and more of the upcoming programme. We announced the first fifteen films last month, and starting from last week you can expect a new Tiger Teaser every Thursday – each one will reveal another glimpse of the festival programme. We started off with some of the more left-field art works, and this time we can reveal ten titles from our Limelight programme – including the very special world première of a Dutch film.
Limelight literally refers to a ‘spotlight’, and so also to ‘publicity’. This is our banner for films that, unlike most of the titles that screen at IFFR, will go on to be seen in cinemas in the Netherlands after the festival. All of these are films that have stood out at festivals around the world, and so are guaranteed audience hits. At IFFR, you get a chance to see these big, attractive films first. Limelight titles at IFFR 2017 included American Honey, Jackie, Paterson, Daphne, Free Fire, The Handmaiden, Personal Shopper and Raw.
The Limelight titles at the upcoming IFFR will also include many international award-winners and festival hits. All of which will have their Dutch premières at IFFR 2018. The films now confirmed are:
- Sweet Country – Warwick Thornton (winner Special Jury Award, Venice)
- Radiance – Kawase Naomi(winner Prize of the Ecumenical Jury, Cannes)
- A Man of Integrity – Mohammad Rasoulof (winner Un Certain Regard, Cannes)
- The Rider – Chloé Zhao (winner CICAE Award, Cannes)
- The Florida Project – Sean Baker
- Hannah – Andrea Pallaoro (nominated for a Golden Lion in Toronto)
- Beast – Michael Pearce
- Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts – Mouly Surya
- I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie
Gala world première of Dorst
The Dutch production Dorst by Saskia Diesing (based on the novel of the same title by Esther Gerritsen) is also included in the Limelight programme. Filmmaker Diesing and co-screenwriter Gerritsen will both be present at the gala world première, as will lead actors Simone Kleinsma and Elise van ’t Laar.
In Dorst, restless, impulsive young woman Coco (Van ‘t Laar) suddenly runs into her mother Elisabeth (Kleinsma), who has led a pleasantly predictable life since the departure of her husband and daughter twenty years ago. When Elisabeth casually reveals that she is terminally ill, Coco sees a new purpose in her life: to care for her mother until the bitter end. Coco yearns for recognition, while Elisabeth masks her resistance – and so these two flawed characters pass through a series of tragicomic situations, in spite of their good intentions.
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According to festival director Bero Beyer, who personally selected this film, Dorst offers us a fresh look at the mother-daughter dynamic. “This film effortlessly combines irony, tragedy and humanity thanks to its rock-solid cast and sideways look at life and death.”
“Dorst effortlessly combines irony, tragedy and humanity thanks to its rock-solid cast and sideways look at life and death.” – Festival director Bero Beyer
Alongside Diesing, Gerritsen, Kleinsma and Van 't Laar, co-stars Leopold Witte, Stefan de Walle, Margôt Ros and Patrick Stoof will be attending the world première of Dorst on Monday 29 January in Rotterdam.