World premieres in Rotterdam

World Premieres in Rotterdam

The Skyjacker by Jeff Pickett (US)

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is pleased to announce the first selected world premieres of feature films within the 2008 programme:

- From Indonesia: Garin Nugroho’s documentary TEAK LEAVES AT THE TEMPLES, a visual essay about a collaboration between Western and local musicians and dancers, performing together in the Borobudur temple complex on the island of Bali.

- British filmmaker Stephen Dwoskin presents THE SUN AND THE MOON, a radical portrait of lust, pain and melancholy. Dwoskin is a returning guest in Rotterdam from the very first festival edition in 1972. He was honoured in 2006 as Filmmaker in Focus.

We Went to Wonderland by Xiaolu Guo (UK)- In WE WENT TO WONDERLAND, writer and filmmaker Xiaolu Guo (UK) uses the video function of her digital photo camera to record her parents on their first travels outside China. The result is a cultural and philosophical poem. Xiaolu’s previous film, HOW IS YOUR FISH TODAY? was selected in the 2007 VPRO Tiger Awards Competition.

- THE SKYJACKER, début feature by Jeff Pickett (US), brings to screen the (true) story of the only successful hijacking in aviation history by strong acting, faithful research and austere reconstruction. In the Northwest of the 1970's, a down and almost out loner comes up with an escape plan from his life – to hijack an airplane.

- LUCKY 7 was based on an idea by Sun Koh who eventually made the film together with six colleagues from Singapore (K Rajagopal, Boo Junfeng, Brian Gothong Tan, Chew Tze Chuan, Ho Tzu Nyen, Tania Sng) along the lines of the ‘exquisite corpse’ principle. The result, a film in which actor Sunny Pang plays the lead role in all seven parts, offers a heartwarming perspective on contemporary Singapore.

Megumi by Mirjam van Veelen (The Netherlands/Japan)- Dutch filmmaker Mirjam van Veelen presents MEGUMI, filmed in Japan. In 1977 Megumi, back then a 13 year old Japanese girl, was abducted to North Korea. Her parents are convinced she is still alive today. Veelen uses all filmmaking means to prove this.

The full list of world, international and European premieres in the festival programme will be announced in the second week of January.