Tips

Young Selectors tip IFFR

02 June 2021

IFFR Young Selectors

Tips

Young Selectors tip IFFR

02 June 2021

These young Rotterdam film fanatics love to offer some tips about IFFR’s film programme. Which films are they looking forward to most? See below.

Remember the IFFR Young Selectors? As in February, this team of ambassadors will guide you through this celebratory IFFR edition. This year, the IFFR Young Selectors are Rotterdam creatives Arjun, Nica, Théotime en Zoë. Let these youngsters show you around IFFR 2021, and be sure to check out their very own evening-long programme on ‘feminine embodiment’: a screening of Madalena, a panel discussion and an online event featuring DJs from Rotterdam.

Nica
“Xia, who writes scripts for cheap Chinese soap operas whilst hoping to meet the boy she’s in love with, and her best friend Jie, a struggling actor auditioning from time to time, spend their days chain-smoking, daydreaming and lazing about in Jie’s apartment in Boston. Is it the messy dawn of the fabulous film career both dream of, or the hedonism of young adults clutching at an illusion? 200 Cigarettes from Now uses fleeting impressions with lashings of sweet C-pop and Xia’s perspective, her fantasies, doubts, impulses and obsessions, to provide a snapshot of the fragile moment at which nothing is set in stone and everything is still possible.

I feel like for lots of youngsters there’s a lot of pressure on them to make the right decisions and have a good career. Somehow we’re always at the beginning of something amazing whilst hedonism is around the corner. I’m really curious to see how this film mixes this idea with the cross-cultural perspective of the director herself and the illusion of having all the time in the world. Is everything still possible?”

Théotime
“Cláudia Varejão spent two years travelling Portugal, filming different couples and lovers. Varejão’s poetic documentary captures different forms of love and affection, in all their shapes and sizes. Amor fati simply celebrates the enchantment of being together and the presence of another. In quite extraordinary times, Varejão dedicated her film to what I cherish the most and I can't wait to reunite our friends together!”

Zoë
“A poetic black-and-white debut feature-length film by Jessica Beshir, about two boys dreaming about different means of escape. They chew the stimulating leaves of the khat plant – now Ethiopia’s most lucrative agricultural product, having overtaken coffee. Faya Dayi not only shows what the two boys do, but manages to capture their experience of life, switching smoothly between the khat industry, intimate meetings and reflections, warmth and tragedy, spirituality, and, above all, the dreams of youth.

This film sparked my interest because of its poetic black-and-white vibe. I also take a lot of  interest in films on a social-political level. Faya Dayi will show us something about the khat industry. Khat use has risen to problematic levels in several countries and it has its health consequences within society. But because it’s such a lucrative business, will those consequences be enough to stop the industry?”

Arjun
“In Battle Royale by Fukasaku Kinji, a very violent and out of control classroom is sent off to an island to battle each other, until there is only one person survivor left. On the island, they are starkly reminded how helpless teenagers are in a world controlled by adults. Uncooperative students are killed by an exploding collar. 

Battle Royale takes the ‘respect your elders’ aspect of Japanese culture to the very extreme in a horrifying way. Apart from the gory violence, the film revolves around the psychology of the students who are being forced to cooperate: it’s very intriguing to see how the teenagers cope with the emotions of being pit against classmates they’ve known for a long time. Along with a very good balance between plot progression and backstory and a very interesting dystopian theme, Battle Royale is one of my top horror picks from this programme.”

T-shirt Young Selectors

T-shirt Young Selectors

Camille de Bruin designed the Young Selectors X Camille T-shirt, which you can now buy in the IFFR Online Shop
“Hear us roar! We are women. We come in different shapes and sizes. We discover solidarity and strength within our beautifully diverse community and we demand solidarity where we can't find it. We get to know each other and thus gain insight into a scala of traditions and cultures. We all have a story of where we come from and what we have experienced. We are stronger together, unified, sharing our knowledge of life. 

This design is for you to draw strength from. To embody yourself and your wildest dreams. To accept yourself and live your story. To accept one another, and let everybody live their own story.”

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