Harbour at IFFR 2021

15 April 2021

Film Still: El ventre del mar

The June chapter will mark the launch of IFFR’s newest and largest programme, Harbour. Echoing Rotterdam’s port city identity, Harbour becomes the heart of the festival that offers a safe haven to the full range and depth of contemporary cinema shown at IFFR.

Harbour announces the international premiere of The Blue Danube by Japanese director and former Tiger Competition winner Ikeda Akira, whose film Anatomy of a Paper Clip won the Tiger Award at IFFR 2014. His latest film wryly highlights the absurdity of bureaucracy in Japan, as soldiers fight a pointless war without remembering why. 

In her debut feature Nudo Mixteco, director of Mixtec origin Ángeles Cruz paints an exceptional picture of her home village in the highlands of the Mexican state of Oaxaca. Based on personal experience, her film portrays three migrant workers who return to the village of their birth. 

Portuguese director Cláudia Varejão returns after short selections at IFFR in 2010 and 2013. Her documentary Amor fati poetically investigates parts that complete each other, from couples, friendships and families to pets and their owners, creating enchanting portraits of togetherness. Spanish director Agustí Villaronga, whose work was the subject of an IFFR retrospective in 2011, returns with El ventre del mar – a theatrical recount of the horrific 1816 La Méduse shipwreck.

With over five decades of IFFR history, Japanese director Hara Kazuo is selected for his latest film MINAMATA Mandala. Hara’s renowned film The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On won the KNF Award at IFFR 1988. Another cinematic veteran Júlio Bressane, legendary figure of Brazil’s Cinema Marginal movement, returns to IFFR with Capitu and the Chapter.  

Check out all Harbour films

    Film Still: Amor fati

    Film Still: Capitu and the Chapter

    Film Still: Death on the Streets

    Film Still: MINAMATA Mandala

    Film Still: Homeless

    Film Still: Nudo Mixteco

    Film Still: The Blue Danube

    Film Still: El ventre del mar

    Harbour selection

    • Accidental Luxuriance of the Translucent Watery Rebus, Dalibor Barić, 2020, Croatia
    • Amor fati, Cláudia Varejão, 2020, Portugal/Switzerland/France
    • Au jour d’aujourd’hui, Maxence Stamatiadis, 2021, France, world premiere
    • Birds of America, Jacques Lœuille, 2021, France
    • The Blue Danube, Ikeda Akira, 2020, Japan, international premiere
    • Bottled Songs 1-4, Chloé Gailbert-Laîné/Kevin B. Lee, 2020, Germany/France/USA
    • Capitu and the Chapter, Júlio Bressane, 2021, Brazil, world premiere 
    • Davos, Daniel Hoesl/Julia Niemann, 2020, Austria
    • Death on the Streets, Johan Carlsen, 2020, Germany/Denmark/Greece, international premiere
    • Decameron, Rita Hui Nga Shu, 2021, Hong Kong, world premiere
    • Fan Girl, Antoinette Jadaone, 2020, Philippines
    • Homeless, Lim Seung-hyeun, 2020, South Korea, international premiere
    • Hotele Lerallaneng, Charlie Vundla, 2020, South Africa, world premiere
    • Lutar, lutar, lutar, Sérgio Borges/Helvécio Marins Jr., 2021, Brazil, European premiere
    • A man and a camera, Guido Hendrikx, 2020, Netherlands
    • MINAMATA Mandala, Hara Kazuo, 2020, Japan, European premiere
    • Nudo Mixteco, Ángeles Cruz, 2021, Mexico
    • Only the Winds, Karim Kassem, 2021, Lebanon/USA
    • Persona Non Grata, Lisa Jespersen, 2021, Denmark
    • Self-portrait 2020, Lee Dongwoo, 2020, South Korea, European premiere
    • Scarecrow, Dmitry Davydov, 2020, Russia, international premiere
    • A Song for You, Dukar Tserang, 2020, China, European premiere
    • Time, Ricky Ko, 2020, Hong Kong, European premiere
    • An Unusual Summer, Kamal Aljafari, 2020, Palestine
    • El ventre del mar, Agustí Villaronga, 2021, Spain

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