IFFR Unleashed: 50/50

18 February 2021

Film still: Sans soleil

To celebrate the extended 50th-anniversary of IFFR, we’re presenting our biggest collection yet on IFFR Unleashed. 50 films, from 50 festival editions. Each available to watch for 50 days.

IFFR Unleashed: 50/50 is a special collection made up of memorable films, classics and programmer’s favourites from a rich festival history – one film selected from every edition of IFFR. Feature-length and short films will take you from 1972, the year the festival was founded, to last year’s 2020 festival. Films will release sequentially in decades, with the first selection available to watch now. 

The collection launches with eight titles from the 1970s. Including exclusives: The Cow by Dariush Mehrjui, representing the festival’s very first edition that took place at LantarenVenster with a small audience, and Adult Fun by James Scott – banned in the UK at the time of its first screening in Rotterdam – digitised for the first time. Also featuring are the cult classics The Last Movie by Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles by Chantal Akerman. See the rest listed below.

There’s no shortage of exciting titles to follow in the next decade releases. French documentary Sans soleil (1984) by Chris Marker. Concert performance film Stop Making Sense (1985) with the Talking Heads, by Jonathan Demme. American fantasy Sleepwalk (1987) by Sara Driver. Worldwide exclusive Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (1989), by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet. Dead Man (1996) directed by Jim Jarmusch and shot by Robby Müller – a film said to have inspired Kelly Reichardt’s IFFR 2021 film First Cow. Watermelon Women (1997) by Cheryl Dunye. Experimental documentary Dial H-I-S-T-O-R-Y (1998) by Johan Grimonprez. La petite vendeuse du soleil (1999), a film from Senegal by Djibril Diop Mambéty, with music by Wasis Diop, Matti Diop’s father. Zombie film Happiness of the Katakuris (2002), by Miike Takashi. A film about the closure of a cinema, Goodbye, Dragon Inn (2004) by Tsai Ming-liang. It Felt Like Love (2013) by Eliza Hittman. Ammodo Tiger Short Award winners Rubber Coated Steel (2017) by Lawrence Abu Hamdan, and Wong Ping's Fables 2 by Wong Ping (2020). And many more. See all films in the collection.

Start watching the first films now. For €4.50 per feature film or €1 per short. The collection will see you through to our IFFR 2021 festival days in June, with each film showing for 50 days, following its release – next release dates detailed below. The majority of titles are available in the Netherlands or the Benelux region. 17 selected titles listed here are available to watch worldwide.  

Make sure to follow us on our social media channels where we’ll be sharing stories and words from the programmer’s around the titles as they release! 


Showing now until 9 April


  • The Cow (1972) by Dariush Mehrjui – available worldwide
  • Adult Fun (1973) by James Scott – available worldwide
  • Angst essen Seele auf (1974) by Rainer Werner Fassbinder – available in the Benelux 
  • India Song (1975) by Marguerite Duras – available in the Benelux
  • Jeanne Dielman, 23, Quai du Commerce 1080 Bruxelles (1976) by Chantal Akerman – available in the Benelux
  • The Last Movie (1977) by Dennis Hopper – available worldwide
  • Perfumed Nightmare (1978) by Kidlat Tahimik – available in the Benelux
  • The Scenic Route (1979) by Mark Rappaport – available worldwide

Showing now until 21 April


  • The Color of Pomegranates (1980) by Sergei Parajanov – available in the Netherlands (coming soon!)
  • Merry-Go-Round (1981) by Jacques Rivette – available worldwide
  • Uski roti by (1982) Mani Kaul – available worldwide
  • A ilha dos amores (1983) by Paulo Rocha – available in the Benelux
  • Sans soleil (1984) by Chris Marker – available in the Benelux
  • Stop Making Sense (1985) by Jonathan Demme – available in the Benelux
  • Yellow Earth (1986) by Chen Kaige – available in the Benelux 
  • Sleepwalk (1987) by Sara Driver – available in the Benelux
  • Tampopo (1988) by Itami Juzo – available in the Benelux
  • Chronik der Anna Magdalena Bach (1989) by Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huille – available worldwide excl. US, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Belgium and Switzerland.

Next release dates

1990–1999: Available from 24 March
2000–2009: Available from 7 April
2010–2020: Available from 21 April

Follow the link below to start watching, or to see what’s to come next! 

See all films in the 50/50 collection

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Watch one film from every festival edition since 1972 in this special collection.

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Available worldwide

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