IFFR Unleashed: 50/50

18 February 2021

The Cow (1972)

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. 

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 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 – release dates detailed below. The majority of titles are available in the Netherlands or the Benelux region. 17 selected titles are available to watch worldwide.  


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

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