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Nico, 1988Susanna Nicchiarelli IFFR 2018 93′
Sound, loving and above all honest biopic about Nico, more than twenty years after Andy Warhol and The Velvet Underground. Trine Dyrholm (Kollektivet, Festen) is stunning as the artiste who always has to carry the ballast from the past with her, but continues to believe in the possibilities of a new start.
Night Comes OnJordana Spiro IFFR 2018 90′
Juvenile delinquent Angel leaves prison with just one aim: to right wrongs with her father, the man who killed her mother. The only distraction from this self-destructive mission is her little sister, who looks up to Angel as a mother. A film about hope and love, even in the darkest of times.
NinaOlga Chajdas IFFR 2018 130′
Masterful and sensuous drama about thirty something Nina, who is looking for a surrogate mother for the child she and her longtime husband desperately long for. Young, independent Magda looks like a suitable candidate. But everything changes when Nina unexpectedly gets attracted to her. A turbulent love story with a strong vibe.
No Date, No SignatureVahid Jalilvand IFFR 2018 104′
The dead don’t lie, but the living do. With good reason: a forensic pathologist knows something about a corpse, but the autopsy has already been completed, so he and others could get into trouble. He doesn’t want to remain silent, but truth and justice aren't necessarily the same thing. Emotional and nerve-wracking Iranian drama.
Nosotros solosMateo Bendesky IFFR 2018 16′
Débora and Facundo are inseparable - she's deaf and he takes care of her. He wants to keep it this way, no matter what. They also set cars on fire for fun.
Las NubesJuan Pablo González IFFR 2018 20′
A Mexican rancher gives evocative testimony about the constant harassment his family is subjected to by local criminals. A stark, haunting documentary statement.
La nuit a dévoré le mondeDominique Rocher IFFR 2018 94′
Zombies have taken over the streets. The sole survivor, Sam, hides out in a big townhouse full of food and survival tools. Enough to keep himself alive – but the silence and solitude start to get to him. A nice creative twist on a well-known story: Cast Away in a blood-spattered Paris.
OlanchoTheodore Griswold, Christopher Valdes IFFR 2018 70′
Music brings joy, but what if your life is at risk when you perform? In Olancho, the most anarchic province of Honduras, the most murderous country in the world, criminal cartels love to vie for the best musicians. Then they have to sing the praises of the most powerful drug baron until a rival calls for them.
Opening Night: Jimmie & PartyIFFR 2018
The official launch of IFFR 2018! Come celebrate the kick-off of the festival on Wednesday 24 January, with the official opening film Jimmie by Jesper Ganslandt, followed by a sensational dance fest. The perfect start for the coming twelve festival days and nights.
Outrage CodaKitano Takeshi IFFR 2018 104′
Stylish finale of the Outrage trilogy. A new battle breaks out between rivals in the Japanese organised crime world, where tradition makes way for cold opportunism. Kitano Takeshi is helmsman and protagonist, offering a supercool chess game of men in perfect suits, intercut with explosions of violence and pitch-black humour.
A passagem do cometaJuliana Rojas IFFR 2018 20′
Halley's Comet, a Brazilian abortion clinic and women who are trying to take care of each other. Let's hope the comet isn't the only thing moving forward.
Phantom ThreadPaul Thomas Anderson IFFR 2018 130′
Couturier Reynolds Woodcock (Daniel Day-Lewis in his farewell role) leads an extremely well-ordered life in post-war London, which is disrupted by the arrival of waitress Alma (Vicky Krieps), whom he sees as his ideal model. Opulent, sensual and rather kinky, this drama by Paul Thomas Anderson has already garnered much praise. Featuring a romantic soundtrack by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood.
Phantom Thread Live Score by Rotterdam Philharmonic OrchestraIFFR 2018
Live music and cinema come together in this exclusive screening of Phantom Thread, the latest film from Paul Thomas Anderson. On Friday 2 February this film can be seen – for the first time in the Netherlands – at IFFR, where the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra will play the film’s soundtrack live
Pin CushionDeborah Haywood IFFR 2018 82′
An all-girl, gothic fairy tale set in British working-class suburbs. Single mother Lyn and her teenage daughter Iona are excited about their new life in a new town, but the transition doesn’t go as smoothly as planned. Both keep up a pretence to protect each other from the dangerous outside world.
PityBabis Makridis IFFR 2018 97′
Absurdist drama with a dash of black humour about an anti-hero who is only happy if he is sad. Everything goes fine as long as his wife is in a coma. When she unexpectedly awakens, things go wrong. He has become addicted to sympathy and must at all costs be pitied.
PororocaConstantin Popescu IFFR 2018 152′
The unthinkable happens in a sunny playground: suddenly five-year old Maria is gone. Her disappearance destroys her family’s everyday joy. Father Tudor's soul-destroying descent into blinding desperation follows as he seeks answers. Won the prize for Best Actor in San Sebastían.
A Prayer Before DawnJean-Stephane Sauvaire IFFR 2018 116′
Based on the true story of boxer Billy Moore, who ended up in a Thai prison and had to literally fight for his life, by taking part in Muay Thai boxing tournaments. Alarming, raw and filmed in a painfully realistic way, director Sauvaire has made a hard-hitting boxing prison drama it takes a while to recover from.
RavensJens Assur IFFR 2018 107′
The Swedish leasehold farmer Agne wants his son Klas to take over the farm, but Klas prefers to sit in the library bus and read a book. The landowner wants to modernise, something that the stubborn Agne doesn’t want. Does his farm have any future? Beautifully filmed debut, full of telling details, that slowly nestles under the skin.
Raw Chicks.BerlinBeate Kunath IFFR 2018 105′
Portraits of 11 international, female electro pioneers from Berlin by club organiser Beate Kunath. With infectious enthusiasm they express their love of music, sound and the city of Berlin. It is this melting pot of venues, squats, clubs and art galleries that allows them to rave and experiment to their heart’s desire. EarWORM LIVE Line-up: Nadia Struwigh, Van Anh, Linh Luu, Visuals: Sophia de Jong.
RazziaNabil Ayouch IFFR 2018 109′
On the eve of the riots in Casablanca in 2015, five characters from every corner of Moroccan society live different lives, linked only by their quest for freedom. After Much Loved, director Nabil Ayouch delivers another dense, provoking portrayal of his home country being threatened by intolerance and corruption.
The RiderChloé Zhao IFFR 2018 103′
Cowboy heroism only exists at the rodeo, where Brady is permanently injured. This idiosyncratic Western gets inside the mind of an insecure bronco rider forced to reinvent himself in a macho world. The vast landscape provides the backdrop to an unexpectedly intimate tale based on real events.
RocKabulTravis Beard IFFR 2018 86′
Under Obama, the US government pumped millions into the war in Afghanistan, a tiny portion of which was spent on culture. Even starting-out heavy metal bands could get a subsidy. An Australian soldier becomes the manager of the first local group of foul-mouthed headbangers who dare defy the Taliban. Free admission on Thu 1 Feb.
Satan's SlavesJoko Anwar IFFR 2018 106′
This idiosyncratic remake of the Indonesian horror classic from 1982 by versatile filmmaker Joko Anwar was the 2017 box office smash in his home country (over 4,000,000 tickets sold). After Rini's mother dies, her surviving family members are tormented by mysterious forces at their home adjacent to the cemetery.
The Shape of WaterGuillermo Del Toro IFFR 2018 123′
Guillermo del Toro's latest magic-realist balancing act won the Golden Lion in Venice. This utterly romantic, Cold War monster film combines acute commentary on today’s world with an ode to film genres from the past, from silent film to film noir.
Silent MistZhang Miaoyan IFFR 2018 101′
When describing a film by Zhang Miaoyan, you can’t avoid using terms like ‘hypnotic tracking shots’. Lurking in all corners behind the beauty of a quiet, misty canal town in a Chinese delta, however, is a menacing reality: (male) sexual violence and corruption. A dreamy poem becomes a wordless indictment.
Sollers PointMatt Porterfield IFFR 2018 101′
Social-realist drama about an ex-con trying to make a fresh start in Baltimore. He tries to go straight but unemployment, segregation, poverty and drug abuse involving shady figures and criminal solutions all pull him the other way. Inner demons from his past also prove hard to ignore.
The Song of ScorpionsAnup Singh IFFR 2018 119′
Legend says the scorpion's sting can kill in 24 hours unless a sage who can sing a counter-melody is found. A mesmerising tale of love, revenge and the redemptive power of song. Set in the breath-taking landscape of Rajasthan and masterfully created.
Stammering BalladZhang Nan IFFR 2018 111′
A contemporary version of a young Woody Guthrie, eccentric folkie Ga Song wanders from city to city, scoring gigs wherever he goes. The stubborn loner also struggles with homesickness for his village deep in the back country. When his career just won't budge, he allows himself to be convinced to participate in China’s Got Talent.
Sweet CountryWarwick Thornton IFFR 2018 113′
Two Aboriginals on the run and a group of Australian vigilantes would make great characters in a tense chase thriller. However, director and cameraman Warwick Thornton turns Sweet Country into a stylized, beautifully shot Western based around the biting mutual fear between blacks and whites.
Socially relevant stories by filmmakers and artists are more important than ever. In this programme you can learn about American atomic tests, massacres in India, a refugee drama on Lesbos and the Mexican-US border.
Those Long Haired NightsGerardo Calagui IFFR 2018 72′
In this unflinching yet open-hearted portrait of prostitution, we follow transgender women Tuesday, Amanda and Barbie through Burgos, the red light district in Manila. The women take varying approaches to their work and identity, but most importantly, they accept one another first and foremost as friends.
Tiempo compartidoSebastián Hofmann IFFR 2018 96′
Tropical intrigues in a sun-drenched Mexican resort. At the Vistamar Holiday Park, paradise can be bought – but at what price? While their better halves blossom, Andres and Pedro become convinced that dark forces are at play. Satirical, familiar and with a dash of subversive black humour.