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BeastMichael Pearce IFFR 2018 107′
Against the backdrop of a series of unsolved murders on the island of Jersey, a relationship blossoms between Moll and Pascal. For her respectable family, he is the ultimate bad choice – and that seals their love. When it becomes apparent that the police suspect him, her support for him starts to adopt extreme forms.
BEWAREN – of hoe te levenDigna Sinke IFFR 2018 90′
Show me your attic and I’ll tell you who you are! In this very personal and universal cinematographic essay, Digna Sinke travels to Zeeland and Bali, through faded photos to minimalist digital nomads. What to do with all those spare buttons? If you don’t keep anything, who will know what grandma’s tablecloth felt like?
Big Talk: Sean BakerIFFR 2018
For Sean Baker, the rich interior landscapes of individuals should never be reduced to simplistic caricatures. At IFFR Baker will talk about The Florida Project which tells the complex story of a very mature six-year-old and her mother, living in a shabby Florida motel close to Disneyland.
Charlie en Hannah gaan uitBert Scholiers IFFR 2018 76′
Okay then, just one more – although tonight Hannah really wanted to get home on time. Luckily, Charlie still has some good stuff. Suddenly blocks of flats start to talk, they wind up in an Italian horror film and a surprised friend is reanimated with a dose of alcohol. Wondrous, playful debut, largely in black-and-white, from a new Belgian talent.
The Day AfterHong Sangsoo IFFR 2018 92′
A mendacious literary publisher and his recently employed female assistant find themselves in an embarrassing situation when the publisher's wife accuses them of adultery. She’s wrong, but the ambiguous narrative of The Day After makes it clear that she isn’t far from the truth.
DorstSaskia Diesing IFFR 2018 95′
When a disoriented twenty-something moves in with her aloof, sick mother, painful situations are guaranteed to ensue. Coco (Elise van ’t Laar) does it anyway, in a last attempt to get closer and share love. That’s the last thing that the mother (Simone Kleinsma) wants. A tragicomic family drama about good intentions, ridiculous expectations and human impotence.
The End of FearBarbara Visser IFFR 2018 70′
Barnett Newman’s abstract painting Who’s Afraid of Red, Yellow and Blue was murdered twice: first by a vandal with a utility knife, then by an incompetent conservator. The reconstruction of the crime inevitably leads to the question: What is art? Does it come down to the object or the idea?
Film Stars Don't Die in LiverpoolPaul McGuigan IFFR 2018 105′
In this stylish film set at the end of the 1970s, 55-year old Hollywood diva Gloria Grahame has what proves to be a unique affair with Peter, who is in his twenties. He sees something the studio bosses of yesteryear never did: she is more than just a pretty face.
The Florida ProjectSean Baker IFFR 2018 115′
In six-year-old Moonee’s eyes, Disney World’s poverty-stricken environs provide fun adventures. Shielded by childhood, the problems are beyond her comprehension. Talented amateur actors, gorgeous camera work and an amazing role for Willem Dafoe are this colourful film’s main attractions.
FoxtrotSamuel Maoz IFFR 2018 108′
Drink lots of water, the far-too-young soldiers impress upon Michael after they’ve told him that his son Jonathan died on military service. His wife Daphna has already succumbed to the news. In Samuel Maoz's follow-up to Lebanon, that is the starting point of a nerve-wracking dance with fate.
Gabriel and the MountainFellipe Gamarano Barbosa IFFR 2018 127′
Fellipe Barbosa follows in the footsteps of his dead schoolfriend Gabriel Buchmann to reconstruct his fatal journey around the world. With João Pedro Zappa as Gabriel, he travels to the Mulanje Massif in Malawi, where Gabriel died in a climbing accident in 2009. A film about friendship and the cursoriness of backpack tourism.
HannahAndrea Pallaoro IFFR 2018 95′
She might be in her 70s, but actress Charlotte Rampling’s famous look has only become more mysterious over the years. This 'existential Giallo' – a type of Italian thriller – is all about that look: Hannah’s repressed grief and unspoken confusion after her husband is imprisoned.
I Am Not a WitchRungano Nyoni IFFR 2018 93′
Eight-year-old Shula is accused of black magic and locked up in a witches’ colony. An opportunistic official saves her from this form of slavery in order to benefit from her supposed powers. In a mix of farce, fairy tale and social satire, we see how superstition is used to oppress women.
I, TonyaCraig Gillespie IFFR 2018 119′
Tragicomic biographical drama about the rapid rise and mediagenic demise of the American figure skater Tonya Harding. Talent and perseverance lead her to reach the absolute top, but was it the bizarre attack on her teammate and rival that really made Tonya world-famous and notorious? How could things get that far?
The InsultZiad Doueiri IFFR 2018 113′
It starts as a minor altercation between hot-tempered Lebanese-Christian Toni and Palestinian-born contractor Yasser. But their quarrel escalates to a national crisis when it ends up in a court case that leads to a media storm. It becomes apparent that the old wounds of the Lebanese Civil War have not yet healed.
Jeune femmeLéonor Séraille IFFR 2018 97′
Paula hates Paris. Chain smoking she wanders its streets. Dumped by her older boyfriend she tries to regroup. Chameleonic she accommodates everyone she meets only to scare them off again with her emotional unpredictability. Dark character study with fabulous role for Laetitia Dosch.
Jusqu'à la gardeXavier Legrand IFFR 2018 94′
This is as bad as it gets when divorced parents fight for custody of their son – a heartrending role by young Thomas Gioria. Making his feature debut, Legrand is inspired by both Kramer vs. Kramer and The Shining. This kitchen-sink thriller marks him as a talent to watch. Awarded for Best Director in Venice.
Lady BirdGreta Gerwig IFFR 2018 93′
Most known for acting and screenwriting, Greta Gerwig (Frances Ha) makes her solo directorial debut with this highly praised tragicomedy on teen desire in America. Saoirse Ronan shines as a high school student calling herself 'Lady Bird' and struggling with love and sex, arguing with her mom and dreaming of faraway, expensive New York. Winner Golden Globe Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy.
Lean on PeteAndrew Haigh IFFR 2018 119′
After intimate films about relationships, Weekend and 45 Years, Andrew Haigh takes a self-assured step to a larger canvas with this touching coming of age film set against the immense backdrop of the American landscape. Teenager Charley flees his white-trash background by working for grubby horse trainer Del and finds a soulmate in the retired racing horse Lean on Pete.
A Man of IntegrityIFFR 2018 117′
A respectable family man, Reza, loses his money, his car and his source of income. What are you left with and what next? In his clandestinely shot sixth feature, Iranian filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulof shows how difficult it is to maintain your integrity if a corrupt society drags you down.
Marlina the Murderer in Four ActsMouly Surya IFFR 2018 95′
In this unconventional, slightly absurdist revenge Western set in the Far East, widow Marlina goes in search of justice. Her journey through the inhospitable countryside of the Indonesian island Sumba brings her unexpected allies and reveals unsuspected, powerful aspects of her character.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
What Will People SayIram Haq IFFR 2018 106′
Outside the walls of her Pakistani parents’ house, 16-year-old Nisha has the same cheerful, free life as other Norwegians her age. But she pays a heavy price for it. A seemingly innocent kiss lands the teenager in an inescapable vortex of suspicion and shame. An oppressive, biting film about living in a divided culture.
ZagrosSahim Omar Kalifa IFFR 2018 102′
Love and family loyalty, honour and jealousy, migration and cultural alienation come together in this gripping drama in which a young Kurdish shepherd follows his wife after she flees the threats made by his family. While he is trying to set up a new life with her in Brussels, doubts re-emerge.