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Artist Talk: Pauline Curnier JardinIFFR 2020
Pauline Curnier Jardin talks about her expansive body of work, which covers many genres and media, and the themes she keeps returning to.
Multidisciplinary artist and filmmaker Pauline Curnier Jardin discusses her body of work up to and including her new film, Bled Out – Ausgeblutet, making its festival world premiere at IFFR. Jardin is known for her groundbreaking work that often focuses on performance, themes of desire and the human body.
Artist Talk: Zachary EpcarIFFR 2020
Zachary Epcar discusses his body of work, his new film Billy, and how he explores themes of desire and despair.
Zachary Epcar talks about his highly individual work, of which A Time Shared Unlimited and Life After Love previously screened at IFFR. Epcar, known for his inventive use of image and sound, reveals what goes on behind the everyday. His short film Billy premieres at IFFR 2020 in Bright Future Short.
The Collective SpaceIFFR 2020
A place to focus on the next generation's methods. IFFR brings young makers together to stimulate mutual inspiration, meetings and co-creation.
Alongside the presentation of recent works by filmmakers and artists' collectives, Synergetic also creates a space to focus on the next generation's working methods. In The Collective Space, IFFR brings together young makers, from Rotterdam and international communities, to stimulate mutual inspiration, meetings and co-creation.
Critics' Choice VI: Countering ImagesIFFR 2020
Critics' Choice VI closing debate on Harun Farocki in 2020. How does his work inspire images to counter traditional filmic depictions?
Closing debate of Critics' Choice VI, featuring video essays by Kevin B. Lee addressing the question of how analyses by Harun Farocki can inspire critics, curators and image-makers to give a different visual perspective on the traditional filmic representations of the world. An interactive session with Critics' Choice curators, speakers and the audience.
Day in the Life – In Conversation with Karrabing Film CollectiveIFFR 2020
World premiere and talk in one: Karrabing Film Collective present their latest film and delve into their oeuvre with May Adadol Ingawanij.
Karrabing Film Collective, an Indigenous Australian media group, approach filmmaking as a mode of self-organisation and a means of investigating contemporary social conditions of inequality. This session is a world premiere and talk in one: Karrabing present their new film Day in the Life and afterwards discuss their oeuvre with May Adadol Ingawanij.
For the Record: Music Video as Collective SpaceIFFR 2020
Live radio and video broadcast with conversations and performances on music video as collaborative space for consumerism, activism and emancipation.
Live radio and video broadcast with conversations and performances on music video as collaborative space for activism, consumerism and emancipation. With American artist Charm La'Donna and architect and urban theorist Dele Adeyemo, among others.
For the Record: Staging RealitiesIFFR 2020
For the Record: Staging Realities examines the role of set and stage design in music videos and live events.
For The Record: Staging Realities examines the role of set and stage design in music videos and live events. A conversation on spatial techniques deployed for reality creation, as well as how staged live events are optimised for the use of mobile video recording. With Lauri Faggioni and Chiara Stephenson.
Freedom Lecture: Rojava Film CommuneIFFR 2020
The Kurdish collective Rojava Film Commune gives this year's Freedom Lecture, a cooperation between De Balie and IFFR.
The Kurdish collective Rojava Film Commune promotes film education and production in Rojava, northern Syria. The commune's first feature film, The End Will Be Spectacular, is a war film about young Kurdish resistance fighters. The collective takes care of this edition of De Balie's freedom lecture in collaboration with IFFR.
Girls on Film Live!IFFR 2020
British film critic Anna Smith brings her podcast Girls on Film to Rotterdam with a female perspective on the film world.
For the second year in a row, British film critic Anna Smith (The Guardian) brings her fresh, cheerful podcast Girls on Film to Rotterdam for a female look at the film world in a live show featuring, among others, director Sarah Gavron (Rocks).
Hunting Scenes – Quay Brothers in Conversation with Patricia AllioIFFR 2020
French theatre director and writer Patricia Allio discusses her first film with the Quay Brothers, equally fascinated by the notion of hunting.
With her rigorously stylised film Réconstitution d'une scène de chasse, French director, writer, performer, dramatist and philosopher Patricia Allio translates her outspoken ideas to the medium of film for the first time. She talks about this experience with the Quay Brothers, who already share her interest in hunting scenes, outsider art and Luis Buñuel.
IFFR x De Balie: Paradise DriftersIFFR 2020
After the screening of his raw road movie, Golden Calf winner Mees Peijnenburg discusses the importance of care for vulnerable young people.
The raw road movie Paradise Drifters, a story about three young drifters on the brink of the abyss, is the fiction feature debut of Golden Calf winner Mees Peijnenburg. After the film, Peijnenburg will discuss the importance of care for vulnerable young people with the cast and crew.
IFFR x De Dépendance: Timothy MortonIFFR 2020
De Dépendance and IFFR invite "the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene" Timothy Morton for a talk on his latest book Being Ecological.
De Dépendance and IFFR invite "the philosopher prophet of the Anthropocene" Timothy Morton for a talk on his latest book Being Ecological. Morton draws on Kant and Heidegger, popular culture and the history of cinema to help us understand living in an age of mass extinction caused by global warming.
IFFR x deBuren: MuidhondIFFR 2020
Occasioned by the intense feature film Muidhond, director Patrice Toye, author Inge Schilperoord and others will discuss the delicate topic of paedophilia.
Talk centring on the intense feature film Muidhond, in which the young paedophile Jonathan tries to get control of his inclinations. Director Patrice Toye, writer of the eponymous book and forensic psychologist Inge Schilperoord, author Ted van Lieshout and psychotherapist Jules Mulder will discuss this human struggle.
IFFR x STRP: AI & CreativityIFFR 2020
How creative is artificial intelligence? A discussion between artists and experts.
How creative is artificial intelligence? Moderator Annemarie Wisse will discuss this with filmmakers Lawrence Lek (AIDOL) and Cécile B. Evans (A Screen Test for an Adaptation of Giselle) along with the artist duo Arvid&Marie and professor Wijnand IJsselsteijn of Eindhoven University of Technology.
IFFR x VPRO: De kijk van KoolhovenIFFR 2020
During this live episode of the VPRO film programme De kijk van Koolhoven, director Martin Koolhoven shares his love of Italian genre films.
As a foretaste of the second season of De kijk van Koolhoven, the director of Brimstone shares his love of Italian genre films with the IFFR audience during this live presentation. With a maker's eye and the charm of an entertainer, Martin Koolhoven dissects his favourite film scenes, from spaghetti western to giallo.
Kermode on FilmIFFR 2020
Mark Kermode, the razor-sharp British film critic, brings his weekly podcast to Rotterdam for a rip-roaring live show.
His sharp tongue and forthright opinions have made Mark Kermode one of the most reliable British film critics. Now he brings his famous weekly podcast to IFFR for a rip-roaring live show. Kermode will not only interview several IFFR guests, but also go head-to-head with YouTuber and notorious controversialist Jack Howard.
Masterclass: Bong Joon HoIFFR 2020
Maestro Bong Joon Ho, bringing a black-and-white Parasite to IFFR, will be asked about inspiration, working methods and other secrets to his success.
With films like Mother, The Host, Snowpiercer and Parasite (Golden Palm winner and tipped for an Oscar), Bong Joon Ho combines sensational commercial success with glowing reviews and major awards. How does he do it? In this masterclass, he will reveal his secrets. He's also bringing an exclusive black-and-white version of Parasite.
Masterclass: Diego GarcíaIFFR 2020
An interview, illustrated by film clips, with DoP Diego García (Neon Bull, Nuestro tiempo), ahead of the presentation of the Robby Müller Award.
An interview, illustrated with film clips, with director of photography Diego García (Neon Bull, Nuestro tiempo), ahead of the presentation of the Robby Müller Award. García will talk about his artistic approach and methodology, working with directors, his aesthetic choices and unique visual language.
Masterclass: Eduardo SerranoIFFR 2020
The Brazilian editor of Bacurau and Swinguerra discusses with the audience the tumultuous and urgent films he is currently editing in Brazil.
Editor Eduardo Serrano has worked on some of the key films of contemporary Brazilian cinema, such as Neon Bull, Aquarius and Divino Amor. Besides the short dance film Swinguerra, IFFR is also screening the politically tumultuous Bacurau, both edited by Serrano. In his masterclass, he discusses these with the audience.
Masterclass: Howard ShoreIFFR 2020
Legendary film composer Howard Shore talks about his way of working and huge oeuvre, working with directors such as David Cronenberg and his vision on film music.
To accompany the live score to be performed by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra at the IFFR screening of David Cronenberg's Crash (1996), legendary film composer Howard Shore gives an exclusive masterclass, talking about his way of working and his huge oeuvre, collaboration with directors such as David Cronenberg and his vision on film music.
Masterclass: Jenn NkiruIFFR 2020
Director of Black to Techno and Hub Tones discusses her vision and mission and the collective she co-founded, The Ummah Chroma.
Jenn Nkiru has found a unique way of presenting the rich history of black music and culture. During this masterclass, the artist and director talks about her vision and mission, her film work (including Black to Techno and Hub Tones) and her participation in the collective she co-founded, The Ummah Chroma.
Masterclass: Pedro CostaIFFR 2020
The Portuguese director of Vitalina Varela talks to the audience about cinema, life and his unique filmmaking style.
Master filmmaker Pedro Costa usually focuses on people who otherwise go unseen: immigrants, workers and the homeless. Like Vitalina Varela from Cape Verde. His eponymous film about her won a Golden Leopard in Locarno. In this masterclass, he talks in depth about his motivation to create such a large, unique oeuvre.
Masterclass: Screenwriting RocksIFFR 2020
Director Sarah Gavron and associate director Anu Henriques talk about the exceptional, communal way Rocks was written.
The friendships between the girls in Rocks feel so true to life because they are drawn from real life. The screenplay was created in close cooperation with the young, non-professional lead actresses. Director Sarah Gavron and associate director Anu Henriques talk about this exceptional, joint writing process.
Masterclass: Terence NanceIFFR 2020
Filmmaker Terence Nance talks about his own work, including the celebrated TV series Random Acts of Flyness, and his participation in the collective The Ummah Chroma.
Masterclass by American artist and filmmaker Terence Nance. He will discuss not only his own work – from his celebrated debut An Oversimplification of Her Beauty to the recent TV series Random Acts of Flyness, but also his participation in the collective The Ummah Chroma, which presents a new installation within the Synergetic programme.
Par-delà les nuages – In Conversation with Marion HänselIFFR 2020
Through four decades of work, Marion Hänsel imposes a unique world view on us, filled with curiosity, expectation, freshness and force.
British film critic Ella Kemp (Sight & Sound, IndieWire, Into the Fold) interviews Marion Hänsel on more than four decades of filmmaking. Through her camera, the Belgian director imposes a unique world view, filled with curiosity, expectation, freshness, force. The look of an adventurer, not merely exploring territories but essentially people.
Reality CheckIFFR 2020
Now in its third year, Reality Check is an annual conference that does a deep dive into an important topic impacting the global film industry.
RTM Special: Bob VisserIFFR 2020
RTM pays ample attention to Bob Visser's extensive oeuvre of films, music videos and TV programmes.
Bob Visser's extensive oeuvre consists of countless films, music videos and TV programmes, the majority of which were made in Rotterdam's cultural underground of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s. RTM pays ample attention to Visser's work, including a talk featuring exceptional guests.
RTM x WdKA: Daniël ErnstIFFR 2020
An opportunity for the audience to talk with Daniël Ernst, winner of a Golden Calf for his three-dimensional opera Die Fernweh Oper.
An opportunity for the audience to talk with Daniël Ernst, winner of a Golden Calf for his three-dimensional opera Die Fernweh Oper.
Studio ErasmusIFFR 2020
A special English-language IFFR edition of Studio Erasmus, the Erasmus University's monthly talk show on science, current affairs and film.
English-language IFFR edition of Studio Erasmus, the Erasmus University's monthly talk show on science and current affairs. With a mini seminar by cultural theoretician Tamara de Groot on Afrofuturism and by philosopher Tim De Mey on issues in film. Communications expert Delia Dumitricaen will examine the relationship between cinema and activism, and live music will be provided by the Natalia Kharetskaya Trio.
Talk: Asian Stereotyping in Western MediaIFFR 2020
Pete Wu, author of De bananengeneratie (The Banana Generation), discusses stereotyping of East Asian film characters, illustrated by film clips.
In his recent non-fiction book De bananengeneratie (The Banana Generation), author and programme-maker Pete Wu discusses the double lives of the second generation of Chinese Dutch. In this lecture and discussion illustrated by film clips, he talks about the stereotyping of East Asian characters in cinema.
Talk: Beth B & Lydia LunchIFFR 2020
Accompanied by Lydia Lunch, Beth B elucidates her selection of films that tie in with the ideas behind her recent work.
IFFR programme advisor and North America scout Ralph McKay probes the motivations underlying Beth B's new film on Lydia Lunch, and the films she selected to contextualise it further. With overarching themes of submission, power and manipulation, the films illustrate the central idea of a 'never-ending war' when it comes to women owning their voices and their bodies. In the presence of Beth B and Lydia Lunch.
Talk: Blackness and Our Rituals Towards the Realities of BelongingIFFR 2020
The healing power of spiritual practices. How communities of African descent use ritual to shape multiple forms of belonging and create new identities.
Conversation on the healing power of spiritual practices. How communities of African descent use ritual to shape their multiple forms of belonging while creating new identities. With Njoki Ngumi (The Nest Collective), Nuno Miranda (Negrume), author and TV presenter Johny Pitts, artist and writer Charl Landvreugd, curator and cultural programmer Amal Alhaag and The Ummah Chroma.