Rotterdam goes hardcore genre with an eclectic mix of films that brashly bend, blend or respect conventions each in their own distinctive way.
Films in ‘Rotterdämmerung’
LBabis Makridis IFFR 2012 87′
A man lives and works in his car. He meticulously, dutifully works as its driver until, one day, a New Driver is employed. Absurdist-existentialist film about bears, the best honey and the importance of wearing the right footwear.
6ixtynin9Pen-ek Ratanaruang IFFR 2000 114′
One morning Tum is confronted with a million Bath, hidden in a box of noodles, and two dead Thai-boxers in her apartment. An absurd intrigue in a modern society, where people only communicate with each other when they need something.
The PinkieLisa Takeba IFFR 2014 65′
Japanese filmmakers are brought up on genre films, TV nonsense, manga and street fashion. The result: films full of genre nonsense and manga fashion. Here we see a world in which, for example, a female stalker has her unwilling idol cloned from his severed little finger.
The Strange Eyes of Dr. MyesNancy Andrews IFFR 2015 76′
Dr. Myes is about to make a scientific breakthrough: adding animals' senses to humans. Her research is not going smoothly, however, and her good intentions quickly turn against her. A unique mix of 1930s Hollywood and 1960s B-movies, with dashes of horror, animation and musical.
Pierdete entre los muertosIFFR 2018 61′
An elderly comedian is buried up to his neck in the Mexican desert. A young, bitter woman threatens to pulp his head with a nail bat - the only thing that can stall her are stories. Is she in his dream or he in hers?
IntrudersNoh Young-Seok IFFR 2014 99′
As you can guess from the title: a 'home invasion movie'. A young man from Seoul hopes to finish his screenplay in a remote, snow-topped mountain area - but of course he doesn't. Made with the same engaging, amusing tone as Noh's debut, Daytime Drinking (IFFR 2009).
CrumbsMiguel Llansó IFFR 2015 68′
A post-apocalyptic, Surrealist science-fiction romance from Ethiopia is not something you come across every day. The Spaniard Llansó who lives in Addis Ababa embroiders on his fascinating short film Chigger Ale and again finds Daniel Tadesse willing to play the lead.
Haruko's Paranormal LaboratoryLisa Takeba IFFR 2015 76′
The craziness of our times, depicted through old television shows. Haruko is a girl who prefers to cuddle up to her old-fashioned TV set. In this wondrous story, a television can transform into a man: and this is by no means the end of the strange cheerfulness. A masterpiece of the imagination.
FinisterraeSergio Caballero IFFR 2011 80′
A film with a logic, beauty and humour all of its own. Two ghosts - recognisable by their white robes with holes for the eyes - leave the Sonar Music Festival and set off for Finisterre, at the end of Jacob’s Way. And an ode to Philippe Garrel’s The Inner Scar, which was shown at the very first Rotterdam Festival.