IFFR Live 2017


There is nothing like the shared experience of enjoying a film with a room full of people. Oh wait, there is! Because if you go to one of the six IFFR Live shows, you could be joined by thousands of others. The third edition of the trailblazing IFFR Live programme is the biggest film festival screening in the world, streaming film events from Rotterdam simultaneously to every corner of Europe and beyond.

More than 45 cinemas are taking part, from the Netherlands to Milan, Basel, Sarajevo and Singapore. You can bridge the distance thanks to social media: all audiences can join in the discussion in the cinemas with the filmmakers and actors present at IFFR using #livecinema. So stay in your seat after the film for the ultimate festival experience full of interaction and film-related extras.

Mister Universo

Tizza Covi, Rainer Frimmel, Austria, Italy, 2016 
Friday 27 January 2017 - 19:00 hours
Present at IFFR Live: filmmakers Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel
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Lion tamer Tairo seeks new happiness in this film which – according to the makers – is about rational and irrational forces. A warm, humane work on life on the margins in an Italian circus, mangled by an economy no one has any control over.

The Man

Charlotte Sieling, Denmark, 2017
Saturday 28 January 2017 - 16:00 hours
Present at IFFR Live: filmmaker Charlotte Sieling, acteurs Søren Malling en Jakob Oftebro
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Danish drama The Man takes place in the international art scene in Copenhagen. Father and son, both artists, meet for the first time. Tension rises as the father, an established artist, seems to have no interest in being a parent, and the son is more focused on his own fast growing career than in getting to know his estranged father.  


Fien Troch, Belgium, 2016
Saturday 28 January 2017 - 20:00 hours
Present at IFFR Live: filmmaker Fien Troch, actors Mistral Guidotti and Sebastian van Dun
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Where and with whom do you feel at home? This is the theme the teenage friends and their families grapple with in Fien Troch’s latest drama. Who can you truly trust when you have nowhere left to turn? The tension is always palpable, partly thanks to Johnny Jewel’s seamlessly fitting soundtrack.

A Wedding (Noces)

Stephan Streker Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Pakistan, 2016
Sunday 29 January 2017 - 16:00 hours
Present at IFFR Live: filmmaker Stephan Streker, actors Lina El Arabi and Sébastien Houban
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The strong bond between Zahira and her parents is tested when an arranged marriage with a Pakistani man is set up as tradition decrees. She faces a heart-rending dilemma. Convincing portrait of the conundrums facing second generation immigrants that unfolds like a Greek tragedy in contemporary Brussels.

The Giant

Johannes Nyholm, Sweden, Denmark, 2016
Sunday 29 January 2017 - 20:00 hours
Present at IFFR Live: filmmaker Johannes Nyholm, actors Christian Andrén and Johan Kylén
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He might be handicapped, but Rikard Boberg has set his sights on winning an important pétanque championship. He thinks he will then be reunited with his mother. Particularly with the help of the giant from his imaginative fantasies. A Western-like soundtrack accompanies the modern fable of cowboy Rikard and his remarkable quest.


Alice Lowe, United Kingdom, 2016
Friday 27 January 2017 - 22.30 hours
Present at IFFR Live: to be announced

Whereas some pregnant women succumb to a craving for chocolate, Ruth loses herself in bloody murder at the behest of her unborn child. British actress and screenwriter Alice Lowe (Sightseers, 2012) makes her directing debut (and plays the lead) with this humorous, feminist horror film that makes mincemeat of romantic notions of pregnancy.