IFFR gears up


The 42nd International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) runs from 23 January to 3 February and will present new works from renowned filmmakers in its Spectrum section. In total Spectrum 2013 is made up of 77 features and documentaries from 30 countries, among which seven films were supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund.

As from Thursday, 17 January the full programme can be found on www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com. IFFR 2013 opens on Wednesday, 23 January with the world premiere of Guido van Driel’s The Resurrection of a Bastard (Netherlands).

Spectrum 2013, which includes 17 world premieres, seven international premieres and 13 European premieres was curated by the IFFR programmers, who selected the best and most meaningful recent works from their respective research territories.

Among the world premieres, IFFR welcomes Nakata Hideo’s new horror film THE COMPLEX (Japan), Marion Hansel’s light-hearted road movie TENDERNESS (Belgium) and David Verbeek’s neo-mystical tale HOW TO DESCRIBE A CLOUD (Netherlands). Five Hubert Bals Fund-supported films see their world premieres in Spectrum: Brazilian films RIO BELONGS TO US by Ricardo Pretti and THE HARMONICA’S HOWL by Bruno Safadi; SOMETHING NECESSARY by Kenyan filmmaker Judy Kibinge, ONE DAY WHEN THE RAIN FALLS by Indonesian filmmaker Ifa Isfansyah and LUKAS THE STRANGE by Philippine filmmaker John Torres.

International premieres that will be presented in Spectrum are, among others, Sebastien Rose’s teenage drama AVANT QUE MON COEUR BASCULE/BEFORE MY HEART FALLS (Canada), Salvatore Mereu’s PRETTY BUTTERFLIES (Italy) shot on the island of Sardinia, Cristi Puiu’s triptych of character studies TROIS EXERCICES D’INTERPRETATION (Romania/France).

European premieres selected for Spectrum include Alicia Scherson’s third feature film THE FUTURE (Chile/Germany) with Rutger Hauer in a supporting role, Garin Nugroho’s Indonesian box office hit SOEGIJA, Kobayashi Masahiro’s JAPAN’S TRAGEDY dedicated to the victims of the 2011 tsunami, Nina Davenport’s brave, honest and topical documentary FIRST COMES LOVE (USA).


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