IFFR 2009: Rotterdam gets a Ghost House.

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IFFR 2009: Rotterdam gets a Ghost House.

As promised here is some more info on the "Hungry Ghost" segment of coming year's International Film Festival Rotterdam. And although there are some nice titles playing in this segment, the coolest event might actually not be a film.

As part of "Hungry Ghost", The IFFR plans to transform the old photography museum into a ghost house of sorts, with each room designed by a different Asian horror director. Described as "neither a carnival ride nor a static picture gallery" this looks to be fun because of the talent involved.

Who, you ask?
Well, people like Wisit Sasanatieng ("Tears of the Black Tiger", "The Unseeable"), Amir Muhammad ("Susuk"), Lav Diaz ("Death in the Land of the Encantos") , Nguyen Vihn Son ("The Moon at the Bottom of the Well"), Garin Nugroho ("Opera Jawa") and Riri Riza ("Eliana, Eliana").

While most of these directors are not primarily known for horror, they all have dabbled with supernatural elements and death in their movies and it will be interesting to see what they do with the spaces allotted to them.
Imagine entering a room designed by Wisit Sasanatieng to scare visitors. He will probably make my head explode just by using his color-clash superpowers! And the room Lav Diaz designed might keep you prisoner for 9 hours at least...

But what about the movies? So far, we have the following titles confirmed in this segment:

"Art of the Devil 3"
"Takut: Faces of Fear"
"The Coffin"
"Nightmare Detective 2"

And more will follow soon.
Can't wait, but must for the festival won't start until the 21st of January...

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wisekwaiDecember 16, 2008 4:38 PM

I wish I could get to Rotterdam to see the Haunted Houses by Wisit, Lav Diaz, Amir Muhammad and the others. Hopefully, Ard Vin, you'll be allowed to take pictures or shoot a video of your visit.

Ard VijnDecember 16, 2008 9:29 PM

I will sure as hell try...
At the very least I'll write about it!