Rotterdam 2014: ScreenAnarchy Recommendations And Heads-Ups

Associate Editor, Features; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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Today is the first full day of the annual International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). The festival started last night with screenings of Spike Jonze's Her, and in the following 10 days it will be providing a huge selection of new films from around the world, albeit heavily slanted towards Asia. It's not only premieres, though: there will be plenty of films that have been mentioned here on ScreenAnarchy already, including some of the highlights of 2013.

So here is a selection of some of the films we've seen and reviewed, and also some that we urge people to go check out, because being adventurous can be a lot of fun.

Note that most of the captions below have clickable links in them, leading to reviews or trailers where applicable. And do feel free to chime in, in the comments, to alert and inform everyone about titles we have missed!

A note on this year's poster: the IFFR changed its marketing strategy a few years ago, abandoning its award-winning colorful one-sheets and replacing them with this stark black-and-white Tiger logo. Every year since, the posters show this same logo with a few additions, be it scrawls, writing, or an added "XL" logo.

This year we have the most colorful iteration yet, with pieces of many international flags filling the picture. Well done, IFFR! It's actually the first IFFR poster in nearly a decade I'd like to put on my wall.

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Marcel SamsonJanuary 23, 2014 5:09 AM

Maybe I'll see you at one of these Ard :P Bought tickets to Rigor Mortis, Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, Tamako in Moratorium and Han Gong Ju. Think I'll go to R100 too and I still have to look through the MASSIVE film index to see if I can squeeze in some non asian stuff as well, haha.

Mr.GJanuary 23, 2014 6:16 AM

I'm planning to go there this sunday, I've already bought tickets for R100.
Ard, do you know if Matsumoto is going to be in Rotterdam? To meet him will make my day, no doubts.

Ard VijnJanuary 23, 2014 9:17 AM

I was keeping my fingers, (toes, legs, spine...) crossed for that but he's not on the guest list unfortunately, so it's unlikely he'll be there in person.

KurtJanuary 23, 2014 11:29 AM

Make it a point to catch Our Sunhi, it's a seriously fun movie.