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Rotterdam 2021 Review: MANDIBLES Is Dumb Fun With A Big Fly

Writer-director Quentin Dupieux cannot be charged with choosing middle-of-the-road subjects for his films. Ever since he made a serial killer thriller about a living car tire with homicidal psychic powers (Rubber, for those interested...), there has been no predicting what...

Rotterdam 2021 Review: LANDSCAPES OF RESISTANCE, Topography of Oppression and Historical Memory

The video-essayistic traveling memoir by Marta Popivoda explores the intersection of historical and personal memory.

Rotterdam 2021 Review: BEBIA, À MON SEUL DÉSIR, Coming of Age in the Georgian Countryside

Debut director Juja Dobrachkous' delivers a formalist spin on a gynocentric coming-of-age story.

Rotterdam 2021 Review: THE WITCHES OF THE ORIENT Celebrates and Experiments With Sports Proficiency

Julien Faraut's 2018 documentary In the Realm of Perfection worked with the recorded footage of a sporting event to speak about philosophy, image creation, editing and the impetus behind proficient sportsmen and women like John McEnroe, the "protagonist" of the...

Rotterdam 2021 Review: THE NORTH WIND, The Ritual of Love and Death in Ornamental Fable on the Treacherous Comfort of Timelessness

Russian filmmaker Renata Litvinova immerses multigenerational magical realist melodrama into opulent theatrical grandeur.

Rotterdam 2021 Review: Political Cyber-Thriller LONE WOLF, A Visual Experiment With an Allure of Genre Film

Jonathan Ogilvie reimagines Joseph Conrad´s The Secret Agent for the era of surveillance capitalism.

Rotterdam 2021 Review: DEAD & BEAUTIFUL, Poor Little Rich Vampires

Dutch director David Verbeek is no stranger to the International Film Festival Rotterdam: his newest film Dead & Beautiful is his seventh feature to play there. For quite some years we've been hearing bits and pieces about "this vampire film"...

Rotterdam 2021 Review: THE CEMIL SHOW

People going mad. It's a good topic to cover as drama, and in film history we can see plenty of great examples of such stories, from Polanski's Repulsion to Todd Phillips' recent Joker. This year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam...

Rotterdam 2021 Review: RIDERS OF JUSTICE Provides All Sorts Of Therapy

Today saw the beginning of the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam, and the title which started it a few hours ago was Riders of Justice, the new film by regular fest-guest Anders Thomas Jensen, starring Mads Mikkelsen. Out of necessity,...

Rotterdam 2021 Trailer: THE CEMIL SHOW

Next week sees the start of the 50th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, and a big party that should have been... if it weren't for the Covid-19 pandemic. As the single largest cultural event in the Netherlands, often...

Rotterdam 2020 Review: A WITNESS OUT OF THE BLUE

In this strange world we find ourselves in nowadays, one of the things I miss most are film festivals. Not so much because I lack content to watch (my still-to-see-stack is still-too-damn-large), but the atmosphere, the meeting of people I...

Rotterdam Online: IFFR Offers 14-Hour-Long Anthology Film LA FLOR to Watch For Free

One film, six different stories, style and genres, and four actresses in Mariano Llinás' epic work.

Rotterdam 2020 Review: Saeed Roustayi's JUST 6.5 Scores An 8.8

Iran. As a country, we often see it in the news as "the other", a large territory in the Middle East which is, if not outright antagonistic, at the very least totally alien. It's quite an eye-opener when all those...

Rotterdam 2020 Review: SPECIAL ACTORS, Lots Of Fun, Yet Not That Special

Do you want to make sure there is enough positive feedback at your buddy's movie premiere? Would you like to hire a fake new boyfriend to help you break up with your current asshole one? Or have you ever thought,...

Rotterdam 2020 Review: SAINT MAUD Knocks You Down With A Punishing Fist

There are different ways for a film to floor you. Some pull the rug from under you with plot twists and surprises, others take a simple idea and then proceed to push you to the ground with precision and force....

Rotterdam 2020 Review: CHILDREN OF THE SEA Washes Over You Like A Wave

Watanabe Ayumu's newest anime feature is beautifully drawn and features a rousing score by Joe Hisaishi, but the spectacle trumps the plot.

Rotterdam 2020 Review: COOK, F**K, KILL, Greek Weird Wave Meets Psychomagical Realism

Slovakian filmmaker Mira Fornay's original and eerie vision of domestic abuse is a daring psychoanalytical fable.

Rotterdam 2020 Review: THE ALCHEMICAL FURNACE Exposes Surrealist Maestro Jan Švankmajer

Directed by Adam Oľha, the documentary portrait goes behind the scenes on filmmaker Jan Švankmajer's works, opinions and post-retirement phase.

Rotterdam 2020 Review: PARASITE (B&W VERSION)

On the ninth of February 2020, Korean director Bong Joon Ho came, saw and conquered the Oscars with his film Parasite. A week earlier, he came, saw and conquered the International Film Festival Rotterdam. An old friend of the festival...

Rotterdam 2020 Review: PIEDRA SOLA, Andean Ethnocinema Veiled in Mythological Realism

Ancestry, rituals and myths prevail in Alejandro Telemaco Tarraf's ethnological and sensorial docu-drama.