International Film Festival Rotterdam 2020

Jan 22 2020 Feb 2 2020

January 22th to February 2rd our city will be buzzing with all things cinema again during the 49th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Off Screen Programme

Friday, January 24th, 20:30
Lantaren Venster, Otto Reuchlinweg 996

  • Who Am I Becoming by Natalia Papaeva
  • fever is a bliss by Ine Lamers (tutor at Piet Zwart Institute)
  • Melt by Stacii Samidin (alumnus Photography)
  • Guardian, Tales of Sentience by Mirjam Somers
  • Here by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers (alumnus Animation and now WdKA tutor)
  • black tears by Robert-Jonathan Koeyers

WdKA-alumnus and film director/producer Kuba Szutkowski is the organiser of the local film platform Off Screen. Off Screen is the stage for author films and artistic audio-visual productions from Rotterdam that are screened and discussed at WORM on a monthly basis. The maker is central: every documentary, short or feature film and experiment screened is discussed in detail. The artistic process, the inspirations, the struggles and the fun: everything involved in filmmaking is spoken about. Alongside film buffs, Off Screen also attracts film professionals. This makes the talk show the place to network, develop plans and exchange advice. Off Screen has created a special RTM edition specifically for IFFR, compiled and presented by Marieke van der Lippe and Christiaan van Schermbeek.

Neapolis (Gyz La Rivera, premiere)

Friday, January 24th, 17:00
Lantaren Venster, Otto Reuchlinweg 996

In a world where cities are becoming more important than countries, Rotterdam, Liverpool, Marseilles and Naples could form a 'cities gang'. All four are working-class, multicultural and internationally oriented, and have been influenced significantly by urban planning and nineteenth-century and modernist urges to demolish. They share a clichéd sense of inferiority and often top 'the wrong charts'. They are currently undergoing an international re-evaluation, including ongoing processes of gentrification. Their shared characteristics could form the basis for a gang of cities capable of taking on the world. Or even showing the world how it could be done.

Following his futuristic Rotterdam 2040, in New Neapolis Gyz La Rivière presents his home city and its counterparts as the vanguard of a new, sexy Europe. His cinematic manifesto, built up of rhythmically edited archive footage, delves into the present and past of the four cities, exposing countless cross-connections. His aim is to create a positive impression – an antidote to hollow populism – with a focus on the individual residents who make these cities what they are.

To complete the experience visit New Neapolis exhibition in TENT  (24.01.2020 – 29.03.2020), opening on January 24th, at 19:00.

Blood Group (Daan Bunnik, premiere)

Friday, January 24th, 18:45  and 21:00
Lantaren Venster, Otto Reuchlinweg 996
Danny lives in a rusty caravan in the middle of nowhere. His only contact with the outside world is via the football videos he uploads to YouTube. When his brother Brian shows up, he tells Danny their father is dying. Soon the ghost of Danny's abusive father starts to haunt him.

The Machine (Marieke van der Lippe, premiere)

Saturday, January 25th, 20:15  and Sunday, January 26th, 11:00
KINO, Gouvernestraat 129-133

In the original radio play The Machine (1968), Goethe's poem Wanderer's Nightsong is analysed strictly systematically in an attempt to discover the mechanics of poetry. The strength of this work is that poetry itself is more powerful than any analysis or restructuring. What you experience is the sublime.

Marieke van der Lippe is WdKA's alumnus and docent.

Cover photo: Bas Czerwinski