International Film Festival Rotterdam The 40th edition of the Festival of Independent Films has revealed its selection of 20 feature films and five immersive projects. CineMart, the festival’s co-production market, which runs from Jan. 29 to Feb. 1. The market’s first in-person edition is held after two online editions.
There are filmmakers from Paraguay, Indonesia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ukraine, and many other countries. The program includes topics like hip-hop, migration, and gender fluidity as well as a cowboy.
Head of IFFR Pro, Inke Van Loocke, said: “In fragmented times, bringing together incredible filmmakers and projects from so many different territories continues to be an invaluable contribution to filmmaking across the world.
“Together with producers in the Rotterdam Lab, filmmakers in the selection, and our wider press and industry family, it will be a heartwarming feeling to experience the buzz of a proper IFFR in De Doelen again.”
Sweden’s Plattform Produktion – the company behind Cannes winner “Triangle of Sadness” – returns to CineMart to present “Redoubt” by John Skoog, a continuation of a 2014 short of the same name, with a portrait of a farm-worker Karl-Göran Persson who turned his home into a fortress.
Also among the features are Kurt Oderson’s “Apetown,” which is a South African urban story weaving together hip-hop, graffiti, segregation and camaraderie; Anna Zamecka’s hybrid documentary “Słońce,” which follows the stories of young Iraqi-Kurds making the journey to Belarus. In “Boifriend,” U.K.-based Jack Goessens presents a character-driven story on the fluidity of gender and sexuality, exploring dysphoria and euphoria.
Set in Dordrecht in the Netherlands, Marta Parlatore explores a Polish migrant’s struggle between creative expression and motherhood in “Grushka,” which also takes part on the BoostNL program.
Several titles in the selection have previously been supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. “Manta Ray” (IFFR, 2019) director Phuttiphong Aroonpheng presents a confrontation between a displaced migrant and the Thai government official who burnt his house down in “The Burning Giants.”
In Barbara Sarasola-Day’s “Little War,” an Anglo-Argentine family at the foot of the Andes confront the on-coming Malvinas/Falklands war.
Marina Stepanska explores the lives of three generations of Ukrainian women in “Consider Vera.”
A young woman’s journey through Colombia in search of her missing brother’s vanished spirit is the premise for “Las tierras que te buscan” by Juanita Onzaga, whose short “Tomorrow Is a Water Palace” screened in competition at IFFR 2022.
Pablo Lamar won the Special Jury Award in the Tiger Competition at IFFR 2016 for his debut “La última tierra,” and now presents “Remanso,” set in the 1970s during the dictatorship in Paraguay.
As part of a cooperation between CineMart and WEMW (When East Meets West), the co-production forum at Trieste Film Festival, “When the Kids Sing the Hits” by Mina Djukic will have the chance to present at both markets. This project depicts three close friends in the final days of Yugoslavia.
Five projects comprise the lineup of immersive projects at CineMart, chosen from those presented on the Content strand of Impulse at VRDays’s Immersive Tech Week. Rapper, artist and filmmaker Baloji (“Zombies,” IFFR 2020) presents “Anti-Muse” – a surreal narrative combining music, dance and scenography set among the tropical plants of the Royal Greenhouses, a symbol of Belgian colonization of Congo. “Gay Simulator” by Iris van der Meule is an interactive virtual reality artwork and video game, which will immerse the user in the experiences of a lesbian girl.
IFFR will welcome back the industry, press, and audience for a full-on-site return between Jan. 25 and Feb. 5. CineMart will take place between Jan. 29 and Feb. 1.
On Jan. 31, the IFFR Pro Awards, which include the Eurimages Co-production Development Award (ARTEKino International Price), the Wouter Barendrecht Award, and the 4DR Studios Award, will be presented. In partnership with VIPO (Visual Industry Promotion Organization), a new award will be presented. This organization promotes Japanese content.
The IFFR Pro Hub will reopen for its program, including round-tables or expert sessions, on January 27. Rotterdam Lab’s training program for emerging producers returns this year. This year, select participants from previous online editions are invited back along with new producers for 2023. A IFFR Pro Talk will be held on Jan. 30,
The industry’s newest addition is the Darkroom program, which will screen work-in-progress for selected former CineMart or HBF projects. It will take place on February 1. A select group of teams will be given expert advice and the opportunity to present their work before an exclusive panel made up of festival programmers, buyers and international sales agents. The announcement of the winners will take place in January 2023.
CineMart 2023 complete selection
108 Days, Lucky Kuswandi, Indonesia
Palari Films produced the film
7 P.M., Sunday, Sevgi Erker, Finland
Produced by Helsinki-filmi Oy
Apetown, Kurt Oderson, South Africa
Produced By: Apetown Productions. BuMP Films. Azania Rizing Productions. Serious Films.
Boifriend, Jack Goessens, United Kingdom
Produced and produced by Bombito Productions
The Burning Giants, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng Thailand
Produced by Diversion
Brace Yourself Thati Pele, South Africa, Netherlands
Produced and directed by: URUCU, UALDR Film
Cerro Corá, Francisco Márquez, Argentina, Paraguay, Brazil
Produced By: Pensar con las manos. Tekoha. Terceira Marem. Multiverso.
Consider Vera, Marina Stepanska, Ukraine
Produced by: ESSE Production House
Eldorado, Alaa Eddine Aljem, Morocco, France
Produced by: Le Moindre Geste, In Vivo Films
Eyes Closed, Jenneke Boeijink, Netherlands
Produced By: BIND
Grushka, Marta Parlatore (Netherlands, Belgium)
Produced By: Volya Films A Private View
Las tierras que te buscan, Juanita Onzaga, Colombia
Little War, Barbara Sarasola-Day, Argentina
Produced by: Pucará Cine
The Poison Cat Tian Guan in China
Produced by Beijing Guanyu Film
Redoubt, John Skoog, Sweden
Produced and directed by: Plattform Production, BCD Film
Remanso, Pablo Lamar, Paraguay, Brazil, Netherlands, Argentina
Produced by: Sapukai Cine, Sabaté Films, Sancho Filmes, Revolver Amsterdam, Fortuna Films, Tarea Fina.
Słońce, Anna Zamecka, Poland
Madants produced this product
Ali Jaberansari, Mexico. Surrogate.
Produced by: The Lift, Here & There Productions
Testa o Croce?, Alessio Rigo de Righi, Matteo Zoppis, Italy, France
Produced By: Shellac Sud, Ring Film
When the Kids Sing the Hits Mina Djukic from Serbia and Montenegro
Produced By: Sense Production, Adriatic Western
369, Ananda Safo, France
Produced and directed by: TEN2TEN Films
Ancestors, Hanna Haaslahti, Finland, Germany
Produced By: Poike Productions, High Road Stories
Anti-Muse, Baloji, Belgium
Produced By: Amok, Wrong Men
Gay Simulator, Iris van der Meule, Netherlands
Studio Biarritz produced the video
The Mask Maker and the Tree. Abner Preis, Netherlands
Produced by Institute of Time
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