edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam is promising to be an
excellent one. But, as always: too many trees! Cannot see the wood! That's
where we come in, taking you gently by the hand through this year's program. First
off, there's a program section called Bright Future, which is all about
upcoming talent. Then there's a program called Spectrum, which concentrates on
experienced filmmakers. And finally Signals will treat you to various
retrospectives. Found your way yet? No? Please bare with us then.
The three New York dudes behind Borderline Films have
previously delivered awesome indie flicks like Afterschool and Martha Marcy
May Marlene. Their latest production Simon
Killer is said to rely on a highly
suspenseful atmosphere, revealing only a few details on protagonist Simon, an
American graduate roaming the dark alleys of Paris. "A dark ride",
according to The Guardian, " distinguished by a seductive, urgent score and
One of Signals' retrospectives revolves around Dominik
Graf (1952), some obscure German director. Graf's genre movies are said to be
both entertaining and disturbing, revealing not only the darkest parts of the
human soul but also of German society. That doesn't grab you? How about this:
this man also directed some legendary episodes of über-Krimi Tatort.
Sound Stages, also part of Signals, emphasizes the role
that music plays in cinema and the importance of acoustics. There'll be live
performances on special locations, installations by artists and filmmakers and various
presentations and projects. Filmmaker and artist Mika Taanila, filmmaker John
Akomfrah and multimedia artist Tony Cokes have confirmed to be part of Sound
And last but certainly not least is Rotterdam favorite
Miike Takashi, whose disturbing Audition shocked
festival goers back in 2000. Takashi's latest, Less of the Evil, is about the lengths a school teacher is willing
to go to in order to put an end to bullying. But - who will stop the teacher?
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De 42e editie van het International Film Festival Rotterdam vindt plaats van 23 januari t/m 3 februari 2013. Lees hier meer.