The International Film Festival Rotterdam has announced its first selections for the feature film main sections Bright Future (first and second films only) and Spectrum. Again, these are just the first selections; full lineups for both sections will be announced in early January. Earlier: the first seven films selected for the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition and 32 CineMart projects.
The 42nd edition of the IFFR runs from January 23 through February 3. The few brief descriptions here come from the festival:
Fahrtwind – Aufzeichnungen einer Reisenden, Bernadette Weigel, Austria.
Foudre, Manuela Morgaine, France.
On Mother’s Head, Kusuma Widjaya Putu, Indonesia, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film. Pictures “daily life on the island of Bali.”
Matterhorn, Diederik Ebbinge, Netherlands.
Dead Body Welcome, Kees Brienen, Netherlands.
Toegetakeld door de liefde, Ari Deelder, Netherlands.
Frankenstein’s Army, Richard Raaphorst, Netherlands/Czech Republic/USA. A “zombie film.”
Of Good Report, Jahmil XT Qubeka, South Africa.
Towheads, Shannon Plumb, USA.
Une histoire d’amour, Hélène Fillières, France. A “banker (Benoît Poelvoorde) starts a sadomasochistic relation with a young woman (Laetitia Casta).”
A floresta de Jonathas, Sérgio Andrade, Brazil.
Ma belle gosse, Shalimar Preuss, France, CineMart Project 2011.
GFP Bunny, Tsuchiya Yutaka, Japan.
Big Boy, Shireen Seno, Philippines.
Sunshine Boys, Kim Tae-Gon, South Korea.
De ontmaagding van Eva van End, Michiel ten Horn, Netherlands.
Four Ways to Die in My Hometown, Chai Chunya, China.
Ziba, Bani Khoshnoudi, Iran, France.
Die Welt, Alex Pitstra, Netherlands. An “intelligent and self-assured debut set in contemporary, post-revolutionary Tunisia.”
Poor Folk, Midi Z, Taiwan, Myanmar, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.
La tendresse, Marion Hänsel, Belgium/France/Germany.
Rio Belongs to Us, Ricardo Pretti, Brazil, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.
The Harmonica’s Howl, Bruno Safadi, Brazil, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.
One Day When the Rain Falls, Ifa Isfansyah, Indonesia, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.
The Complex, Nakata Hideo, Japan.
How to Describe a Cloud, David Verbeek, Netherlands. About ‘a daughter and her mother—an excellent film on loss and imagination.”
Lee Towers: The Voice of Rotterdam, Hans Heijnen, Netherlands.
Hill of Pleasures, Maria Ramos, Netherlands/Brazil.
Touch, Shelly Silver, USA.
Éden, Bruno Safadi, Brazil.
Le chat est sur la chaise, Cristi Puiu, Romania/France.
Le singe est sur la branche, Cristi Puiu, Romania/France.
La souris est sous la table, Cristi Puiu, Romania/France.
The Russian Novel, Shin Yeon-Shick, South Korea.
Il futuro, Alicia Scherson, Chile, Germany/Italy/Spain, CineMart Project 2007. “Rutger Hauer plays a rich but lonely actor, who gets a visit by a young woman.”
Atambua 39° Celcius, Riri Riza, Indonesia, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film.
Soegija, Garin Nugroho, Indonesia. A “large-scale historical drama that focuses on the life of the first native Indonesian bishop Soegijapranata.”
Japan’s Tragedy, Kobayashi Masahiro, Japan. A “family drama dedicated to the victims of the 2011 tsunami.”
Odayaka, Uchida Nobuteru, Japan/USA.
Lasting, Jacek Borcuch, Poland/Spain.