Today’s announcement from the International Film Festival Rotterdam, whose 43rd edition runs from January 22 through February 2, breaks down the Bright Future and Spectrum sections by world premieres (37 in both sections combined), international (17) and European premieres (17). There’ll be 63 films in all in Bright Future, all of them first or second features, and 69 in Spectrum. Occasional notes come from the festival:
BRIGHT FUTURE: WORLD PREMIERES
About Sarah, “an intimate portrait of visual artist Sarah Lucas,” Elisa Miller (Mexico, United Kingdom).
Bella Vista, Vera Brunner-Sung (USA).
Creator of the Jungle, Jordi Morató (Spain).
La distancia, “a surreal thriller featuring three telepathic dwarfs,” Sergio Caballero, winner of a Tiger Award in 2011 (Spain).
Dzma/Brother, Téona Mghvdeladze and Thierry Grenade (France, Georgia).
L’éclat furtif de l’ombre, Alain-Pascal Housiaux and Patrick Dechesne (Belgium, Germany).
Edén, Elise DuRant (USA, Mexico).
Helium, Eché Janga (Netherlands).
History of Eternity, Camilo Cavalcante (Brazil).
Hotel Nueva Isla, Irene Gutiérrez and Javier Labrador (Cuba, Spain).
The Iranian Film, Yassine el Idrissi (Morocco, Netherlands, Egypt).
Jacky au royaume des filles, Riad Sattouf (France). With Charlotte Gainsbourg.
L for Leisure, Lev Kalman and Whitney Horn (USA, Mexico, France, Iceland).
Little Crushes, Aleksandra Gowin and Ireneusz Grzyb (Poland).
Masked Monkey – The Evolution of Darwin’s Theory, Ismail Fahmi Lubish (Indonesia).
Oilfields Mines Hurricanes, Fabian Altenried (Germany, Iceland).
The Pinkie, Lisa Takeba (Japan).
The Quiet Roar, “about a dying woman who revisits her past through an LSD-trip,” Henrik Hellström (Sweden, Norway).
Sitzfleisch, Lisa Weber (Austria).
The Songs of Rice, Uruphong Raksasad (Thailand).
Tres D, an “engaging and revealing romantic-comedy-meets-film-culture essay,” Rosendo Ruiz (Argentina).
Las voces, Carlos Armella (Mexico, Argentina).
BRIGHT FUTURE: INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES
After the Rain, Cláudio Marques and Marília Hughes (Brazil).
Cherry Pie, Lorenz Merz (Switzerland).
The Driver, Jarkko T. Laine and J-P Passi (Finland).
Die Frau hinter der Wand, Grzegorz Muskala (Germany).
Leave It for Tomorrow, for Night Has Fallen, Jet Leyco (Philippines).
Mejima, Izutani Tomonori (Japan).
Not at Home, Shahrbanoo Sadat and Katja Adomeit (Denmark, Afghanistan, Germany).
Obvious Child, Gillian Robespierre (USA).
Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Jeff Barnaby (Canada).
Tonight and the People, Neil Beloufa (France, USA).
BRIGHT FUTURE: EUROPEAN PREMIERES
Darkness by Day, Martín Desalvo (Argentina).
The Disobedient, Mina Djukic (Serbia).
Fantail, Curtis Vowell (New Zealand).
Intruders, Noh Young-Seok (South Korea).
It’s Us, Nick Reding (Kenya).
Liar’s Dice, Geethu Mohan Das (India).
The Militant, Manolo Nieto (Uruguay, Argentina).
Qissa, Anup Singh (Germany, India, Netherlands, France).
Remote Control, Byamba Sakhya (Mongolia, Germany).
Swim Little Fish Swim, Lola Bessis and Ruben Amar (USA, France).
SPECTRUM: WORLD PREMIERES
28, Prasanna Jayakody (Sri Lanka).
After the Tone, Digna Sinke (Netherlands).
Ai Weiwei’s Appeal ¥15,220,910.50, Ai Weiwei, “meticulously reconstructing and rebuting his controversial arrest for tax evasion by the Chinese authorities” (China).
Another Year, Oxana Bychkova (Russia).
Back to the Temple of the Sun, an “experimental road movie in the trails of comic book hero Tintin,” Marco Pando (Netherlands, Peru).
Blood in Bahia’s Hot, “a love story set in the poor neighbourhoods of Salvador de Bahia,” Aurelio Grimaldi (Italy, Brazil).
Chaotic Memories: Selected Works 2010-2013, Paul Agusta (Indonesia).
D’où je viens, Claude Demers (Canada).
EDSA XXX: Nothing Ever Changes in the Ever-Changing Republic of Ek-Ek-Ek, Khavn De La Cruz (Philippines).
Lake August, Yang Heng (China, Hong Kong).
Mancanza-Inferno, Stefano Odoardi (Italy, Netherlands).
On the Edge, Christian E. Christiansen (Denmark).
Reimon, Rodrigo Moreno (Argentina, Germany).
See No Evil, “a contained yet pointy satire on three retired apes looking back on their relationships with humans,” Jos de Putter (Netherlands, Belgium).
Supernatural, Thunska Pansittivorakul (Thailand, Germany).
SPECTRUM: INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES
De la musique ou La jota de Rosset, Jean-Charles Fitoussi (France).
Legend of China Doll, Adolfo B. Alix Jr. (Philippines).
Lettera al presidente, Marco Santarelli (Italy).
Once Upon a Time in Shanghai, Wong Ching Po (Hong Kong).
Perfect Garden, Mara Mattuschka and Chris Haring (Austria).
Piccola patria, Alessandro Rossetto (Italy).
Ping Pong Summer, Michael Tully (USA). From Sundance: “The year is 1985. Rad Miracle is a shy, 13-year-old white kid obsessed with two things: Ping-Pong and hip-hop. During his family’s annual summer vacation to Ocean City, Maryland, Rad makes a new best friend, experiences his first real crush, becomes the target of rich, racist local bullies, and finds an unexpected mentor in his outcast next-door neighbor. Ping Pong Summer is about that time in your life when you’re treated like an alien by everyone around you, even though you know—deep down—you’re as funky fresh as it gets.”
SPECTRUM: EUROPEAN PREMIERES
Coming to Terms, Jon Jost (USA).
Costa Dulce, Enrique Collar (Paraguay, Netherlands).
Letters from the South, Aditya Assarat, Royston Tan, Midi Z, Tan Chui Mui, Tsai Ming-liang and Sun Koh (China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, Myanmar).
Periscópio, Kiko Goifman (Brazil).
R100, Matsumoto Hitoshi (Japan).
Tamako in Moratorium, Yamashita Nobuhiro (Japan).
To Kill a Man, Alejandro Fernández Almendras (Chile, France).