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Direct from Rotterdam

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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is as lauded as it is sprawling, each January presenting hundreds of film premieres from around the world. As the 2020 festival kicks off, we are proud to exclusively present special gems found at the 2019 edition.

Thirty

Simona Kostova Germany, 2019

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Direct from Rotterdam

Closing our series of films from the International Film Festival Rotterdam is Simona Kostova’s impressionistic feature debut. Juxtaposing minimalist apartments and Berlin’s bustling nightlife, Kostova’s camera grows increasingly restless as life’s biggest questions propagate through the day.

Sons of Denmark

Ulaa Salim Denmark, 2019

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Direct from Rotterdam

Next in our series bringing visions from the International Film Festival Rotterdam comes Ulaa Salim’s bold debut and Tiger Award competitor. A thriller as topical as it is provocative, Salim’s twisting story vividly probes the psychology of masculinity to explore the desire for social change.

Maggie

Yi Okseop South Korea, 2018

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Direct from Rotterdam

With the essential Rotterdam Film Festival starting today, we launch our annual series of the previous edition’s highlights. From South Korea arrives Yi Okseop’s award-winning, unapologetically weird debut: a madcap oddity, full of rhapsodic storytelling, eccentric characters, and whimsical humour.

The Endless Film

Leandro Listorti Argentina, 2018

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Direct from Rotterdam

We close our Rotterdam series with a sublime experiment: a film resurrecting cinematic ghosts, injecting life into projects that never saw the light. Made out of unfinished Argentinian movies, this entrancing patchwork of fragmented narratives is an ode to the infinite possibilities of storytelling.

Les Unwanted de Europa

Fabrizio Ferraro Spain, 2018

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Direct from Rotterdam

Our next Rotterdam pick is a road movie of sorts, with hints of Béla Tarr’s cinema, and philosopher Walter Benjamin as its hero. Drawing a parallel between different forms of fascism, The Unwanted delves into the meaning of exile by confronting human vulnerability with the immensity of landscape.

Hanagatami

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi Japan, 2017

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Direct from Rotterdam

With the invigoratingly eclectic Rotterdam Film Festival now taking place, we’re presenting three boldly imagined gems found by our curators at the last edition. From the director of the cult favorite Hausu comes an exuberantly stylized yet tender and moving story of love and friendship in wartime.

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