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Rotterdam Signals to honour Kira Muratova, to showcase new TV and web series

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has added two programmes to its Signals offerings.

The festival will honour Ukranian filmmaker Kira Muratova [pictured] with a full retrospective of her features and short films. It marks the first full retrospective of her work outside Russia and Ukraine. It will stretch from her first short On The Steep Cliff (from 1961) to this year’s The Eternal Homecoming. The festival notes of her work: “As a completely independent artist Muratova creates and recreates her own ideas (and ideals) of perfection and imperfection, sublimity and decadence while at the same time questions the blurring boundaries between them. Her paradoxical vision combines exquisite humour and deep sadness and plays with the distinctions and similarities between poetry and cruelty, tenderness and harshness.”

And the Changing Channels programme will be devoted to episodic storytelling including new TV work and web series. Selections include Going My Home, Kore-eda Hirokazu’s first venture into television, and Burning Bush, Agnieszka Holland’s new mini-series and first original HBO Czech Republic production. The programme also includes work by Kitao Sakurai, Ry Russo-Young, and Sebastian Hofmann. IFFR will also host a special lounge in the Cinerama devoted to web series.

IFFR’s previously announced Signals strands include Inside Iran, Sound Stages, Regained and a retrospective of Dominik Graf.

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