The 43rd International Film Festival Rotterdam celebrates its usual independent, global spirit — as well as marking the 25th anniversary of the Hubert Bals Fund. Plus, a preview of this year’s CineMart selections.
UPDATE: UPC Audience Award goes to Alexander Payne’s Nebraska. Festival’s second Big Screen Award to support Dutch distribution goes to Russia’s Another Year.
Two projects awarded finance prizes; Global Film Initiative introduces new grants.
Caroline Strubbe’s second feature acquired for distribution in the Netherlands.
Husband-and-wife directing team make their feature debut with Arwad, the story of a man who returns to the Syrian island where he grew up and the decisions that impact the women in his life.
South Korean director Lee Su-Jin’s feature debut is the story of small town girl who is sent to a different school in a remote city after being involved in a horrific incident.
Japanese filmmaker Ikeda Akira’s second feature, shot in a small town outside Tokyo, is inspired by old folk tales.
Russian filmmaker Natalia Meschaninova makes her feature debut with The Hope Factory, a coming-of-age tale set against the backdrop of the Siberian city of Norilsk.
Black-and-white debut feature blurs the lines between perpetrator and victim.
The American director continues his work with themes of grief, loss and guilt.
Thai filmmaker explores two brothers impacted by the Asian financial crisis of 1997.
It was the spectre of yet another failed relationship on the horizon that prompted Croatian filmmaker Tatjana Bozic to make her candid documentary Happily Ever After exploring her chaotic love life of the last 20 years.
The Bulgarian film-maker talks about her ‘semi-autobiographical’ directorial debut, nine years in the making.
Having worked with a string of acclaimed directors, Spanish arthouse producer Luis Minarro decided that the time was finally right to direct his own fiction feature.
Maria Schrader stars as a woman suffering from retrograde amnesia.
Brazilian director Fellipe Barbosa took inspiration from his own family’s financial problems for his debut feature Casa Grande.
Long-time editor Paulo Sacramento makes his fictional feature debut with Riocorrente, a timely and tense contemporary tale set in Sao Paulo.
The Austin-based director talks about his “deeply personal” 1980s-set feature, which has its European premiere in Rotterdam tonight as a Big Talk event (after premiering in Sundance last week).
The Swedish director talks about his first foray into fiction.