IFFR Premieres (dd 15 January 2007)

PRESS RELEASE January 15, 2007

Rotterdam festival to screen 44 world-, 23 international and 30 European feature premieres

The 36th International Film Festival Rotterdam presents a programme that is decidedly focused on independent and innovative film-making by up and coming directors from all corners of the world. The selections include 44 world-, 23 international and 30 European feature premieres. The full programme will be announced online next Thursday 18th January, and contains a mixture of brand new films, underestimated gems and highlights of the year.

A small introduction into what to discover among the festival’s many premieres:

Ragnar Bragason presents the world premiere of PARENTS, the second part of twin features started with CHILDREN as well as his, two must-see Icelandic tales of family life. In world premieres from the United Kingdom, the festival presents talent such as Laurin Federlein’s BUILD A SHIP, SAIL TO SADNESS, and Marc Munden’s THE MARC OF CAIN, an impressive film about British soldiers in Iraq. From the USA comes Nina Davenport’s documentary OPERATION FILMMAKER, an engaging parable about the U.S. invasion of Iraq and Stephane Gauger’s THE OWL AND THE SPARROW, a warm-hearted story set in modern-day Saigon. Anna Biller’s take on 70’s sexploitation VIVA, screens as a world premiere in IFFR’s Rotterdämmerung section.

From Asia, The Rotterdam film festival presents in world premiere the first films to be completed after support from the new digital production funding category of the Hubert Bals Fund: WEED by China’s Wang Liren and THE ELEPHANT AND THE SEA by Malaysian filmmaker Woo Ming Jin. South Korea continues to be a source of very diverse films, including Park Chul-Hee’s exciting NO MERCY FOR THE RUDE and Kim Kyung-Mook controversial FACELESS THINGS.
From Japan, the selection includes new features by festival regulars such as Kumakiri Kazuyoshi, Yamashita Nobuhiro, Yazaki Hitoshi and Hiroki Ryuichi.

Earlier, the festival announced it’s line up for the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition. World premieres here include two Belgian productions: Koen Mortier’s EX DRUMMER and TIDES by Diego Martinez Vignatti. Also competing are Pia Marais’ THE UNPOLISHED, about a German teenage girl who has to cope living with her drug addicted parents and ME (YO) by Spanish filmmaker Rafa Cortes, with actor Alex Brendemühl in an excellent role as housekeeper on the island of Mallorca.

List of world, international and European premieres by programme section, ‘HBF’=Hubert Bals Fund supported film

IFFR 2007 World Premieres

VPRO Tiger Awards Competition
AFR by Morten Hartz Kaplers (Denmark, 2006)
LA ANTENA (THE AERIAL) by Esteban Sapir (Argentina, 2007) - HBF
BOLI LI? - PRVATA BALKANSKA DOGMA (Does It Hurt? - The First Balkan Dogma) by Aneta Lesnikovska (Macedonia/Netherlands, 2006)
EX DRUMMER by Koen Mortier (Belgium/Netherlands/Italy/France, 2007)
LA FINE DEL MARE by Nora Hoppe (Germany/Italy/France, 2007)
LA MAREA (TIDES) by Diego Martinez Vignatti (Belgium, 2007)
DIE UNERZOGENEN (THE UNPOLISHED) by Pia Marais (Germany, 2007)
YO (ME) by Rafa Cortés (Spain, 2007)

Cinema of the Future: Sturm und Drang
AUTOHYSTORIA by Raya Martin (Philippines, 2007)
BALIKBAYAN BOX by Ramon Mes, De Guzman & Noel Montano (Philippines, 2007) - HBF
UNA BALLATA BIANCA (A WHITE BALLAD) by Stefano Odoardi (Italy/Netherlands, 2007)
BUILD A SHIP, SAIL TO SADNESS by Laurin Federlein (United Kingdom, 2007)
CHALANGGAI (DANCING BELLS) by Deepak Kumaran Menon (Malaysia, 2007) - HBF
THE ELEPHANT AND THE SEA by Woo Ming Jin (Malaysia, 2007) - HBF
IMMER NIE AM MEER (FOREVER NEVER ANYWHERE) by Antonin Svoboda (Austria, 2007)
INZEYEN – MALINA (INZEYEN - SWEET DELIGHT) by Vladimir Sivkov (Russia, 2007)
CU VA CHIM SE SE (OWL AND THE SPARROW) by Stephane Gauger (USA/Vietnam, 2007)
FORELDRAR (PARENTS) by Ragnar Bragason (Iceland, 2007)
JU ZI CHEN TU (RAISED FROM DUST) by Gan Xiao'er (China, 2007) - HBF
EL TIEMPO QUE SE QUEDA (THE TIME THAT RESTS) by José Luis Torres Leiva (Chile, 2007)
WEED by Wang Liren (China, 2007) - HBF

Cinema of the World: Time & Tide
ALS EEN VLIEG NAAR DE VLAM (AS A FLY DRAWN TO THE FLAME) by BarBara Hanlo (Netherlands, 2007)
U REKI (AT THE RIVER) by Eva Neymann (Ukraine, 2007) - HBF
HAMLET by Aleksandar Rajkovic (Serbia, 2007)
KAISHUIYAOTANG, GUNIANGYAOZHUANG (I WANT TO DANCE) by Hu Shu (China, 2007)
MIEHEN TYÖ (A MAN'S JOB) by Aleksi Salmenperä (Finland, 2007)
THE MARK OF CAIN by Marc Munden (United Kingdom, 2007)
SWOPNODANAY (ON THE WINGS OF DREAMS) by Golam Rabbany Biplob (Bangladesh, 2007)
OPERATION FILMMAKER by Nina Davenport (USA, 2007)
ISKWATERPANGK (SQUATTERPUNK) by Khavn (Philippines, 2007)
TUSSEN HEMEL EN AARDE (BETWEEN HEAVEN AND EARTH) by Frank van den Engel & Masja Novikova (Netherlands, 2007)
WAAROM HEEFT NIEMAND MIJ VERTELD DAT HET ZO ERG ZOU WORDEN IN AFGHANISTAN (WHY DIDN'T ANYBODY TELL ME IT WOULD BECOME THIS BAD IN AFGHANISTAN) by Cyrus Frisch (Netherlands, 2007)
SHOONYA (ZERO ZONE) by Arindam Mitra (India, 2007)

Maestros: Kings & Aces
ABANDONED HOUSE by James Herbert (USA/Italy, 2007)
ARARAT - FOURTEEN VIEWS by Don Askarian (Armenia/Netherlands/Germany, 2007) - HBF
BAKUSHI by Hiroki Ryuichi (Japan, 2007)

Cinema Regained
FRAGMENTS OF CINEMA AND PHILOSOPHY (SCHEGGE DI CINEMA E FILOSOFIA) by Enrico Ghezzi, Ciro Giorgini & Stefano Francia di Celle (Italy, 2007)
IN THE SHADOW OF THE LIGHT by Sarah Payton & Chris Teerink (Netherlands/USA, 2007)

Rotterdämmerung
FREESIA (FREESIA -BULLET OVER TEARS-) by Kumakiri Kazuyoshi (Japan, 2007)
VIVA by Anna Biller (USA, 2007)

Music Please!
THE OLD WEIRD AMERICA: HARRY SMITH'S ANTHOLOGY OF AMERICAN FOLK MUSIC by Rani Singh (USA, 2007)

Still 16
1, 2, 3, WHITEOUT by James June Schneider (France/USA, 2007)


IFFR 2007 International Premieres

VPRO Tiger Awards Competition
BAIXIO DAS BESTAS (BOG OF BEASTS) by Claudio Assis (Brazil, 2006)
JIN TIAN DE YU ZE ME YANG? (HOW IS YOUR FISH TODAY?) by Guo Xiaolu (China/United Kingdom, 2006)
JU-YON-SAI (FOURTEEN) by Hirosue Hiromasa (Japan, 2006)
ROCK'N'ROLL NEVER DIES by Juha Koiranen (Finland, 2006)

Cinema of the Future: Sturm und Drang
LES HOMMES (MAN ON LAND) by Ariane Michel (France, 2006)
MAMA I TATA (MUM 'N' DAD) by Faruk Loncarevic (Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2006)
MATSUGANE RANSHA JIKEN (THE MATSUGANE POTSHOT AFFAIR) by Yamashita Nobuhiro (Japan, 2006) – CineMart
REAL ONLINE (CHING TENG JOU HSIEN SHIH) by John Hsu (Taiwan, 2005)
THE KILLING OF JOHN LENNON by Andrew Piddington (United Kingdom, 2006)

Cinema of the World: Time & Tide
AJDE, DAN... PRODJI... (Slow Days) by Matija Klukovic (Croatia, 2006)
BELLAVISTA by Peter Schreiner (Austria, 2006)
MISCHIEF NIGHT by Penny Woolcock (United Kingdom, 2006)
STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKES by Yazaki Hitoshi (Japan, 2006)
XI GAN DAO (WESTERN TRUNK LINE) by Li Jixian (China/Japan, 2006)

Maestros: Kings & Aces
HEREMIAS - UNANG AKLAT: ANG ALAMAT NG PRINSESANG BAYAWAK (HEREMIAS - BOOK ONE: THE LEGEND OF THE LIZARD PRINCESS) by Lav Diaz (Philippines, 2006) - HBF
M by Hiroki Ryuichi (Japan, 2006)

Cinema Regained
HUNT ANGELS by Alec Morgan (Australia, 2006)
TWO WRENCHING DEPARTURES by Ken Jacobs (USA, 2006)

Rotterdämmerung
AACHI WA SSIPAK (AACHI & SSIPAK) by Joe Bum-Jin (South Korea, 2006)

Images From a Region
BIL'IN HABIBTI (BIL'IN MY LOVE) by Shai Carmeli Pollak (Israel, 2006)
EDMOND YAKIRI (DEAR EDMOND) by Amit Goren (Israel, 2006)
HA'ULPAN (A HEBREW LESSON) by David Ofek & Ron Rotem (Israel, 2006)

Still 16
LAY DOWN TRACKS by Brigid McCaffrey & Danielle Lombardi (USA/Bolivia/Morocco/Sri Lanka, 2006)



IFFR 2007 European Premieres

VPRO Tiger Awards Competition
BUNNY CHOW by John Barker (South Africa, 2006)
LOVE CONQUERS ALL by Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia, 2006) - HBF
CHELOVEK BEZVOZVRATNY (THE MAN OF NO RETURN) by Katya Grokhovskaya (Russia, 2006)

Cinema of the Future: Sturm Und Drang
NIAN NI RU XI (BEFORE WE FALL IN LOVE AGAIN) by James Lee (Malaysia, 2006) - HBF
COVER BOY... L'ULTIMA RIVOLUZIONE (COVER BOY... LAST REVOLUTION) by Carmine Amoroso (Italy, 2006)
HAYABUSA (DOG DAYS DREAM) by Ichii Masahide (Japan, 2006)
ANE-EUI AEIN-EUL MANNADA (DRIVING WITH MY WIFE'S LOVER) by Kim Tai-Sik (South Korea, 2006)
EAGLE VS SHARK by Taika Waititi (New Zealand, 2007)
EOLGUL EOPNUN GEOTDUL (FACELESS THINGS) by Kim Kyung-Mook (South Korea, 2005)
TOKYO SHIKKAKUBY (LOST IN TOKYO) by Ikawa Kotaro (Japan, 2006)
MELANOMA AHUVATI (MELANOMA MY LOVE) by David Ofek & Joseph Madmony (Israel, 2006)
LING YI BAN (THE OTHER HALF) by Ying Liang (China, 2006) - HBF
ORS EL DHIB (TENDER IS THE WOLF) by Jilani Saadi (Tunisia, 2006)

Cinema of the World: Time & Tide
AMERICAN COMBATANT by Charles Libin (USA, 2006)
ANTONIA by Tata Amaral (Brazil, 2006) - HBF
GUBRA (ANXIETY) by Yasmin Ahmad (Malaysia, 2006)
PARINAWA LA GHOBAR (CROSSING THE DUST) by Shawkat Amin Korki (Iraq, 2006)
NIRONTOR (FOREVER FLOWS) by Abu Sayeed (Bangladesh, 2006)
MADE IN KOREA: EEN ENKELTJE SEOUL-AMSTERDAM? (MADE IN KOREA: A ONE-WAY TICKET SEOUL-AMSTERDAM?) by In-Soo Radstake (Netherlands, 2006)
MANUFACTURED LANDSCAPES by Jennifer Baichwal (Canada, 2006)
PARK by Kurt Voelker (USA, 2006)
SANKARA by Prasanna Jayakody (Sri Lanka, 2006)
CO SLONKO WIDZIALO (WHAT SUN HAS SEEN) by Michal Rosa (Poland, 2006)

Maestros: Kings & Aces
NAYI NERALU (IN THE SHADOW OF THE DOG) by Girish Kasaravalli (India, 2006)
RESCUE DAWN by Werner Herzog (USA, 2006)

Cinema Regained
MURCH by Edie Ichioka & David Ichioka (USA, 2006)
NO PLACE LIKE HOME by Perry Henzell (Jamaica/USA, 2006)

Rotterdämmerung
THE LAST WINTER by Larry Fessenden (USA/Iceland, 2006)
YE-UI-UP-NUN-GUT-DEUL (NO MERCY FOR THE RUDE) by Park Chul-Hee (South Korea, 2006)

Images from a Region
HA'BITCHONIM (HOTHOUSE) by Shimon Dotan (Israel, 2006)

Over International Film Festival Rotterdam

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) – one of the largest cultural events in the Netherlands, and one of the biggest audience-oriented film festivals in the world – offers a high quality line-up of fiction and documentary feature films, short films, exhibitions, performances, masterclasses and talkshows. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, through the new BoostNL and Propellor initiatives, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. IFFR takes place from Wednesday 24 January to Sunday 4 February 2018. More information can be found at IFFR.com.