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El azote by José Celestino Campusano

47st International Film Festival Rotterdam

24 January- 4 February 2018

Rotterdam, 10 January 2018

Retrospectives at IFFR 2018

José Celestino Campusano and

Artur Żmijewski

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) presents two exciting retrospectivesas part of its Deep Focus section. José Celestino Campusano, a unique filmmaker still largely unknown outside his home country, is the ultimate insider when it comes to portraying the conflicts and contradictions of the working class in Argentina today. Artur Żmijewski is the thought-provoking Polish artist whose film and video work forces us to confront unsettling contemporary issues.

José Celestino Campusano

Campusano’s work features bikers, hookers, criminals, corrupt officers, unfaithful lovers and hardware store employees – every one of them trying to survive in a seemingly lawless urban jungle. With the eye of an anthropologist and the patience of someone deeply rooted in the world he represents, Campusano stresses the universal qualities of the peculiar culture of forgotten parts of Argentina. The retrospective at IFFR 2018 comprises the international premiere of Campusano’s award-winning new feature El Azote and the world premiere of Brooklyn Experience, a 60-minute 360° VR installation shot in the US, showing Campusano expanding his work into new directions.

Artur Żmijewski

With his quiet observations, Żmijewski shines his light on the people and themes society would rather keep in the shadows. In doing so, he is unafraid to cross the boundaries of what is ‘politically correct’. Many of his films can be characterised as registrations of orchestrated social situations, often in the form of a workshop. For Blindly (2010), Żmijewski invited blind people to paint; in Out for a Walk (2001) he filmed physical therapists helping paralysed patients learn to walk again, and in The Making Of (2013) he organised a fashion and beauty session for female prison inmates. By giving ‘the Other’ a face, Żmijewski strives to present a less polarised view of reality. Żmijewski is also featured in the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition with the world premiere of a black-and-white short film about refugees entitled Glimpse

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Blindly by Artur Żmijewski

José Celestino Campusano:

Brooklyn Experience, 2018, US/Argentina, world premiere

El azote, 2017, Argentina, international premiere

El sacrificio de Nehuén Puyelli, 2016, Argentina

El arrullo de la araña, 2015, Argentina

Placer y martirio, 2015, Argentina

El perro Molina, 2014, Argentina

Fantasmas de la ruta, 2013, Argentina

Fango, 2012, Argentina

Vikingo, 2009, Argentina

Vil romance, 2008, Argentina

Legión – Tribus urbanas motorizadas, 2006, Argentina

Artur Żmijewski:

Realism, 2017, Poland

The Collection: Katarzyna, 2016, Poland

The Collection: Roman, 2016, Poland

Creation in Cooperation, 2014, Poland

Cookbook, 2013, Poland

Glory to the Academy, 2013, Poland

The Making Of, 2013, Poland

Blindly, 2010, Poland

Following Bauhaus, 2010, Poland

Habana Libre, 2010, Poland

Sculpture Plein-air. Swiecie 2009, 2009, Poland

Them, 2007, Poland

Pole in a Closet, 2006, Poland

Rendez-vous, 2004, Poland

Karolina, 2001, Poland

Out for a Walk, 2001, Poland

Singing Lesson 1, 2001, Poland

KR WP, 2000, Poland

An Eye for an Eye, 1998, Poland

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About International Film Festival Rotterdam

With nearly 330,000 admissions and over 2,400 film professionals attending, IFFR is one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world, offering a high quality line-up of fiction and documentary feature films, short films, exhibitions, performances, masterclasses and talks.IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, the Reality Check conference, the BoostNL initiative, the Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. IFFR's 49th edition takes place from Wednesday 22 January to Sunday 2 February 2020. More information can be found at IFFR.com.