Still from Rafiki
48th International Film Festival Rotterdam
23 January - 3 February 2019
Rotterdam, 7 November 2018
First titles confirmed for IFFR 2019
The 48th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is coming up. As programme preparations are in full swing, the festival is announcing the first 26 confirmed titles, including new work by Claire Denis, Jia Zhangke and Garin Nugroho. IFFR 2019 will take place from 23 January to 3 February 2019.
IFFR celebrates film art from all over the world and presents its programme within four sections, each with its own distinct character: Bright Future (including the Tiger Competition and the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition), Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives. Short films are strongly represented throughout all sections.
Festival director Bero Beyer: “We’re delighted to present an appealing and rich first selection of titles to screen at our upcoming festival. There are names we’ve seen before in Rotterdam, and ones that are brand new. Together they exemplify the type of bold and daring cinema we like to celebrate at IFFR.”
The confirmed titles include the world premiere of Simona Kostova’s Dreissig and the international premiere of Fabienne Godet’s Nos vies formidables. Other filmmakers on the selection list so far are Nadine Labaki with her new film Capernaum and Khalik Allah with his Black Mother, a piercing reflection on Jamaican identity which won the Yellow Robin Award at Curaçao IFFR in April 2018.
BNK48: Girls Don’t Cry, a European premiere, is a remarkable documentary feature by Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit chronicling the intense lives of a group of pop singers living together in Bangkok. And with I diari di Angela – Noi due cineasti Yervant Gianikian has created a moving portrait of his partner in cinema Angela Ricci Lucchi, who passed away in 2018.
Still from Capernaum
Black Mother, Khalik Allah, 2018, Jamaica/USA
The Day I Lost My Shadow, Soudade Kaadan, 2018, Lebanon (supported by HBF in 2016)
The Load, Ognjen Glavonić, 2018, Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar (supported by HBF in 2013)
Long Day's Journey Into Night, Bi Gan, 2018, China/France
The Proposal, Jill Magid, 2018, USA
BNK48: Girls Don't Cry, Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit, 2018, Thailand, European premiere
Memories of My Body, Garin Nugroho, 2018, Indonesia
The Mountain, Rick Alverson, 2018, USA
Tel Aviv on Fire, Sameh Zoabi, 2018, Israel/France/Luxembourg/Belgium
Ash Is Purest White, Jia Zhangke, 2018, China/France
Camino, een feature-length selfie, Martin de Vries, 2019, Netherlands, world premiere
Leto/Summer, Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018, Russia/France
Rafiki, Wanuri Kahiu, 2018, Kenya/South Africa (supported by HBF in 2016)
I diari di Angela – Noi due cineasti, Yervant Gianikian, 2018, Italy
Anteu, João Vladimiro, 2018, Portugal/France
Primeiro ato/First Act, Matheus Parizi, 2019, Brazil, world premiere
Pwdre Ser (the rot of stars), Charlotte Pryce, 2019, USA, world premiere
Van ver staat het stil/Still from afar, Eva van Tongeren, 2018, Belgium, international premiere
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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.