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Still from Beats

48th International Film Festival Rotterdam

23 January – 3 February 2019

Rotterdam, 29 November 2018

Beats by Brian Welsh

to world premiere at 48th IFFR

And other Limelight titles revealed, including Vox Lux by Brady Corbet, Climax by Gaspar Noé and the world premiere of The Beast in the Jungle by Clara van Gool

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is to present the world premiere of Beats by Brian Welsh, a film about an unlikely friendship set against a backdrop of illegal raves in the 90s. Beats is part of IFFR’s Limelight programme, which features the cinematic highlights of the year. Emmy Award-winning fimmaker Clara van Gool's The Beast in the Jungle and Martin de Vries's Camino, A Feature-length Selfie also world premiere within Limelight.

Beats is a raw, black-and-white portrait of a bankrupt United Kingdom in which music and drugs are the only things of interest. In summer 1994, with rave culture on the rise in a Scottish village, teens Johnno and Spanner have a final night out together before each going their own way in life.

In addition to Beats, IFFR’s Limelight programme boasts two other world premieres, both by Dutch filmmakers: The Beast in the Jungle by Clara van Gool is a poetic adaptation of Henry James’s 1903 novella with a major role for dance and movement; and Camino, a Feature-length Selfie is Martin de Vries’s account of his hike to Santiago de Compostela.

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Four Limelight titles were previously supported by IFFR: A Land Imagined by Yeo Siew HuaRojo by Benjamín Naishtat and Rafiki by Wanuri Kahiu were supported by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund and Birds of Passage by Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra was presented at IFFR’s CineMart.

Other confirmed Limelight titles include Gaspar Noé’s ClimaxBrady Corbet’s Vox LuxAlice Rohrwacher’s Lazzaro felice and Hamaguchi Ryūsuke’s Asako I & II. See the full list so far below.

All confirmed Limelight titles to date

Un amour impossible/An Impossible Love, Catherine Corsini, 2018, France

Asako I & II, Hamaguchi Ryūsuke, 2018, Japan/France

Ash Is Purest White, Jia Zhangke, 2018, China/France

The Beast in the Jungle, Clara van Gool, 2019, Netherlands/Luxembourg, world premiere

Beats, Brian Welsh, 2019, UK, world premiere

Birds of Passage, Cristina Gallego/Ciro Guerra, 2018, Colombia/Denmark/Mexico

Camino, een feature-length selfie/Camino, A Feature-length Selfie, Martin de Vries, 2019, Netherlands, world premiere

Capharnaüm/Capernaum, Nadine Labaki, 2018, LebanonClimax, Gaspar Noé, 2018, France

Donbass, Sergei Loznitsa, 2018, Germany/Ukraine/France/Netherlands/Romania

A Land Imagined, Yeo Siew Hua, 2018, Singapore/France/Netherlands

Lazzaro felice/Happy as Lazzaro, Alice Rohrwacher, 2018, Italy/Switzerland/France/Germany

Leto/Summer, Kirill Serebrennikov, 2018, Russia/France

Rafiki, Wanuri Kahiu, 2018, Kenya/South AfricaRojo, Benjamín Naishtat, 2018, Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany

Vox Lux, Brady Corbet, 2018, USA

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About 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 BoostNL and Propellor initiatives, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. IFFR takes place from Wednesday 23 January to Sunday 3 February 2019. More information can be found at IFFR.com.

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