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48th International Film Festival Rotterdam

23 January - 3 February 2019

Rotterdam, 13 December 2018

World premiere Dirty God by Sacha Polak to open 48th IFFR

On Wednesday 23 January 2019, the film Dirty God by Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polak (Hemel, Zurich), produced by Marleen Slot (Viking Film), will open the 48th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Dirty God is a compelling portrait of a young mother named Jade (a powerful debut role for actress Vicky Knight), and deals with themes of courage, self-acceptance and motherhood in contemporary London.

Festival director Bero Beyer: “We’re very proud to announce that this intensely powerful and emotional film by a daring Dutch filmmaker will give a flying start to our 48th edition. Dirty God grabs you by the throat, while at the same time sketching a complex, multi-layered image of a strong woman dealing with her difficult situation. This grandiose work of cinema goes beyond the superficial to pose questions of guilt and beauty, hate and fear, strength and femininity.”

Sacha Polak: “As a loyal IFFR visitor, I’m honoured to have my film open the festival. What a great place for a world premiere.”

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Just a few days after its world premiere in Rotterdam, Dirty God will see its international premiere at Sundance Film Festival, where it will be the first-ever Dutch film to screen in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.

Dirty God was part of BoostNL during IFFR's CineMart in 2016. Polak’s feature debut Hemel (2012) screened at the Berlin International Film Festival where it won the FIPRESCI award. Her second feature, Zurich (2015), also screened in Berlin and won the C.I.C.A.E award. Dirty God is Polak's English-language debut.

The Official Opening Night will take place in ‘de Doelen’ and we are honored that Minister of Education, Culture and Science Ingrid van Engelshoven will attend to open the festival with us. Sacha Polak and members of her film crew will also be in attendance.

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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.