Sex, nihilism and aimless youth spend a sweaty summer together in the world premiere of We by Dutch filmmaker Rene Eller. The film follows a group of teenagers whose intense boredom in a small village soon leads to depraved games and sexual exploitation. Both Eller and the complete cast will be present at the premiere in Theater Rotterdam Schouwburg on Saturday 27 January, at 20:00 hours. The film is part of IFFR’s theme programme Maximum Overdrive, about the contemporary renaissance of maximalism.
Teenagers without demanding parents, without ambition and without any sense of duty live from one music festival to the next. We follows eight of these teenagers during a hedonist summer. Innocence is crushed as increasingly disturbing sexual games turn them into ruthless predators.
Festival Director Bero Beyer calls the film a wild ride: “one that leaves you rattled in your chair, but simultaneously gives a warm and disconcerting look into some youth’s apathy and aimlessness.”
Rene Eller started as a casting director for television and commercials. He made name for himself as a music video director and producer, but in recent years he has fully immersed himself into the world of feature films. We is Eller’s feature debut, and captures the raw, immoral hopelessness of Flemish author Elvis Peeters’s novel Wij. Eller: “The title reflects a sense of cynicism. As the world becomes increasingly atomised and gives us the ability to shut ourselves away, friendships become more superficial. Nothing really seems to touch us anymore. I think this phenomenon is undoubtedly more disturbing than the film itself.”