International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announces new feature and short films in Voices, its programme section for filmmakers with a confident voice and captivating stories. The selected titles include the world premieres of two highly distinctive films by Barcelona-based filmmaker Andrés Duque (Oleg y las raras artes) and acclaimed Japanese artist Koki Tanaka.
Duque’s Carelia: Internacional con monumento is a poetic essay shot in the mysterious Russian-Finnish border region Karelia. Tanaka’s Vulnerable Histories (A Road Movie) grew out of an exhibition and focuses on the discrimination against Zainichi Koreans in Japan.
Two international premieres within Voices previously received support from IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. In Bani Khoshnoudi's Luciérnagas, Ramin has fled Iran and arrives at the Mexican port-city Veracruz. Ali Jaberansari’s Tehran: City of Love tells the melancholy yet humorous stories of three misfits looking for love in Tehran.
Eva Ionesco’s Une jeunesse dorée, with Isabelle Huppert and Melvil Poupaud, also has its international premiere in Voices. Catalan filmmaker Isaki Lacuesta returns to Rotterdam with his film Entre dos aguas in which he revisits the characters from his 2006 film La leyenda del tiempo, which was selected for the Tiger Competition.
Voices also shows the 8-part series My Brilliant Friend by Saverio Costanzo, based on the novel of the same name by Elena Ferrante about two best friends in 1950s Naples.
In addition to the previously announced salt, pepper to taste by Azerbaijani filmmaker Teymur Hajiyev, IFFR announces three more short films to world premiere in Voices Short, the festival’s programme for narrative-driven short films. These are Acid Rain by Tomek Popakul (Ziegenort), Souvenir by Miriam Gossing and Lina Sieckmann and Ombligo de agua by Laura Baumeister. Baumeister will also be present at CineMart 2019 to present her project La hija de todas las rabias in the BoostNL programme.
For an overview of all Voices selections so far, click here.