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International Film Festival Rotterdam 2023: Cinema Around the World in the Netherlands

Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) returns to The Netherlands, running January 25 to February 5, 2023. The festival is replete with features, shorts, documentaries, workshops, and more. IFFR opens with Munch, a biopic of painter Edvard Munch from  Norwegian maverick auteur Henrik Martin Dahlsbakken. In this film the painter of The Scream is played by different actors, in order to portray the many sides of Munch: that of a deliberate outsider, sexual adventurer, freethinker, genius and more. The festival closes with All India Rank from director Varun Grover, which looks at oppression, everyday corruption and the middle class’ chronic inability to communicate. This film is also part of the Bright Future program, which looks at bold new directors and debut films. Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, based on the novel by Haruki Murakami, and directed by Pierre Földes, sketches the lives of three Tokyo residents thrown into a whirlpool of anxiety and introspection following the 2011 earthquake in eastern Japan. The film is preluded by a lecture by one of the best lecturers of Erasmus University Prof. Sanneke de Haan

The Short Film Marathon challenges you to a six hour block of short films, while those of you who are single and/or ready to mingle can go to IFFR Blind Date, where the festival will set you up with a mystery partner. This year the IFFR introduces Art Directions: a multi-disciplinary section that expands the realm of cinema to installations, Immersive Media and live audio-visual performances. Alongside the IFFR-commissioned Steve McQueen artwork Sunshine State presented in collaboration with Depot Boijmans Van Beuningen, the Art Directions programme presents installations, its sound//vision programme of audio-visual performances at WORM, and a lineup of Immersive Media.

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January 25 - February 5, 2023

Various Venues
Rotterdam, The Netherlands

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