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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.
To learn more, go to: https://iffr.com/en
January 25 - February 5, 2023
Various VenuesRotterdam, The Netherlands
The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY) is back with its annual survey of some of the best films and television of the year with its Curators’ Choice series. Organized by Curator of Film Eric Hynes and Associate Curator of Film Edo Choi, Curators’ Choice focuses on shows and films that either debuted for broadcast or premiered theatrically during the calendar year 2022. The series encompasses narrative film, documentaries, and series from around the world that reflect the strange and changing attitudes of 2022.
Works being screened include We Met In Virtual Reality, which was shot entirely within VR games and explores long distance relationships formed within these virtual spaces.
The series Irma Vep from director Olivier Assayas is a continuation of his 1996 film of the same name. Now starring Oscar-winner Alicia Vikander as a Hollywood star cast as the lead of the same inexplicable but heartfelt project, and Vincent Macaigne taking over for the original film’s Jean-Pierre Léaud as the director, who slowly loses it over the course of shooting.
The Croatian film Murina, directed by Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović, which won the Camera d’Or (Best First Feature) at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival, is a serrated-edge, sexually charged coming-of-age tale set in scenic coastal Croatia. Amidst clashes with her oppressive father and impassive mother, restless Julija seeks liberation from their isolated existence when a visit from an old family friend creates overlapping waves of greed, jealousy, desire, and rage. Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, the film features gorgeous camerawork by Hélène Louvart (The Lost Daughter, Happy as Lazzaro).
The series closing includes a screening of Steven Spielberg’s coming of age journey through cinema, The Fablemans, with an in person appearance by actor Paul Dano.
To learn more, go to: https://movingimage.us/series/curators-choice-2022/
Curators’ Choice 2022December 9, 2022 - January 21, 2023
Museum of the Moving Image36-01 35th Ave.Queens, NY 11106
Telling tales of lives, triumphs, and struggles from people of color, The African Diaspora International Film Festival runs from November 25th to December 11, 2022 at venues across the city. Now in its thirtieth year, the ADIFF features narrative films, shorts, documentaries, animated works and much more.
Opening the festival is Woodstock of House, a documentary looking at how over a period of decades house music evolved and persisted, despite mainstream America in the late 1970s trying to suppress it for being too black, too Latin, and too gay.
Angels on Diamond Street is a documentary about three women fighting for social justice in an African American church in Philadelphia. We follow head cook Mamie Mather, former Black Panther Barbara Easley-Cox and Pastor Renee Mackenzie at the soup kitchen of the Church of the Advocate. When ICE agents threaten an undocumented Mexican immigrant family seeking sanctuary, the Pastor makes a stand to protect them.
Get Out Alive is a musical about depression by artist and activist Nikki Lynette. Using storytelling, humor, song, dance, visual art and a DJ, Lynette shows us that even when life leads us to a bad place, we can always make it out alive.
Kirikou and the Sorceress is an underrated animated classic. Recounting the tale of tiny Kirikou born in an African village in which Karaba the Sorceress has placed a terrible curse. Kirikou sets out on a quest to free his village of the curse and find out the secret of why Karaba is so wicked.
Sisters in Cinema pays homage to African American women, who against all odds made history. The careers, lives and films of inspirational women filmmakers, such as, Euzhan Palcy, Julie Dash, Darnell Martin, Dianne Houston, Neema Barnette, Cheryl Dunye, Kasi Lemmons and Maya Angelou are showcased within the film.
Now in its 30th year, the ADIFF was established in 1993 and is a Harlem based minority-led not-for profit international film festival that presents, interprets and educates about films that explore the human experience of people of color all over the world in order to inspire imaginations, disrupt stereotypes and help transform attitudes that perpetuate injustice. To celebrate its anniversary, ADIFF NYC 2022 has expanded its footprint in the city through partnerships with various institutions that will host free community screenings. These include the Schomburg Center in Harlem, the Boys and Girls Club of Harlem and Baruch College.
To learn more, go to: https://nyadiff.org/
African Diaspora International Film FestivalNovember 25 - December 11, 2022
Various locations in NYC
Now in it’s fifth year. the New York Baltic Film Festival (NYBFF), presented by Scandinavia House: The Nordic Center in America, will be running November 2-13, 2022 as a hybrid festival featuring Estonian, Latvian and Lithuanian cinema. The in-person portion of the fest takes place at New York’s Scandinavia House (58 Park Ave, New York, NY) from November 2nd to the 6th and virtually November 4th to the 13th.
The theme for this year’s festival is Past or Present, inspired by the intense emotional response felt in the Baltic countries following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Jūle Rozīte, the festival's Head of Programs, states: “When the war started, Eastern Europeans and many of us globally experienced the dissonance of seeing both past and present play out simultaneously. Suddenly, family traumas and collective memories were forced to the surface, as the inherited stories of occupation we have grown up hearing were playing out in real-time in Ukraine. Cinema from the Baltics can remind us of what was, act as a warning, elicit communal resistance and instill hope for a better tomorrow.”
The festival opens on Wednesday, November 2 with the animated feature My Love Affair With Marriage, directed by Latvian-born and Brooklyn-based Signe Baumane.The film is a wild semi-autobiographical musical journey, exploring the notions of love, sex, and romance through the lens of neurochemistry. Baumane’s fiercely original and visually arresting work was recognized with the Jury Distinction for Feature Film at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival this year.
The documentary Mariupolis 2 is a harrowing look at Russia’s brutal siege of Mariupol in Ukraine this year. The director, Mantas Kvedaravičius, was tragically killed during filming. Mariupolis 2 was recognized with a Golden Eye Special Mention at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The festival will also screen the film’s predecessor, Mariupolis, in which Kvedaravičius documented the lives of people during Russia’s attacks on Mariupol back in 2014.
Burial, directed by Emilija Škarnulytė, is a hypnotizing meditation on the power and danger of nuclear energy, presenting the paradox of scientific advancement coupled with environmental destruction with a meticulously crafted, eerie soundscape. Škarnulytė will be joined for a discussion with MoMA curator Sophie Cavoulacos following the screening.
To learn more, go to: https://www.scandinaviahouse.org/
New York Baltic Film Festival November 2 - 13, 2022
Scandinavia House58 Park AveNew York, NY 10016
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