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International Film Festival Rotterdam’s full line-up unveiled

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- Simon Pummell, Robin Pront, Alexander Sokurov, Antoine Cuypers and Boudewijn Koole are among the European directors showing off their latest features at Rotterdam

International Film Festival Rotterdam’s full line-up unveiled
Full Contact by David Verbeek

Following the announcement of the eight features competing for the Hivos Tiger Awards (read more), the line-up of the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (27 January–7 February) is now complete. In total, there will be 30 European, 73 international and 106 world premieres at an edition being run for the first time by newly appointed artistic director Bero Beyer (read the interview).

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Structured into four main sections (Bright Future, Voices, Deep Focus and Perspectives), the programme features the typical Rotterdam mix of emerging talents – the competition is now open to first, second or third features – and more established names (and their films previously revealed at other recent gatherings).

Several features have Dutch DNA, including the opening film, Beyond Sleep [+see also:
trailer
interview: Reinout Scholten van Aschat
film profile
]
by Boudewijn Koole, Kaweh Modiri’s Bodkin Ras [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, David Verbeek’s Full Contact [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
and Fiona Tan’s History's Future [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Fiona Tan
film profile
]
.

European talent stands out in a long list of features, including the British-Dutch-Irish sci-fi drama Brand New-U [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Simon Pummell, the Belgian-Dutch crime movie The Ardennes [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Robin Pront
film profile
]
by Robin Pront, the Louvre-set Francofonia [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Alexander Sokurov, Whit Stillman’s adaptation of a Jane Austen novel Love & Friendship [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Antoine Cuypers’ psychological family thriller Prejudice [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antoine Cuypers
film profile
]
and Rebecca Daly’s Mammal [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, which stars Six Feet Under actress Rachel Griffiths as a grieving mother.

European production credits can also be found in several minority co-productions, such as Uruguayan director Pablo Lamar’s The Last Land [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
, and The Idol [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, Hany Abu-Assad’s latest film, which focuses on the true story of Palestinian singer Mohammad Assaf. 

For those unable to travel to Rotterdam, the festival is also screening five films in 40 venues worldwide as part of the IFFR Live programme (read more).

On the industry side of the gathering, 25 projects will be presented at the CineMart market, which this year will also include a five-day meeting entitled Rotterdam Lab, targeting young and emerging producers.

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