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'Beyond Sleep' opens Iffr as new festival director strikes political note

28 January 2016 3:29 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Dutch royalty attend opening, which kicked off with Boudewijn Koole’s new feature; Bero Beyer hails Rotterdam diversity.

The 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) (Jan 27 - Feb 7) opened last night with an unlikely infusion of glamour in the shape of 44-year-old Queen Maxima.

The Queen, attending Iffr for the first time, was in the festival’s main venue, the Doelen, for the screening of opening film, Beyond Sleep. The film is directed Boudewijn Koole (Kauwboy) and based on Dutch novel Nooit meer slapen by W.F. Hermans.

“International Film Festival Rotterdam is about as old as I am,” new festival director Bero Beyer commented in his opening speech. “It has been here year after year, growing in size and impact…but we should not take either the festival nor the open environment for granted.

“All over the world, filmmakers we cherish and have welcomed here in the past are prohibited to show their work, restricted in their »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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