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Rotterdam 2012: Interview with Filmmaker Gabriel Velázquez (Iceberg)

21 February 2012 9:50 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Four stories connected by Salamanca’s River Tormes is the basis and backdrop for Gabriel Velázquez's feature debut. An official selection at the 2012 edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, Iceberg features a foursome of adolescents, Rebeca, Mauri, Jota and Simón who are all navigating through a critical moment in their lives. A profound portrait where memories and loneliness are intertwined, where emotions are worn on their sleeves, and where the truth is deep and hurtful but are not always obvious. Here's my interview with the filmmaker. Anny Gomes: In Iceberg there are no adults, the whole cast are in their mid-teens and their parents appear to not be a part of their lives. The four characters go on a journey where they are transitioning from being “kids” to teenagers, however, they manage to keep growing and struggling through the process. Even though they are so young, they are »

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Rotterdam 2012. Trailers 2: Tiger Awards + Spectrum

18 January 2012 12:51 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"Where's "Trailers 1'?" you might be asking. That roundup's built right into the entry on the lineup for the Bright Future program, where I've embedded 18 trailers. This batch gathers trailers for features in the Tiger Awards Competition and the main Spectrum program.

First, this from the International Film Festival Rotterdam: "José Luis Torres Leiva made this year's leader for the Hubert Bals Fund. Copia imperfecta is a beautiful homage to Raúl Ruiz, the great Chilean filmmaker who died last summer."


Tiger Awards Competition

Orhan Eskiköy and Zeynel Dogan's Voice of my Father (Babamin sesi)


Huang Ji's Egg and Stone (Jidan he shitou)


Maja Miloš's Clip (Klip)


Óskar Thor Axelsson's Black's Game (Svartur á leik)


Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal's It Looks Pretty from a Distance (Z daleka widok jest piękny)


Park Hong-Min's A Fish (Mulgogi)


Midi Z's Return to Burma


Babis Makridis's L


Okuda Yosuke's Tokyo Playboy »

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Takashi Miike and James Franco Films Part of Initial Rotterdam Fest Line-Up

6 January 2012 11:09 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’ll just fess up: Despite the fact that it’s in its 41st year, the International Film Festival Rotterdam is something I’ve kind of never heard about until today. (Let’s blame it on a slip in my geography skills.) This ignorance on my part notwithstanding, taking a look at their initial lineup for this year — when the event runs from January 25th to February 5th — has left me mightily impressed.

The biggest world premieres come from two directors on opposite ends of at least a few spectrum: Takashi Miike and James Franco. (Discounting the fact that they’ve both depicted amputations onscreen, in one way or the other.) The former is debuting his adaptation of the popular Nintendo DS game, Ace Attorney, while the latter will be exhibiting Francophrenia (Or: Don’t Kill Me, I Know Where the Baby Is). A movie based on a kid’s »

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Rotterdam 2012. Spectrum Lineup

6 January 2012 5:11 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The International Film Festival Rotterdam has announced the lineup for its main section, Spectrum: 72 features and documentaries from 32 countries, with descriptions from the Festival, running January 25 through February 5:

World premieres

Cornelia frente al espejo (Cornelia at Her Mirror) - Daniel Rosenfeld, Argentina, Hubert Bals Fund-supported film. A "meticulous and stylish film based on the story by Silvina Ocampo (1903-1993)." Roman Diary - Michael Pilz, Austria. A "meditative film featuring images of a park in Rome." Rua Aperana 52 - Júlio Bressane, Brazil. A "musical film about a street corner in Rio, edited together from old photos and the maker’s own films from the period 1957-2005." Lacan Palestine - Mike Hoolboom, Canada. A "found-footage essay on a complex country and its love-struck inhabitants." 38 témoins (38 Witnesses) - Lucas Belvaux, France, Belgium. Opening Film Iffr 2012. Le reste du monde (The Rest of the World) - Damien Odoul, France. A "family considers issues of identity and relationships. »

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