#IFFR film 11: I Wish / 奇跡 (JP): 5/5. Saved the best for last, my fave this year! Another beautiful Kore-eda film, w/ nice Quruli soundtrack
#IFFR film 10: Un nuage dans un verre d'eau (Srinath C. Samarasinghe, FR): 3/5
#IFFR film 7: L'ultimo Terrestre (Gianni Pacinotti, Italy): 4/5
still six #IFFR films to go: L'ultimo Terrestre, Kotoko, King Curling, Miss Bala, Un nuage dans un verre d'eau, I Wish (Kore-eda!)
#IFFR film 6: Tokyo Playboy Club (Yosuke Okuda, JP): 4/5
#IFFR film 5: Nick (Fow Pyng Hu, NL): 4/5. Bonus point for dogs running in the rain ♥
#IFFR film 4: Egg and Stone / 鶏蛋和石頭 (Huang Ji, China): 3/5
#IFFR film 3: A Simple Life / 桃姐 (Ann Hui, Hong Kong): 4/5
#IFFR film 2: Ace Attorney (Miike Takashi, JP): 3/5
faves of my 19 #IFFR 2011 films: Cirkus Columbia, PinoySunday, 22Mei, Illégal, SmallTownMurderSongs, The Days After, Tuesday After Christmas
#IFFR film 19: Water Hands: 2.5/5: lovely footage of photogenic natural/urban landscapes, but a bit too slow to enjoy as 3rd film of the day
#IFFR film 18: 22 Mei (Koen Mortier, BE): 4/5. original, intense, gritty, surreal, moving, even a bit funny
#IFFR film 17: The Journals of Musan (Park Jung-Bum, KR): 3.5/5
#IFFR film 15: Tuesday, after Christmas (Radu Muntean, Romania): 4/5. filled with amazing 10-minute-long single-shot scenes
#IFFR film 13: Pinoy Sunday (Ho Wi-ding, TW): 4.5/5. fun fun fun! a film that you leave whistling or singing
zaal 1 in nieuwe Lantaren/Venster ruikt lekker naar nieuw hout. #iffr
#IFFR film 12: Cirkus Columbia (Danis Tanovic): 5/5! my fave so far, great film by director of No Man's Land
#IFFR film 11: Outrage (Takeshi Kitano, JP): 3.5/5
#IFFR film 10: Characters (Son Kwang-Ju): 3/5. original, perhaps too abstract/meta story in gorgeously composed HD shots. world premiere!
#IFFR film 9: The High Life (Zhao Dayong, CN): 3/5. photogenic urban rooftops and streets, poetry-writing prison guards, nice
#IFFR film 8: Oki's Movie (KR): 3.5/5. seeing any new Hong Sang-soo film always makes me understand his previous ones slightly better
#IFFR film 7: Somewhere (Sofia Coppola, US): 3.5/5. nice to hear some Phoenix music in the soundtrack
#IFFR film 6: Kaidan Horror Classics (JP): 4/5. long sit, was worth it for the final short, Kore-eda's moving and beautiful "The Days After"
#IFFR film 5: Zebraman 2 (Takashi Miike, JP): 3/5
day off from #IFFR today, continuing tomorrow with Zebraman 2, Kaidan, Somewhere and Oki's Movie
#IFFR film 4: Pure Asia (Katashima Ikki, JP): 3/5. tasty b/w shots, unfortunate silly ending
#IFFR film 3: South Asian Shorts: SolaceOfLoneliness: 3.5/5. fine poetic collection of indian/pakistani/srilankan shorts by young directors
#IFFR film 2: Small Town Murder Songs (Ed Gass-Donnelly): 4/5. Great lead performance by Peter Stormare, awesome music by Bruce Peninsula
#IFFR film 1: el invierno de los raros (Rodrigo Guerrero, Argentina): 3/5
#IFFR zin in 13 Assassins, EssentialKilling, Headshots, Kaidan, Zaborgar, King's Speech, Oki's Movie, Outrage, Parked, Somewhere, Tiger Eyes
niet lang hoeven zoeken naar VK #iffr bijlage zoals sommige mensen op twitter, maar fijn weer kunnen ophalen bij m'n vaste bron, m'n ouders
weer fijn films omcirkelen in volkskrant #iffr bijlage
IFFR film 19: Café Noir / 카페 느와르 (Jung Sung-Il, South Korea): 4/5
Wow, very long at over 3 hours (they even included a 15 minute break in the middle which is rare for a festival showing), but quite something special, especially for those well versed in Korean films. Luckily the second half was even better than the first. An interesting mix of styles, switching from colour to b/w for some scenes etc. And I've never seen the city of Seoul itself used as a character quite as beautifully like this, with long single-take shots where the camera just glides along the streets or river for minutes and minutes.
Also: it wasn't until the credits that I realized one of the characters that looked so familiar to me was played by indie music star Yozoh! The little keyboard she continuously carried on her back should have been a hint, I suppose.
IFFR film 15: Twisted Roots / Väärät Juuret (Finland): 4/5
Another one of my favourites of this year. Colourful family story, in pretty Finnish winter scenes that (as explained by director Saara Saarela during the Q&A) had to be shot quickly during the 2.5 hours of daylight available each day. Nice soundtrack too.
IFFR film 12: Toad's Oil / ガマの油 (Japan): 4.5/5
My favourite film of IFFR 2010. Wonderful directorial debut (and starring role) by one of my favourite actors, Kôji Yakusho. A funny colourful moving story, in some parts reminiscent of the surrealness/sensibility of Taste of Tea. Also a nice role for Satomi Kobayashi of Megane / Kamome Diner.
IFFR film 11: All That I Love / Wszystko co kocham (Jacek Borcuch, Poland): 4/5
After this very enjoyable film that I chose mostly as a schedule filler, an extra surprise was to see that the director and part of the cast had arrived in Rotterdam just in time to do a fun Q&A afterwards. Always quite special to suddenly see the real actors walk out in front after having just watched them on the big screen.
IFFR film 9: Trash Humpers (US): 3/5
Crazy ugly funny repetitive VHS weirdness from Harmony Korine. The funny stories and voicemail messages shared beforehand were a nice treat. Lots of walk-outs during the film itself though. I laughed a lot, but can imagine it was a real rough film to get through for those audience members that went in without any idea of what to expect :)
IFFR film 7: Adrift / Chơi vơi (Vietnam): 3/5
In my experience Vietnamese films are some of the most photogenic films in the world, this one certainly was too. Had to run to another film afterwards so I missed the Q&A with director Bui Thac Chuyen (who also directed Living in Fear, which I saw at IFFR 2007).
IFFR film 2: Air Doll / 空気人形 (Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan): 4/5
Though the half hour pre-Air Doll interview turned out to be a bit boring, it was still pretty cool to see master director Kore-eda (Still Walking, Nobody Knows, After Life) in person. And the film itself was beautiful, as expected. Including a small role for prolific actor Susumu Terajima who I have gotten used to seeing appear in at least one japanese film each festival.
Seen at the International Filmfestival Rotterdam this year (in descending chronological order, rated x out of 5):
audience exiting the theater after seeing Wattstax (which was awesome!)