The Rotterdam International Film Festival
An overview. A description of Rotterdam International Film Festival profile, and a review of the main films and authors presented there.
What is unimaginable everywhere else in
Europe is normal at the Rotterdam International Film Festival
— the director of the Festival is not a native Dutch but
an »imported« British. This year, festival has earned about
half a billion dollars, it had around 215,000 attendance,
and about fourteen hundred guests from other countries.
The »wander formula« of this year Festival was thematic
— violence and sex. There were several programs: documentary,
populist feature, presentations of several authors (this
year Russian Aleksandar Sokurov, Japanese Mochizuky Rokure
and American Ernie Gehr).
Important part of the festival
was the CineMart market of film projects, where
European producers and authors gathered around a project
they were interested to coproduce; then Euroimage conference,
and presentation of Hubert Bals Fund films — films
from the developing countries subisidized by the Fund.
The top documentaries were films by Austrian Michael Haneke,
and Kirby Dick. In the feature program there was an interesting
retrospective of Italian seventies’ and eighties’ exploitation
films (films by Dario Argento, Joe D’Amato Richardo Fredo,
Ludia Fulcia). Some individual films presented at the Festival
are reviewed too.