The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has unveiled most of the titles for its 50th anniversary event, announcing the features, shorts, and experimental films that will screen across the Netherlands from June 2 through June 6.
Rotterdam is holding a hybrid festival to celebrate its half-century. After an online-only festival for the industry in February, the IFFR is targeting Dutch audiences with its summer event, which plans to feature in-person and on-demand screenings across the country.
“As we witness small signs of society gradually opening up, we are incredibly proud to celebrate cinema in June during the closing chapter of our 50th edition,” said festival director Vanja Kaludjercic. “If cinemas reopen we will be there to welcome audiences to the big screen.”
Currently, as in most of Europe, theaters in the Netherlands are shuttered due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Among the titles making up the 2021 Rotterdam lineup are the world premiere of Dune Dreams, a Dubai-set feature from French filmmaker Samuel Doux, the international premiere of The Blue Danube by Japanese director, and former Rotterdam Tiger Award winner Ikeda Akira, (Anatomy of a Paper Clip), and the Portuguese documentary drama Amor fati from Rotterdam regular Cláudia Varejao, all of which will screen in Rotterdam’s main Harbour section.
Other Harbour highlights include Capitu and the Chapter, the latest from veteran Brazilan filmmaker Júlio Bressane (Sentimental Education, Tabu), and El ventre del mar from Spanish director Agustí Villaronga (Moon Child).
The festival’s Bright Future sidebar for new directors includes six world premieres, among them Damascus Dreams by Montreal-based visual artist and filmmaker Émilie Serri, Leri Matehha’s German tragicomedy Thomas der Hochspringer, about a lonely young athlete, and All About My Sisters, a seven-year autobiographical project from Chinese documentary filmmaker and photographer Wang Qiong.
Rotterdam will announce its full summer festival lineup on May 25.