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IFFR 2017 - review - I'M COMING UP (Ting Min-Wei, 2016, Singapore)

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is among the most interesting film festivals in the world also because its program is open to and features films like Ting Min-Wei’s… 321 more words

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IFFR 2017 - review - UGLY (Juri Rechinsky, 2017, Austria/Ukraine)

According to the fiction feature debut of director Juri Rechinsky, life is ugly. Everyday existence is dark and ultimately futile. The plot of Ugly could, in fact, be briefly summed up as a succession of people, things or images resuscitated or kept alive for apparently no reason at all – except, perhaps, to further this sense of lack and misery that can only lead us to a path towards more misery and suffering. 462 more words

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IFFR 2017 - review - INSIDE THE DISTANCE (Elias Grootaers, 2017, Belgium)

Reviewing a documentary like Inside the Distance by Elias Grootaers requires brief observations on how spectators approach a movie. Scholars have often attempted to define the ways in which a spectator approaches a movie. 735 more words

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IFFR 2017 - review - SUPER DARK TIMES (Kevin Phillips, 2017, USA)

Early adolescence is a ripe time for cinema to explore. It is also a particularly popular one for films by first time directors. Why is that? 557 more words

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IFFR 2017 - review - THE POT AND THE OAK ("Goldan va derakht-e baloot," Kiarash Anvari, 2017, Iran/Canada)

Borzoo (Banipal Shomoon), an Iranian playwright, discovers that he is infertile. This triggers an existentialist crisis that immediately impacts his personal life, through the growing tensions in his marriage, and his professional life, through his inability to produce a successful play or even come up with an ending to the one he is currently writing. 398 more words

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IFFR 2017 - review - HARUNEKO (Hokimoto Sora, 2017, Japan)

Haruneko, the directorial debut of Hokimoto Sora, is a work of cinema as a phenomenological manifestation. Much like some of the works of Andrei Tarkovsky, the screen and the images that are projected on it feel less like objects of pure deliberation and more like starting points for subjective, experiential readings. 333 more words

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IFFR 2017 - review - BEFORE THE ROOSTER CROWS ("Antes que cante el gallo," Ari Maniel Cruz, 2016, Puerto Rico)

The term “coming of age” is frequently used in reference to movies that tell stories of children facing events signifying the end of their childhood and, therefore, innocence. 593 more words

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