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The International Film Festival Rotterdam

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is one of the larger film festivals in Europe. It is held every year around the end of January in various film theaters in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The festival uses a tiger as its mascot.

The first festival -- then called 'Film International' -- was organized in June 1972 under the inspired leadership of Hubert Bals. From the beginning, the festival has profiled itself as a promotor of alternative, innovative and non-commercial films, with an emphasis on the Far East and developing countries. Despite financial difficulties in the mid-1980s, the festival has grown steadily, reaching 345,000 visitors in 2001.

After the festival founder's sudden death in 1988, a fund was initiated and named after him (Hubert Bals fund), used for supporting filmmakers from developing countries.

The non-competitive character of the festival changed in 1995, when the VPRO Tiger Awards were introduced -- three yearly prizes for young filmmakers making their first or second film. The next year, Simon Field, formerly related to the London Institute for Contemporary Art, became director of the festival. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/International_Film_Festival_Rotterdam [Jan 2005]

http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com [Jan 2005]

Submission: Part I (2004) - Theo van Gogh

Submission: Part I (2004) will not be shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

AMSTERDAM, 24-01-2005 - De film 'Submission, Part I' van de vermoorde cineast Theo van Gogh wordt niet vertoond op het International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). Dat heeft het IFFR maandag bekend gemaakt. De eigenaar van de film, Column Producties, besloot 'op basis van veiligheidsadviezen' de film niet ter beschikking te stellen. De film zou zondag tijdens een besloten discussieavond worden vertoond.

Column Producties zegt in een verklaring aan het IFFR niet in te gaan op de aard van de veiligheidsadviezen. "Het betreffende advies is voor Column voldoende reden om van vertoning af te zien. We wensen namelijk niet het geringste risico te nemen met wie maar bij Column en Theo van Gogh betrokken was of is."

Volgens Column zal de weigering een kopie van de film aan het IFFR ter beschikking te stellen 'het debat in Rotterdam overigens niet in de weg staan'. De inhoud van de film is voldoende bekend. De debatavond, onder de naam 'Rotterdam Film Parliament', is gewijd aan de vrijheden en verantwoordelijkheden van filmmakers. Te gast zijn internationale filmmakers en schrijver Geert Mak.

De film 'Submission. Part I' is een productie van Van Gogh en VVD-politica Ayaan Hirsi Ali. De film bekritiseert vrouwenmishandeling onder moslims. 'Submission' is omstreden, onder meer omdat teksten uit de koran op naakte vrouwenlichamen worden geprojecteerd. De film zou hebben geleid tot de moord op Van Gogh, begin november door een radicale moslim. --Novum nieuws via versatel.nl

Premiers at IFFR 2005

IFFR 2005 Premiere list of feature films, by programme section:
(HBF: supported by the IFFR's Hubert Bals Fund; CM: CineMart Project)


VPRO Tiger Awards Competition               

World premieres   
O AMIGO DUNOR (DUNOR MY FRIEND) by Jose Eduardo Alcazar (Brazil/Paraguay, 2005) HBF
ONDE (WAVES) by Francesco Fei (Italy, 2005)               
LAS MANTENIDAS SIN SUEĐOS (KEPT AND DREAMLESS) by Vera Fogwill/Martin Desalvo (Argentina, 2005) HBF
HAT MUA ROI BAO LAU (BRIDE OF SILENCE) by Doan Minh Phuong/Doan Thanh Nghia (Vietnam/Germany, 2005)

International premieres   
EL CIELO GIRA (THE SKY TURNS) by Mercedes Alvarez (Spain, 2004)
ALLEIN (ALONE) by Thomas Durchschlag (Germany, 2004)   
BOGINYA: KAK YA POLYUBILA (GODDESS) by Renata Litvinova (Russia, 2004)
                   
European premieres                           
FRAKCHI (SPYING CAM) by Whang Cheol-Mean (South Korea, 2004)
ARA ASU SOUP WA (THE SOUP, ONE MORNING) by Takahashi Izumi (Japan, 2003)
NEMMENO IL DESTINO (CHANGING DESTINY) by Daniele Gaglianone (Italy, 2004)
HAWAII, OSLO by Erik Poppe (Norway, 2004)
PARADISE GIRLS by Fow Pyng Hu (The Netherlands, 2004) CM
SANCTUARY by HoYu-hang (Malaysia, 2004)


Cinema of the Future: Sturm und Drang

World premieres
ZWARTE ZWANEN (BLACK SWANS) by Collette Bothof (The Netherlands, 2005)
KILLER by Morgan J. Freeman (USA, 2005)
JE M'APPELLE LIOTTA (MY NAME IS LIOTTA) van Peter van Houten (The Netherlands, 2005)
DUD VA AYENE (SMOKE & MIRROR) by Farinaz K. Javan (Iran, 2005)
MOSKATCHKA by Annett SchŘtze (Germany/Latvia, 2005)
GEZOCHT: MAN (WANTED: MAN) by Patrice Toye (The Netherlands, 2005)       

International premieres
MASJ─VLAR (DALECARLIANS)  by Maria Blom (Sweden/Denmark, 2004)
O DIABO A QUATRO (FOUR FOR NONE) by Alice de Andrade (Brazil/France/Portugal, 2004) HBF
MY GENERATION by Noh Dong-Seok (South Korea, 2004)   
HOW THE GARCIA GIRLS SPENT THEIR SUMMER by Georgina Garcia Riedel (USA, 2005)
OSOI-HITO (LATE BLOOMER) by Shibata Go (Japan, 2004)       
AOI KARUMU (A BLUE AUTOMOBILE) by Okuhara Hiroshi (Japan, 2004)
VATERLAND - LOVECKY DEN═K (VATERLAND - A HUNTING LOGBOOK) by David Jarab (Czech Republic, 2004)
HAHA MONIKA - FOR A FILM UNFINISHED (MOTHER MONIKA - FOR A FILM UNFINISHED) by Hideyuki Miyaoka/Aki Miyoshi (Japan, 2004)
PUSHER II (WITH BLOOD ON MY HANDS - PUSHER II) by Nicolas Winding Refn (Denmark, 2004)
ABSOLUT by Romed Wyder (Switzerland, 2004)

European premieres
BE HERE TO LOVE ME: A FILM ABOUT TOWNES VAN ZANDT by Margaret Brown (USA, 2004)   
KAMMERFLIMMERN (OFF BEAT) by Hendrik H÷lzemann (Germany/France, 2004)



Cinema of the World: Time & Tide

World premieres
JI FENG ZHANG DE MA (SEASON OF THE HORSE) by Ning Cai (China, 2005)
RONDA NOCTURNA (NIGHT WATCH) by Edgardo Cozarinsky (Argentina/France, 2005) HBF & CM
THE DEVIL'S MINER by Kief Davidson/Richard Ladkani (Germany/USA, 2005)
VOORLAND (FORELAND) by Albert Elings/Eugenie Jansen (The Netherlands, 2005)
EAT YOUR ENEMY by Eline Flipse (The Netherlands, 2005) CM
SPICEBUSH by Kevin Jerome Everson (USA, 2005)
THE SHUTKA BOOK OF RECORDS by Aleksandar Manic (Czech Republic/Serbia, 2005) HBF
ARAFAT, MON FR╚RE (ARAFAT, MY BROTHER) by Rashid Masharawi (France, 2005) HBF
ZIELEN VAN NAPELS (SOULS OF NAPELS) by Vincent Monnikendam (The Netherlands, 2005)
SABAH (COLDWATER) van Ruba Nadda (Canada, 2005)
ACROSS THE RIVER by Michael Pilz (Austria, 2005)
UNDEREXPOSURE by Oday Rasheed (Iraq/Germany, 2005) HBF
TEA van Frank Scheffer (The Netherlands, 2005)
HET MYSTERIE VAN DE SARDINE (THE MYSTERY OF THE SARDINE) by Erik van Zuylen (The Netherlands, 2005) CM
I AM A SEX ADDICT by Caveh Zahedi (USA, 2005)

International premieres
FOLLOWING SEAN by Ralph Arlyck (USA, 2004)
RUSEVINE (RUINS) by Janez Burger (Slovenia, 2004)
USHPIZIN by Gidi Dar (Israel, 2004)
ITI SRIKANTA (YOURS TRULY, SRIKANTA) by Anjan Das (India, 2004)
LE DERNIER JOUR (THE LAST DAY) by Rodolphe Marconi (France, 2004)
BASSE NORMANDIE (RIDING DOSTOEVSKY) by Patricia Mazuy/Simon Reggiani (France, 2004)
ESTAMIRA by Marcos Prado (Brazil, 2004)
AMU by Shonali Bose (India, 2004)

European premieres
SWAPNER DIN (CHASED BY DREAMS) by Buddhadeb Dasgupta (India, 2004)
YUGOTRIP by Nadya Derado (Germany, 2003)
HANAN (THE KILLING) by Makrand Deshpaande (India, 2004) 
69 SIXTY NINE by Lee Sang-il (Japan, 2004)
KINGS OF THE SKY by Deborah Stratman (USA/China, 2004)
O DVE SLABYKI POZADU (TWO SYLLABLES BEHIND) by Katarina Sulajova by (Slovakia/Czech Republic, 2004)
YAN BAN XI - DE 8 MODELWERKEN (YAN BAN XI - THE 8 MODEL WORKS) by Yan Ting Yuen (The Netherlands, 2005) CM


Maestros: Kings & Aces

World premiere
KRISANA (FALLEN) by Fred Kelemen (Germany, 2005)

International premiere
MARLENE DE SOUSA by Tonino De Bernardi (Italy, 2004)

European premiere
HANA TO ARIS (HANA AND ALICE) by Iwai Shunji (Japan, 2004)


Cinema Regained

World premieres
WELT SPIEGEL KINO (WORLD MIRROR CINEMA) by Gustav Deutsch (Austria/The Netherlands, 2005)
LEAVING HOME, COMING HOME - A PORTRAIT OF ROBERT FRANK by Gerald Fox (United Kingdom, 2005)
CINEMA INVISIBLE - HET BOEK (CINEMA INVISIBLE - THE BOOK) by Kees Hin (The Netherlands, 2005) CM
BROSSA by Digna Sinke (The Netherlands, 2005)

International premieres
COME INGUAIAMMO IL CINEMA ITALIANO. LA VERA STORIA DI FRANCO E CICCIO (HOW WE GOT THE ITALIAN MOVIE BUSINESS INTO TROUBLE) by Daniele Ciprý /Franco Maresco (Italy, 2004)
PANORAMA EPHEMERA by Rick Prelinger (USA, 2004)

European premieres
MENG YING TONG NIAN (ELECTRIC SHADOWS) by Xiao Jiang (China, 2004)   
PINK RIBBON by Fujii Kenjiro (Japan, 2004)
EDGAR G. ULMER - THE MAN OFF-SCREEN by Michael Palm (Austria/USA, 2004)


Filmmaker in Focus: Yevgeni Yufit

World premiere
BIPEDALISM by Yevgeni Yufit (Russia, 2005) HBF


S.E.A. Eyes                           

World premieres
ANG PAMILYANG KUMAKAIN NG LUPA (THE FAMILY THAT EATS SOIL) by Khavn De La Cruz (Philippines, 2005) HBF
CAVITE by Neill Dela Llana/Ian Gamazon (Philippines/USA, 2005)
CHEMMAN CHAALLAI (THE GRAVEL ROAD) by Deepak Kumaran Menon (Malaysia, 2005)
TOKYO MAGIC HOUR by Amir Muhammad (Malaysia/Japan, 2005)
THE YEAR OF LIVING VICARIOUSLY Amir Muhammad (Malaysia/Indonesia, 2005)
MENGEJAR MATAHARI (CHASING THE SUN) by Rudi Soedjarwo (Indonesia, 2005)

International premieres
BIRTH OF THE SEAN╔MA by Sasithorn Ariyavicha (Thailand, 2004)
THOI XA VANG (A TIME FAR PAST) by Ho Quang Minh (Vietnam/Switzerland, 2004)
RINDU KAMI PADAMU (OF LOVE AND EGGS) by Garin Nugroho (Indonesia, 2004)
ZOMBIE DOG by Toh Hai Leong (Singapore, 2004)

European premieres
EBOLUTION NG LSANG PAMILYANG PILIPINO (EVOLUTION OF A FILIPINO FAMILY) by Lav Diaz (Philippines, 2004)
PERTH by Djinn (Ong) (Singapore, 2003)
IMPIAN KEMARAU (THE RAINMAKER) by Ravi L. Bharwani (Indonesia, 2004) HBF
VISITS: HUNGRY GHOST ANTHOLOGY by Low Ngai Yen/James Lee/Ng Tian Hann/ Ho Yu-hang (Malaysia, 2004)
SAWAN SUD UAM (HAPPY BERRY) by Thunska Pansittivorakul (Thailand/USA, 2004)


Near Past and Near Future: Russian Parallel Cinema

World premiere
CHELOVEK KOTORIY MOLCHAL (SILENT MAN) by Pavel Ruminov (Russia, 2005)                   
International premieres
GOLOVA (THE HEAD) by Svetlana Baskova (Russia, 2003)   
PASEKA (APIARY) by Andrey Kagadeev/Nikolai Kopeikin (Russia, 2002)


Rotterdńmmerung
       
World premiere                               
RINJIN 13-GO (THE NEIGHBOR NO. 13) by Inoue Yasuo (Japan, 2005)               

European premiere
AB-NORMAL BEAUTY by Oxide Pang (China HK, 2004)


PS Homefront USA

World premieres
A PORTRAIT OF AMERICA AS A YOUNG EMPIRE (IN ITS OWN WORDS) by Franšois Bucher (USA, 2005)
GIULIANI TIME by Kevin Keating (USA, 2005)       
OCCUPATION: DREAMLAND by Garrett Scott/Ian Olds (USA, 2005)


Rotterdam Perspective

World premiere
FALLING INTO PARADISE by Milos Radovic (Serbia and Montenegro/Germany/France/The Netherlands, 2004)


Exploding Cinema: Sound Check

World premiere
CELESTIAL SUBWAY LINES/SALVAGING NOISE by Ken Jacobs (USA, 2004)

34th International Film Festival Rotterdam

January 26 - February 6, 2005

The International Film Festival Rotterdam will not be showing Submission: Part I (2004)

Opening next January 26, IFFR 2005 presents a strong list of 44 world premieres, 31 international premieres and 26 European premieres of feature length films. The premiere line up includes eight first screenings of Hubert Bals Fund supported films. The full programme schedule is online here January 20. View the premiere list; read on for a quick scan of the highlights.

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Submission: Part I (2004) - Theo van Gogh

Submission: Part I (2004) will not be shown at the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). --Novum nieuws via versatel.nl

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