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Tuesday, January 24, 2012

My 10 Most Anticipated Films of the 2012 International Film Festival of Rotterdam




I don’t know much about Rotterdam. Wikipedia tells me – now that it’s back in action following that rather terrifying twenty-four hour blackout – that it’s the second largest city in The Netherlands, as well as one of the busiest ports in the world. The Rotterdam tourism board website tells me that it’s “a trendy, dynamic city” that you really need “to experience for yourself”. And a Google search tells me – and this might be the most important information of all – that the average temperature in Rotterdam during the month of January is a chilly 4°C, meaning visitors – especially those used to spending January on the beach – would do well to rug up tight.

But what I do know about Rotterdam is that between January 25th and February 5th, it becomes a hotbed of cinematic activity. Celebrating its 41st birthday this year, the International Film Festival of Rotterdam is one of Europe’s largest and most illustrious film festivals, alongside Cannes, Venice and Berlin. In 2012, the IFFR will screen a whopping 268 feature films and 469 shorts, receive esteemed directors including Michel Gondry (The Green Hornet), Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) and Aki Kaurismäki (Le Havre), and welcome members of the press from all around Europe and the world. Somewhere in that crowd of critics, wrapped in woollen scarf, Richmond F.C. beanie and heavily insulated parker, will be me, ready to cover all the action for Cut Print Review.

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