The screening schedule of the jubilee edition of the International Film Festival Festival in Rotterdam (IFFR) includes several Polish selections: Lech Majewski's "Młyn i Krzyż" / "The Mill and the Cross" and Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing", along with the Quay Brothers' "Mask" competing in the Shorts category and Jack Borcuch's latest project shopping around the festival's CineMart fair…
"Mill and the Cross", dir.. Lech Majewski. Source: www.lechmajewski.art.pl
The screening schedule of the 40th International Film Festival Festival in Rotterdam (IFFR) includes several Polish selections: Lech Majewski's "Młyn i Krzyż" / "The Mill and the Cross" and Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing", along with the Quay Brothers' "Mask" competing in the Shorts category and Jack Borcuch's latest project shopping around the festival's CineMart fair
The screening of The Mill and the Cross enjoys its European premiere at the IFFR, while Essential Killing continues its festival circuit after taking home the main prize in Venice last year.
The festival program is divided into three main sections and several presentations and competitions. The primary section is Bright Future, aimed at promoting new talent, debuts and second films. The second part of the program is the Spectrum series, a broader view of current trends at the cinema. This section shows films by famous auteurs, referring to the tradition of world cinema. Lech Majewski
's Młyn i Krzyż will be shown in this category.
The Signals section is the most extensive part of the program. It is divided into several themed groups. The most anticipated presentations are works by recognized artists. In 2009, a comprehensive retrospective of films by Jerzy Skolimowski
were screened at the festival. This year presents festival audiences with the Polish director's latest film, Essential Killing, along with a series of westerns produced in Eastern Europe between 1924-1980.
Polish shorts are represented by the Quay Brothers' futuristic animated film Mask, based on a short story by Stanisław Lem
, produced at the Se-ma-for studio. The film's score was composed by acclaimed musician Krzysztof Penderecki
. Israeli artist Yael Bartana's Wall and Tower, a film on the Jewish minority in Warsaw, is also part of this section.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam one of the world's premiere breakthrough events for new directors. For instance, Christopher Nolan - who later went on to direct the Hollywood blockbuster Inception - showed his first film Following in Rotterdam. Rotterdam is also home to workshops for young film critics and the Cinema Reloaded programme, which enables audiences to provide direct support to selected filmmakers. The festival website includes a Video-on-Demand platform, and the festival published a series of DVD Tiger Releases, featuring a selection of films screened at previous editions of the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Jacek Borcuch
, who showed his debut film Everything that I Love
at Rotterdam last year, is shopping his latest project around the accompanying CineMart production market. The working title of the project is Lasting Moments - for more information, see: Jacek Borcuch's "Lasting Moments" at CineMart
Screenings:Essential Killing: January 26&30, February 02&04
Mask: January 29&30
The Mill and the Cross: January 30&31, February 05
For more information on the IFF in Rotterdam, see: www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com