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FESTIVAL VIDEO: Rotterdam Sunset Chat with IndieWire Press Play + The House Next Door + Cine Qua Non

by Kevin B. Lee
February 2, 2012 8:03 AM
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The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has been called a cinephile’s festival. This year’s edition (January 25-February 5) is living proof. Indiewire/Press Play editor-in-chief Kevin Lee talks with fellow critics Aaron Cutler (The House Next Door/Cine Qua Non) and Michal Oleszczyk (The House Next Door) about what films to see, old and new, in and out of competition. Recorded February 1, posted February 3. (pictured above: Awakening of the Beast, from the IFFR series "The Mouth of Garbage")

Index of video highlights:

0:20 - Why Rotterdam Matters
1:10 - Rotterdam vs. Sundance
2:52 - Competition Favorites
5:13 - Our Favorite Things from the Festival: Brazil's "The Mouth of Garbage", China's "Hidden Histories," James Benning's "small roads"

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  • Aaron Cutler | February 10, 2012 11:29 AMReply

    A clarification: I worked with the Rotterdam FIPRESCI jury, rather than the main one. The principal jury gave its three Tiger Awards to Clip (directed by Maja Miloš), Egg and Stone (Huang Ji), and De Jueves a Domingo (Domingo Sotomayor). The critics' jury gave its lone prize to Neighboring Sounds (Kleber Mendonça Filho). More information on the prizes and prizewinners can be read here:

    Also, a correction: While parts of the Boca do Lixo were devastated, the area was mainly working-class, rather than slum. Regardless, the fact that the filmmakers were making their movies with such low resources (sometimes even literally recycling film they found in the garbage) makes the results all the more remarkable.

  • Rita Moreira | February 5, 2012 7:41 AMReply

    It is wonderful to see the work you're doing and all your amazing knowledge about your new country! Congratulations, dear Aaron!

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