A collection of various documents, such as transcriptions
of conferences, readings, discussions.
documents – archive
Rotterdam Film Festival is a meeting point for film critics. It's a good
place not only to see an interesting selection of recent world cinema
and to become acquainted with newest tendencies in independent film making.
It's also a good place to debate cinema, the importance of festivals,
the role of critics.
Dutch magazine "De Filmkrant" asked critics to contribute to
its daily festival publication "De Filmkrant in Rotterdam",
with texts on different aspects of cinema. In cooperation with our Dutch
colleagues, we're reprinting the texts.
Hans Beerekamp writes a letter to Simon Field, the retiring fest
Adrian Martin undertakes a tour of world cultures, linking Quentin
Tarantino's "Kill Bill" to the Rotterdam retrospective dedicated
to Raul Ruiz.
Rosenbaum pleads for one of the most controversial films, Gus
Van Sant's "Elephant" and compares it to Bela Tarr's Satantango.
Peranson describes his excitement for the Rotterdam Film Festival
and the festival's influence on his career.
Mansouri introduces African cinema
writes on Hou Hsiao-hsien, national cinema, his dislike of an Argentinean
Amélie and perspecitves of filmmaking in Argentina.
Young Critics. The festival invited three young critics
("trainees") to attend the event, to come into contact with
the world of festivals, to see a selection of world cinema, to meet filmmakers
— and to write on the spot about their impressions.
Matthieu Darras writes on "Diversity vs. Déjà
Vu": "It happens quite often that a festival competition conjures
up, as if by magic, one or more recurrent themes that flow from one film
to the other."
Zhang Ya-xuan introduces to Chinese Films presented at
Paolo Bertolin writes on "Bodies: Rest And Motion".
"Many of the films that stroke me the most in Rotterdam, either in
positive or negative terms, a recurring, though differently declined presence
keeps on returning to my mind: human body".