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Rotterdam International Film Festival 2013

The IFFR Trainee Project for Young Film Critics is a talent development program that offers five young (under 30 years), motivated and talented professional film critics from outside The Netherlands a chance to travel abroad for covering a major international film festival, to get acquainted with the Rotterdam film festival in particular and the broad range of independent cinema it offers. These are the trainees arrow.
The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser

"The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser" (Alberto Garcia)

Rotterdam (The Netherlands, January 23 — February 3, 2013). Prize: The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser (O quinto evanxeo de Gaspar Hauser) by Alberto Gracia (Spain, 2013), shown in the "Bright Future" section. Jury: Diego Lerer, Argentina, president ("Inrockuptibles", "OtrosCines"), Robert Koehler, USA ("Film Comment", ""), Boris Nelepo, Russia ("Sé", ""), Ms. NAM Da-Eun, South Korea ("Cine21"), Ronald Rovers, Netherlands ("Filmkrant"). Print source: Zeitun Films,

The jury stated: "For Alberto Gracia's radical and audacious desire to capture the world as seen through the eyes of a legendary, rebel madman. Mysterious and bravely resisting any amount of words to precisely describe what he's achieved on screen, Gracia's work is both meticulously structured and yet as untamed as a dream in the deepest dark of night. We celebrate the film's achievement to convey Kaspar's divided selves, identities and visions through purely cinematic means, and to also question the very purpose of cinema itself. Alberto Gracia's work spans a variety of forms including painting, drawing, performance, video and installations. Microfugas, a short film shot on 16mm in 2008, was his first venture into cinema. The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser, his first feature film, saw its world premiere in IFFR's Bright Future 2013."


Come Crashing Down. Boris Nelepo reviews Lightning (Foudre) by the French director Manuela Morgaine. arrow.
Fair Wind: Notes of a Traveller. Robert Koehler reviews Bernadette Weigel's film. arrow.
The Fat Man Sang. With Inside Iran the Rotterdam International Film Festival devoted a whole section to Iranian cinema, which proved to be an excellent decision, justified even if the festival had decided to show just two films: Muhammad Shirvani's Fat Shaker and Mani Haghighi's Modest Reception. Ronald Rovers' impressions. arrow.
The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser. Diego Lerer Reviews the FIPRESCI winner, Alberto Garcia's powerful black and white debut. arrow.
Night, Where Cinema Begins. Da Eun Nam discusses the unique experience of watchin Leonardo Brzezicki Night (Noche). arrow.




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Rotterdam 2013

bullet. Index
bullet. Come Crashing Down
bullet. Fair Wind
bullet. The Fat Man Sang
bullet. The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser
bullet. Night, Where Cinema Begins

Language editor:
Carmen Gray

Trainee Project

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