IFFR 2016

by zaza_donald | created - 12 Feb 2016 | updated - 12 Feb 2016 | Public

A rated list of all the movies I saw at the International Movie Festival Rotterdam in 2016

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1. The Land of Oz (2015)

100 min | Comedy

New Year in Russian - controlled and ruthless element. While residents preparing for a major national holiday, Lenka Shabadinova works at kiosk till midnight. She does not even know that ... See full summary »

Director: Vasiliy Sigarev | Stars: Yana Troyanova, Yuriy Kutsenko, Andrey Ilenkov, Aleksandr Bashirov

Votes: 1,187

2. Kaili Blues (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Mystery

85 Metascore

While travelling the countryside to locate his nephew, a small town doctor finds himself interacting with people from his past and future.

Director: Gan Bi | Stars: Yongzhong Chen, Yue Guo, Linyan Liu, Feiyang Luo

Votes: 2,524 | Gross: $0.03M

3. High-Rise (2015)

R | 119 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

65 Metascore

Life for the residents of a tower block begins to run out of control.

Director: Ben Wheatley | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Jeremy Irons, Sienna Miller, Luke Evans

Votes: 35,354 | Gross: $0.34M

4. Évolution (2015)

Not Rated | 81 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

77 Metascore

The only residents of young Nicholas' sea-side town are women and boys. When he sees a corpse in the ocean one day, he begins to question his existence and surroundings. Why must he, and all the other boys, be hospitalised?

Director: Lucile Hadzihalilovic | Stars: Marta Blanc, Max Brebant, Roxane Duran, Julie-Marie Parmentier

Votes: 5,719

5. Zvizdan (2015)

123 min | Drama, Romance, War

Three different love stories, set in three consecutive decades, in two neighbouring Balkan villages burdened with a long history of inter-ethnic hatred: this is a film about the dangers - and the enduring strength - of forbidden love.

Director: Dalibor Matanic | Stars: Tihana Lazovic, Goran Markovic, Nives Ivankovic, Dado Cosic

Votes: 3,083

6. Mountains May Depart (2015)

Not Rated | 126 min | Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

The life of Tao, and those close to her, is explored in three different time periods: 1999, 2014, and 2025.

Director: Zhangke Jia | Stars: Tao Zhao, Yi Zhang, Jing Dong Liang, Zijian Dong

Votes: 4,637 | Gross: $0.08M

7. Tanna (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

Directors: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean | Stars: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Charlie Kahla

Votes: 3,827 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Arabian Nights: Volume 1 - The Restless One (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Some of the chapters from Arabian Nights are adapted to a modern Portugal in this epic.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Miguel Gomes, Maria Rueff, Bruno Bravo

Votes: 1,923 | Gross: $0.01M

9. The Whispering Star (2015)

100 min | Sci-Fi

A feminine android delivers packages to the scattered humans in the galaxy. With years to spare the android and us have time to contemplate what it is to be human.

Director: Sion Sono | Stars: Kenji Endo, Yûto Ikeda, Megumi Kagurazaka, Kôko Mori

Votes: 701

10. Belgica (2016)

127 min | Drama

63 Metascore

The drama follows two brothers who start a bar and get swept up in its success in the midst of Belgium's nightlife scene.

Director: Felix van Groeningen | Stars: Stef Aerts, Tom Vermeir, Stefaan De Winter, Dominique Van Malder

Votes: 3,866

11. Arabian Nights: Volume 2 - The Desolate One (2015)

Not Rated | 131 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Continuation of the Arabian Nights stories by the structure were adapted to modern life in Portugal in three innings and the third chapter "The Owners of Dixie" has three chapters.

Director: Miguel Gomes | Stars: Crista Alfaiate, Chico Chapas, Luísa Cruz, Pedro Caldas

Votes: 1,259 | Gross: $0.01M

12. Kuzu to busu to gesu (2015)

141 min | Comedy, Drama

Survive,and fall to the bottom

Director: Yôsuke Okuda | Stars: Makoto Ashikawa, Kaoru Iida, Eri Iwata, Miwako Izumi

Votes: 17

13. Aaaaaaaah! (2015)

79 min | Comedy, Thriller

Ever imagined what life would be like if humans were apes in modern life? That is the portrayal in this deeply thought provoking mind boggle.

Director: Steve Oram | Stars: Steve Oram, Tom Meeten, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Lucy Velik

Votes: 807

14. The Garbage Helicopter (2015)

100 min | Comedy

Three young adults on a journey. Mission: to return an old wall clock to their grandmother. A story about a small mission that becomes a great journey.

Director: Jonas Selberg Augustsén | Stars: Mikael Andrén, Josef Balok, Christopher Burjanski, Angelina Dimiter-Taikon

Votes: 136

15. The Idol (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program "Arab Idol."

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Kais Attalah, Hiba Attalah, Ahmad Qasem

Votes: 1,508

16. The Bride (2015)

Not Rated | 96 min | Drama

As the Bride and the Groom prepare for the wedding in the pale desert, a tale of unappeased desires; forbidden yearnings, and conflicted choices unfolds. Now, three lovers stand powerless before the true nature of man. Is fate unavoidable?

Director: Paula Ortiz | Stars: Inma Cuesta, Álex García, Asier Etxeandia, Luisa Gavasa

Votes: 2,774

17. Greater Things (2015)

Drama

Four disparate characters each attempt to escape their own existence as citizens of nowhere.

Director: Vahid Hakimzadeh | Stars: Kaori Momoi, Toshinori Kondo, Marius Zaromskis, Nezam Ardalan

Votes: 37

18. Montréal la blanche (2016)

87 min | Drama

One Christmas evening in Montreal, Amokrane, an Algerian taxi driver, picks up Kahina, a former pop star that he thought was dead.

Director: Bachir Bensaddek | Stars: Rabah Aït Ouyahia, Karina Aktouf, Reda Guerinik, Elkahna Talbi

Votes: 66

19. Neon Bull (2015)

Unrated | 101 min | Drama

80 Metascore

Iremar works at the rodeo in North East of Brazil. From his home, the truck used to transport the animals, he dreams of a future in the region's booming clothing industry.

Director: Gabriel Mascaro | Stars: Juliano Cazarré, Maeve Jinkings, Josinaldo Alves, Roberto Birindelli

Votes: 2,487 | Gross: $0.03M

20. The Pleasure Is Mine (2015)

94 min | Drama

At a small hacienda in rural Mexico Rita and Mateo have relocated in a sort of domestic experiment- raising chickens, dissecting poetry from the German Romantic period, indulging in pleasures of the flesh, far from the chaos of urban life.

Director: Elisa Miller | Stars: Fausto Alzati, Edwarda Gurrola, Tina Romero, Camila Sodi

Votes: 58

21. Halal Love (2015)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four tragicomic interconnected stories about how devoted Muslim men and women are trying to manage their love life and desires without breaking any religious rules.

Director: Assad Fouladkar | Stars: Darine Hamze, Rodrigue Sleiman, Zeinab Hind Khadra, Hussein Mokadem

Votes: 301

22. Actor Martinez (2016)

75 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Dreaming of fame and fortune, a local Denver performer hires two indie filmmakers to come to town and make a film with him as the star.

Directors: Mike Ott, Nathan Silver | Stars: Arthur Martinez, Lindsay Burdge, Mike Ott, Nathan Silver

Votes: 101

23. The Fourth Direction (2015)

115 min | Drama, History

The Punjab. Mid 1980s. A train journey to Amritsar. A dog that barks. The dilemmas and fears of average people caught between the Indian Army and Sikh separatists.

Director: Gurvinder Singh | Stars: Suvinder Vicky, Gurpreet Bhangu, Rajbir Kaur, Kanwaljit Singh

Votes: 231

24. He Hated Pigeons (2015)

Not Rated | 80 min | Drama

Love is everything when a young man journey's from the north to the south of Chile to fulfill a promise.

Director: Ingrid Veninger | Stars: Pedro Fontaine, Cristobal Tapia Montt, Ingrid Veninger, Vanessa Ramos

Votes: 63

25. Cemetery of Splendor (2015)

Unrated | 122 min | Drama, Fantasy

A group of soldiers in a small town on the Mekong River in northern Thailand are struck with a bizarre sleeping illness.

Director: Apichatpong Weerasethakul | Stars: Jenjira Pongpas, Banlop Lomnoi, Jarinpattra Rueangram, Petcharat Chaiburi

Votes: 3,870 | Gross: $0.05M



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