One of my favourite things about sitting in cinemas in Rotterdam, awaiting a programme to begin, was the split screen buzz puzzle that featured tweets, an emoji film title game, audience response shortlist, and other events under spotlight during the festival.
Terranova is an essay-type of documentary whose smoothness regarding of the topics and the visuals flow resembles a masterful DJ session.
One of the greatest sports success stories is that of the Japanese women’s volleyball team, so-called “The Witches of the Orient” and their unbelievable winning streak of 258 games in the early 60s
Inspired by Chris Marker’s 2084 , Catarina de Sousa & Nick Tyson used the props – the artefacts of the cinematographic history (cameras, projectors, film roles…) to construct their version of a time-capsule in the Union Docs auditorium.
Working with the smart, low-key script written by Anocha Suwichakornpong, Pom Bunsermvicha shows the absurdity of the lemongrass girl ritual in an unpretentious, almost casual manner.
Looking at the scenes from Simon Liu’s newest work, the short experimental documentary Happy Valley, the viewer might ask themselves a rhetorical question about the filmmaker’s ironic intentions.
The newest experimental short film by Daïchi Saïto, earthearthearth, premiering at IFFR’s Ammodo Tiger Short Competition can be regarded as a journey from the realm of orientation to the realm of meditation.
The line between facts and fiction has been thoroughly blurred in Riar Rizaldi’s short film Tellurian Drama that is centred around an abandoned radio station in Indonesia, built in the late colonial times and ransacked and left during the World War Two.
A simple and smart piece of artistic activism, cleverly envisioned to mask its political commentary with benign intentions and absurdity gets stranded by different circumstances, personal and political, local, international and global.