The 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam presented twelve days of exciting events. This was the 40th annual film festival in Rotterdam, Netherlands. Focusing on independent movies, the city attracted thousands of fans and screened hundreds of movies. The schedule included features, shorts, art installations and competitions. The recent snow and ice storms in the U.S. caused many flight delays, so some people were only able to attend the festival for a few hours.
The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) celebrated its 40th anniversary by having 40 venues. Scattered across Rotterdam, guests could find film screenings and art installations. The venues ranged from museums to hotels. The IFFR had several competitions for emerging filmmakers and recent films. Fourteen movies competed for the Tiger Awards, a juried competition for first or second films, to win 15,000 euros. The winners of the Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for features were “The Journals of Musan,” “Finisterrae” and “Eternity.”
Several people at the International Film Festival Rotterdam shared their experiences. Danielle Levestor mentioned it was her second year in Rotterdam and talked about her thoughts on the festival atmosphere. She revealed, “I only got lost twice this year trying to find one of the theaters. It’s an improvement. I have noticed the films are a lot darker. There aren’t as many comedies, and the dramas are heavy.” Ervin Visser said, “I really liked the films. A lot of thought provoking and serious movies. My only complaint is that they rearranged some things at the last minute, and I missed a couple of films.”
Many of the movies at the Rotterdam film festival either had English subtitles or were filmed in English. There were several movies only in Dutch. The majority of the visitors at the International Film Festival Rotterdam did not find problems with the subtitles. The Japanese film “Love Addiction” was praised by audiences. This drama centers on the relationships of four young adults. They are all coworkers, and their relationships are filled with anxiety and jealousy. The movie has realistic observations on love.
“The Journals of Musan” was one of the Tiger Award winners at the 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam. This drama’s main character is an outsider. Jeon Seung-Chul, played by the director Park Jung-Bum, is a poor North Korean refugee living in South Korea. He faces loneliness and discrimination while searching for work. This movie exposes the harsh reality of a refugee’s life.
The 2011 International Film Festival Rotterdam gathered the best movies for an international audience. The focus of this year’s film festival was on drama. Life was shown in honest and often brutal depictions. All of the movies at the International Film Festival Rotterdam left a deep impression on audience members.