Listen: The Rotterdam Film Festival: Champion of the avant garde
"Film festival has been showcasing the challenging the fresh on the unconventional treasures cinema has to offer. It has a reputation for being the most serious and of film this year is no exception. It's director says people are hungry for something which is different from the ordinary something that gives them the question rather than the answer. Joining me now from Rotterdam is a film critic Tara Judah welcome back to multiple twenty four. Tara. Everyone says it's a serious film festival. What does that mean? That's a great question. I mean it serious insofar as they take films seriously. But actually, I think there's a lot of good humor in good fun in the festival as well. This year, there's been a lot in terms of the themes around feeling so it's kind of hashtag feel I f f and the idea of that is to kind of look into how we relate to human stories through the feelings that cinema can give us absence has been a really. A big theme. So there's been a low around kind of spy themes surveillance. What happens when the state's watching knew when things on there who stories don't get told whose voices a quietened? So this year the theme really has been I guess serious. But also playful I would say there's a playful element to the festival as well. Is there any intention that any of these films our ever intended for the mainstreamers is this the Sigler celebration of of of the margins of cinema. Actually, I think the festival does really well is straddled both of those extremes. So they do have the kind of big films in the sense of Brady Quebec's new Volks looks which stars Natalie Portman, you know, there's the new Clinton e film highlife, which has got Robert Patterson, and it said, they're all some of those big headline films here. But it does also look very much to the God. And I think what the festival does very well is to champion the God. So it's moving from cinema as a mainstream form of entertainment all the way through. To it's kind of more moving image, gallery installation. And that's another thing the festival does is that it also has installations alongside the film program. What I found fascinating is it this film festival has been around for nearly fifty years. How is it managed to sustain so long? I think that's a great question. And I think some of these festivals reading they really do have a legacy and part of that is to do with the fact that they all building and identity Rotterdam really does have its own identity. Like, you say there is something about how seriously it takes cinema. But also how much it's willing to champion films from all across the world. So even though, you know, there's been, you know, obviously American films in the mix as well as fantastic remaining film. I do not care if we go down in history as Burian, and that's a really amazing title, but you know, the films that you wouldn't necessarily get to see in other places, and I think a lot of programs critics and film fans know that if they come to wrote to them they going to want to something that they might not see elsewhere. So one thing tower that if you didn't get a chance to go to them, but you fancied. Enjoying something from the festival. What would you what would you recommend we try and help out? So I would say there's a couple of films that are just absolutely must not MRs. I've I've just seen a fantastic Swedish film called CoCo de coca. And this is a kind of fairy tale nightmare, which I really do think. We'll get picked up internationally. So I think that will be a chance to see it. And it's all about the kind of cycles of grief, and how they descend into the innocence of hell, it's absolutely hilarious. But also, really frightening mixes Joan brilliantly, and I'd say definitely lookout for"