Strong Dutch presence at Shanghai IFF
June 14, 2019
Dutch cinema is very well represented at the upcoming edition of the Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF).
Six films from the Netherlands and four co-productions are selected for the prestigious festival in China, which kicks off June 15.
Several Dutch films that already have been doing well at the international festival circuit will be screened in the SIFF Highlights - Viva La Festival section: The Beast in the Jungle directed by Clara van Gool, which world premiered at Rotterdam and was selected for among others the festivals of San Francisco and Gotheborg, Take Me Somewhere Nice , Ena Sendijarevic's debut feature that won the Special Jury Award in Rotterdam's Tiger Competition, and Joram Lürsen's The Resistance Banker, which was last year's submission from the Netherlands to the Best Foreign Language Oscar and the big winner at the national film awards, the Golden Calves (Best Film, Best Actor and Audience Award).
Minority co-productions Rojo by Benjamin Naishtat (NL co-prod: Viking Film) and Vivan las Antipodas by Victor Kossakovsky (NL co-prod: Lemming Film) are also part of SIFF Highlights - Viva La Festival.
Two films are presented in the Spectrum - SIFF Rhapsody programme for docs and features defined by music: The Inner Landscape and My Foolish Heart.
The documentary The Inner Landscape, directed by Frank Scheffer, had its world premiere at Rotterdam and follows Guo Wenjing, a Chinese composer who seeks to connect Eastern and Western music. My Foolish Heart by Rolf van Eijk, which previously screened at among others the Geneva International Film Festival, is a neo-noir film, in which detective Lucas investigates the mysterious death of jazz legend Chet Baker in Amsterdam. Along the way, however, he also starts to face his own demons.
SIFF Animation includes the international premiere of Dutch animated feature Heinz by Piet Kroon and the minority co-production Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles by Salvador Simo (NL co-prod: Submarine). The latter world premiered at Animation Is Film (Los Angeles) where it won the Special Jury Prize.
And finally, the minority co-production Werewolf by Polish director Adrian Panek (NL co-prod: House of Netherhorror) is selected for SIFF's The Belt and Road Film Week.
Directors Rolf van Eijk, Frank Scheffer, Piet Kroon and Clara van Gool will be present at the screening(s) of their films at the Shanghai International Film Festival.
22nd Shanghai International Film Festival (June 15 - 24): www.siff.com