Competition

Grand Jury Fiction

This year we launch the new competition Grand Jury Fiction. Eight fiction films will be selected from the full film programme of the festival. These are films where cinematography and content go hand in hand. An international jury will declare the winner of € 5,000.

Nominations

Forgotten Roads

After her husband dies, Claudina moves in with her daughter. There she falls in love with world-wise Elsa, living next door. But when the villagers start to gossip, Claudina’s daughter threatens to kick her out. Beautifully filmed Chilean love story, and a tender portrait of a woman rediscovering her love. 70-year-old ...

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Gagarine

Sixteen-year-old whiz-kid Youri lives alone in the cité Gagarine, which will soon be demolished. While the tenants prepare for eviction, Youri starts making his urban fantasy come to life. Visually daring meditation on life in the banlieues, and the power of following your imagination. Sensitive and intelligent Youri l...

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Here We Are

Aharon takes care of his autistic son Uri. When Uri has to move to an institution, father and son run away. But where are they going? And what do they hope to find? Emotional, carefully told story about the dilemma’s of being a parent to a child with a disorder. Uri is autistic and lives with his single father Aharon....

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The Man Who Sold His Skin

Lovers Sam and Abeer are separated by the Syrian civil war. Sam is in Lebanon, Abeer in a loveless marriage in Brussels. A cynical, world-famous artist gives Sam a chance to find Abeer, but the cost is enormous. Beautiful, original tale about dignity, love and the true nature of freedom. When impulsive and sensitive Sa...

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Mitra

Iranian Haleh leads a quiet life in the Netherlands. When she hears that the woman who betrayed her daughter 37 years earlier lives nearby, she’s determined to find out if it’s really her. Based on the story of director Kaweh Modiri’s half-sister, who was executed in Iran. Tehran 1982. Haleh Daneshi receives a terrifyi...

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Night of the Kings

When a shy young man arrives at Ivorian Maca Prison, where the inmates rule, the Boss orders him to become the next ‘Roman’: the storyteller. He soon finds out that it is a matter of life and death. Raw, energetic and brimming with creativity, a viewing experience like nothing else. A young and timid small-time crimina...

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Oasis

Marija and Dragana live in an institute for young people with mental disabilities near Belgrade. They are both in love with the quiet Robert, and start competing for his affections. Penetratingly beautiful film, starring actual residents of the institute where the film was shot. When silent and brooding Marija is place...

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Quo Vadis, Aida?

Impressive and heartbreaking drama about the hours leading up to the Srebrenica genocide of 1995. Aïda works as a translator for the Dutch-run UN base. She is torn apart between her duties for the powerless Dutchbat soldiers, and the desperation of her fellow-villagers – especially her husband and two sons. When the Bo...

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Jury

Liane Cunje

Liane Cunje began working with the Toronto International Film Festival in 2017 as a Programming Associate, and became Manager of Festival Programming in fall 2019. Cunje currently sits on the board for the Miskatonic Institute of Horror Studies, and is committed to elevating emerging filmmaking voices.

Matthijs Wouter Knol

Since 2021, Dutch-born Matthijs Wouter Knol has been appointed as the Director of the European Film Academy, the institution uniting European filmmakers and organizing the annual European Film Awards. He is a Board member of the International Coalition for Filmmakers at Risk, jointly founded by the Academy with IFFR and IDFA in 2020.

Vanja Kaludjercic

Vanja Kaludjercic was appointed Festival Director of International Film Festival Rotterdam(IFFR) as of February 2020. In this role, Kaludjercic represents the artistic voice of IFFR, one of the largest audience and industry-driven film festivals in the world.
Photo by Vera Cornel.