International Film Festival Rotterdam Live @ Cinema Pod Baranami

LIVE @ Cinema Pod Baranami

// January 24 - 28 2015
(Saturday - Wednesday)

Cinema Pod Baranami invites to special screening of five films from the programme of the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam - IFFR (21.01 - 01.02.2015), one of the most interesting and influential film festivals in the world. After each screening a Q&A session will be held with filmmakers. Thanks to new technologies, audiences in cinemas across Europe can see the cast and crew in Rotterdam and join the Q&A session through Twitter #livecinema.

IFFR Live is a consortium between Fortissimo Films, TrustNordisk, Doc & Film and the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam, which enables audiences all over Europe to watch five film premieres from the Festival programme. The films have been selected by Jan-Willem van Ewijk, a Duch film director and screenwriter, the author of Atlantic.

IFFR Live, the first-ever event of this kind, is a series of film premieres held simultaneously in cinemas across Europe - including Cinema Pod Baranami - during the 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR).

All films will be screened with Polish and English subtitles.


Saturday, January 24, 4 p.m.

dir. Jan-Willem van Ewijk, Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Morocco 2014, 89'
after-screening Q&A session with the film director (45')

Young Moroccan fisherman Fettah feels lost between two worlds; his poor yet familiar village on the Atlantic coast and the exciting world of the rich European tourists who come there every summer to surf. One summer, he befriends Alexandra (Thekla Reuten). Once she has left, Fettah feels more than ever like a prisoner in the village. He decides to go to Europe - on his surfboard. It is a long, hazardous and lonely journey, 300 miles across the open sea. Every wave brings new doubts and dangers. His dreams and memories start to play with him. Every day, the horizon is still just as far away.

Sunday, January 25, 4 p.m.
dir. Ramón Gieling, Netherlands 2015, 90'
after-screening Q&A session with the film director (45')

A labyrinthine narrative in which such notable people as Peter Sellars, Emio Greco, Simon Halsey and painter Rinke Nijburg explain their special relationship with Bach’s St Matthew Passion. Set against the backdrop of a church which has fallen into disrepair, through the rehearsals of a choir of homeless people and Pieter Jan Leusink’s Bach Choir & Orchestra performing the Passion, the main characters share their relationship with this piece. Leusink isn’t solely the conductor, he is one of the main characters himself, with a painful history in which this musical piece has played a dominant role. Stories from the wide range of characters, alternate seamlessly. As their stories unfold, we learn how the St Matthew Passion played a decisive role in the human relations between men and women, lovers, fathers and sons, fathers and daughters, mothers and their unborn children, and finally that in spite of our differences we all share in the secret of music.

Monday, January 26, 7 p.m.
dir. Bernard Bellefroid, Belgium/Luxembourg/France 2014, 90'
after-screening Q&A session with the film director (45')

To earn the money to start her own hairdressing business, 28-year-old homeless woman Melody agrees to be a surrogate mother for Emily, a rich English businesswoman aged 48. To keep an eye on Melody (and her unborn child), Emily decides that the surrogate mother should live with her during her pregnancy in her big house on the English coast. In spite of mistrust, doubts and fears, a bond develops between the women. In Emily, Melody finds the mother she never had, and in turn Emily begins to see Melody as the daughter she always wanted.

Tuesday, January 27,7 p.m.
dir. Niels Arden Oplev, Denmark 2014, 108`
after-screening Q&A session with the film director (45')

In a quirky, small town, situated in the outskirts of everything, 14-year-old Martin is preparing for one of the most formal transitions from boy to man; his First Communion. It’s 1976, music is in the air and hormones are raging. In the midst of it all, Martin’s mother suddenly passes away and her tragic death triggers a series of events that not only changes Martin’s life forever, but affects the local community as a whole. An intense, humorous and evocative story about how life and death demand a transition in us all.

Wednesday, January 28, godz. 7 p.m.
dir. Marinus Groothof, Netherlands 2015, 90'
after-screening Q&A session with the film director (45')

For several months in 1999, Belgrade was the target of NATO bombardment, intended to force Milosevic to withdraw his troops from Kosovo. Stage actress Ana, television technician Sloba and young Bojan each try to carry on with their lives in their own way under the ever-present threat of air strikes - sometimes to forget - and then must face the inevitable dilemmas this brings. They work, party, love and argue, always with death looming in the background.
In passing, their lives - which occasionally cross - illustrate the madness of an abstract war and show the severity of the consequences this has at a personal level. The capital of the former Yugoslavia is not only a backdrop to the individual, social and political drama that unfolds, but also a major character in this drama: the city is portrayed in atmospheric images that show both beauty and horrendous devastation.

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18 PLN
14 PLN (discount)
12 PLN (senior)

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