After two all-virtual events, the International Rotterdam Film Festival(IFFR) will return to full in person next year lineup, and announced the 2023 first title on Thursday.
In its Bright Futures program dedicated to youth and emerging talent, two world premieres were confirmed: Almost exclusively a A Little Disaster , a deadpan drama by Turkish director Umut Subasi, and Whispering Mountains , A satirical drama directed by Jagath Manuwarna about when a paranormal virus spreads in Sri Lanka. Other highlights from Bright Future’s lineup include Angela Wanjiku Wamai’s Kenyan drama Shimoni , which premiered in Toronto , and La Spanish TV series “The Mara Family ” directed by directors Luis Rojo and Nacho A. Villar will be performed at IFFR International premiere.
The Limelight section in Rotterdam showcases highlights of art from the past year, including Alice Diop’s Saint Omer , Eo Jerzy Skolimowski from Poland, an autobiographical Iranian drama by Jafar Panahi No Bears , Charlotte Wells’ Aftersun and War Pony from directors Riley Keough and Gina Gammell.
IFFR 2023 will also see the in-person return of Rotterdam’s renowned partner to the production market, which will take place in January to celebrate its 1st Edition Independent Producer, Financier and Distributor through February 1 One-on-one meetings and networking sessions.