The festival’s 52nd edition running January 25-February 5, will showcase a dozen Nordic films, including the Norwegian biopic Munch, set to kick-start the film event.
The portrait of Norwegian painter Edvard Munch, creator of the masterpiece The Scream is directed by Henrik M. Dahlsbakken for The Film Company and Viaplay. Scandinavian Film Distribution will release it in Norwegian cinemas January 24, ahead of the film’s streaming premiere on Viaplay March 24. Viaplay Content Distribution handles global sales.
"I’m honoured and excited that Munch has been selected to open the Rotterdam International Film Festival. Bringing to life the inner world of such a complex character has been a very rewarding experience and we are thrilled to show audiences what inspired Munch and what kept his inner flame alive,” said Dahlsbakken.
Rotterdam’s Big Screen Competition dedicated to arthouse cross over films, has been a successful home in the past for Sweden’s Transnistra by Anna Eborn which won the top prize in 2019 and for Denmark’s A Perfectly Normal Family by Malou Reymann, 2020 winner.
This year’s line-up includes two Nordic films backed by Nordisk Film & TV Fond, set to compete for the €30,000 Big Screen Competition Award.
Two smaller auteur Nordic films are world premiering at IFFR’s trade mark Tiger competition for innovative works.
The festival’s ‘Limelight’ will showcase the world premiere of the Danish psycho thriller Superposition directed by debut filmmaker Karoline Lyngbye for Beo Starling, and the multi-award-winning Danish/Icelandic period drama Godland by Hlynur Pálmason, while the feature-length Finnish documentary Monica in the South Seas by Sami van Ingen and Mika Taanila, will world premiere at the ‘Cinema Regained’.
Rotterdam’s parallel co-production market Cinemart (January 29-February 1) has also picked two Nordic titles for its 20-film line-up: Sweden’s Rebound by John Skoog (Ridge), produced by Plattform Produktion, and Finland’s 7 P.M. on a Sunday by Sevgi Eker, produced by Helsinki-filmi, while Finland’s Ancestors by Hanna Haaslahti is among five immersive projects.
The festival’s full programme will be unveiled January 18.