PRESS RELEASE – NRFF AMSTERDAM 2018
5 February 2018
Massimo Barbato, Creative Director
THE NEW RENAISSANCE FILM FESTIVAL TO SCREEN
120 OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT SHORTS, FEATURES AND
DOCUMENTARIES AT LAB111, AMSTERDAM (nl),
FROM 1-4 MARCH 2018
Award-winning European drama, LGBTQ films and documentaries, and the Oscar nominated shorts for NRFF Amsterdam 2018
AMSTERDAM, NL – New Renaissance Film Festival (NRFF), “One of the UK’s top film festivals” (London METRO, O1.08.16), is to present 110 films at LAB111 with its two screens for its second year running.
The programme of international shorts includes a powerful section of European filmmakers and short dramas, with strong emotional themes and real depth. Some of these are new releases and Dutch or world premieres, whilst others have already received recognition and won awards.
The challenge of mental disability is dealt with in HURRY SLOWLY, a quiet and moving debut film by Norwegian film student Anders Emblem, about Fiona and her younger brother Tom, whom she takes care of; and in STEALING SILVER by Mark Lobatto, where a young woman (Maisie Williams – Game of Thrones) is left to care for her hostile elderly neighbour with dementia. Then there are the more dreamlike and poetic productions by talented new filmmakers like FOREST OF ECHOES byLuz Olivares Capelle, in which 3 young girls discover a drowned young woman drifting in a forest lake; or EAGLEHAWK from Shannon Murphy about a young aspiring actress who immerses herself in the mythical world of the ‘Yowie’ to scare others and herself into living; or the gripping debut feature thriller PHANTOMSCHMERZ (112min) from Andreas Olenberg, which proves that even with a modest budget, an independent filmmaker can produce high-quality entertainment.
The festival is open to a diversity of different voices and points of view, and supports female voices, for example, the Indian filmmaker Reema Sengupta and her film COUNTERFEIT KUNKOO, about a successful woman who needs to find an apartment to rent but is stigmatized for not having a husband. Her film premiered at Sundance in January, and we are happy to welcome her as part of the Amsterdam programme. A section is also devoted to LGBTQ films. Highlights include the 45 min Brazilian film URSINHO (45 min), by Stephane Olijnyk, about an overweight mixed race Favela resident who fantasizes about his dream Adonis; AVSAR (70min) from Mohit Goswami, a romantic gay drama set in Mumbai, India; and the international premiere of THAT NIGHT OF NOVEMBER (83min, Spain) about the challenges of a gay couple in 1989, and the first gay film in the Galician language.
Animation is a big part of this year’s festival. Among them is the astonishing beautiful TWO BALLOONS which will have its third screening worldwide here in Amsterdam, after Sundance in January and Clermont-Ferrand in February.
But what about the OSCARS?
At our London festival in August, we had 5 (!) shorts that were all nominated for the Academy Awards (Qualifying round) just a couple of days before the festival, and most of them were UK premieres. They are all outstanding dramas, and we’re screening each one of them on Sunday – the day of the OSCAR’s itself. Among them is the official 2018 Academy Award Nominee for Best Live Action Short THE SILENT CHILD , which tells the story of a deaf 4-year-old girl named Libby who lives in a world of silence, until a caring social worker teaches her to use sign language to communicate. We spoke to the filmmakers Chris Overton (director) and Rachel Shenton (writer/actress) in London recently. View the Silent Child interview with NRFF here. This high-quality programme of shorts and the TWO BALLOONS animation film will be screened Sunday 4 March from 1-3pm. A free drink or coffee will be offered at the bar afterwards.
A full programme and ticket information can be found on the festival’s programme’s website www.nrff.co.uk .
About the New Renaissance Film Festival
Jan Hendrik Verstraten and Massimo Barbato are the co-founders of the New Renaissance Film Festival, which was established in London, UK, to provide a stage for inspiring artists and storytellers from around the world.
Images of the festival: https://www.facebook.com/pg/newrenaissancefilmfestival/photos/?ref=page_internal