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IFFR 2009: Where blind pigs & rosaries can conquer tigers

  • Paul F. Agusta

    CONTRIBUTOR

ROTTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS   /   Sun, February 15 2009   /  11:48 am
Pong Harjatmo as Halim in Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly by Edwin. This film won the prestigious FIPRESCI AWARD at the IFFR 2009. (Courtesy of Babibuta Film)

For almost four decades, The Netherlands' International Film Festival Rotterdam has maintained a reputation as a viable source of new cinematic talent from all over the world, especially the newly emerging movie makers of developing nations. It is the dream of many young filmmakers to make it into this esteemed event. Now in its 38th year, the IFFR still possesses its never-ending drive to spotlight first- and second-time feature filmmakers as well as to expose European audiences to films they would not find at any of the larger festivals. IFFR 2009, which ran from Jan. 21 to Feb. 1, continued the festival's long-standing reputation as being a home for experimental and offbeat films despite undergoing a massive image overhaul. Pong Harjatmo as Halim in Blind Pig Who Wants To Fly by Edwin. This film won the prestigious FIPRESCI AWARD at the IFFR 2009. (Courtesy of...