Erbarme dich - Matthäus Passion Stories by Ramón Gieling, Speed
Walking by Niels Arden Oplev and Melody by Bernard Bellefroid have been
added to the IFFR Live selection. This unique event, in partnership with
Fortissimo Films, TrustNordisk and Doc & Film, will screen a series
of five film premieres during the 44th IFFR and simultaneously beam
them to cinemas and VOD platforms across Europe.
Acclaimed filmmaker Ramón Gieling will present the world premiere of his new work Erbarme dich - Matthäus Passion Stories,
a powerful film which revolves around a choir and orchestra’s
performance of J.S. Bach's St Matthew Passion and its effect on the
wider community, including homeless.
Niels Arden Oplev (The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo, Dead Man Down) will present Speed Walking, a moving and funny drama starring Sidse Babett Knudsen (Borgen, After the Wedding) and Pilou Asbaek (Lucy, Spies & Glistrup).
Bernard Bellefroid (The Boat Race) will also be in Rotterdam to present his award winning second film Melody
which features rising star Lucie Debay and Rachael Blake (Sleeping
Beauty), who shared the best actress award at the recent Montreal World
Film Festival for their roles in this gripping story of a young
surrogate mother and her relationship with the woman for whom she is
carrying the baby.
On making the announcement, Festival Director Rutger Wolfson commented
"IFFR Live was conceived as a way of bringing great films from great
filmmakers to as wide an international audience as possible. We could
not ask for greater films than Erbarme dich, Speed Walking, Melody and
Atlantic. to be part of this inaugural IFFR Live. We look forward to
welcoming the filmmakers to IFFR 2015 and are thrilled to be a part of
bringing these films to audiences throughout Europe."
IFFR Live is supported by the European Commission, enhancing the circulation of European films in the digital era.
IFFR previously announced the first of the selected titles; Atlantic.
from Dutch writer/director Jan-Willem van Ewijk, which screened to
critical acclaim at the recent TIFF. The fifth and final title
completing the IFFR Live line-up will be announced shortly.