Rotterdam Film Fest to open with Dutch filmmaker's take on Afghan twins' real life adventures

'Along the Way' by Mijke de Jong is the filmmaker's follow up to her critically acclaimed 'Layla M' and it kicks off IFFR 2022 in person festival edition on January 26th.
Rotterdam Film Fest to open with Dutch filmmaker's take on Afghan twins' real life adventures

The International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) announced that Along the Way by Mijke de Jong will open the on-site 51st edition. Following the latest governmental regulations, the festival has invited audiences, press and industry guests to attend film screenings, performances and installations in Rotterdam from 26 January to 6 February.

Award-winning Dutch director Mijke de Jong returns to Rotterdam, presenting the world premiere of her latest and twelfth feature film, Along the Way, to open IFFR 2022. This moving yet unsentimental feature is based on the story of daring, young Afghan twins Nahid and Malihe – who the filmmaker met during her volunteer work at Moria refugee camp, on the Greek island of Lesbos.

Festival director Vanja Kaludjercic said: “Mijke de Jong is a familiar face with a long and rich history at IFFR, first showing here in 1990. It’s an honour to welcome her back with this latest poignant and timely film which will open our 51st edition. Thanks to the commitment of our team and support of our partners we have adapted the festival once again to fit the restrictions in place in the Netherlands. We are happy to confirm the festival will take place physically, allowing us to give the stage to all the outstanding filmmakers who have trusted us to screen their work.”

The festival has invited press and industry guests to attend in person, although for the latter category it has confirmed that both its CineMart and Rotterdam Lab will take place online.

The IFFR 2022 programme includes a lineup of avant-premieres in Limelight, a broad range of contemporary cinema in Harbour and the selection dedicated to young and emerging film talent Bright Future. The Art Directions programme presents an IFFR-commissioned installation by Steve McQueen, two performances and an exhibition on Qiu Jiongjiong’s latest feature film. Three focus programmes will show the works of Amanda Kramer, Qiu Jiongjiong and Yuasa Masaaki. Cinema Regained offers restored classics and explorations of cinema’s heritage, while the Short & Mid-length Film selection presents a showcase of films under 63 minutes.

The full IFFR 2022 programme – including the Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition and Ammodo Tiger Short Competition selections – will be announced on 7 January and ticket sales will start on 21 January 2022.

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