Rotterdam festival opens with speech championing sustainability, power of film in 2020

The world premiere of João Nuno Pinto’s Mosquito opened the festival.The International Film Festival Rotterdam (Iffr) opened last night (Wednesday January 22) with a speech from outgoing artistic director Bero Beyer championing sustainability and the enduring power of film.A smiling Beyer was visibly emotional throughout his speech, at one point digressing from his prepared script and receiving multiple interruptions of applause from the audience.Rather than looking back at his tenure, he spoke of the “distinctive feature of humanity” that is “this urge to communicate” through cinema.“Through film we pose profound questions in an attempt to find

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