IFFR 2016

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Top 100 of the audience award of the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam

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1. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War

75 Metascore

In post-World War II Denmark, a group of young German POWs are forced to clear a beach of thousands of land mines under the watch of a Danish Sergeant who slowly learns to appreciate their plight.

Director: Martin Zandvliet | Stars: Roland Møller, Louis Hofmann, Joel Basman, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard

Votes: 29,222 | Gross: $0.44M

2. The Idol (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program "Arab Idol."

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Kais Attalah, Hiba Attalah, Ahmad Qasem

Votes: 1,469

3. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 324,670 | Gross: $14.68M

4. Paths of the Soul (2015)

Not Rated | 115 min | Drama

90 Metascore

A group of Tibetans make a 1200 kilometer pilgrimage to Lasa.

Director: Yang Zhang | Stars: Tsring Chodron, Tsewang Dolkar, Jiangcuo Seba, Pei Yang

Votes: 649 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Sweet Bean (2015)

Not Rated | 113 min | Drama

60 Metascore

Burdened with a heavy and ever-increasing debt, a dorayaki baker hires a kind ageing woman, after tasting her delicious surprise. Little by little, she unravels her beautiful inner world. Could she be holding the secret to his success?

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Kirin Kiki, Masatoshi Nagase, Kyara Uchida, Miki Mizuno

Votes: 7,366 | Gross: $0.12M

6. Lamb (I) (2015)

R | 97 min | Drama

62 Metascore

When a man meets a young girl in a parking lot he attempts to help her avoid a bleak destiny by initiating her into the beauty of the outside world. The journey shakes them in ways neither expects.

Director: Ross Partridge | Stars: Ross Partridge, Oona Laurence, Jess Weixler, Tom Bower

Votes: 1,719 | Gross: $0.01M

7. Tanna (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

75 Metascore

Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

Directors: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean | Stars: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Charlie Kahla

Votes: 3,673 | Gross: $0.01M

8. Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)

78 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

In the oppressive 1980s communist Romania, the smuggled VHS tapes of banned Hollywood films become an inspirational ray of hope. A hybrid feature about the magic of film and the power it has to change lives.

Director: Ilinca Calugareanu | Stars: Irina Margareta Nistor, Ana Maria Moldovan, Dan Chiorean, Valentin Oncu

Votes: 1,827

9. Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story (2015)

94 min | Documentary, Biography

75 Metascore

Harold and Lillian eloped to Hollywood in 1947, where they became the film industry's secret weapons. Nobody talked about them, but everybody wanted them. Theirs is the greatest story never told-until now.

Director: Daniel Raim | Stars: Lillian Michelson, Harold Michelson, Bill Krohn, Stuart Cornfeld

Votes: 548

10. Too Young to Die (2016)

125 min | Comedy, Music

The official trailer for TOO YOUNG TO DIE!, a supernatural comedy about an unlucky high school student who dies in a bus crash during a school trip only to be press-ganged into a demonic ... See full summary »

Director: Kankurô Kudô | Stars: Tomoya Nagase, Ryûnosuke Kamiki, Aoi Morikawa, Kenta Kiritani

Votes: 518

11. Demolition (2015)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

49 Metascore

A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis

Votes: 79,828 | Gross: $1.98M

12. As I Open My Eyes (2015)

Unrated | 102 min | Drama, Music

74 Metascore

A few months before the revolution in Tunisia, 18 year-old Farah has a passion for life and sings in a political rock band. Her mother, knowing the dangers of Tunisia, wants her to pursue a career as a doctor.

Director: Leyla Bouzid | Stars: Baya Medhaffer, Ghalia Benali, Montassar Ayari, Lassaad Jamoussi

Votes: 1,098 | Gross: $0.03M

13. Nuts! (I) (2016)

Unrated | 79 min | Documentary, Animation

82 Metascore

The mostly true story of Dr. John Romulus Brinkley, an eccentric genius who built an empire with his goat-testicle impotence cure and a million-watt radio station.

Director: Penny Lane | Stars: Gene Tognacci, Andy Boswell, John Causby, Kelly Mizell

Votes: 617

14. Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)

Not Rated | 106 min | Documentary

70 Metascore

A documentary of the story behind Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989).

Directors: Jeremy Coon, Tim Skousen | Stars: Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala, Jayson Lamb, Angela Rodriguez

Votes: 1,746

15. A Good American (2015)

TV-14 | 100 min | Documentary, Biography, History

63 Metascore

A Good American tells the story of the best code-breaker the USA ever had and how he and a small team within NSA created a surveillance tool that could pick up any electronic signal on ... See full summary »

Director: Friedrich Moser | Stars: William Binney, Jesselyn Radack, Kirk Wiebe, Diane Roark

Votes: 818

16. Embrace of the Serpent (2015)

Not Rated | 125 min | Adventure, Drama

82 Metascore

The story of the relationship between Karamakate, an Amazonian shaman and last survivor of his people, and two scientists who work together over the course of forty years to search the Amazon for a sacred healing plant.

Director: Ciro Guerra | Stars: Nilbio Torres, Jan Bijvoet, Antonio Bolivar, Brionne Davis

Votes: 17,864 | Gross: $1.33M

17. Ik wil gelukkig zijn (2016)

70 min | Documentary, Biography, History

Fien de la Mar (1898-1965) was a Dutch actress with exceptional allure and extraordinary talent. With this she celebrated many triumphs, but her life ultimately ended in tragedy.

Director: Annette Apon | Stars: Krijn ter Braak, Cas Enklaar, Titus Muizelaar, Johanna ter Steege

Votes: 8 | Gross: $0.09M

18. Suburra (2015)

130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

A gangster known as "Samurai" wants to turn the waterfront of Rome into a new Las Vegas. All the local mob bosses have agreed to work for this common goal. But peace is not to last long.

Director: Stefano Sollima | Stars: Pierfrancesco Favino, Elio Germano, Claudio Amendola, Alessandro Borghi

Votes: 15,265

19. Stop Acting Now (2016)

82 min | Drama

After years of fruitful cooperation, Dutch/Flemish actor-group 'Wunderbaum' is in crisis. Its members feel that with acting they contribute insufficiently to the changes of society desired by them, mainly aimed at the poor among us.

Directors: Mijke de Jong, Viktor van der Valk | Stars: Walter Bart, Wine Dierickx, Matijs Jansen, Maartje Remmers

Votes: 12

20. Rebel Citizen (2015)

76 min | Documentary, Biography

Pamela Yates' latest documentary, REBEL CITIZEN takes you on a revelatory tour of two time Oscar-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler's political documentary work, letting the veteran ... See full summary »

Director: Pamela Yates | Stars: Haskell Wexler, Pamela Yates

Votes: 5

21. Men & Chicken (2015)

Not Rated | 104 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

64 Metascore

Two outcast brothers, through getting to know their unknown family, discover a horrible truth about themselves and their relatives.

Director: Anders Thomas Jensen | Stars: David Dencik, Mads Mikkelsen, Nikolaj Lie Kaas, Søren Malling

Votes: 9,319 | Gross: $0.03M

22. Les ogres (2015)

Not Rated | 142 min | Drama

They go from town to town, a big top on their backs, their show over their shoulder. They bring dreams and disorder to our lives. They are ogres, giants. They've devoured the theater and ... See full summary »

Director: Léa Fehner | Stars: François Fehner, Marion Bouvarel, Marc Barbé, Adèle Haenel

Votes: 591

23. The Daughter (2015)

96 min | Drama

62 Metascore

The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before.

Director: Simon Stone | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie

Votes: 4,026 | Gross: $0.03M

24. Much Loved (2015)

104 min | Drama

A group of women in Morocco make a living as prostitutes in a culture that is very unforgiving toward women in that profession.

Director: Nabil Ayouch | Stars: Loubna Abidar, Asmaa Lazrak, Halima Karaouane, Sara Elhamdi Elalaoui

Votes: 1,927

25. Love & Friendship (2016)

PG | 90 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

87 Metascore

Lady Susan Vernon takes up temporary residence at her in-laws' estate and, while there, is determined to be a matchmaker for her daughter Frederica -- and herself too, naturally.

Director: Whit Stillman | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel, Emma Greenwell

Votes: 21,446 | Gross: $14.01M

26. Oleg and Strange Arts (2016)

70 min | Documentary

The legendary Oleg Nikolaevitch Karavaychuk is the mysterious and moving subject of this loving film by the young director Duque. He was moved by the music the pianist composed for a film ... See full summary »

Director: Andrés Duque | Star: Oleg Karavaychuk

Votes: 119

27. The Ardennes (2015)

Unrated | 96 min | Drama

47 Metascore

A brutal home-jacking by two brothers goes hopelessly wrong, and one of them goes to prison. Four years later, his brother tries to help him get his life back on track.

Director: Robin Pront | Stars: Kevin Janssens, Jeroen Perceval, Veerle Baetens, Jan Bijvoet

Votes: 4,258 | Gross: $0.01M

28. The 1000 Eyes of Dr. Maddin (2015)

65 min | Documentary

Guy Maddin, who has been nicknamed the Canadian David Lynch is doubtlessly one of the last remaining Magus of cinema.

Director: Yves Montmayeur | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Udo Kier, Guy Maddin, Stephen Quay

Votes: 41

29. Arianna (2015)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama

Arianna is nineteen years old and still has not had her first menstrual cycle. Despite the fact that her breasts have become slightly enlarged, which causes her some discomfort, the ... See full summary »

Director: Carlo Lavagna | Stars: Ondina Quadri, Massimo Popolizio, Valentina Carnelutti, Corrado Sassi

Votes: 262

31. The Dying of the Light (2015)

Not Rated | 95 min | Documentary

A documentary that explores the history and craft of motion-picture presentation through the lives and stories of the last generation of career projectionists.

Director: Peter Flynn | Stars: Bernie Anderson, Paul Bader, Jon Berberian, Dorman Bermingham

Votes: 114

32. Halal Love (2015)

94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Four tragicomic interconnected stories about how devoted Muslim men and women are trying to manage their love life and desires without breaking any religious rules.

Director: Assad Fouladkar | Stars: Darine Hamze, Rodrigue Sleiman, Zeinab Hind Khadra, Hussein Mokadem

Votes: 294

33. Califórnia (2015)

85 min | Drama, Romance

São Paulo, 1984. Estela gets through the troubled phase of adolescence. Sex, love, friendship; everything looks too complicated. Her personal refuge is her uncle Carlos and the trip to ... See full summary »

Director: Marina Person | Stars: Clara Gallo, Caio Horowicz, Caio Blat, Giovanni Gallo

Votes: 523

34. Problemski Hotel (2015)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

The cross-frontier migrant's life 'within the system' - an endless, featureless, futureless round of queues - becomes even bleaker in December. Bipul doesn't want to admit it, but the ... See full summary »

Director: Manu Riche | Stars: Tarek Halaby, Gökhan Girginol, Evgenia Brendes, Lydia Indjova

Votes: 262

35. Notes on Blindness (2016)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

75 Metascore

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind. In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Middleton, James Spinney | Stars: John M. Hull, Marilyn Hull, Miranda Beinart-Smith, Jamie Bradley

Votes: 1,721

36. The Clan (2015)

R | 108 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

73 Metascore

The true story of the Puccio Clan, a family who kidnapped and killed people in the 80s.

Director: Pablo Trapero | Stars: Guillermo Francella, Gastón Cocchiarale, Peter Lanzani, Stefanía Koessl

Votes: 10,930 | Gross: $0.19M

37. Pieta in the Toilet (2015)

120 min | Drama

Hiroshi is an art school graduate who abandoned his dream as an artist to work as a window cleaner. When he realizes he has only three months left in his life, he meets a high school ... See full summary »

Director: Daishi Matsunaga | Stars: Yôjirô Noda, Hana Sugisaki, Lily Franky, Kanji Furutachi

Votes: 189

38. Keeper (2015)

95 min | Drama, Romance

The story of two teenagers that are about to have a baby. After deciding they will keep the baby, they have to deal with their parents and also with their everyday life.

Director: Guillaume Senez | Stars: Kacey Mottet Klein, Galatéa Bellugi, Laetitia Dosch, Catherine Salée

Votes: 393

39. Original Copy (2015)

96 min | Documentary

Bollywood stars shine larger than life in the one-of-a-kind film posters hand painted by Mumbai's last screen painter, but as his workshop is threatened by demolition and his livelihood by plastic posters, he fights to pass on his craft.

Directors: Georg Heinzen, Florian Heinzen-Ziob

Votes: 47

40. Heart of a Dog (2015)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary

84 Metascore

Multimedia artist Laurie Anderson reflects on her relationship with her beloved terrier Lolabelle.

Director: Laurie Anderson | Stars: Laurie Anderson, Archie, Jason Berg, Heung-Heung Chin

Votes: 1,883 | Gross: $0.42M

41. Bodkin Ras (2016)

79 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

The people in Forres don't work. Between 9 and 5 they dissolve into the pubs, where the light shines as a warm glow in their midst. Then the stranger Bodkin arrives into town. He has come ... See full summary »

Director: Kaweh Modiri | Stars: Sohrab Bayat, Lily Szramko, Eddie Paton, 'Red' James MacMillan

Votes: 78

42. Memories of the Wind (I) (2015)

124 min | Drama

Addresses the issues of ethnicity and belonging and conveys how it feels to be across the borders, not only in terms of dislocating out of the borders of a country but also in terms of struggling to exist at the margins of a society.

Director: Özcan Alper | Stars: Onur Saylak, Sofiya Khandamirova, Mustafa Ugurlu, Ebru Özkan

Votes: 481

43. The Lost Arcade (2015)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

66 Metascore

The story of Chinatown Fair, the legendary arcade located in the heart of New York's Chinatown. This documentary explores how the arcade became a shelter to a community as diverse as the ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Vincent | Stars: Anthony Cali, Henry Cen, Akuma Hokoru, Seth Killian

Votes: 169 | Gross: $0.01M

44. The Event (2015)

Not Rated | 74 min | Documentary, History

In August 1991 a failed coup d'état attempt (known as Putsch) led by a group of hard-core communists in Moscow, ended the 70-year-long rule of the Soviets. The USSR collapsed soon after, ... See full summary »

Director: Sergey Loznitsa

Votes: 326

45. Alba (2016)

98 min | Drama, Family

ALBA, an 11 year old girl, has to move to her father's house due to her mother's illness. She barely knows him and sharing time with him at home feels weird. Both are shy, both feel lonely but they can't find a way to approach each other.

Director: Ana Cristina Barragán | Stars: Macarena Arias, Pablo Aguirre Andrade, Amaia Merino, Isabel Borja

Votes: 277

46. Don't Be Bad (2015)

103 min | Crime, Drama

A story set in the 90s and in the outskirts of Rome to Ostia, the same places of the films of Pasolini. His characters, in the '90s, seem to belong to a world that revolves around hedonism.... See full summary »

Director: Claudio Caligari | Stars: Luca Marinelli, Alessandro Borghi, Silvia D'Amico, Roberta Mattei

Votes: 3,010

47. Préjudice (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 105 min | Drama

During a long awaited family soiree Cedric challenges his relatives why they keep him from his journey.

Director: Antoine Cuypers | Stars: Thomas Blanchard, Arno, Arthur Bols, Cathy Min Jung

Votes: 438

48. The Land of the Enlightened (2016)

87 min | Documentary, Drama, War

A gang of Afghan kids from the Kuchi tribe dig out old Soviet mines and sell the explosives to children working in a lapis lazuli mine. When not dreaming of the time when American troops ... See full summary »

Director: Pieter-Jan De Pue | Stars: Gholam Nasir, Khyrgyz Baj, Noor, Zulfu

Votes: 508

49. Bone Tomahawk (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Drama, Horror, Western