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International Film Festival Rotterdam

Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.


IFFR 2017 opens today with Lemon by Janicza Bravo


The American film Lemon by Janicza Bravo will open the 46th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) on 25 January. Janicza Bravo’s impressive debut is a witty, no-holds-barred portrait of a likeable failure, with co-writer Brett Gelman (Dinner with Brett Gelman, Married), Judy Greer (Ant-Man, The Descendants), Nia Long (The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Boiler Room) and Michael Cera (Juno, Arrested Development) in the leading roles. Lemon will have its international première at IFFR.

Lemon tells the story of Isaac, a gawky forty-something from Los Angeles, whose life is not going as he would like. Accepting things doesn't come naturally to him: he has to face the fact that his girlfriend has left him and his acting career mostly consists of commercials about diseases. Co-writer Brett Gelman, Janicza Bravo’s husband, plays the lead role in this bone-dry tragicomedy without a hint of embarrassment.
Bero Beyer, IFFR festival director: “Janicza Bravo is the kind of filmmaker who, through her love for film and for people, is able to create a picture of our present time in a very unique way. Her debut, Lemon, tells the stories of people who are lost in a world of their own making. Bravo and her formidable cast do so in a fresh, witty and at times painful way. We are proud to open the festival with her film."
Janicza Bravo (1981), who won the jury award at the Sundance Film Festival with her short film Gregory Go Boom (2013), is continuing in a long tradition of American independent filmmakers, while at the same time finding her own voice. The filmmaker grew up in Panama and Brooklyn and studied theatre directing and design at the Playwrights Horizons Theater School in New York. After her studies, she worked as a stylist and designer, but made rapid strides as a filmmaker. Her first short film Eat premiered at South by Southwest (SXSW) in 2011. Her third short film, Pauline Alone, was released in 2014 – the year in which she was named as one of the ‘25 New Faces of Independent Film’ by Filmmaker Magazine. 2016 was a busy year for Bravo. Alongside her first feature, Lemon, she also launched two short films: Hard World for Small Things and Woman in Deep, as well as directing Juneteenth, episode 9 of the television series Atlanta.




Shiri Appleby, Fred Melamed, Megan Mullally, Gillian Jacobs and Jeff Garlin co-star in Lemon. The film is produced by Burn Later Productions, Killer Films and CYRK. David Bernon, Paul Bernon and Sam Slater produced the film with Han West and Houston King. David Hinojosa and Christine Vachon of Killer Films executive produced, along with Janicza Bravo and Brett Gelman. Rowan Riley co-produced.
International premiere in attendance of cast and crew
Lemon will open the 46th edition of International Film Festival Rotterdam on Wednesday 25 January 2017. Honoured guests will include writer-director Janicza Bravo and co-writer-leading actor Brett Gelman. More to be confirmed.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) is one of the biggest cultural events in the Netherlands and one of the biggest audience-based film festivals in the world, attracting large, diverse and adventurous audiences thanks to its wide-ranging programme of exceptional, original, hotly debated films. The festival offers a high quality line-up of carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including co-production market CineMart, through the new BoostNL, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab. IFFR takes place from Wednesday 25 January to Sunday 5 February 2017. More information can be found at Official ticket sales start on Friday 20 January 2017.








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Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.



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