Opening Evening

This year, MIEFF opening night will take place in the premises of The Cinema House, the place which hosted big premieres of Soviet and foreign films in the past. Russian premiere of Possessed, a dystopia by METAHAVEN design studio on smartphone addiction, ecology of images and memory in the modern world will be held in the historic hall with 1100 places.


Netherlands | 2018 | 67 min
Metahaven & Rob Schröder

Russian Premiere
Possessed veers between hard-edge documentary and dreamscape, to launch its complaint about the absorbing world of the smartphone. The millennial protagonist (Olivia Lonsdale) discovers a forgotten past among post-communist remains, and recounts childhood memories looking for new collectivism and empathy. Political theorists Alex Williams and Nick Srnicek provide analytical interruptions.


Metahaven's work spans art, filmmaking, writing and design to provoke new imaginaries that are equally bound to poetics, aesthetics, and politics. Moving image work includes Home (2014), and Interference (2015), both with musician, composer and artist Holly Herndon. Metahaven's full-length documentary, The Sprawl (Propaganda about Propaganda), premiered at the International Film Festival Rotterdam in 2016. Its successor, a short film titled Information Skies, was shot and edited in 2016 and was nominated for the 2017 European Film Awards. The short film Hometown, a successor to Information Skies, was shot in Beirut and Kyiv in 2017.

Rob Schröder

Rob Schröder was one of the founders of Wild Plakken, a designers' collective working for cultural institutions such as The Dutch Opera and the Stedelijke Museum Amsterdam. Schröder also worked for the Dutch broadcaster VPRO and made several films, programs and political and cultural clips. In 1998 he won the prestigious H.N. Werkman Award for his documentary Speed and directed several other documentaries such as Staying Alive in Jo'burg and Meet the Fokkens which premiered at IDFA 2011 and was screened all around the world. Schröder was one of the founders of the Sandberg Institute, the post-graduate institute of the Gerrit Rietveld Academy.
September 26
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