The world premiere of “The Hungry Ghosts” will open the 38th International Film Festival Rotterdam January 21st organizers announced Christmas Eve. The film, the directing debut of scriptwriter, theater director and actor Michael Imperioli, has also been selected for the VPRO Tiger Awards Competition.
According to IFFR, in the film, “characters float like ghosts through life, looking for happiness, hoping to fulfil a desire. The film, set in New York and its surroundings in a period of 36 hours, contains several narrative lines. In one of these, late-night radio host Frank gambles and uses drugs at the expense of his teenage son. In another, philosophical seeker Gus, fresh out of a detox-program, searches for his ex-lover Nadia. It becomes clear and inevitable that initially independent narrative lines will come together in the end.”
IFFR takes place January 21 – February 1, 2009