Metahaven, The Sprawl, 2015, still
Metahaven, The Sprawl, 2015, still


10 February 2016

The Sprawl, co-commissioned by Lighthouse and The Space, and co-produced by Lighthouse and Metahaven, has been selected for the Bright Future programme, and is in competition for the newly created associated award, at the 45th International Film Festival Rotterdam.

The Sprawl IFFR poster, by Metahaven
The Sprawl IFFR poster, by Metahaven

A new feature-length documentary by Dutch artists Metahaven, The Sprawl argues oppressively, and visualizes aesthetically, that the internet has become a disruptive geopolitical super weapon. The Sprawl is potent propaganda about propaganda, an unbroken digital scream, and a paranoid trip into reality turned on its head.

The Bright Future programme is intended to highlight the work of directors with an original style and vision; The Sprawl is one of 24 films in the programme, of which 13 are eligible for the award. This year’s award will be judged by Roman Gutek, New Horizons festival leader, and Fiorella Moretti, from the international sales company Luxbox. Part of the programme’s World Premier category, The Sprawl will also be judged by a Fipresci jury – an international federation of film critics.

The International Film Festival Rotterdam is on from 27 January to 7 February 2016. The Sprawl will be screened at Pathé on 30 and 31 January and at Cinerama on 2 February.

The Sprawl is one of four winning projects selected for the first Open Call by The Space – a joint BBC and Arts Council England commissioning body supporting art that employs technology to push the boundaries of creative expression.

Commissioned by Lighthouse and The Space.
Thanks to Netherlands Film Fund, the Dutch Cultural Media Fund and Creative Industries Fund NL.



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