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Rotterdam Tigers for Austria, Slovakia and Iran

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- Rotterdam handed out its three top Tiger Awards, which went to Slovakian film My Dog Killer, Austrian feature Soldate Jeannette and Iranian title Fat Shaker

Rotterdam Tigers for Austria, Slovakia and Iran

The 42nd edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) came to a close this weekend in the eponymous port city. The jury of the festival’s spotlight Tiger Awards Competition, for first or second films, handed out its awards, with the three winning titles coming from Austria, Slovakia and Iran.

Slovakian filmmaker Mira Fornay first came to IFRR with her debut feature, Foxes [+see also:
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, and her second film, My Dog Killer [+see also:
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(photo), was one of the Tiger Award winners. The film, about a young man with a dog who hangs out with skinheads, had its world premiere in Rotterdam. The film is a co-production with Czech Republic and is sold internationally by M-Appeal in Berlin.
 
From neighbouring Austria came another Tiger Award winner (the three main prizes are equal): Soldate Jeannette [+see also:
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or Soldier Jane, a trippily told yet rigidly composed odyssey of a woman whose fight against the system has taken on absurd dimensions. Debuting director Daniel Hoesl was the assistant director on Ulrich Seidl’s Paradise trilogy. The film is sold by Paris-based Premium Films and had its European premiere at Rotterdam after its Sundance bow.
 
The competition’s third winner was Mohammad Shirvani’s Fat Shaker, from Iran. The director also produced the Elephant in Darkness installation to the festival.
 
Spanish film The Fifth Gospel of Kaspar Hauser, from Spanish director Alberto Gracia, was awarded the Fipresci critics’ prize.
 
The Big Screen competition, a new initiative that awards one film without a Dutch distributor guaranteed distribution, was won by Italian film Bellas Mariposas [+see also:
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, from Sardinian director Salvatore Mereu.
 
The CineMart prizes had been handed out earlier in the week and went to Jätten (The Giant) by Johannes Nyholm from Sweden, who wonthe Eurimages Award for Best European CineMart Project, while The Lobster [+see also:
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by Yorgos Lanthimos, a proposed Ireland-U.K.-Greece co-production, won the ARTE International Prize for Best CineMart Project.

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