Catalan Finisterrae among Tiger Award winners
by Boyd van Hoeij
The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) unveiled the winners of its Tiger Awards competition section as the festival drew to a close this weekend. One of the three Tigers went to experimental Catalan feature Finisterrae [+see also:
interview: Sergio Caballero
film profile], from first-time director Sergio Caballero (see news).
Each of the Tiger Awards come with a €15,000 prize. This year, all three winners were debuting filmmakers. The other two winners came from Asia: Park Jung-Bum’s The Journals of Musan, about a man from North Korea, played by the director, who defects to the South; and Sivaroj Kongsakul’s Thai entry Eternity, which like Finisterrae deals with ghosts and the afterlife, amongst other things.
The jury was composed of Argentinean director Lucrecia Martel (The Headless Woman [+see also:
film profile]); Sandra den Hamer, former director of the IFFR and currently head of EYE Film Institute Netherlands; Lee Ranaldo, from American music group Sonic Youth; Romanian filmmaker Andrei Ujica, whose The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu [+see also:
film profile] played in one of the collateral sections of IFFR this year, and Thai director Wisit Sasanatieng (Tears of the Black Tiger).
Because of the festival’s 40th anniversary edition, a special award was given to a film in a special section that showcased new work from past Tiger Award contenders. This award went jointly to Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-Soo for his Oki’s Movie and Dutch director David Verbeek, who presented his Club Zeus, a Shanghai-set film about loneliness and the lack of affection in the big city.
The festival’s Audience Award went to Incendies [+see also:
film profile] from Dennis Villeneuve. The Canadian/French co-production narrowly beat another intercontinental production, Mexican/Spanish film Biutiful [+see also:
film profile] from Alejandro González Iñárritu, which came in second place.
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