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Rotterdam unveils Tiger competition titles


- Eleven world premieres and two international premieres are among the 13 features vying for the three Tiger Awards

Rotterdam unveils Tiger competition titles
Above and Below by Nicolas Steiner

The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR, 21 January-1 February) has unveiled its line-up of titles competing for the Tiger Awards. Thirteen films by first- and second-time feature directors – 11 of them to be shown as world premieres and two as international premieres – will be vying for the three Tiger prizes worth €15,000 each.

The line-up includes five films partly funded by the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund: La mujer de los perros by Laura Citarella and Verónica Llinás (Argentina), Vanishing Point by Jakrawal Nilthamrong (Thailand), Another Trip to the Moon by Ismail Basbeth (Indonesia), La obra del siglo by Carlos Quintela (Cuba/Argentina/Germany/Switzerland) and Videophilia (and other Viral Syndromes) by Juan Daniel Fernández Molero (Peru).

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The eight other films in competition are Above and Below by Nicolas Steiner (Switzerland/Germany), Bridgend by Jeppe Rønde (Denmark), Gluckauf by Remy van Heugten (the Netherlands), Impressions of a Drowned Man by Kyros Papavassiliou (Cyprus/Greece/Slovenia), Norfolk by Martin Radich (United Kingdom), Tired Moonlight by Britni West (USA), Parabellum by Lukas Valenta Rinner (Argentina/Austria/Uruguay) and Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory by Lisa Takeba (Japan).

The jury includes actress Johanna ter Steege, Filmoteca Española director José María Prado García, Dutch-born auteur Rolf de Heer, Japanese producer Shozo Ichiyama and former Tiger Award-winning director Maja Miloš (Clip [+see also:
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The IFFR’s director, Rutger Wolfson – who is to step down from his post after eight years at the end of this edition – said that the selected directors “demonstrate an ever-developing cinematic language, dealing with increasingly difficult but relevant subject matter in a consistently meaningful way”.

The winners will be announced on 31 January.

The festival, which will kick off with Tom Harper’s political thriller War Book, will be wrapped up by JC Chandor’s A Most Violent Year.

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