Rotterdam Sets Competition Slate
by Eugene Hernandez
Fourteen films are set for the VPRO Tiger Award Competition at this month’s Rotterdam Film Festival. Notably, a trio of competitors have a history with the fest. Santiago Loza’s “Grieta” from Argentina and Elaine Caffe’s “Os Narradores de Jave” (Jave Valley) from Brazil were recipients of the event’s Hubert Bals Fund. Also, competition entry Dagur Kari’s “Noi Albinoi,” (Noi, The Albino) from Iceland was a CineMart project.
Other films from first- and second-time directors set to compete at Rotterdam, which runs January 22-February 2, are Jerome Bonnell’s French/Belgian production “Le Chignon d’Olga” (Olga’s Chignon), Wiebke von Carolsfeld’s “Marion Bridge” from Canada, Andrew Chang’s “Mu Di Di Shanghai” (Welcome to Destination Shanghai) from China, Andre van der Hout’s “De Arm Van Jezus” (The Arm of Jesus), Iseya Yusuke’s “Kakuto” from Japan, “1/2 Miete” (1/2 Rent) from Germany, Park Chan-Ok’s “Jiltoo-Neun Na-E Him” (Jealousy is My Middle Name) from South Korea, Simon Pummell’s “Bodysong” from the U.K., Amir Shahab’s Iranian/Japanese production “Safar-E Mardan-E Khahestari” (Journey of the Gray Men), Larisa Sadilovca’s “S Ljuboy’ Ju. Lilja” (With Love. Lilja) from Russia, and Penny Woolcock’s “The Principles of Lust” from the U.K.
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