New Breillat Film Among Titles Added to Rotterdam Lineup
by Eugene Hernandez
Catherine Breillat’s latest, “Anatomy of Hell,” is among the films that will world premiere at the 2004 International Film Festival Rotterdam (January 21 – February 1, 2004). The debut will come just ahead of the film’s opening in France. Based on her novel, “Pornocratie,” the film stars Amira Casar and Rocco Siffredi and organizers say it could be her most controversial and challenging film yet.
“As was suggested by our choice to focus on her work in 2000, Catherine Breillat is a director who for us is an exemplary filmmaker: challenging, unsettling, and original,” Rotterdam co-director Simon Field said in an announcement. “We are enormously pleased to be welcoming her back to Rotterdam for this world premiere.” The event will also welcome Breillat’s “Une Vieille Maitresse” (An Old Mistress) in the CineMart co-production market.
Organizers also announced a handful of films that will screen in the annual VPRO Tiger Awards competition. Set to screen are the world premieres of Teona S. Mitevska’s “How I Killed a Saint” from Macedonia and Josue Mendez’s “Days of Santiago” from Peru. Also on tap are Srdjan Yuletic’s “Summer in the Golden Valley” from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Salvatore Mereu’s “Three Steps Dancing” from Italy, Diao Yinan’s “Uniform” from China, Lee Kang-sheng’s “The Missing” from Taiwan, and Sulev Keedus’ “Somnambulance” from Estonia.
Two filmmakers have been added to Rotterdam’s Filmmaker in Focus program, they are Ken Jacobs from the U.S. and Tunde Kelani from Nigeria. The pair join Filmmaker in Focus Raul Ruiz and Artist in Focus Isaac Julien.
“Like Stan Brakhage (a Filmmaker in Focus in 2002), Ken Jacobs is one of the masters of the American independent cinema,” said Field in a statement. “Tunde Kelani is one of the leading and most recognized figures within the astonishing phenomena of ‘Nollywood,’ as it is becoming known, the direct-to-video movie making that is finding enormous popular success in Nigeria.”
Other films set to screen include, in the main program, Jerzy Stuhr’s “Tomorrow’s Weather” from Poland and “Deadlines” from Ludi Boeken and Michael Alan Lerner. Jake Mahaffy’s “War” will screen in the Homefront USA sidebar, along with Alison Maclean and Tobias Perse’s “Persons of Interest.”
The complete lineup for the 2004 International Film Festival Rotterdam will be announced in early January.
[For more information, please visit: http://www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com.]