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Rotterdam Film Fest Announces Tiger Awards Competition and Jury

Rotterdam Film Fest Announces Tiger Awards Competition and Jury

Laura Citarella & Verónica Llinás represent Argentina with their directorial debut “La Mujer de los Perros”.

Festival director Rutger Wolfson made the announcement that the ‘Hivos Tiger Awards Competition’ includes projects from Latin America, Thailand, U.K. &
U.S.

The 44th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) will be held January 21 to February 1, 2015, overlapping this year with Sundance (January 22 –
31) which is coming later than usual

IFFR’s line-up for the Hivos Tiger Awards Competition 2015 consist of 13 projects by first and second time feature filmmakers from across the world
competing for three prizes of €15,000 each, awarded by the Festival’s five Tiger jury members. From its inception in 1995, the Competition has been
dedicated to discovering, celebrating and awarding emerging international film talent. Eleven of the 13 competing films are World Premieres and the
remaining two are International Premieres.


Contenders, “La Mujer de los Perros” andVanishing Pointwere both partly financed by IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund (HBF) as
were “Another Trip to the Moon” by Ismail Basbeth,La Obra del Sigloby Carlos Quintela and Videophilia (and Other Viral Syndromes by Juan Daniel Fernández Molero.

The Hivos Tiger Awards jury is comprised of acclaimed stage and screen actress Johanna ter Steege, director of the Filmoteca Española Jose Maria Prado
Garcia, Dutch born, Australian auteur Rolf de Heer, award winning Japanese producer Shozo Ichiyama and former Tiger Award winning director Maja Miloš. The
winners, selected by the jury, will be announced at the Hivos Tiger Award Ceremony on Friday, January 30th.


Hivos Tiger Awards Competition Full Line-Up

“Above and Below” by Nicolas Steiner (Switzerland/ Germany) – International Premiere

The film is a rough and rhythmic roller coaster ride seating five survivors in their daily hustle through an apocalyptic world. A mind-blowing,
cinematic exploration of contemporary existence in the U.S.

Trip to the Moon” by Ismail Basbeth (Indonesia) – World Premiere

The magical surrealist journey of Asa, daughter of a shaman, who confronts her own mother, fighting for her own life and freedom.


“Bridgend” by Jeppe Rønde (Denmark) – World Premiere

Over a five-year period in Bridgend, Wales, 79 people, many of them teenagers, committed suicide without leaving any clue as to why. This is the starting
point for this mysterious social drama. Hannah Murray convinces as the ‘new girl in town’ in Danish Rønde’s feature debut.

“Gluckauf” by Remy van Heugten (The Netherlands) – World Premiere

Social drama about the oppressive relationship between a father and a son who, as modern outlaws, struggle to survive in the depleted Dutch province of
Limburg.

“Haruko’s Paranormal Laboratory” by Lisa Takeba (Japan) – World Premiere

Haruko is a girl who prefers to cuddle up to her old-fashioned TV set. In this wondrous story, a television can transform into a man: and this is by no
means the end of the strange cheerfulness.


“Impressions of a Drowned Man” by Kyros Papavassiliou (Cyprus/ Greece/ Slovenia) – World Premiere

A man who doesn’t know who he is meets his former love. She tells him he is a famous poet, Kostas Karyotakis, who killed himself in 1928. Every year he
returns on the anniversary of his death.

“La Mujer de los perros” (Dog Lady) by Laura Citarella & Verónica Llinás (Argentina) – World Premiere

The protagonist of Dog Lady is a woman who lives in a poor area with a pack of dogs, in a house like so many other humble shacks in the urban sprawl of
Greater Buenos Aires.

“Norfolk” by Martin Radich (U.K.) – World Premiere

As a man’s unspeakable past starts to catch up with him, two very different worlds collide and he is finally forced to confront what is right and what is
wrong in order to protect his family’s future.


“La Obra del siglo” (Work of the Century”
by Carlos Quintela (Cuba/ Argentina/ Germany) – World Premiere

Three Cuban men, obliged by circumstance to live together under the same roof, pass their days in the ElectroNuclear City.

“Parabellum” by Lukas Valenta Rinner (Argentina/ Austria/ Uruguay) – World Premiere

In the company of housewives, professionals and a retired tennis instructor, Hernán is part of a middle-class community that is preparing for the eventual
arrival of the end of the world at a holiday resort in the marshy Tigre delta.

“Tired Moonlight” by Britni West (U.S.) – International Premiere

Combustible dreams fail to ignite as a lonely, middle-aged woman is confronted by lost love in a glorified-pit-stop town.


“Vanishing Point” by Jakrawal Nilthamrong (Thailand) – World Premiere

A drama depicting life in different paths. As two men delve deep down in search for what could heal their pains, through the path of imagination, they see
themselves in each other.

“Videophilia (And Other Viral Syndromes) by Juan Daniel Fernández Molero (Peru) – World Premiere

Internet cafés and slackers, not-so-innocent schoolgirls and amateur porn using Google Glass: things in Lima, the Peruvian capital, are pretty similar to
contemporary reality, virtual or otherwise, in the rest of the world. Cinema meets digital psychedelia.

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR)
offers carefully selected fiction and documentary feature films, short films and media art. The festival’s Tiger Awards Competitions, Bright Future,
Spectrum and Limelight sections contain new work by auteurs from all over the world including many World Premieres. In the Signals section, IFFR presents
retrospectives and themed programmes. IFFR actively supports new and adventurous filmmaking talent through numerous industry initiatives including
co-production market CineMart, its Hubert Bals Fund and Rotterdam Lab.

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