DAILY NEWS: Partial Rotterdam Lineup; More Sundance Films
by Mark Rabinowitz & Maya Churi
>> Rotterdam Reveals Parts of 2000 Lineup
(indieWIRE/1.11.2000) -- Information about the lineup for the International
Film Festival Rotterdam has begun to trickle out of continental Europe with
the lineups for the Tiger Award Competition, Hubert Bals Fund, two Filmmaker
in Focus sections, and No Cherry Blossoms, this year's look at new Japanese
27 films will world premiere at this year's event, including five in
competition. These include: Lou Ye's Chinese/German co-production "Suzhou
He" (Suzhou River); Virgil Widrich's "Heller Als Der Mond" (Austria);
"Eating Air" by Kelvin Tong Weng Kia/Jasmine Ng Kin Kia (Singapore);
"Banqueroute" by Antoine Desrosieres (France), and "Les Diseurs de Verite"
by Karim Traidia (Netherlands).
The remaining films in the competition section are: "Otomo" by Frieder
Schlaich (Germany, International Premiere); "Earth And Water" by Panos
Karkanevatos (Greece, European Premiere); "Timeless Melody" by Okuhara
Hiroshi (Japan, European Premiere); "6ixtynin9" by Pen-Ek Ratanaruang
(Thailand, European Premiere); "Freak Weather" by Mary Kuryla (USA,
European Premiere); "Mundo Grua" by Pablo Trapero (Argentina); "I Could
Read The Sky" by Nichola Bruce (UK, European Premiere); "Hazy Life" by
Yamashita Nobuhiro (Japan, European Premiere), and "Bye Bye Blue Bird" by
Katrin Ottarsdottir (Denmark).
The Filmmaker in Focus sections will focus on the careers of Kazakhstani
filmmaker Serik Aprimov and Brazilian Julio Bressane. Aprimov films
screening include 1986's short "Two Were Riding The Motor Cycle," 1989's
"The Last Stop," 1993's "Sergelden," 1998's "Aksuat," and the world
premiere of "Tri Brata." The Bressane films being spotlighted include "O
Anjo Nasceu" (An Angel Was Born) and "Matou A Familia E Foi Ao Cinema"
(Killed the Family and Went to the Movies) both from 1969, 1982's "Tabu,"
1995's "O Mandarim," 1997's "Miramar" and 1999's "Sao Jeronimo."
Several short films were announced, including "Kimono" by Hal Hartley, "6
Easy Pieces" and "Muri Romani" by Jon Jost and "Blood Orange Sky," by Jem
Cohen. [Mark Rabinowitz]
[The full lineup of the International Film Festival Rotterdam will be
announced on January 14th, 2000. For more information on the Festival,
check out their English-language website at:
>> Sundance Adds Screenings of Buscemi and Kopple Films
(indieWIRE/1.11.2000) -- Sundance has announced that two surprise
screenings, Steve Buscemi's "Animal Factory" and Barbara Kopple's "My
Generation," will screen at this month's Sundance Film Festival.
Kopple, who is best known for her Academy Award winning documentaries
"Harlan County, USA" and "American Dream," will screen her work-in-progress
doc "My Generation" which explores the three legendary Woodstock music
festivals in 1969, 1994 and 1999. The film is an effort to capture the
backstage scenes, performances, and acts of self-expression which form
the Woodstock myth.
Also premiering will be Steve Buscemi's "Animal Factory," which marks his
second feature as a director ("Trees Lounge" was the first). The film
centers around the relationship between a first-time felon, Edward Furlong,
and a hardened convict, Willem Dafoe, who has spent the majority of his life
behind bars. The screenplay was written by John Steppling and is based on
the novel by Edward Bunker. [Maya Churi]
[For more information on the Sundance Film Festival screening schedule
visit their web site at http://www.sundance.org]