DAILY NEWS: Rotterdam Closes with Tigers; Santa Barbara Sets Premieres; and a Correction
by Eugene Hernandez/indieWIRE
>>Trio takes Top Tiger Awards as Rotterdam Fest Wraps
(indieWIRE/02.05.01) -- The 30th Rotterdam International Film Festival came
to a close over the weekend, as the winners were announced. The VPRO Tiger
Award for first or second feature went to Furumaya Tomoyuki's "Bad Company" (Mabudachi), Mary Speth's "In Deg Tag Hinein" (The Days Between) and Juan Pabo Rebella & Pablo Stoll's "25 Watts." The Canal+ prize for "public favorite" was awarded to B.Z. Goldberg, Justine Shapiro and Carlos Bolado's documentary, "Promises."
Commenting on the three winners, jurors Don McKellar, Kirsi Tykkyläinen, Alison MacLean, Wang Xiaoshuai, Jens Christian Grøndahl and chair Emile Fallaux stated: "The awarded Tigers are from three corners of the world and offer three stories about youth and growing up - three points of view on these awkward and sometimes agonizing years between the naked innocence of childhood and the complexity of the life of grown ups. Although different in
their approach to filmmaking, each of the three films is a testimony of the
filmmaker's integrity and personal view on the surrounding world, as well as
of the intention of communicating his or her views in a personal way."
"Bad Company" is Japanese filmmaker Furumaya Tomoyuki's second film, while
"In Den Tag Hinein" is German Maria Speth's first and "25 Watts" is also the
first feature from Juan Pable Rebella and Pablo Stoll of Uruguay. Each
winner receives a 10,000 Euro award and a broadcasting deal on the VPRO
network. If the films do not secure distribution, they will be released by
the Festival's Tiger Releases label. [Eugene Hernandez]
>>Santa Barbara Fest Opening with "Adam," Closing with "Roses"
(indieWIRE/02.05.01) -- 18 world premieres are among the list of films set
to screen during the 16th edition of the Santa Barbara International Film
Festival, running March 1st - 11th. The event will kick off with a screening
of Gerard Stembridge's "About Adam" and will close with Ken Loach's "Bread and Roses."
World premieres for the event are Tariq Jalil's "A Galaxy Far Far Away,"
Douglas Morse's "The Adulterer," Drew Ann Rosenburg's "Alex in Wonder," Randy Ser's "All You Need," Stephen Ives' "Amato Opera," Julie Davis' "Amy's Orgasm," Lianne Klapper McNally's "Artists and Orphans; A True Drama," Hedva Galili-Smolinsky's "The Blue Children of the Perm Region," Georg Hartmann's "Close to Home," Roger Roth's "Focus," Hongming Gao's "God and Man II: The Language of Sand Stone," Laurie Ann Schag & Casey Stoll's "A Great Day in Havana," Velcrow Ripper's "In the Company of Fear," Dana Lustig's "Kill Me Later," Sharon Greytak's "Losing It," Lisa Gildehaus, Richard Moos' "Orphan," and Jill Morley's "Stripped."
Among the notable panelists participating at this year's Fest are producer
Laura Ziskin, "Cast Away" writer William Broyles, Jr., "Traffic" writer
Steven Gaghan, "Erin Brockovich" writer Susannah Grant, "The Contender"
writer Rod Lurie, "Quills" writer Doug Wright, Jeff Dowd, William Morris'
Cassian Elwes, IFC Films' Bob Berney, Sundance's Geoff Gilmore, and
directors Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream") and Philip Kaufman
Honorees at the Festival include Diane Keaton (Modern Master Award), Rob
Reiner (Career Achievement Award), Doug Wick (Visionary Award as Producer of the Year), Ben Kingsley (Special Tribute), an homage to writer/director Francis Veber and an evening with director Rob Nilsson.
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(indieWIRE/02.05.01) -- In Friday's news "Re-Start Your Engines; Berlin
Begins Next Week," we misidentified Berlinale competitor Park Chan-Wook's
previous film as the action-packed Korean box office smash "Shiri," directed
by Kang Jae-Kyu.
Park Chan-Wook's entry "Joint Security Area" has been described as
"mystery/human-drama," "centering around the deaths of two North Korean
soldiers on the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea, and a
half-Korean Swiss Army Intelligence officer who is sent to investigate."
Park Chan-wook's previous credits include "Trio" (1997), and the short film
"Judgement" (1999). [Anthony Kaufman]