Ahead of its late January kick-off, the 40th edition of the International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) has revealed a number of films that made it onto next year's program, as well as details on a new action movie series.
The majority of the features announced land in the Tiger Awards Competition for first or second films from new directors. South Korea features prominently in the competition with two films featured in the lineup: Park Jungbum's "The Journals of Musan," and "Bleak Night" from director Yoon Sung-hyun. Other Asian films on the docket include Vipin Vijay's "The Image Threads," Sanjeewa Pushpakamara's "Flying Fish," and Sivaroj Kongsakul's "Eternity." Also on the list is Lawrence Tooley's "Headshots," as well as "Rainy Seasons" from Iranian director Majid Berzagar. Additional films in competition will be announced in early January by the festival.
Moving from features to shorts, the Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films has selected the first twenty films to fend off against one another. Films that made the cut include Nathaniel Dorsky's "Pastourelle," John Price's "Home Movie," Aleksandra Streyanaya's "Bread for the Bird," and "Maska" from the Quay Brothers.
In addition, IFFR announced a special series dedicated to 'wu xia' (Chinese martial arts) films, to be hosted in the Water Tiger Inn festival location. Films on the lineup span from 1929 to 2010, and include Chang Cheh's "Golden Swallow," Ching Siu-tung's "Duel to the Death," and Su Chao-pin & John Woo's newest film "Reign of Assassins."
The 40th International Film Festival Rotterdam runs from January 26 - February 6, 2011. For additional news on IFFR, check out their website.