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Five Join Rotterdam Fest Competition

Indiewire By Brian Brooks | Indiewire December 17, 2009 at 3:24AM

Five additional films have been named to compete for the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Tiger Awards.
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Five additional films have been named to compete for the International Film Festival Rotterdam's Tiger Awards.

Added to the roster are: Paz Fabrega's "Agua Fria de Mar" (Coldwater of the Sea), set on the Pacific coast of Costa Rica during the Christmas holiday season. It is a sensitive and atmospheric story of a young couple and a seven-year old girl with very different social backgrounds. Also, Danish directors and screenwriters Michael Noer & Tobias Lindholm's "R.," described as a hard hitting prison drama as well as an almost anthropological study of life in a Danish prison.

Georgian director Levan Koguashvili makes his feature début with Street Days, a moving drama about the life of a recently divorced junkie on the streets of post-war Tblisi. Japanese director Tsuki Inoue's "Autumn Adagio" focuses on a middle-aged nun in a drama that deals with salvation, sexuality and identity in the different stages of her life. And Quebecois filmmaker Sophie Deraspe's is in competition with "Les Signes Vitaux" (Vital Signs) about a student who returns home to deal with the aftermath of her grandmother’s death.

The previous three included in the VPRO Tiger Awards 2010 line up are Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio's "Alamar" (To the Sea), "Mundane History" by Anocha Suwichakornpong and and "Let Each One Go Where He May" by Ben Russell. The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam takes place January 27 - February 7 in the Dutch port city.

[IFFR has also unveiled 33 projects selected for its corresponding CineMart section. click here to see the line up.]

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