By Nigel M Smith | Indiewire November 21, 2011 at 11:2AM
The International Film Festival Rotterdam has locked down the first five films selected to compete for the 2012 Tiger Awards, which go to first or second films from up and coming filmmakers.
The five selected works are: The Polish-American co-production "It Looks Pretty From a Distance," by Anka and Wilhelm Ankal, a film that delves into the darker sides of country life; Midi Z's "Return to Burma," a Southeast Asian contemporary fiction tale; Eduardo Nunes' black and white Brazilian fairylike "Southwest"; the first 3D film in the Tiger Awards Competition, "A Fish" from South Korea; and Huang Ji's Chinese entry "Egg and Stone," making its world premiere at the festival.
Three equal Tiger Awards, each with prize money of 15,000 Euro, will be decided by the jury. Approximately ten more competing titles will announced shortly.
Below are full descriptions of the first five selected films (synopses courtesy of International Film Festival Rotterdam):
"Jidan he shitou" (Egg and Stone) by HUANG Ji
China, 2012, world premiere
Production and sales: Yellow-Green Pi, Beijing, China
Huang Ji shot her feature début drama in her Hunan province hometown with a cast of non-professional actors. Like numerous others in China, the 14 year old protagonist is living with relatives because her parents are working a big city. She has few friends, and at home she tries to keep her door shut.
"Z daleka widok jest piekny" (It Looks Pretty from a Distance) by Anka & Wilhelm Sasnal
Poland/USA, 2011, international premiere
Production: Anton Kern Gallery, New York, USA
Sales: Filmpolis Agata Szymanska, Warsaw, Poland
In their début feature film, renowned visual artists and painters Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal explore the dark and antisocial sides of life on the beautiful Polish countryside, where in a hot summer everything seems to fall apart.
"Gui lai de ren" (Return to Burma) by Midi Z
Burma/Taiwan, 2011, European premiere
Production and sales: Flash Forward Entertainment, Taipei, Taiwan
Film maker Midi Z, born in Burma and raised in Taiwan, shot his début feature film in his native country, working with non-professional actors. A realistic and authentic portrayal of daily life in the least known and least accessible Southeast Asian country, Return to Burma will see its European premiere in Rotterdam.
"Sudoeste" (Southwest) by Eduardo Nunes
Brazil, 2011, European premiere
Supported by the Hubert Bals Fund for script and project development.
Production and sales: Superfilmes, Sao Paulo, Brazil
Eduardo Nunes made several successful short films, three of which were screened at IFFR. A tale of fantasy and mystery shot in stunning black-and-white, his fiction feature début Sudoeste is situated in a sleepy Brazilian coastal village. Here, a baby, a girl and a woman named Clarice seem to live their (or is it her?) life in one single day.
"Mulgogi" (A Fish) by PARK Hong-min
South Korea, 2011, international première
Production: Dima Entertainment, Seoul, Zuid-Korea
Sales: Mirovision Inc, Seoul, South Korea
Park Hong-min’s first feature film A Fish will be the first 3D-film in the Tiger Awards Competition. Produced for only about 100,000 Euro, A Fish tells a tragic absurdist tale of a professor who travels South in search of his wife who apparently has deserted him to become a shaman.