Rotterdam Announces Partial Line-Up For 2003 Festival
by Wendy Mitchell
The International Film Festival Rotterdam, scheduled for January 22-February 2, has announced most of the lineup for the 2003 event. The festival said that the Tiger Award Competition lineup, for first- and second-time filmmakers, would be announced during the first week of January. As expected, there are strong European showings among the 95 offerings in the Feature Film Main Programme, including Aki Kaurismaki's "The Man Without A Past," Catherine Breillat's "Sex is Comedy," Claire Denis' "Vendredi Soir," Gyorgy Palfi's "Hukkle," Baltasar Kormakur's "The Sea," Lynne Ramsay's "Morvern Callar," Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things," and Peter Mullan's "The Magdalene Sisters." U.S. selections in the feature program include Larry Clark and Ed Lachman's controversial "Ken Park," Todd Haynes' lauded "Far From Heaven," and P.T. Anderson's Cannes honoree "Punch-Drunk Love." The Main Programme Shorts includes nearly 200 short films from all over the world. There are several European and world premieres in the features and shorts programs.
The festival will have three "filmmakers in focus": Jean-Claude Brisseau, Girish Kasaravalli, and Guy Maddin, along with "artist in focus" Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster.
For documentaries, Rotterdam is offering the sidebar [based upon] True Stories, which will screen unconventional docs such as Abbas Kiarostami's "10," Chantal Akerman's "De l'autre cote," Petr Zelenka's "The Year of the Devil," Isa Rosenberger's "Sarajevo Guided Tours," Kawase Naomi's "Letter from a Yellow Cherry Blossom," and Chinese director Wang Bing's five-hour opus "Tiexi Qu."
CineMart, the international market to be held January 26-30, will include 45 film projects. Some of those are Oxide and Danny Pang's "Serial Killer," Jessica Hausner's "Hotel," Zhang Yang's "Xiang Er Kui," Manuel Poirier's "Chemins De Traverse," Nanouk Leopold's "Wolfsbergen," Jonathan Romney's "Mood Music," Bille Eltringham's "Two Bodies Floating," and Patricia Cardoso's "The Magician's Assistant."
The fest's Hubert Bals Fund, which offers grants to independent filmmakers in southern or developing countries, features 21 films including Brazil's "Madame Sata" and the French/Palistinian feature "Divine Intervention."
Other plans for Rotterdam 2003 include "Exploding Cinema: -stat.ic," an exhibition of visual art works, performances, and concerts. More sidebars will include Critics' Choice, Cinema Regained, Dutch Perspective, and Tracking Tomorrow.
For festival details, visit www.filmfestivalrotterdam.com.