Rotterdam Sets 16 Film Competition Slate

by Eugene Hernandez

Image courtesy of the International Film Festival Rotterdam.

Sixteen films are set for the annual VPRO Tiger Awards Competition at the 33rd International Film Festival Rotterdam which will kick off on January 21 in The Netherlands.

Eight of the films in this year's competition are world premieres, with five of the movies having been supported by the festival's annual Hubert Bals Fund. One movie is a former CineMart project.

Three winners of the competition, to be announced on January 30, will receive the Tiger Award and 10,000 euros, as well as a screening on Dutch television by VPRO.

The complete list includes (information provided by the festival):

"Four Shades of Brown" (Fyra Nyanser Av Brunt) by Tomas Alfredson (Sweden, 2004), world premiere.

"Aaltra" by Benoît Delépine and Gustave Kervern (Belgium, 2004), world premiere.

"Uniform" (Zhifu) by DIAO Yinan (China/Japan, 2003), European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film.

"Somnambulance" (Somnambuul) by Sulev Keedus (Estonia/Finland, 2003), international premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film.

"Aasshak, Tales From the Sahara" (Asshak, Geschichte Aus Der Sahara) by Ulrike Koch (Switzerland/Germany, 2004), international premiere, Dutch distribution: Contact Film.

"En Route" (Unterwegs) by Jan Krüger (Germany, 2003), world premiere.

"The Missing" (Bu Jian) by Lee Kang-sheng (Taiwan, 2003), European premiere.

"The Wooden Camera" by Ntshaveni Wa Luruli (South Africa, 2004), European premiere, CineMart 2001 Project, Dutch distribution: A-Film Distribution.

"Scent of the Lotus Pond" (Bora Diya Pokuna) by Satyajit Maitipe (Sri Lanka, 2004), world premiere.

"Days of Santiago" (Dias de Santiago) by Josue Mendez (Peru, 2004), world premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film.

"Three Steps Dancing" (Ballo A Tre Passi) by Salvatore Mereu (Italy, 2003), European premiere, Dutch distribution: Cinemien.

"How I Killed a Saint" (Kako Ubiv Svetec) by Teona Strugar Mitevska (Macedonia, 2004), world premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film.

"Grand Ecole" by Robert Salis (France, 2004) world premiere.

"Young Gods" (Hymypoika) by J.P. Siili (Finland, 2003), international premiere, Dutch distribution: Paradiso Filmed Entertainment.

"Summer In the Golden Valley" (Ljeto U Zlatnoj Dolini) by Srdjan Vuletic (Bosnia-Herzegovina/France/United Kingdom, 2003), European premiere, Hubert Bals Fund supported film.

"Peep 'TV' Show" by Yutaka Tsuchiya (Japan, 2003), world premiere.

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