By Peter Knegt | Indiewire January 7, 2010 at 3:11AM
Fifteen films have been selected for International Film Festival Rotterdam's VPRO Tiger Awards Competition 2010. The lineup, like always comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal top prizes of 15,000 euro each, includes five world premieres.
The jury of the fifteenth VPRO Tiger Awards Competition has been announced as French actress and singer Jeanne Balibar, Polish-Dutch film-maker Urszula Antoniak, former director of the Singapore Film Festival Philip Cheah, Mexican film-maker Amat Escalante and Ugandan actor and activist Okello Kelo Sam. The winners will be announced during the Tiger Awards Ceremony on Friday, February 5.
From the European continent, the Tiger Awards Competition includes the very first Georgian contender, Levan Koguashvili's account of the struggle of an older junkie in "Street Days." Russian filmmakers Yelena & Nikolay Renard present their first feature "Mama," a low budget film about a mother and her obese adult son. From Estonia Veiko Ounpuu will present his second film, "The Temptation of St. Tony." Denmark is represented by prison drama "R." by Michael Noer & Tobias Lindholm. Dutch filmmaker Martijn Smits has been invited with his "C'est deja l'ete," set in the Wallonian city of Seraing where the Dardenne Brothers have made so many of their films. From France, Sophie Letourneur brings her debut about contemporary student life, "La vie au Ranch.:"
Much in line with the established Asian flavor of the International Film Festival Rotterdam, this year's Competition lineup includes two contenders from Japan: "Autumn Adagio" by Inoue Tsuki and Miyoko, Yang Heng's tale of a rural love triangle "Sun Spots," Thai filmmaker Anocha Suwichakornpong's "Mundane History" and Malaysian feature debut "My Daughter," by Charlotte Lay Kuen Lim.
Chicago-based filmmaker Ben Russell presents his first feature length film "Let Each One Go Where He May," shot on location in Suriname. Quebec has a film in Competition for the second consecutive year: Sophie Deraspe's "Les signes vitaux" (Vital Signs).
Finally, there are two films from Latin American films in Competition: Agua fria de mar (Cold Water of the Sea) the debut by Costa Rican filmmaker Paz Fabrega set on the Pacific beach; and from Mexico, Pedro Gonzalez-Rubio first solo effort Alamar (To the Sea) by, produced by Mantarraya Producciones.
IFFR 2010 will open Wednesday, January 27th with "Paju" by Park Chan-ok. IFFR expects to welcome some 250 filmmakers, nearly 2,500 industry professionals and 350 journalists. The full programme of IFFR 2010 will be announced on Thursday January 21st.