The 35th International Film Festival Rotterdam winners will sound familiar to those who worked the nooks and crannies of the Sundance Film Festival. One of this year’s VPRO Tiger Awards went to Kelly Reichardt’s “Old Joy,” which played in the under-the-radar Frontiers section in Park City. The international jury touted the film as “a truly cinematic experience that plunges the spectator into an inner journey about friendship, nature and the passing of time.”
The NETPAC Award (for the Promotion of Asian Cinema) awarded two films, one of which “The Blossoming of Maximo Oliveros” was an undiscovered gem that played late in Sundance’s World Cinema dramatic competition. And the critics FIPRESCI Award in Rotterdam went to another Sundance premiere that played in the fest’s final days, Claudia
Llosa’s “Madeinusa.” I highlighted both winners in my last world cinema column from Sundance. I guess props should be given to Sundance’s programmers for plucking these estimable titles first. But, then again, how many Sundancers actually saw them?