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Rotterdam’s Premiere Heavy Bright Future Section

Rotterdam's Premiere Heavy Bright Future Section

The International Film Festival Rotterdam’s Bright Future program, dedicated to presenting “idiosyncratic and adventurous new work” from first- or second-time filmmakers, has announced a 2011 lineup that includes 18 world premieres, 10 international premieres and 11 European premieres.

Of the 80 films from 38 countries, 15 of the Bright Future titles received support from IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund. These include the world premiere of Yulene Olaizola’s fiction debut “Paraisos Artificiales,” Theo Court’s international premiere “Ocaso” and Zhang Miaoyan’s second film, the black-and-white Chinese drama “Black Blood.”

American independent film is represented in the world premieres by three fiction films. Matthew Petock’s “A Little Closer” tracks the quest of a mother and her two sons for love and sex; “Bad Posture,” from director Malcolm Murray, explores the underbelly of Albuquerque; while R. Alverson’s “New Jerusalem” deals with displacement.

Bright Future’s documentaries are marked by their highly individual nature and long-spanning shoots. In his first full-length film, “Twin Brothers, 53 Scenes from a Childhood,” young Swede Axel Danielson charts his nephews’s upbringing from age nine to 19. CalArts graduates Lee Anne Schmitt and Lee Lynch spent five years completing “The Last Buffalo Hunt.” And Spanish/Venezuelan filmmaker Andres Duque gathered material over a period of several
years to craft his travelogue “Color Perro Que Huye.”

The 2011 edition of the IFFR, now in its 40th year, will run January 26-February 6.

Below is the list of world, international and European premieres playing at Bright Future:

World Premiere

“El invierno de los raros” / The Winter of the Odd Ones Out, Rodrigo
Guerrero, Argentina
“Le Grand’Tour,” Jerôme le Maire, Belgium
“Grande Hotel,” Lotte Stoops, Belgium
“Black Blood,” Zhang Miaoyan, China/France (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
“Roozi ke man napadid shodam” / The Day I Disappeared, Atousa Bandeh
Ghiasabadi, Iran/Netherlands
“Paraísos artificiales” / Artificial Paradises, Yulene Olaizola,
Mexico (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
“Ja tebya lublu” / I Love You, Alexander Rastorguev, Pavel Kostomarov, Russia
“Water Hands,” Vladimir Todorovic, Singapore/Serbia/Montenegro
“Characters, Son Kwang-Ju, South Korea
“Anyang,” Paradise City, Park Chan-Kyong, South Korea
“Color perro que huye” / Color Runaway Dog, Andrés Duque, Spain
“PangPang bröder,” 53 scener från en barndom / Twin Brothers, 53
Scenes from a Childhood, Axel Danielson, Sweden/Denmark
“Imagine,” the Sky, Brigitte Uttar Kornetzky, Switzerland/Sierra Leone
“New Jerusalem,” R. Alverson, USA
“The Last Buffalo Hunt,” Lee Anne Schmitt, Lee Lynch, USA
“Bad Posture,” Malcolm Murray, USA
“A Little Closer,” Matthew Petock, USA
“Behind the Red Motel Door,” TheWorldFamous Ike, USA/Mexico

International Premiere

“El agua del fin del mundo” / The Water at the End of the World, Paula
Siero, Argentina
“Neverquiet” (Film of Wonders), Felipe Bragança, Marina Meliande,
Karim Aïnouz, Ivo Lopes Araujo, Gustavo Bragança, Helvécio Marins Jr.,
Clarissa Campolina, Caetano Gotardo, Raphael Mesquita, Leonardo Levis,
Carolina Durão, Andrea Capella, Marco Dutra, Juliana Rojas, Brazil
“Primordial Ties,” Otto Buj, Canada
“Ocaso” / Decline, Théo Court, Chile/Dominican Republic (Hubert Bals
Fund supported film)
“Je suis un No Man’s Land” / Unplugged, Thierry Jousse, France
“La BM du Seigneur” / The Lord’s Ride, Jean-Charles Hue, France
“Belkibolang,” Agung Sentausa, Ifa Isfansyah, Tumpal Christian
Tampubolon, Rico Marpaung, Anggun Priambodo, Azhar Lubis, Wisnu “Surya
Pratama,” Edwin, Sidi Saleh, Indonesia
“Hot as Hell: the Deadbeat March,” Okuda Yosuke, Japan
“Hinter diesen Bergen” / Beyond These Mountains, Michael Krummenacher,
“Speak, Yes! That’s Us,” Uganda, South Africa
“Septien,” Michael Tully, USA

European Premiere

“Fortune Teller,” Xu Tong, China
“The Old Donkey,” Li Ruijun, China (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
“Tape,” Li Ning, China
“Piano in a Factory,” Zhang Meng, China
“Soul of Sand,” Sidharth Srinivasan, India (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
“Qarantina,” Oday Rasheed, Iraq, Germany (Hubert Bals Fund supported film)
“Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,” Wang Jing / Anocha Suwichakornpong / Kaz
Cai, Singapore
“Karma,” Prasanna Jayakody, Sri Lanka
“Tyrannosaur,” Paddy Considine, United Kingdom
“Gravity Was Everywhere Back Then,” Brent Green, USA

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