Sunday, February 05, 2012

41st International Film Festival Rotterdam Award Winners

Yesterday the award ceremony gave three top prizes to three different films from Serbia, Chile and China. Winners are in *BLUE. To learn all winners go here.



The festival will open on January 25 and will run until February 5 and there are several films that seems could be extraordinary. Here are some excerpts from the press release with the films in competition announcement.

Fifteen films have been selected for IFFR's Tiger Awards Competition 2012. The complete lineup, comprising first or second feature films concurring for three equal Hivos Tiger Awards of each 15,000 euro, includes eight world premieres. Five competing films have received support from Rotterdam’s Hubert Bals Fund. The Rotterdam Tiger Awards Competition for Short Films 2012 comprises twenty-one films, ranging in length from five to fifty-six minutes. Nine short films in competition will see their world premieres in Rotterdam.

Jury Tiger Awards Competition 2012
The Jury of the seventeenth Tiger Awards Competition comprises actress and film maker Helena Ignez from Brazil, star of Rogerio Sganzerla’s The Red Light Bandit, and co-founder of legendary production company Belair; Ludmila Cvikova, Head of International Programming of the Doha Film Institute, Qatar and former programmer of the International Film Festival Rotterdam; Tine Fischer, director of CPH:DOX, the international documentary film festival in Copenhagen, Denmark; film maker Eric Khoo from Singapore, who’s animated feature film Tatsumi screens in the festival; film maker Samuel Maoz from Israel, who’s first feature film Lebanon was launched as a project at CineMart and went on to win the Golden Lion in Venice. The winners of the Hivos Tiger Awards will be announced on Friday 3 February.

Films In Competition

Babamin Sesi (Voice of My Father), Orhan Eskiköy and Zeynel Dogan, Turkey and Germany, 2011
Black's Game, Óskar Thor Axelsson, Iceland, 2012
*De Jueves a Domingo, Dominga Sotomayor Castillo, Chile and Netherlands, 2012
Gui lái dí rén (Return to Burma), Midi Z, Taiwan, Myanmar, 2011
In April the Following Year, There Was a Fire, Wichanon Somumjarn, Thailand, 2012
*Jidan he shitou (Egg and Stone), Huang Ji, China, 2012
*Klip (Clip), Maja Milos, Serbia, 2012
L, Babis Makridis, Greece, 2012
Living, Vasily Sigarev, Russia, 2012
Lo-maen-seu Jo (Romance Joe), Lee Kwang-Kuk, South Korea, 2011
Mul-go-gi (A Fish), Park Hong-Min, South Korea, 2011
*Neighbouring Sounds, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Brazil, 2012 FIPRESCI Award Winner
Sudoeste (Southwest), Eduardo Nunes, Brazil, 2011
Tôkyô Pureibôi Kurabu (Tokyo Playboy Club), Okuda Yosuke, Japan, 2011
Z daleka widok jest piekny (It Looks Pretty From a Distance), Anka Sasnal and Wilhelm Sasnal, Poland and USA, 2011

To read info about each film in the press release go here  or here for info and the full list.

Out of Competition
Opening Night: 38 Témoins (38 Witnesses), Lucas Belvaux, France
Closing Night: The Hunter, Daniel Nettheim, Australia

For those interested in watching many complete full and short films, the festival has a youtube channel that is a pleasure to visit the whole year; check the 28 today available feature films (not all films are available to all countries) by going here.


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