February 3, 2007

Rotterdam. Tiger Awards.

Rotterdam 07 The word from Rotterdam: "This year's VPRO Tiger Awards jury, chaired by Toronto International Film Festival director Piers Handling, took an unusual decision to award the VPRO Tiger Awards to four films, rather than the usual three. On Friday night in de Doelen, Tan Chui Mui's Love Conquers All [site], Pia Marais's The Unpolished, Claudio Assis's Bog of Beasts and Morten Hartz Kapler's AFR, were honored by the 36th IFFR."

Also: "NETPAC [Network for the Promotion of Asian Cinema] chose Hirosue Hiroyama's tense psychological drama Fourteen, citing its 'insight into psychology and generational barriers, and its bold analysis of a complex culture.' FIPRESCI selected Rafa Cortes's Yo, quoting its intense depiction of one man's struggle to acquire an identity. The KNF (the jury of Dutch film critics) chose US filmmaker Nina Davenport's Operation Filmmaker, a documentary film which follows an aspiring film director in Baghdad."

And: "The three Tiger Awards for Short Film were granted to Video Game by Vipin Vijay (India), Hinterland by Geoffrey Boulangé (France) and The Flag (Bayrak) by Köken Ergun (Turkey)."

More from Brian Brooks at indieWIRE, where Dennis Lim noted on Thursday that "there have been no breakout hits, no bolts from the blue in the fashion of Ilya Khrzhanovsky's 4 or Carlos Reygadas's Japón, two recent quintessential Rotterdam debuts," writes . "But even in an average year, Rotterdam is richer, busier and more rewarding than most festivals in full stride." More from Mark Rabinowitz.

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Posted by dwhudson at February 3, 2007 12:14 PM