Rotterdam unveils diverse lineup

LONDON — The Rotterdam Film Festival unveiled an eclectic competition lineup of 15 first and second feature films Monday.

“The Tiger Awards Competition this year shows a particularly big diversity in origin, subject and cinematic styles,” said festival director Sandra den Hamer.

Fest, running Jan. 24-Feb. 4, prides itself on its selection of innovative, sometimes experimental fare by fresh talent.

Among helmers competing for the Tiger Award are Argentina’s Diego Martinez Vignatti with Belgian-financed “Tides.” He’s best known as a cinematographer on films such as Carlos Reygadas’ “Battle in Heaven.”

Other contenders include Belgian ad director Koen Mortier’s anarchic rock ‘n’ roll tale “Ex-Drummer” and British-based Chinese director-novelist Xiaolu Guo’s tale-within-a-tale “How Is Your Fish Today?”

Argentinean director Esteban Sapir’s sci-fi fantasy “The Aerial” opens the fest.

Also in the competition lineup: “AFR,” Morten Hartz Kaplers (Denmark); “Bog of Beasts,” Claudio Assis (Brazil); “Bunny Chow,” John Barker (South Africa); “Does It Hurt? — The First Balkan Dogma,” Aneta Lesnikovska (Macedonia/Netherlands);”Fourteen,” Hirosue Hiromasa (Japan); “La Fine del mare,” Nora Hoppe (Germany/Italy/France); “Love Conquers All,” Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia); “Me,” Rafa Cortes (Spain); “Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Dies,” Juha Koiranen (Finland); “The Man of No Return,” Katya Grokhovskaya (Russia); and “The Unpolished,” Pia Marais (Germany).

COMPETITION LINEUP
“AFR,” Morten Hartz Kaplers (Denmark)
“Bog of Beasts,” Claudio Assis (Brazil)
“Bunny Chow,” John Barker (South Africa)
“Does It Hurt? – The First Balkan Dogma,” Aneta Lesnikovska (Macedonia/Netherlands)
“Ex-Drummer,” Koen Mortier (Belgium)
“Fourteen,” Hirosue Hiromasa (Japan)
“How Is Your Fish Today?,” Xiaolu Guo (China)
“La Fine del mare,” Nora Hoppe (Germany/Italy/France)
“Love Conquers All,” Tan Chui Mui (Malaysia)
“Me,” Rafa Cortes (Spain)
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Never Dies,” Juha Koiranen (Finland)
“The Aerial,” Esteban Sapir (Argentina)
“The Man of No Return,” Katya Grokhovskaya (Russia)
“The Unpolished,” Pia Marais (Germany)
“Tides,” Diego Martinez Vignatti (Belgium)

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