The Rotterdam Film Festival has completed the lineup of 14 first and second features that will compete for the Tiger Awards.
Opener “Wasted Youth,” from Greek helmers Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, follows a teen skater and a cop whose paths cross in Athens. Other world preeming films are “Gromozeka,” the second pic by Russian helmer Vladimir Kott, and “Flying Fish” by Sri Lankan first-timer Sanjeewa Pushpakumara.
Asia dominates the selection, with seven films competing, followed by four from Europe. Latin America is repped by three titles, including Mexico’s “Alicia, Go Yonder.” Elisa Miller’s pic follows a teen who heads for Buenos Aires to become an acrobat.
U.S. independent films make a stronger showing out of competition, in the fest’s Bright Future section. World preems include Matthew Petock’s “A Little Closer,” about the quest of a mother and her two sons for love, and Malcolm Murray’s “Bad Posture,” which explores the underbelly of Albuquerque. A third, R. Alverson’s “New Jerusalem,” starring Will Oldham and Colm O’Leary, deals with displacement and evangelical zeal.
Winners of the three Tiger Awards, each worth €15,000 ($19,380), will be announced Feb. 4.
Competition jury comprises Argentine multihyphenate Lucrecia Martel, helmers Andrei Ujica and Wisit Sasanatieng, Sonic Youth guitarist Lee Ranaldo and former fest director Sandra den Hamer.
Fest unspools Jan. 26 to Feb. 6.