A trio of films shared the Rotterdam Film Festival’s Tiger Award for first or second films. Japan’s “Anatomy of a Paper Clip” (pictured), South Korea’s “Han Gong-Ju” and Sweden’s “Something Must Break.” Prizes were awarded Friday; the Dutch fest wraps on Sunday.
Inspired by Japanese folk tales, Ikeda Akira’s sophomore outing “Anatomy of a Paper Clip,” the director’s first film in eight years, turns on a man who frees a butterfly, then encounters a woman in his apartment speaking in a strange language.
Portraying an androgynous boy who dreams of being a girl, Ester Martin Bergsmark’s “Something Must Break” adapts a novel by transgender artist and activist Eli Leven. It also plays at the concurrent Goteborg Festival.
South Korean Lee Su-jin’s “Han Gong-Ju,” a prize-winner at Busan, won Marrakech’s top Golden Star, awarded by a Martin Scorsese-presided jury. Lee’s debut, the psychological drama focuses on a teenage girl who changes schools after a traumatic experience.
The UPC Audience Award winner was Alexander Payne’s “Nebraska.” The Dioraphte Award, which like the UPC prize is worth Euros 10,000 in cash, went to Indian film “Qissa,” directed by Anup Singh.
The Big Screen award, which supports the publicity cost to distribute a film in Holland, went to Russia’ “Another Year.” The Netpac award for best Asian film went to Sri Lanka’s “28.”
Thailand’s “The Songs of Rice” won the Fipresci international critics award, while the circle of Dutch film critics prize went to “To Kill a Man” from Chile and France, which won Sundance’s World Cinema Grand Jury Prize in the dramatic category. The MovieZone award, selected by young festgoers, went to “Jacky in the Kingdom of Women” from France.