Rotterdam expands lineup

Four pics already have Dutch distribution, a fest first

ROTTERDAM — The Rotterdam Intl. Film Festival has added another nine films to the seven previously announced in its VPRO Tiger Awards Competition, set to unspool Jan. 21.

The three Tiger winners each net E10,000 ($12,768) and guaranteed TV distribution in Holland.

In a first, four of the pics — Swiss lenser Ulrike Koch’s “Asshak, Tales From the Sahara,” South African filmer Ntshaveni Wa Luruli’s “The Wooden Camera,” Finland’s J.P. Siili’s “Young Gods” and Salvatore Mereu’s “Three Steps Dancing” — already have Dutch distribution.

The full list racks up eight world, three international and five European premieres in competish. Ten films are from Europe, including two from the Balkans. Five pics are supported by the Hubert Bals Fund, a cache of around $1 million annually aimed at helping bring non-Western films to fruition.

New on the list are two black comedies. “Four Shades of Brown” is the first feature film by Tomas Alfredson of Swedish comedy group the Boys Club; its cast includes other members of the troupe.

Belgian directors Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern’s “Aaltra” bring an unlikely black wit to this road movie for wheelchair users. Film features directors playing lead roles and Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki in a cameo appearance.

The 12-day fest is expected to draw more than 350,000 visitors and some 2,500 professionals.

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