Rotterdam’s Tigers feast on world bows

Preems include 'Dunor,' 'Dreamless'

ROTTERDAM — Holland’s top film event, the Intl. Film Festival Rotterdam, has selected four world premieres as part of the 14-pic lineup for its VPRO Tiger Awards competition.

Fest will kick off Jan. 26 for a 12-day run, with the three top honorees taking home prizes of E10,000 ($13,285) each at the awards ceremony Feb. 4. The Tiger kudos fete unknown or upcoming talent.

Jury members include U.S. photographer Nan Goldin, Oz producer Jan Chapman, Jerusalem Film Festival director Lia van Leer, Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi and Argentinean Lisandro Alonso.

Two world preems come from Latin America — Brazilian helmer Jose Eduardo Alcazar’s “Dunor My Friend” and “Kept and Dreamless,” by Argentinean filmmakers Vera Fogwill and Martin Desalvo. They are joined by Doan Minh Phuoing and Doan Thanh Nghia’s Vietnam-Germany co-production “Bride of Silence” and Italian helmer Francesco Fei’s “Waves.”

“Dunor My Friend” and “4,” by Russian Ilya Khrzhanovsky, were selected by the IFFR’s Hubert Bals Fund, which focuses on films from non-Western countries. Dutch filmmaker Fow Pyng Hu’s “Paradise Girls” was previously selected as a project for the co-production and co-financing fest sidebar Cinemart.

Three of the competition titles have already been picked up for distribution in the Netherlands: “Paradise Girls” was snatched by 1morefilm, Norway’s Oscar submission “Hawaii, Oslo” by A-Film and Italian helmer Daniele Gaglianone’s “Changing Destiny” was picked up by Bright Angel.