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Rotterdam Film Festival to fete Dorsky

Retrospectives also set for Ossang, Villaronga

American avant garde helmer Nathaniel Dorsky will be honored with a retrospective at the 40th Rotterdam Film Festival, which unspools Jan. 26-Feb. 6.

Rotterdam’s programmers describe Dorsky’s short, silent films as “stunningly beautiful” and praise his distinctive filmic language.

Tribute will include work from the 1980s up to new films “Aubade,” “Compline” and “Pastourelle,” recently seen in Toronto.

Fest will also hold retrospectives for French helmer F.J. Ossang and Spain’s Agusti Villaronga.

Ossang’s four features and five shorts play with thriller and sci-fi conventions, as well as referencing post-punk and industrial music.

Villaronga’s films deal with religion, eroticism and death. “Pa negra” (Black Bread) bowed in San Sebastian this year, taking an award for actress Nora Navas.

All three filmmakers are expected to attend and present their work.

As well these tributes, Rotterdam’s Signals section will feature programs on communist westerns, the interaction between the fashion industry and independent filmmaking, and China-Africa relations.

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