Rotterdam selects first 3D competish pic

Lineup include 'A Fish,' 'Egg and Stone'

BRUSSELS — The Rotterdam Film Festival unveiled the first entries in its 2012 competition Monday, including its first ever 3D contender.

Fest unspools January 25 to February 5, with around 15 films set to compete.

The 3D entry is “A Fish” from South Korean helmer Park Hong-min, which preemed at October’s Busan Intl. Film Fest. Described as a tragic absurdist tale, it concerns a professor pursuing his wife, who has run off to become a shaman.

“Egg and Stone” by China’s Huang Ji will take its world bow at the festival. Tale focuses on the plight of a 14-year-old girl left with relatives in the provinces while her parents seek work in the city.

Meanwhile Polish-American co-production “It Looks Pretty From a Distance,” by artists Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal, explores the antisocial side of life in the picturesque Polish countryside. Pic is produced by New York’s Anton Kern Gallery.

Selection is completed with “Return to Burma” by local helmer Midi Z and “Southwest” from Brazil’s Eduardo Nunes.

All are debut features, in a competition that focuses on first and second films.