Anders Thomas Jensen’s action comedy “Riders of Justice,” starring Mads Mikkelsen, will open the 50th International Film Festival Rotterdam. The festival will be staged in two parts this year: the first, in a hybrid format, running Feb. 1-7, and the second, hopefully a physical event, June 2-6. The awards ceremony will take place on Feb. 7.

In “Riders of Justice,” Mikkelsen plays Markus, a military man who returns home to look after his daughter Mathilde following his wife’s death in a train accident. At first it looks like she was the victim of a tragic piece of bad luck, but then mathematics geek Otto (Nikolaj Lie Kaas), a fellow passenger on the train, shows up with his two eccentric colleagues, Lennart (Lars Brygmann) and Emmenthaler (Nicolas Bro), and floats the theory of a possible murder conspiracy. The film plays in the Limelight section.

Jensen is Denmark’s top screenwriter, with credits that include “After the Wedding,” “Brothers” and “Mifune.” He won an Oscar for his 1998 short film “Election Night.” He returns to the director’s chair after his 2015 film “Men and Chicken.”

Sixteen films have been selected for the festival’s Tiger Competition, which was revealed Tuesday. Fourteen films are world premieres and the other two are international premieres.

Festival director Vanja Kaludjercic said: “In a year like no other, filmmakers have gone above and beyond to complete works in challenging circumstances, and there has been no shortage of great films looking for a home at IFFR.”

She said the edition’s Tiger Competition, Big Screen Competition, and the Ammodo Tiger Short Competition, “encapsulate IFFR’s spirit as a platform for the discovery of visions that pique our curiosity and capture our imagination. The sheer determination of these striking new voices is exhilarating.”

The Tiger jury consists of filmmaker and visual artist Lemohang Jeremiah Mosese, artistic director of International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA) Orwa Nyrabia, visual artist and filmmaker Hala Elkoussy, screenwriter and critic Helena van der Meulen and film producer Ilse Hughan.

The February program will also include conversations with leading filmmakers, including Kelly Reichardt. She is the recipient of the festival’s Robby Müller Award, bestowed on a director of photography, filmmaker or visual artist who has “developed an authentic, credible and emotionally striking visual language throughout their work.” Reichardt’s latest feature, “First Cow,” which plays as part of Rotterdam’s Limelight lineup, has emerged as a potential Oscar contender in the U.S.

Reichardt made her feature debut with 1994’s “River of Grass,” which competed for Sundance’s Grand Jury Prize. In 2006, she became the first American to win Rotterdam’s Tiger Award with “Old Joy.” Her other films include 2010’s “Meek’s Cutoff” and 2013’s “Night Moves,” which both played in Venice competition. “First Cow” premiered in competition at Berlin, and has received nominations at critics’ awards in Boston, Chicago and New York, among others.

Tiger Competition
Agate mousse,” Selim Mourad, Lebanon, world premiere
Bebia, à mon seul désir,” Juja Dobrachkous, Georgia/U.K., world premiere
Bipolar,” Queena Li, China, world premiere
Black Medusa,” Ismaël, Youssef Chebbi, Tunisia, world premiere
“A Corsican Summer,” Pascal Tagnati, France, world premiere
The Edge of Daybreak,” Taiki Sakpisit, Thailand/Switzerland, world premiere
“Feast,” Tim Leyendekker, Netherlands, world premiere
Friends and Strangers,” James Vaughan, Australia, world premiere
“Gritt,” Itonje Søimer Guttormsen, Norway, international premiere
Landscapes of Resistance,” Marta Popivoda, Serbia/Germany/France, world premiere
Liborio,” Nino Martínez Sosa, Dominican Republic/Puerto Rico/Qatar, world premiere
Looking for Venera,” Norika Sefa, Kosovo/Macedonia, world premiere
Madalena,” Madiano Marcheti, Brazil, world premiere
“Mayday,” Karen Cinorre, U.S., international premiere
Mighty Flash,” Ainhoa Rodríguez, Spain, world premiere
Pebbles,” Vinothraj P.S., India, world premiere

Big Screen Competition
Archipel,” Félix Dufour-Laperrière, Canada, world premiere
Aristocrats,” Sode Yukiko, Japan, international premiere
“As We Like It,” Chen Hung-i & Muni Wei, Taiwan, world premiere
“Aurora,” Paz Fábrega, Costa Rica/Mexico, world premiere
Carro Rei,” Renata Pinheiro, Brazil, world premiere
“The Cemil Show,” Bariş Sarhan, Turkey, world premiere
Drifting,” Li Jun, Hong Kong, world premiere
“The Harbour,” Rajeev Ravi, India, world premiere
“The Last Farmer,” M. Manikandan, India, world premiere
Lone Wolf,” Jonathan Ogilvie, Australia, world premiere
The North Wind,” Renata Litvinova, Russia, world premiere
“El perro que no calla,” Ana Katz, Argentina, European premiere
Sexual Drive,” Yoshida Kota, Japan, world premiere
“Les Sorcières de l’Orient,” Julien Faraut, France, world premiere
“The Year Before the War,” Dāvis Sīmanis, Latvia, world premiere

“Beginning,” Dea Kulumbegashvili, France/Georgia, Dutch premiere
“Dead & Beautiful,” David Verbeek, Netherlands/Taiwan, world premiere
Dear Comrades!,” Andrei Konchalovsky, Russia, Dutch premiere
“First Cow,” Kelly Reichardt, U.S., Dutch premiere
Mandibules,” Quentin Dupieux, France, Dutch premiere
“Mitra,” Kaweh Modiri, Netherlands, world premiere
“La nuit des rois,” Philippe Lacôte, France/Côte d’Ivoire/Canada, Dutch premiere
“Quo vadis, Aida?,” Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Dutch premiere
“Riders of Justice,” Anders Thomas Jensen, Denmark, international premiere
Septet: The Story of Hong Kong,” Sammo Hung/Ann Hui/Patrick Tam/YuenWoo-ping/Johnnie To/Ringo Lam/Tsui Hark, Hong Kong/China, Dutch premiere
Shorta,” Anders Ølholm/Frederik Louis Hviid, Denmark, international premiere
Suzanna Andler,” Benoît Jacquot, France, international premiere
Sweat,” Magnus von Horn, Poland, international premiere