The Burglar
The Burglar

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) unveiled the full line up for the Hivos Tiger Competition 2017. This includes world premieres of new feature films by up and coming directors Niles Atallah, Pedro Aguilera and Hagar Ben Ashar, as well as début features by India’s Sanal Kumar Sasidharan, American-Korean filmmaker kogonada and Dutch director Daan Bakker. This year’s jury will comprise of Newsha Tavakolia, Diana Bustamante Escobar, Fien Troch, Michael Almereyda and Amir Mohammed.

The following films have been selected for the Hivos Tiger Competition:

Arábia – Brazil, 2017, Affonso Uchoa /João Dumans  
Life and death of a Brazilian factory worker.

The Burglar Israel, 2017, Hagar Ben Asher  
A young woman becomes a burglar herself after her mother’s home is
broken into.

Columbus USA, 2017, kogonada  
In the modernist town of Columbus two haunted souls find respite in one another and the architecture that surrounds them.

Demonios tus ojos – Spain / Colombia, 2017, Pedro Aguilera
A filmmaker discovers an erotic clip of his younger half-sister on a sex site. He decides to visit her and soon becomes fascinated.

Light Thereafter – Bulgaria / Belgium, 2017, Konstantin Bojanov
An emotionally unstable young man criss-crosses through Europe in search of his idol, the mysterious painter Arnaud.

Quality Time – Netherlands / Norway, 2017, Daan Bakker
A series of short narratives about quaint young men and their concerned parents.

Rey – Chile / France / Netherlands / Germany / Qatar, 2017, Niles Atallah
A French adventurer establishes a kingdom in 19th century Southern Chile.

Sexy Durga India, 2017, Sanal Kumar Sasidharan
During a nocturnal ride, a young woman and her lover are faced with a cross-section of Indian male society.

Festival director Bero Beyer: “This years line-up of the Hivos Tiger Competition features bold and daring filmmakers that don’t shun the use of other media, alternative narrative structures and provocative and relevant themes. The nominees and their works deserve international recognition for their artistry. We are proud to present each of these eight films with a special spotlight on their own day, and bring them to a big audience throughout the festival.”

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