I Blame Society directed by Gillian Wallace Horvat
I Blame Society directed by Gillian Wallace Horvat

International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) revealed the full film lineup of 2020, including the 10 films selected for the Tiger Competition. Also revealed: the selections of the Big Screen Competition and the revamped Bright Future Competition, the 2020 opening and closing films, the fifth theme program Ordinary Heroes and a special screening of David Cronenberg’s Crash (1996) with a live musical score by the Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra.

Tiger Competition

Festival director Bero Beyer: “I’m thrilled we can present ten films in Tiger Competition this year. From experimental millennial autofiction to Spanish class consciousness, from hard-boiled Korean crime to life in Hindu-nationalist Tamil Nadu, from the jungles of Venezuela to the streets of Greece – all films in Tiger Competition radiate a strong sense of personal urgency and cinematic relevance, fueled by boundary-pushing directorial visions.”

El año del descubrimiento, Luis López Carrasco, 2020, Spain/Switzerland, world premiere
Beasts Clawing at Straws, Kim Yonghoon, 2020, South Korea, world premiere
The Cloud in Her Room, Zheng Lu Xinyuan, 2020, France/China, world premiere
Desterro, Maria Clara Escobar, 2020, Brazil/Portugal/Argentina, world premiere
Drama Girl, Vincent Boy Kars, 2020, Netherlands, world premiere
La fortaleza, Jorge Thielen Armand, 2020, Venezuela/France/Netherlands/Colombia, world premiere
Kala azar, Janis Rafa, 2020, Netherlands/Greece, world premiere
Nasir, Arun Karthick, 2020, India/Netherlands, world premiere
Piedra sola, Alejandro Telemaco Tarraf, 2020, Argentina/Mexico/Qatar/UK, world premiere
Si yo fuera el invierno mismo, Jazmín López, 2020, Argentina, world premiere

The Tiger jury consists of Dutch-Palestinian filmmaker Hany Abu-Assad, artistic director of Visions du Réel Emilie Bujès, South Korean-born American filmmaker Kogonada, Dutch filmmaker Sacha Polak and Indonesian artist, curator and filmmaker Hafiz Rancajale. They will choose the winners of the Tiger Award, worth €40,000, and the Special Jury Award, worth €10,000.

Big Screen Competition

El cazador, Marco Berger, 2020, Argentina, world premiere
Eden, Ágnes Kocsis, 2020, Hungary/Romania, world premiere
Énorme, Sophie Letourneur, 2019, France, international premiere
The Evening Hour, Braden King, 2020, USA, international premiere
Fanny Lye Deliver’d, Thomas Clay, 2019, UK/Germany, international premiere
Mosquito, João Nuno Pinto, 2020, Portugal/France/Brazil, world premiere
A Perfectly Normal Family, Malou Reymann, 2020, Denmark, world premiere
Synapses, Chang Tso-chi, 2019, Taiwan, international premiere
A Yellow Animal, Felipe Bragança, 2020, Brazil/Portugal/Mozambique, world premiere

Bright Future Competition

The Bright Future Competition comprises a selection of 15 feature-length film debuts, screening in world or international premiere. IFFR’s competition for first-time filmmakers presents a variety of innovative, cutting-edge and promising discoveries from all over the world. The Bright Future Award is chosen by a jury of three film professionals.

Babai, Artem Aisagaliev, 2020, Russia/USA, world premiere
Chaco, Diego Mondaca, 2020, Bolivia/Argentina, world premiere
Los fantasmas, Sebastián Lojo, 2020, Guatemala/Argentina, world premiere
Fellwechselzeit, Sabrina Mertens, 2020, Germany, international premiere
For the Time Being, Salka Tiziana, 2020, Germany/Spain/Switzerland, international premiere
I Blame Society, Gillian Wallace Horvat, 2020, USA, world premiere
Moving On, Yoon Dan-bi, 2019, South Korea, international premiere
My Mexican Bretzel, Nuria Giménez Lorang, 2019, Spain, international premiere
Ofrenda, Juan María Mónaco Cagni, 2020, Argentina, world premiere
Panquiaco, Ana Elena Tejera, 2020, Panama, world premiere
A Rifle and a Bag, Isabella Rinaldi/Cristina Hanes/Arya Rothe, 2020, India, world premiere
Sebastian springt über Geländer, Ceylan-Alejandro Ataman-Checa, 2020, Germany, world premiere
The Trouble with Nature, Illum Jacobi, 2020, Denmark/France, world premiere
Truth or Consequences, Hannah Jayanti, 2020, USA, world premiere
Wisdom Tooth, Liang Ming, 2019, China, international premiere

The Bright Future jury consists of Beatriz Navas, director of ICAA in Spain; Zsuzsanna Kiraly, head of development at German production outfit Komplizen Film; and Mexican filmmaker and director of FICUNAM Film Festival, Michel Lipkes. They will choose the winner of the Bright Future Award, worth €10,000.

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